Carsare Grande Log Cabin

This is a short blog on the process for constructing a Carsare Grande Log Cabin from Dunster House. I dealt with the Bedford branch as its the nearest to where we live and took a trip to look at the build quality and also armed with a tape measure, confirmed some dimensions, Samson the sales representative was very helpful and non pushy which made the visit very relaxed.

Background

The garden was overhauled in 2006 when we first moved in and we were very pleased with it, but over time the maintenance became a burden and we only functionally enjoyed it for a limited time over the year, so we decided to make better use of the space and explore options.

Not sure which family member suggested a outdoor building, but it made sense and so the seed was sown.

Research

Research included all aspects of an outdoor building, this included compiling budgetary costings, proposed purpose, design options and what permissions are needed.

So it quickly became obvious that a home gym with a recreational space was the preferred option, the gym would need plenty of room for equipment and be tall enough to stand in with arms lifted, the rest of the space would be for games and seating, looking at my gardens available area, a 6.5m X 4.5m outbuilding would fit.

Checking with the UK Planning Portal, outbuildings are a permitted development (Class E) as long as certain conditions are met, the key criteria that I needed to meet was below, (my answers in bold) –

1 Purpose – Incidental to the enjoyment of the dwelling house. (YES)
2 Over 50% of the total area of the curtilage used. (NO)
3 Any part forward of the principal elevation. (NO)
4 Single storey. (YES)
5 Total eaves height restricted to 2.5m is within 2m of boundary. (YES)
6 Listed building. (NO)
7 Verandah, balcony or platform over 0.3m. (NO)
8 Microwave antenna. (NO)
9 Less than 30 square meters floor area. (YES)
10 At least one meter from any boundary. (YES)

The key document is below:

The outbuildings construction is not stipulated in the Guidance, however, I’m no builder, so the option to buy a prefabricated kit seemed a good idea.

After quite a long time online looking at different vendors and weighing up the pros and cons, we went for a 6.5m x 4.5m Dunster House Carsare Grande, 45mm thick timber interlocking walls, non insulated.

The following files relate to the Carsare Grande we have:

We decided as the cabin will not be a habitable space or used as an office, their was no need to have insulated walls also we didn’t take up the additional expense of roof insulation or gutters and downspouts from Dunster House as part of the purchase, more about this as bit further on.

Implimentation

OK, now we know what we are going to have, what it’s for and how much its will cost, the next bit is the base the cabin will sit on, here we had three main options, all of which required a level of excavation works and spoil disposal, I excluded simply building it on top of the existing grass as I want it to last!

Option 1 – Concrete Pad, The recommendation is that the base should be 150mm thick, as the cabins footprint is 6.5m x 4.5m, the foundation slab, needed to be bigger than this, the amount of concrete works out to be 4.46 Cubic Metres, and as the plot is 25m from the road, the concrete would have to be pumped as using wheelbarrows would need 50 trips and that would incur additional waiting time costs for the cement mixer driver and knowing my luck, the cement would have started to set before I had finished! also the cost for concrete, rebar and pumping made this unaffordable, putting aside the fact that restoration of the garden at a future time would be expensive.

Option 2 – Concrete Block or Slabs, Heavy manual handling and these would need a foundation and getting level would be difficult over such a large area.

Option 3 – Plastic Pro Base – This sits on a bed of pea gravel with a weed control sheet under the gravel, each base grid is physically interlocked into place and the spaces in the Pro Base grid are filled with more gravel to give stability and add to water drainage, this was the option chosen.

The base was marked out to give the required minimum 1 metre distance from the fences, this worked out perfectly as its enough space to comfortably get around the cabin to build it, apply stain and maintain it afterwards.

In total we used 4 bulk bags of 10mm pea gravel for the cabin base and the base dimension is 7m x 5m. The cost of excavation plant, labour, skips and base materials cost ~ £1350, so make sure you budget for this! To get the base level we used a laser level with remote detector, this was perfect for our needs, good value for money and easy to use. The model number is Firecore FIR411G and was bought from Amazon.

Dunster House

As mentioned earlier on, we went though to the Bedford showroom and when we got home placed the order using the online portal, this was very easy to navigate and the order tracker was informative. The lead time on the Cabin was eight weeks which was good as it gave us some time to prepare the plot, but after just three weeks we had a phone call asking if they could deliver, at which time we hadn’t even started preparing the ground!!

On the revised delivery date the cabin arrived, I paid for a two person delivery and the guys were very helpful and placed all the parts, of which their was loads , onto an area I had laid out. The parts come off the lorry in no particular order, so some sorting out is needed afterwards, my Cabin is made of two distinct sections and these sections need to be kept separate to avoid mixing up the parts.

Oh, one tip, on the ordering portal you can track the delivery on route to you, don’t believe its accuracy and wait for the order to arrive in case you think it will be OK to nip out 😉

The Build

Tools I recommend you have in advance are:

  • Spirt Level
  • Pencil
  • Rubber Mallet (I used a white head type from Screwfix to avoid marking the wood – Part Number 2472V)
  • Drill and wood drill bits (3mm, 6mm & 8mm)
  • Impact screwdriver
  • Flooring Clamp (Screwfix – Part Number 932FT)
  • Step Ladder
  • Adjustable spanner
  • Tape Measure
  • Right Angle
  • Hammer
  • Tube felt adhesive and applicator gun
  • Stanley Knife and spare blades
  • Wood Saw

The first job of the build is to identify the parts, this starts with the floor timbers, as the cabin is made up of two cabin bolted together, you have two lots of instructions and the floor timber spacing’s are different, this will mean that the floorboard screws will not follow a straight line throughout the finished floor, my OCD would not allow this, so I had to take apart the floor timbers and make sure that were all in line. Not a big job, but as its the first thing to do, undoing your work is a bit demotivational.

The walls progressed quickly, simply slotting into each other, a bit of persuasion with the mallet helps to ensure the wood interlocks. I opted to have the window on the left of the door as you look from the outside, the reason for this is that we wanted a seat under the window which would be in a corner and the door would open with an internal wall on the right enabling the light switches to be easily operated without walking across a dark room to operate the lights.

Dunster House provide spare parts, so it may look like you have bits left over from the wall build, but this is intentional which was unexpected but welcome as we did have a couple of lengths with a twist in them.

Once the walls are up, roof joists tie the gable ends together, this is the only doggy part of the build, as for a moment in time, the gables are unsupported.

With the roof joists in, the next step is to board the roof making sure to use the roof boards and NOT the floorboards, they are different dimensions, so if you start cutting roof boards, your doing it wrong!

The construction guide says to leave a 2mm gap in the tongue & groove for expansion rather than have each piece butted up to each other, what we found was that as the wood had been outdoor for a while it had started to twist, the only way to get the boards to engage throughout their length with the next piece was to use a flooring clamp to pull the pieces into shape, this worked really well, but took ages. It was important to get this right as the boards are the cabins ceiling finished surface.

The kit comes with a under-felt plastic barrier and felt shingles, an extra Dunster House offer is roof insulation for £858. I decided to install my variant of this warm roof system which cost ~£250.

The first step was to install a vapour barrier on top of the roof, once this was done, a 25mm wooden baton was secured all around the perimeter edge of the roof. Due to planning rules the building cannot be over 2.5m high, this limits the thickness of the insulation to 25mm, hence the insulation is the same thickness as the batons.

With the insulation boards cut and fitted to shape across the roof with the reflective side upwards, I used aluminium jointing tape to seal the boards, the insulation was then covered by 9mm plywood and screwed down, the roof boards are 19mm thick, so 50mm screws were used, but not driven too hard as I didn’t want them to show inside the cabin ceiling.

The plywood joints and screw heads were covered with a waterproof tape and a waterproof membrane was rolled out on top of this. I tried to used the plastic sheet which came with the cabin kit, but it was impossible to get it to lay flat, so this was discarded.

The last stem in the warm roof process was to installed the roof felt shingles and affix them with the supplied galvanised clout nails.

The Tip for cutting felt shingles is to change the blade after 4 cuts maximum. The shingles go down quickly and I had a pack and a half left over, so they do give you plenty.

Once the roof is complete, the boards for the gutters and end boards go on. Dunster House wanted £330 for the rainwater kits which included water butts, I bought the same system parts from B&Q for £150, if you keep the receipt you can take unused parts back for a refund which worked really well for us.

Floor

Once the cabin was watertight we could focus on getting the floor down, the cost for an insulated floor was £300, so like the roof, we bought the materials from a local builders merchant and saved money. I fixed small blocks to the side of the floor beams to keep the insulating board off the floor and allow an air flow, the insulation boards were cut with a saw, and pushed into place and all joints sealed with tape or expanding foam where needed, before the floorboards were screwed down, we used the flooring clamp to get the wood to fit in order to get the finish we wanted.

Finish & Interior

I bought the wood stain from Dunster House and applied two coats as per the recommendation, the stain dries very quickly and runs easily, so take your time as the finish is worth it. The stain is a quality make and I couldn’t find it cheaper elsewhere, 2x 2.5l tins is more than enough for at least two coats of the cabin, windows and doors.

The double doors need door hook & eye stays to keep them open, these are a lot cheaper online than from Dunster House.

I undertook the electrical works, this involved digging a trench to carry 1x 25mm flexible conduit containing 3x Cat5e data cables and a Coax cable for the TV, also in the trench was a 6mm 2 core SWA for power, inside the cabin I used a 6 way consumer unit with RCBO’s. For ease of installation and future expansion if needed, I used dado trunking around the complete perimeter at low level, I was advised that the wood will move with humidity, so the trunking is fixed to one length of wood and not screwed to bridge separate lengths. All electrical bits came from TLC Electrical and they are my go to supplier. Within the dado trunking is partition separation between the data and TV cable and the power circuits.

The cabin has a WiFi Access Point as well as hard wired tap points for flexibility.

Lighting is by 300mm x 300mm LED panels, 4 on each side of the cabin, 8 in total.

Time to Relax

Floor tiles were fitted as the plain floorboards got too dirty with all the construction works, the tiles were good condition used ones and bought locally from Fuller Gray Carpet Tiles.

The only part of the cabin I didn’t do was the installation of the Samsung split unit Air Conditioning, this has the facility to heat or cool, this was sized to give 5kW of cooling or 6kW of heating, this method of heating uses less electricity for the comparable output than using traditional heaters.

We are very happy with the quality of the cabin and the all year round usable space it has given us, I would recommend this to anyone.

SGC Auto-Tuner SG-237 Repair

I have had the SG-237 for nearly 5 years and it has worked perfectly matching my random length wire across the bands, due to changes to the garden, I had to power down the SG-237 for a few weeks, on powering up, nothing would tune.

Checking current to the tuner showed that no power was being drawn, so off came the lid, and out came the voltmeter.

Tracing 12v through the circuit, it appeared their was a break between jumper J5 and the fuse holder, (the 2A fuse was in tact), but I couldn’t see any damage to the PCB tracks.

The reply from the SGC support ticket was within two days and their tech support said this was a very unusual fault and bridging from J5 to the base of the fuse holder was fine.

I can only deduce that the track link is made within one of the layers of the multi layer PCB, I did try and re float all the relevant solder connections, but this didn’t work unfortunately.

In the end, I soldered a link from the diode, bypassing J5 as I’ll never remove the link to the fuse holder, this link now removes another future point of failure and everything works just fine 🙂

Bird Bath Auto Water Fill

start pic

I bought my bird bath second hand for £10 and have had it for several years, I’ve always hated the colour and topping it up with the watering can every day was getting to be a pain.

So I thought I would ‘ kill two birds with one stone’, (I know, not the best phase considering the context), anyway, a nice little project in the making.

My original design ended up way to complex, the plan was to use a Programmable Logic Controller to drain the bowl and refill it everyday, plus some other tweaks such as overfilling the bath to flush out waste and only draining down at night etc.

I did a relality check and simplified the design to simply fill when the level in the bowl gets low, however, the plumbing manifold was made to allow auto draining if I choose to do it later.

Current Operation – This is very simple and needs no manual intervention. With the water supply and power on, the liquid level controller keeps the solenoid fill valve closed as long as a circuit is made via the water from the common connector (metal tank connector) to the low level brass stud.

When the water level drops below the low level stud and the contact to the common connector is missing, the controller, after a short delay, powers the fill solenoid valve and water enters the bird bath, once the water touches the upper contact (high level), the solenoid power is removed and the valve closes.

How it was made – As the bird bath is made of plastic and the top bowl lifts off the column, I was able to put hardware out of view inside the base.

First job was to drill and fit the 15mm Tank Connector (£2.79) and a small length of 15mm copper pipe in the top bowl, this will connect to the filling manifold via a push fit coupling, the copper stub will also act as a ‘Common’ connector for the level sensor circuit.

dish
dish top
visio

The manifold is made of 15mm copper pipe with end fed fittings, the manifold is connected via a 15mm ‘push fit’ connection to the bowl stub, thiis makes maintenance very easy as it all comes apart quickly. The finished pipework is fully lagged.

inserted manifold

The liquid level control PCB was off eBay (£3.65 and) fitted neatly inside an IP rated enclosure I already had, in the picture above you can see an earth wire which is soldered to the stub pipe from the bowl and the black cable is a two core to the high and low level stud contacts.

Studs

The solenoid is 1/2″ version, 12vDC and connects to the water supply via 15mm tap connectors with fibre washers (£1.50 @ B&Q), I fitted a flywheel diode across the terminals to avoid pitting the PCB relay contacts, the valve was off eBay and cost £4.32.

The studs are Pan Head 12mm x 4mm brass machine screws commonly used for metal conduit box lids, the studs are positioned at the low level and high level marks. On the underside I have used hot melt glue to secure the sensor connecting wire.

Finished bb

Finished project and a new colour, Winsor Green. The water supply to the bird bath is via a hose from an outside tap, the connection at the bird bath is via a hozelok connector with an isolating ball valve, the valve is ‘gagged in’ so the when the solenoid opens, the bath fill is quite slow,

12vDC to power the circuit board and solenoid is fed from an external IP rated socket with a small plug in PSU.

UFH Controller Upgrade

I installed 150W/M electric underfloor heating in the kitchen and utility, each area was controlled using a seperate TS700 programmable touch screen controller, these were bought off eBay for £20 each.

ts700
TS700 UFH Controller

TS700-Thermostat-instructions

The TS700 worked fine but wasn’t very user friendly to programme and so you ended up not making any changes after the initial setup.

Looking for an alernative controller which will be within my buget and fit the same footprint as the TS700 and be Smart, I came across the BHT-002 series of WiFi enabled Thermostats on Aliexpress.com.

The Smart aspect means I can use an App (Beca Smart) to control and programme the controller, also as its App based, I can share permissions with familiy so they also can control the floor heating, another bonus is the ability to have control via Alexa.

Moes
BHT-002-GBLW UFH Controller

BHT-002 Series Instructions

The BHT-002 Series of controller has different versions, the one I selected was 240v AC and capable of switching 16A, it has a backlit display and WiFi connectivity.

Connection to the iPhone App was painless and the instructions an setup are considerably easier than the TS700, the cost from Aliexpress was £20 each, unfortunatly I had to pay £11.07 Customs Duty when they came into the UK, but they were a breeze to swop over from the TS700 and work perfectly.

A nice touch is the comfort light on the controller to show it is powered, all in all, a really good move to make the change.

Longwire supporting steel tube replacement with GRP

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New RED GRP tube delivered next day from Engineering Composites Ltd.

Link to previous blog on the longwire installation: HERE

The existing steel tube is outside of my physical strength to bring down from the vertical and put back up again, I was very reliant on a local scaffolder to do this for me, for which I was ever grateful.

My intention has always been to replace the galvanised steel 6m scaffold tube supporting my longwire with a lightweight Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) composite version, the two main reasons are maintainability and performance.

Performance is related to the effect on the antennas radiation pattern by the influence of the steel tube, use of a non conducting supporting tube will remove this effect.

The 6m tube in RED was bought from Engineered Composites Ltd of Chester, the total cost including VAT and UK Delivery was £130.54.

Product Code TU627IR

The GRP scaffold tube is only available from Engineering Composites in 6m lengths and in either Red or Yellow, I choose red as it was going to painted light grey anyway and red is way cooler than yellow, didn’t want the neighbours to think I’d installed a Gas vent pipe :-).

red pole

I used Ultra Grip Primer before applying the top coat, and it seems ok, time will tell how effective it has been.

pole up

GRP tube installed without any assistance as its 75% lighter than its steel equivalent, I noticed that the tube has a greater deflection that the steel version which is only to be expected, the highest wind the steel tube had to cope with was a gust of 62mph, so it will be interesting to see how this copes with wind!

Spirovent RV2 Installation

The bedroom over the garage was always colder than the rest of the bedrooms, I decided to remove the existing single radiator and replace it with a Stelrad Compact K2 double radiator, this will give a heat output of 1645 Watts against the original radiators 907 Watts.

As the heating system needed to be drained down to enable me to make pipework modifications, I thought this would be a good time to add an air separator into the system.

My system already has two Automatic Air Vents, the difference with an air separator is that the heated water passes through a ‘packing’ which creates a turbulent water flow, any entrained air or micro bubbles are liberated, rising to the top of the device and vented.

The unit was very easy to install, the instructions contained a cutting gauge and the fitting location was ideal.

spiro out

I had just enough room to install the Spirovent RV2 on the bottom pipe which is the flow from the boiler, the manufactures instructions suggest that the unit should be installed at the point where the heated exit water is the hottest, so this was ideal.

After the radiator was replaced and the Spirovent RV2 installed, I slowly used my filling loop via a pressure regulator to refill the system, checking for leaks and venting the system until all are had been removed and the pressure stabilised at 1.5 bar.

After the system had been running for a few days and all the air had been vented, I used the Magnaclean Pro 2 as a dosing pot, and replenished the Fernox F1, again after a few days I used the Fernox test kit to confirm that the inhibitors concentration was satisfactory.

On Youtube one of the respected UK plumbing engineer asserted that the circulating heating water should be treated more like a heat transfer medium and more effort should be paid to its treatment, going so far as to say that the customer shouldn’t top the system up with the filling loop, introducing aerated water. He has a point, but in reality this will never happen.

Electric Mat Under Floor Heating Installation Alert

As a DIY home improvent project, I’m installing electric mat underfloor heating, whilst researching this I noted in the American market they sold a device called ‘Loudmouth‘ which warns of damage to to the heating cable during installation, rather then complete the floor only to find the heating cable was not working!loudmouth

In the UK underfloor heating manufactures sell a version of ‘Loudmouth’, the prices vary from £9.99 to £30.00,  I bought one online for £10.49 inc P & P after searching the internet in vain for a schematic in order to build one. (Damage-Sensor-Instructions).

As I’m installing more than one mat at the same time in different areas, I thought I’d simulate the one I bought and make a quick blog.

The parts were from eBay apart from those I had in the workshop, total cost £5.61:

  • 4.5v (3 x AA) battery box with integral switch –  £1.84
  • S8050 Transistors (Pk 5) or J3Y for SMD – £0.99
  • 3v Buzzer (Pk 2) – £2.38
  • Resistors, LED, Veroboard already had.

UFH
Completed home made unit

Alerter Schematic

schematic

All the parts fit neatly inside a battery box in the space left by the lack of one of the AA batteries, the unit works on 3v, so only two batteries are needed.

veroboard

How To Use

Before unboxing the underfloor heating mat, measure and record the mats element resistance and resistance to the sheath, if this meets with the manufactures instructions, the alert unit can be connected after the mat is laid out.

Turning on, the LED will light and the buzzer will sound, the LED stays permanently lit, this acts as a confidence check that the unit has power.

Connecting the Brown and Blue wires together will silence the buzzer, touching the Green/Yellow wire to the connected Brown and Blue wires will cause the buzzer to sound.

In use, the Brown, Blue and Green/Yellow wires will be connected to the underfloor heating mat cold lead cable wires, the heating element wires are a continuous circuit, damaging the cable will  break the circuit  causing the buzzer to sound and alerting you to stop and check and repair the damage before progressing. The element wires are contained within an earthed sheath, the Green/Yellow monitors the sheath for shorts circuits to the elements, and will again alert if damage is detected.

Logic table for the alert to sound
  • Brown & Blue – Open Circuit
  • Green/Yellow, Brown & Blue – Short Circuit
  • Green/Yellow & Brown – Short Circuit
  • Green/Yellow & Blue –  Short Circuit

Sonoff to Homebase Air Conditioning Unit – 636212

I’ve had a Homebase portable air conditioning unit (Model 636212) for ages, the unit removes 9000BTU of heat and is ideal for my home office, especially with the hot weather we are experiencing at the moment (May, June July 2018).

Homebase AC

I have a number of Sonoff devices so I thought I’d add remote control to the air conditioning unit, using a Jog Switch (SKU437888).

Jog Switch

The Homebase unit is turned on and off via a simple push to make button, wiring the Sonoff relay normally open contacts in parallel across the on/off switch allows a single pulse from the relay contacts to either start or stop the air conditioning unit.

on/off

The low voltage to the Sonoff is from the internal Power Supply Board, this gives out 17v DC which is well within the operating range of the device (7v -30v AD/DC).

unboxed

The picture above shows the unboxed module fixed for testing,  total cost was £6.50 and took about 30 minutes, what makes this more impressive is that the EWeLink App allows ‘Scenes’ to be setup with other Sonoff devices.

I have set the Server Cabinet Sonoff which operates the internal fan to trigger the air conditioning at 34°C, turning OFF when the temperature falls below 31°C.

Project Lightning Chatteris Roll Out Map

Chatteris Virgin Media Installation

Project Lightning – Virgin Media Chatteris cabinet location map:      

The Pin map shows the position of street cabinets, hovering over each pin will show its location and cabinet number, the see images of the cabinet, click the green circular cross below the map:

  • GREEN pins are completed VMSD1i Street Cabinets – either L3 or L4 (identifier stenciled on cabinet);
  • RED pins are not identified Street Cabinets;
  • PURPLE pins are Main Node locations (VMVH1);
  • BLUE pins are VMDD3I Double Cabinet;
  • RED CROSS pins denote photographs need updating.

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AG0507 - Fairway L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.447268487182264,0.041440820787101984

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AG0510 - Fairway L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.44553967010164,0.04184583434835076

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AG05 - Gibside Avenue L3 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.44760034690668,0.04097545752301812

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AG0506 - Harold Heading Close L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.448121018332074,0.04368046531453729

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AF0511 - Boadicea Court L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45552500281696,0.05083794007077813

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AG0107? - Huntingdon Road Cabinet 52.45143126569499,0.03976444015279412

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AG0306 - Woodside L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45030417483517,0.04959607729688287

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AG0410 - Fairbairn Way L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.44454485429467,0.04348466405645013

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AF0508 - High Street L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45626155825046,0.048900735564529896

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AG0204 - St Martins Close L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.454489434738356,0.05618457798846066

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AF0509 - High Street L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45693961966269,0.04811415681615472

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AG0104 - Wimpole Street L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45311980469666,0.045556670520454645

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AG0112 & AG0113 - Burnsfield Street L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45488696489861,0.04322786349803209

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L4 - Burnsfield Street

AG0112 is duplicated in Linden Drive

AG0113 is duplicated in Eden Crescent

AG0402 - Reed Close L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.447672276763555,0.045292472932487726

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AG0403 - Blackthorn Close L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.44743850429926, 0.04452536115422845

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AG0405 - Mayfly Close L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.44708375630174,0.043182915542274714

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AG0206 - The Shrubbery L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45351605745769,0.052048349753022194

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Birch Close

AG0301 - Victoria Street L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.452743852922225,0.047703778836876154

VM Cabinet

VM cabinet

VM Cabinet

L4 - Victoria Street

AF0502 - St Francis Drive L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45656719921685, 0.05488474387675524

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

L4 - St Francis Drive

AG0409 - Blackmill Road L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.44510398114509,0.04354233155027032

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

L4 - Blackmill Road

AG0207 - Church Walk L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45364519958683,0.05185750429518521

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

AG0207

L4 - Church Walk

AF0105? - Pound Road Cabinet 52.46163833844426,0.045072531793266535

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

Pound Road

AG0101 - Station Street L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45376054988989,0.0439473451115191

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

AG0101

Station Street

AG0304 - South Park Street L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45162974492057,0.04827716387808323

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

Microduct joints

L4 - South Park Street

AF0403 - Queensway L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.457581943678406,0.06257126340642571

VM Cabinet

AF0403

L4 - Queensway

AG0408 - Marion Way L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.44532573448797,0.04649211186915636

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

L4 - Marian Way

AG0309 - Eastwood L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.44674614533316,0.04998045042157173

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cab

L4 - Eastwood

AG0308 - Eastwood L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.44824921842216,0.05029016174376011

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cab

L4 - Eastwood

AF0401 - New Road - Middle L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45731413104696,0.06130327004939318

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

AF0401

L4 - New Road

AF04 - New Road - Top L3 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45742573048203,0.06275036372244358

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

AF04

L3 - New Road

AG0210 - Cricketers Way L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.44875722580955,0.05703282658942044

VM Cabinet

Cabinet

L4 - Cricketers Way

AG0211 - Cricketers Way L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.44843979371819,0.05873972782865167

VM Cabinet

Cabinet

L4 - Cricketers Way

AG0407 - Eastbourne Road L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.44584375064751,0.04618296632543206

VM Cabinet

3 feb 18

VM Cabinwt

L4 - Eastbourne Road

AG0401 - Whitemill Road L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.447006333601905,0.046714735217392445

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

L4 - Whitemill Road

AG0503 - Fairway L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.44943883820207,0.042991829104721546

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

L4 - Fairway

AG0502 - Westbourne Road L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45006387762218,0.041541403625160456

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

L4 - Westbourne Road

AG0501 - Westbourne Road L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.44986065330227,0.04327309434302151

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

L4 - Westbourne Road

AG0102 - Haigh's Close L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.4535684907657,0.042545890901237726

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

L4 - Haigh's Close

AG0305 - London Road L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45021753721562,0.04770914325490594

VM Cabinet

L4 - London Road

AG0113 - Eden Crecent L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45171801438014,0.04737057723104954

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

L4 - Eden Crescent

AG0113 is duplicated in Burnsfield Street

AG0202 - The Elms L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45336662346431,0.05824083695188165

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

AG0202

The Elms

AG0201 - The Elms L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45384623557197,0.0606475118547678

AG0201

 The Elms

AF0304 Slade Way L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45833235687413,0.047755432315170765

VM Cabinet

Slade Way

AF0302 & AF0303 Slade Way L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.4582424662961,0.04716802854090929

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

Slade Way

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AG0505 - Southampton Place L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.4482370855346,0.0455003441311419

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

L4 - Southampton Place

AG0504 - Southampton Place L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.44897189826159,0.045289790723472834

VM Cabinet

Southampton Place

AG0307 - Wood Street L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.44892040455444,0.04923666128888726

VM Cab

L4 - Wood Street

AG0209 - Wenny Road L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.449197489030865,0.054739213082939386

VM Cabinet

L4 - Wenny Road

AF0505 - Farriers Gate L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.454876110793315,0.06032089004293084

L4 Farriers Gate

AF0501 - St Peters Drive L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45625338600299, 0.053717982955276966

VM

St Peters Drive

AF03 High Street L3 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45652937728379,0.04874849924817681

VM Cabinet

 

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet AF03

L3 - High Street

AF0311 Wesley Drive L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45801015448342,0.05575979361310601

Wesley Drive

Highway termination box

AG03 - Eastwood L3 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.44861879734661,0.050019866321235895

L3 Cab

L3 - Eastwood

AF0305 Lindsells Walk L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.4572340448707,0.049254787154495716

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet AF0305

Lindsells Walk

AG0212 - Wenny Estate L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.447770362742745,0.055896586272865534

VM Cabinet

L4 - Wenny Estate

AG0103 - Clare Street L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45310018990083,0.04034245619550347

VM Cabinet

L4 - Clare Street

AF0406 - Green Park L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45603028306109,0.06079901475459337

AF0406

L4 - Green Park

AF0507 - New Road L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.456626626320876,0.051002895925194025

 

AF0507

New Road

AF0301 Ravencroft L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45917055214363,0.046117252204567194

Ravenscroft

AF05 - New Road L3 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45672877843942,0.05324254045262933

AF05VM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Road

AF0504 - Bridle Close L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45577262533811,0.058989173267036676

VM Cabinet

L4 - Bridle Close

AG0106 - Park Street L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45388010116374,0.049190414138138294

VM location

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

AG0106

AG0106

L4 - Park Street

AF0614 - The Hawthorns L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45679765437155,0.047277999110519886

VM Cab

L4 - The Hawthorns

AF0407 - Green Park L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.456531241566196,0.06180484313517809

Af0407

L4 - Green Park

AF0503 - Bridle Close L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45572649964174,0.05767252296209335

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

L4 - Bridle Close

Work commenced 26 Oct 17 completed 3 Nov 17.

Stencilled 23 Jan 18.

Made live 26 Jan 18.

AF0404 - Newlands Road L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45853910450727,0.062362742610275745

AF0404

L4 - Newlands Road

AG0208 - Wenny Road L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.451324427259976,0.05182970780879259

cabinet

L4 - Wenny Road

AG01 & AG0112 - Linden Drive L3 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45215644739025,0.044802320189774036

VM Cabinets

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

AG01

AG01 L2

L3 & L4 - Linden Drive

AG0112 is duplicated in Burnsfield Street

AF0307 Curlew Avenue L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.458205335304854,0.05174257792532444

Curlew Avenue

AF0310 Augustus Way L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.458938883645615,0.054393208120018244

Augustus Way

AG0303 - Wenny Road L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.451867121936964,0.05137105006724596

VM Cabinet

L4 - Wenny Road

AF0506 - Saddlers Way L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45471765332056,0.057400959776714444

VM Cabinet

L4 - Saddlers Way

AG0111 - York Road L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45081441893827,0.04429270047694445

VM Cab

L4 - York Road

AF0306? - New Road Cabinet 52.45654776472326,0.04891881952062249

New Road

AG0205 - Juniper Drive L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.4532697758677,0.05541110644116998

AG0205

Juniper Drive

AF0101 & AF0102 Doddington Road L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.46805554397529,0.03911750391125679

Doddington Road

AF0103 Doddington Road L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.465405812381725,0.04259088076651096

Doddington Road

AF0308 Mallard Close L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.4582530897376,0.05069245118647814

Mallard Close

 

AF0402 - The Orchards L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.457115549750924,0.057328236289322376

AF00402

L4 - The Orchards

AF0110 Latham Way L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.457632839896824,0.043042791076004505

Latham Way

AF0109 Marritt Close L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45874631083253, 0.04325070418417454

Marritt Close

AF0111 Quaker Way L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45782779255462,0.04492976702749729

Quaker Way

AF0112 Ash Grove L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.4576325845221,0.0467403419315815

Ash Grove

AF0602 Horsegate Gardens L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.455337829300376,0.044648218899965286

VM Cabinet

L4 Horsegate Gardens

AF0603 Horsegate Gardens L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45536398103069,0.04503445699810982

VM Cabinet

Horsegate Gardens

AG0311 - Tithe Road L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.443571448810765,0.048371292650699615

VM Cabinet

L4 - Tithe Road

AG0310 - Tithe Road L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.444176160818074,0.04846768453717232

VM Cabinet

L4 - Tithe Road

AG0312 - Tithe Road L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.44340029275607,0.04709162749350071

VM Cabinet

L4 - Tithe Road

AF0608 - Treeway L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45411051930238,0.042314864695072174

VM Cab

L4 - Treeway

AF0605 Station Street L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45433935279353,0.047861672937870026

VM Cabinet

Station Street

AF0408 - Green Park L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45596454715728,0.06386079825460911

AF0408

L4 - Green Park

AG0109 - Huntingdon Road L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.4520640412153,0.04118833690881729

VM Cabinet

L4 - Huntingdon Road

AG0108 - Huntingdon Road L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.4522078862328,0.04434261471033096

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L4 - Huntingdon Road

AF0601 Horsegate Gardens L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.455552661218405,0.047440314665436745

VM Cabinet

Horsegate Gardens

AF0206 - Gull Way L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.46061546495731,0.048162080347537994

Gull Way

 

AF0607 Station Street L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.453881684622154,0.04417095333337784

VM Cabinet

Station Street

AF0209 Drake Avenue L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.460298922714486,0.0496611837297678

Drake Avenue

AF0104 Bridge Street L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.461956071200554,0.04530527628958225

Bridge Street

AF0203 Lode Way L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.4618248723383,0.04829992074519396

Lode Way

AF02 Lode Way L3 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.46154868443245,0.04892755765467882

L3 - Lode Way

AF0204 Kingfisher Close L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.46205739383792,0.05023517645895481

Kingfisher Close

AF0205 Lode Way L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.461073573853504,0.049655819311738014

Lode Way

AF01 Angoods Lane L3 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.46030219131336,0.04400172270834446

L3 - Angoods Lane

AF0208 Tern Gardens L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.459815167410554,0.04806795157492161

Tern Gardens

 

AF0108 Angoods Lane L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45954014157026,0.04322249908000231

Angoods Lane

AF0106 Angoods Lane L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.460512555781456, 0.04489619750529528

Angoods Lane

AF0107 Angoods Lane L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.460576752749645,0.04488685168325901

Angoods lane

AF0202 Dock Road L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.4618248723383,0.045861792750656605

Dock Road

AF0201 Bridge Street L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.46119078155108,0.045134914107620716

Bridge Street

AF0207 Black Horse Lane L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.46029356016901,0.045218062587082386

Background

The cabinet backs onto a Grade 2 listed house and a black one was requested as it matches the surrounds a lot better than a grey one.  A point to note is that the ground level in the house is lower than the pavement. The contractors started digging up in front of one of the windows put a grey cabinet and it was a foot above the bottom of the window and as the house is lower inside when you looked out the top of the cabinet was eye height. The owners asked if they could move it down the street more which they did but then backfield the hole they dug with hardcore they took out and left it. With have requested several times for last 2/3 months if it can be re-tarmac to stop water running into the house which is going to collect there.

12 Nov 17, ground under window not restored.

Black Horse Lane

AF0309 St Stephens Drive L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45916914763152,0.05403582472354174

VM Cabinet

VM Cabinet

St Stephens Drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen's Drive

AF0210 Gull Way L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45994218433571,0.04969332832843065

Gull Way

AF0211 Furrowfields Road L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.4591189426775,0.04989990033209324

Furrowfields Road

AF0113 High Street L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45769979910717,0.04722867161035538

High Street

AF06 & AF0604 Station Street L3 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.454221667146655,0.046456195414066315

L3 & L4 - Station Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

AG0302 - East Park Street L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45278326160457,0.05068335682153702

VM Cabinet

L4 - East Park Street

Area AG - VMVH1 Nodal Cabinet Eastwood VMVH1 Nodal Cabinet 52.44843322921627,0.049964357167482376

VMVH1 – 1800 W x 1700 H x 650 D Nodal Cabinet (Virtual Hub)1 per 3000 homes.

The Nodal cabinets are connected to L3 street cabinets.

I asked permission of the road workers before I took the picture, the cabinet was unlocked and open.

Cabinet in the locked open position 18 Nov 17

Eastwood

Area AF - VMVH1 Nodal Cabinet Furrowfields Road VMVH1 Nodal Cabinet 52.45850483958044, 0.04997299511160236

Work Commenced 14 May 17

Smaller cabinet is for electrical metering.

Nodal cabinet feeds L4 street cabinets

Furrowfields Road

AF0312 St Pauls Drive L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45786374914649,0.05437650717794895

Work commenced 28 Aug 17

St Pauls Drive

AF0313 St Pauls Drive L4 - VMSD1i Cabinet 52.45696809438717,0.054993415251374245

Work commenced 28 Aug 17

St Pauls Drive

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