Due to the success of my Psychotherapy and Counselling practice www.individualpsychotherapy.co.uk
I now work part-time as the Frome Handyman, which limits me to small jobs and projects, and/or patient customers!
Please consider this before enquiring.
aka The Frome Handyman.
with it's many energy inefficient traditional solid walled buildings is a
prime area for insulation installation. Of all energy saving measures,
insulation is always the first element to address. With energy prices
soaring, effective insulation installation is the best value for money
investment you can make. Installing or upgrading loft insulation with
fibreglass rolls or sheeps wool is often the simplest and most economic
investment to make.
other measures such as double or triple glazing, ground source heat
pumps, solar panels, windmills etc. grab the green headlines, research
shows that insulation offers the best pay-back time by far (its just
not so visibly green).
needs to be taken when choosing a form of insulation and where and how
it is placed, especially in the solid walled buildings of Frome. The
different materials used in insulation products (from sheeps wool to
polystyrene) have different thermal and vapour resistance properties.
A poorly designed insulation scheme can generate condensation, causing damp problems and decreased insulation performance detrimental to the health of the inhabitants and the building.
Generally the rule is that the condensation forms on the outside of the
insulation, so the nearer to the outside of the building it is placed
the better. Ignorance of the principles of building design and
materials can lead to costly mistakes that take some time to show up.
One example of this is the present vogue for retro-fitting cavity wall
insulation - the cavity is there for a purpose and filling it
effectively converts it to a solid wall construction potentially
allowing moisture to penetrate.
requires care in how it is placed. Cold bridges need to be avoided and
it is critical that ventilation of the cold side is maintained, increased or supplied. Lighting cables
and recessed lights need special attention, the latter being a common
cause of house fires.
of these considerations make insulation installation a job for someone
with the appropriate knowledge. I offer professional advice specific to
your property and your budget, along with a full fitting service.
housing densities along with the plethora of noise making devices we
have these days makes noise an instrusive and annoying problem. My
Buidling Surveying training explored solutions to both air-borne and
impact sound problems through the use of acoustic insulation. When
considering any alterations to a building it is worth considering the
placement of acoustic insulation installation rather than having the
expense of having to retro-fit it.