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pellets central heating in portugal

pellets central heating in portugal Pellets central heating in portugal is not something that you think of much when buying a property here. Its more likely that you are thinking of good food, low cost wine and beautiful countryside and beaches. However once the Autumn nights are upon us and you are spending more time indoors. Thoughts of  heating your home cost effectively come to the fore. You may not have had or used a pellet fired central heating system before so they can be a little confusing to help you heres a little Q&A. pellets central heating in portugal How much heat can I expect to get out of a pellet fire or boiler. Only slightly less that an equivalent capacity wood burner. Are pellets available locally and cheaply – Yes to both, Portugal makes wood pellets Do the fires make more  noise than a log fire. Yes they do make a whirring noise as the pellets are fed into the fire. It can be a little annoying if you are reading quietly but its a lot better than having to get up, go out and load up logs in the winter or rain. Do you have to have a flue or chimney with a pellet fire. Yes treat then just like a log burner. You need an appropriate chimney and ash disposal. Whats an appropriate chimney. Each stove has a different width of flue pipe that it needs. Don be tempted to reduce this width. Install a flue damper and ensure that your chimney is above the roof tiles at the correct height. There is lots of advice  available on the internet about this or follow the stoves installation manual. These stoves are very heavy and the flues high so allow 250 Euros or an installation of a pellet burner in Portugal.

pellets central heating in portugal

Whats the easiest way to learn Portuguese

Whats the easiest way to learn Portuguese

Whats the easiest way to meet Portuguese friends ? Whats the easiest way to become integrated into local life ? Whats the easiest way to prevent retirement boredom ? You guessed it the answers the same to all these questions. Have you thought of volunteering at your local council.

I took the web page from the SERTA Camra website as an example. Your own local council will be no doubt running the same sort of thing. Just go in and ask………………………………………………………..

Whats the easiest way to learn Portuguese     you could join Serta Volunteers Bank “By the Protocol signed between the City of Serta and the National Commission for the Promotion of Volunteering on April 17, 2009, the Bank was created Local Volunteer Serta – “The Seed of Reason” – an appeal to the exercise of civic solidarity through participation, cooperation, complementarity, gratuity, responsibility and convergence towards citizens, institutions, public services and local businesses. The Local Bank Volunteer of Serta’s mission is to promote and publicize volunteering in Serta county, facilitating the match between supply and demand of volunteers and institutions that promote volunteering. The Local Bank Volunteer of Serta’s main objectives are: – Strengthen the identity of volunteer work; – Foster the emergence of local initiatives targeted for volunteer work – Develop and implement Volunteer Programs, in partnership with organizations promoting – Forward and monitor the inclusion of volunteers in promoting institutions – Develop activities for collecting and distributing goods to people with socio-economic difficulties

The Local Bank Volunteer of Serta is based on the premises of Bank Resources Serta, Old School in St. Anthony. For any additional information or clarification, contact the Department of Social Action of the City Council of Serta, by phone 274 600 300 or e-mail address social@cm-serta.pt.

Whats the easiest way to learn Portuguese

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English speaking builders in Portugal

English-speaking builders in Portugal

Choosing a builder Portugal, Portuguese or English builder in Portugal, British builders in Portugal, English-speaking builders in Portugal, Recommend a builder in Portugal, how to choose a builder in Portugal, need a builder Portugal, References for a builder Portugal How to choose a builder in Portugal. You may be in the position of needing someone to build your new home in Portugal or to carry out refurbishment work on your old house in Portugal. You may just want a swimming pool and patio built or an extension. Where do you start.

We have often seen people posting on the expat orientated sites asking people to recommend a good “English-speaking builder in Portugal”. This may be opening up a can of worms tackling such a topic but there is some good advise and pitfalls to avoid highlighted in the following. We believe that working with a builder on your new home or beloved rustic property is a little like going on holiday with friends. You feel that you trust them and like them at the beginning but at the end of the holiday you either never want to see them again or feel that they have added greatly to your holiday enjoyment. Trouble is its hard to tell before you arrange your trip !

Lets look at some basics. Most people want to deal with someone who they can communicate freely with which normally means that they speak the clients language fluently. So far so good. If the builder is not British he may be able to speak the language but is unlikely to have the life experience to understand the nuances, fashions, descriptive terms used and so on. This often leads to expensive mistakes the rectification of which will have to be paid for, normally by you. To give an easy example we work with two different firms of architects who speak fluent English. Both of whom contact us regularly to ask us what is meant by such and such a phrase. The fact that they have to contact us causes delay in their work and often requires us to meet with them to fully describe or draw what was meant by the phrase. Its not a problem for us but it highlights that even in email communication words have many meanings. Obviously clear communication is essential for a successful project. We have mentioned the builders and Architects but what about the other side of the coin the clients. Very often without realizing it the clients don’t communicate with each other before starting the construction process. Nor do they communicate clearly what they want. They frequently change their minds during the building process or let the builder decide what to do This often leads to expensive mistakes the rectification of which will have to be paid for. We work like the pivot of a child’s seesaw. Client on one side and builders,electricians, architects, planners, carpenters, plumbers and tilers on the other. A major part of our role is to keep the seesaw level and we do this with very good communication between all parties. We use Skype calls, emails, architects plans, lots of photographs, web links and sketches and of course face to face site meetings. It’s crucial to allow the clients to change their minds and to give them time and space for their decision process. Equally the decisions must be planned so that materials are not bought and then can not be used. Occasionally we see English construction workers offering to come to Portugal to carry out construction work on behalf of people living here. This may solve the builder client communication problem but what about the others. How do they buy materials at a good price without speaking Portuguese. Communicate with Council planning officers, architects and the utility suppliers. They will not have a Portuguese building license nor insurance will not know the Portuguese building regulations or methods.

English speaking builders in Portugal