Aha! - I think I now understand:
IMM must actually be some type of reptile... hence the 21c most of us
humans find pleasant, he will find "freezing". Presumably he needs to
crawl out from under his stone onto a hot rock for a few hours each
morning before being able to function well enough to post to Usenet.
- this could explain allot! ;-)
I think the point I was making is that the amount of re-radiation you
get from a (relatively) cool tile is very very low compared to that from
direct sunlight. Most of the heat transfer to the air in the loft will
be via convection and some by conduction. (i.e. the same principle as
the incorrectly named "radiators" in your central heating).
During the day am running a fan temporarily mounted in place of
the vent in one eave end of the roof.
Temperatures have been what are considered, here, hot. That is
75+ Fahrenheit but we do find high humidity worse than the
The fan keeps the attic roof space at the same temperature as the
air; without it the heat build up due to the sun shining on the
built up pitch and gravel over tongue and groove lumber on
trusses is very high, probably plus 20-25 deg. F. And our roof
has plenty of vents all round the soffits and at the two ends!
It's now dark the air temperature is lower and I'm still running
the fan to remove any residual heat in the roof structure, I'll
turn it off when we go to bed. Our ceilings are well insulated
but even so cooling the roof space/attic does seem to make the
Anyway the fan seems to help a lot.
It's not such a sophisticated solution, but I wouldn't be without my 3KW fan
heater, which also has a cool setting. It has the great benefit that it can
be moved from room to room. Over the last couple of days the cool setting
has been bliss, since I can focus the moving air exactly where I want. It
may not technically cool the room, but it feels as if it does, and that's
I primarily keep it in case the central heating ever breaks down, just as I
keep a few candles and matches in case of a power cut. But it's also useful
for quick spot heating, and as a very fast hairdryer in an emergency.
Although I've never tried it, I imagine it could also be used as a quick
fabric drier - you know, if you need to rinse spaghetti sauce off of your
favourite party frock without getting changed in the middle of your dinner
In other words, it can be of use all year round and for several purposes -
far more sensible than blowing a fortune, I think, during a
It's not "once in several years". The temperature and or humidity gets way
to high every year for a good three months. Why bother with the central
heating? After all, mostly you don't need it. I mean, just for December,
Jan, Feb, it's hardly worth it, eh?
And not at all confusing ;P
I took the tyke reference to infer small, but I guess it depends where you
come from ... doesn't it mean child in most cases? Is there some Black
Country meaning I've missed?? ;)
If not a gal ... a woman or a lady I wonder ....??
Yes it does. I thought everyone knew a Yorkshireman (causing more confusion)
was a Tyke!
Some authorities suggest that "tyke" (lower case) is a naughty or scruffy
child. Not the same thing at all as a Tyke, fully capitalised.
I have nothing to do with the Black Country ... it's not personal, just a
matter of geography.
Well, "gal" suggests someone young. I'm not young. A woman definitely. I
have no title - except Mistress (normally shortened to Mrs but in the line
I'm in I'm usually known as Mistress.
"Miss" is also short for Mistress but I'm properly married and have the
fading monochrome photographs to prove it.
Just as well we understand each other so well ... ;)
Just because of the heat? I thought it was a lot more bearable last night.
Still have the ceiling fan on full in the bedroom and windows open wide mind
you. Actually pulled a sheet over me in the early hours for the first time
in a couple of weeks!
You can't be right mate! It's easy to get warm and keep warm in almost any
situation, it's nigh on impossible to keep cool and continue with everyday
activities in recent weeks. As for the Med, help yourself to the misery if
that's what you like, I shall be in Scotland or further north in the next
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