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General Discussion / Re: Gran Sasso Nuclear Threat
« Last post by Venatore on Today at 10:21:59 AM »
Part of my job Rusty but a pleasure too.
General Discussion / Re: Gran Sasso Nuclear Threat
« Last post by Rustychain on Yesterday at 10:11:37 PM »
I was somewhat cynical earlier but I think I should thank you for posting this. I'm not sure that it will affect our behaviour very much, but it's always better to be aware of the facts & thus able to make an informed decision rather than sleep-walking.
General Discussion / Re: Christmas Choral Performance - Bisenti Area
« Last post by Rustychain on Yesterday at 10:09:00 PM »
Thanks very much for posting that; we'll be going to one of the concerts & look forward to it very much.
General Discussion / Christmas Choral Performance - Bisenti Area
« Last post by randyhos on Yesterday at 11:35:54 AM »
The Coro Misticanto, Coro di Bisenti, and Bisenti Children's Choir will perform holiday music on 16 December in Bisenti(see attached advert).

The adult choruses will perform along with the Castilenti Band on 17 December at 17:00 in the Castilenti Convent and at 20:00 in the "multi-functional" building in Montefino.

Admission is free as always.
General Discussion / Re: BCS 20 promo code
« Last post by rometony on December 10, 2017, 02:26:35 PM »
Sorry I should have said you need to spend over 75 for the code to be active.
To get free delivery to Italy over 100.
We split the order and it was quite easy.
General Discussion / BCS 20 promo code
« Last post by rometony on December 10, 2017, 02:04:36 PM »
I have just the following code to obtain 20 off my first order from bcs

The code is a promotional one visible on some expat websites, and is valid until 31/12.
I did find some things expensive however but others similar to UK shelf price
Hope some of you find it useful.
General Discussion / Re: a pediatrician in Pescara
« Last post by thalamocortical on December 10, 2017, 01:36:29 PM »
Thank you for the greetings and advices. Looks like we need to practice Italian, and for the time being carry a dictionary with us.
General Discussion / Re: Gran Sasso Nuclear Threat
« Last post by Venatore on December 10, 2017, 11:57:19 AM »
Building regs in the UK stipulate for new builds that if you live in a Radon affected area you are obliged to install a Radon barrier and a passive sump if you have a solid slab bearing on the ground or a barrier and air bricks every 2m around the perimeter of a suspended floor. In older buildings you are not obliged to take any action at all.
A perfect barrier works perfectly however it's not uncommon for the barrier to be compromised during the build process with holes being cut for services and general abrasion by builders boots etc so that is why a sump is also specified for stabbed properties as a backup for failed barriers. When the build is complete a Radon test can be commissioned and if the radon levels are still high then the passive sump can be converted into an active sump by the addition of a fan which can enable dramatic reductions.
Building regs are very important but if there is insufficient diligence during the build process then failure results. Unfortunately many new builds fail their first test whether they have suspended or solid floors.
It's costs about 50 to have a Radon test and if you live in a Radon affected  area it is recommended you do so by every national health agency and the WHO. I think it's a relatively small cost and it enables the house holder to make an informed decision about their position and whether they wish to do anything about it.
I would add that in the UK the HSE stipulates that all workplaces  in Radon affected areas must carry out testing and reduce levels to below 400bq.
General Discussion / Re: Gran Sasso Nuclear Threat
« Last post by Relaxed on December 10, 2017, 01:45:28 AM »
Venatore has told me a load of really interesting stuff about radon, and how it can enter your house through fissures in a ground slab, and how it can be easily counteracted

I'd just like to point out that (afaik national Italian) buiding regs insist on a ventilated cavity between a habitable  'ground floor' and the real ground. So, while if you have an 'unrestored' and unventilated cantina, (with a fissured floor in contact with 'radon prone' ground), there is a remote possibility that radon gas could enter your first floor living spaces.

Or, if you are using ground floor spaces as habitation, without having complied with the requirement for sub-floor ventilation, then clearly radon gas could become a relevant consideration in those ground floor rooms.

In new build in Italy (I think also in the UK) the norm is for a 'suspended' ground floor, which isolates the habitable ground floor from the underlying geology. BUT, as always, builders want to keep it cheap, and if I was worried about radon gas infiltration I wouldn't be very sanguine about the 'granchio' solution so frequently (and entirely legally) adopted in Italy.

But, overall, I do favour the 'not worry about it' position taken by many posters. You are either going to get hit by a terrorist (like a 1 i n a million chance) or you get slowly poisoned by radon gas. Or you don't.
General Discussion / Re: Gran Sasso Nuclear Threat
« Last post by Venatore on December 09, 2017, 01:10:27 PM »
Yes, it's usually requested during the conveyance if you are in a Radon affected area.
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