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  1. Rob Foster

    Rob Foster Top Contributor!!

    VIP ...visually impaired people. My colleague at Henshaws produces info,
    audio material and videos with sound for blind people, Henshaws are a charity and it all goes out free all over uk and Europe to smaller groups and individuals.
    He has asked I compile Few subjects with examples of how some everday aspects of ordinary plumbing and heating usage which might be problematic to vip could be explained. I have said I will .and ..this is all free ! anyone got sensible ideas about basic subjects we can cover in 3 min. Its quite good fun, close your eyes and work out a solution to a simple problem for a sighted householder . Thanks Rob
    Foster ...aka will get to see the results by the way.
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  2. Riley

    Riley S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Admirable rob. I’ll uave a pnder
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  3. scott_d

    scott_d Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Heating control via a smart speaker
    Tell it to set the temperature to 20 degrees
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  4. Mastermixlee

    Mastermixlee GSR

    Saw a radiator plug that sensed system pressure and sent alert to smart phone when system pressure had dropped.
    Maybe an adaptation of that idea and have it so it reads out the pressure when being topped up and verbal alerts when pressure loss.

    As I imagine topping up system pressure to correct point without vision would be incredibly difficult, but the solution wouldn't be that difficult to produce/manufacture.
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  5. bogrodder

    bogrodder Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    How many of these ideas are you quickly going to patent Rob;)
  6. Mastermixlee

    Mastermixlee GSR

    Oh and they already exist but if its something they're looking to give out to VIP's then I'd say the thermostatic radiator valves that actually click into position for each number so you don't need to see the number to know its in setting "3" position.
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  7. Rob Foster

    Rob Foster Top Contributor!!

    none, absolutely not, this is a legacy project for me , something
    which I can help produce, you can help and the world is better
    because of what we might produce collectively , there you go
    I have enough property etc already but really want and I WILL
    do this ...people that know me know the phrase ..
    .you all can help please if you want to
    Rob Foster ...centralheatking
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2019
  8. Rob Foster

    Rob Foster Top Contributor!!

    Thats ace ..I am compling a list
    for Henshaws to consider thats the 1 st ...there are were some trvs that clicked ...i know ..drayton 3 or 4 thank you
  9. Rob Foster

    Rob Foster Top Contributor!!

    Thats in a nutshell the problem
    there are no brail pressure gauges on any combis
  10. Rob Foster

    Rob Foster Top Contributor!!

    Dead right .'ok google.'.thats right in the zone thank you
  11. scott_d

    scott_d Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    What if there was a device that could automatically top up your system pressure and you would never have to worry about it!

    Something you stick to the side of the bath. It sounds an alarm when water hits so you know it’s full

    Use lever valves for all isolation valves so operation is simple
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  12. Mastermixlee

    Mastermixlee GSR

    On the topping up system pressure then just a pressure reducing valve set at 1.5 bar would do fine as all they'd need to do is open isolation valve to fill and leave it for a while. Then just turn off as would only reach 1.5 bar.

    But for them to know the pressure had dropped then an alarm would be required of some sort.

    Dont think auto filling systems are allowed on domestic properties but I could be wrong.
    Though wouldn't want one on domestic personally as if a leak happens then it'll keep going indefinitely under high pressure.
  13. Rob Foster

    Rob Foster Top Contributor!!

    The bath side device is great
    thank you..very sensible
  14. Rob Foster

    Rob Foster Top Contributor!!

    Hi Mastermix , the device you
    mention already exists and its on sale ...thank you for your help here ..Rob Foster ...centralheatking
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  15. Chuck

    Chuck Well-Known Member

    Pressure gauges with high and low threshold switches are standard in the 'industrial process' world. Just Google 'pressure gauge with electrical contact'. One of these combined with a suitable sounder box may a solution in some circumstance.

    A lot of modern boilers have electronic pressure gauges built in. Using an Arduino or RaspPi to monitor the output from these would be another approach.

    Has anybody actually tried asking a boiler manufacturer to supply a variant with controls suitable for a VIP? The Equality Act may require them to provide an adapted boiler for the same price as a standard one.
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    Last edited: Mar 18, 2019
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