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  1. Doesn't work though. If the holder of the reservation (a person) is not in the seat, the reservation expires after 15 minutes. If someone makes a fuss, get a Schaffner. They really do not like this kind of behaviour. 
  2. garden lawns are bad

    Technically, you need a permit to drill a well.    A vague inquiry at the Untere Wasserbehörde in our district yielded the info that the permit will not be granted unless the garden is adjacent to a house or for commercial farming.  What I did find out is that it can vary by district.  A larger well drilling company will always require a permit and well offer to apply for it as well. This can come back and bite you if the permit is denied.  A one or two man outfit probably might not ask too many questions.  
  3. One year it was the rabbits, then we had white flies and the next year they all shot up immediately, for some reason. After that I gave up...   
  4. One of the best pruning channels (in German) I have found so far is Bauschule Schreiber. The Austrian dialect might be difficult to understand though. But they have videos on a wide range of topics and they clear up a whole lot of myths around pruning that some of the oldtimers still cling to.  Baum- u. Rebschule Schreiber - YouTube     I have grown fruit and vegetables for quite a few years. Had success with some - pumpkin, zucchini ,tomatoes, beans, physalis, mirabelles, currants, strawberries, not so much with others - gooseberries, cucumbers & apples - and of course there were spectacular failures - all cabbages: red, white, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, romanesco.   We lost our allotment last year, which was a shame, but it led to us buying a field which we have just planted with a whole lot of fruit trees and shrubs. I hestitated in the past because we never knew hoe much longer we would be able to keep it. We also managed to buy a fenced garden next to it where I'll plant the tomatoes etc. Ownership won't be transferred until 1 June so they will have to make do with the pots until then. 
  5. One thing that came up in my research was the possibility to have a wood burning oven with a water reservoir which is attached to the existing heating system thus supplementing the heating of the water tank which circulates through the radiators.  I have no idea if this is efficient, expensive, sensible etc. but I think it might be worth looking into in more detail.    Wasserführender Kaminofen | Holzofen mit Wassertasche (hark.de) This is a manufacturer's website so probably quite biased and heavy on the marketing, but a decent starting point. The terminology to search for is, apparently: Holzofen/Kamin mit Wassertasche    Here is the deepl translation of the intro on the website:  WATER-BEARING STOVE Thanks to good insulation and efficient extraction and use of heating energy, modern houses require less and less energy. Nevertheless, there is still room for improvement. Legislation requires that at least part of the required energy comes from renewable sources. This can be obtained, for example, by means of solar thermal energy, ground-source or air-source heat pumps, or gas condensing boilers. In addition, a water-bearing stove is becoming increasingly common in the plans of house builders and homeowners. Such a stove with a water pocket is integrated into the existing or planned heating system and can also be used in combination with a solar system, for example. About two-thirds of its combustion heat is used to heat water, which is then fed into a buffer tank for domestic and heating water. In this way, the heat produced can be felt not only in the room where it is installed, but can be used throughout the house. EFFICIENT WOOD-BURNING STOVES WITH WATER SUPPLY Our wood-burning stoves with water supply not only impress with their efficient technology and high cost-effectiveness, but also set visual accents. Especially when it comes to the design of the cladding of your water-bearing stove, you can choose from numerous options. Thus, depending on the model, you can choose from various materials such as soapstone and ceramic stove tiles. The tiles are handmade in Germany and are available in many different colors as well as subtle black or white. In addition, we also offer a pellet stove water-bearing, which works on the same principle as a water-bearing stove. Instead of logs, however, it burns pressed pellets of untreated wood residues (e.g. sawdust or wood shavings). STOVE WITH WATER POCKET - MODE OF OPERATION A water-bearing stove has a water pocket, which is installed around the combustion chamber. The water circulating in it is heated by the fire blazing in the wood-burning stove and is directed to a buffer tank integrated into the heating circuit. At the same time, cool water flows from the storage tank back into the stove water pocket. A thermal control valve ensures that the return temperature to the stove is at least 60 °C. The jacketed combustion chamber of a water-bearing stove ensures high heat efficiency and low convection heat. The heat temporarily stored in the buffer tank can be called up at any time as needed via the heating system. In the room where the stove is installed, you can also immediately enjoy the pleasant feeling of a fireplace and the radiant heat generated by it. SAVE HEATING COSTS WITH A WATER-BEARING STOVE Depending on the intensity of use and the output of the stove with water pocket, the consumption of fossil fuels such as fuel oil and gas can be significantly reduced. This not only leads to a noticeable reduction in heating costs, but also protects the environment. In the transitional period, up to 100% of the energy requirement for heating and domestic hot water can often be covered by a water-bearing stove, which is an ideal addition to a heating concept that is as sustainable as it is economical.
  6. One thing that came up in my research was the possibility to have a wood burning oven with a water reservoir which is attached to the existing heating system thus supplementing the heating of the water tank which circulates through the radiators.  I have no idea if this is efficient, expensive, sensible etc. but I think it might be worth looking into in more detail.    Wasserführender Kaminofen | Holzofen mit Wassertasche (hark.de) This is a manufacturer's website so probably quite biased and heavy on the marketing, but a decent starting point. The terminology to search for is, apparently: Holzofen/Kamin mit Wassertasche    Here is the deepl translation of the intro on the website:  WATER-BEARING STOVE Thanks to good insulation and efficient extraction and use of heating energy, modern houses require less and less energy. Nevertheless, there is still room for improvement. Legislation requires that at least part of the required energy comes from renewable sources. This can be obtained, for example, by means of solar thermal energy, ground-source or air-source heat pumps, or gas condensing boilers. In addition, a water-bearing stove is becoming increasingly common in the plans of house builders and homeowners. Such a stove with a water pocket is integrated into the existing or planned heating system and can also be used in combination with a solar system, for example. About two-thirds of its combustion heat is used to heat water, which is then fed into a buffer tank for domestic and heating water. In this way, the heat produced can be felt not only in the room where it is installed, but can be used throughout the house. EFFICIENT WOOD-BURNING STOVES WITH WATER SUPPLY Our wood-burning stoves with water supply not only impress with their efficient technology and high cost-effectiveness, but also set visual accents. Especially when it comes to the design of the cladding of your water-bearing stove, you can choose from numerous options. Thus, depending on the model, you can choose from various materials such as soapstone and ceramic stove tiles. The tiles are handmade in Germany and are available in many different colors as well as subtle black or white. In addition, we also offer a pellet stove water-bearing, which works on the same principle as a water-bearing stove. Instead of logs, however, it burns pressed pellets of untreated wood residues (e.g. sawdust or wood shavings). STOVE WITH WATER POCKET - MODE OF OPERATION A water-bearing stove has a water pocket, which is installed around the combustion chamber. The water circulating in it is heated by the fire blazing in the wood-burning stove and is directed to a buffer tank integrated into the heating circuit. At the same time, cool water flows from the storage tank back into the stove water pocket. A thermal control valve ensures that the return temperature to the stove is at least 60 °C. The jacketed combustion chamber of a water-bearing stove ensures high heat efficiency and low convection heat. The heat temporarily stored in the buffer tank can be called up at any time as needed via the heating system. In the room where the stove is installed, you can also immediately enjoy the pleasant feeling of a fireplace and the radiant heat generated by it. SAVE HEATING COSTS WITH A WATER-BEARING STOVE Depending on the intensity of use and the output of the stove with water pocket, the consumption of fossil fuels such as fuel oil and gas can be significantly reduced. This not only leads to a noticeable reduction in heating costs, but also protects the environment. In the transitional period, up to 100% of the energy requirement for heating and domestic hot water can often be covered by a water-bearing stove, which is an ideal addition to a heating concept that is as sustainable as it is economical.
  7. Exactly. What I am wondering is at which point (i.e. temperature) it switches to gas being more efficient / economical and how to adjust the settings for it. WE do have a air source heat pump. The service person should come in the next month or so and I will pepper him with questions. They love me  I think I drive them nuts because I have the basic technical understanding and ask relevant questions, but lack the proper technical vocabulary so the questions sometimes come out funny.  
  8. We changed to heat pump + Gas Brennwert last year. We do not have underfloor heating and only changed two radiators in the roof as they were tiny and the room is very big. The energy consultant took the measurements of all radiators and did some calculations. In his view, a heat pump would have been enough, but the plumber agreed with me that that would be pushing it on very cold winter days.     What I have yet to figure out is if we can configure optimize the heat pump - gas boiler interaction based on the price of both.  We originally had two meters when we had the heat pump installed, but realized after a few months that is was not worth it and we had to have it taken out when we installed the PV on the roof a few months later. 
  9. We switched to gas + heat pump followed by PV half a year later in 2021. I would be happy to share some info if you want to send me a PM. 
  10. What's your favorite German music?

      Translating only the meaning without any of the (very clever; imo) wordplay:    I love you  I do not love you  I do not love you anymore  I do not love you any more or less than you  Than you loved me. But could also mean: When you loved me  When you still loved me     
  11. The Grand ‘ol Dog thread

    Yeah, he knows he's cute. And that is usually where the trouble starts :-) But don't they all know how to pose... 
  12. The Grand ‘ol Dog thread

    Pleasure! 
  13. Du vs Sie culture in office

    Yeah, no. That's just f***ing rude. Did she think she could get away with that crap because you are not a native speaker? I hate people like that.    A lot of Germans make allowances for non-native German speakers, especially English speakers, because virtually everyone knows that there is no Du/Sie distinction in English so most learners have trouble with it. A lot of Germans get confused at times. I know someone who spent years avoiding directly addressing someone because she didn't know if she should use Du or Sie.    I (German native) have told a few people that I would like to stick with Sie. It's not very polite but perfectly ok. They were a bit miffed but got over it. That was at work though. In private life, I don't really care but prefer du. If someone uses Du with me, they get Du back. The only exception: The over-80 folks in the village I grew up with and have known me since birth. Hell, some of them even say Du to my mom and she says Sie back for the same reason.    I am glad you're looking for another job. It sounds like quite a toxic environment.     
  14. Death in neighbour's family

    Lieber Herr xy, anlässlich des Todes Ihrer Frau möchten wir unser herzlichstes Beileid aussprechen. Sie war ein unglaublich netter Mensch und wir werden sie alle vermissen.  Unsere Gedanken sind in diesen schweren Stunden der Trauer bei Ihnen und wir wünschen Ihnen viel Kraft.  Ihre R100 & Shorty