Thursday, August 12, 2010

Latest update

Yet again im lazy with the blog, but gonna throw up some more images. The build is now up to wall plate (just before roof) but i will upload them photos in a day or two. In the mean time here are some photos from a month back *(When the sun used to shine). The first photo is off just after the concrete had been layed (7 inch about £300 of the top of my head)which went in quite easy, pre-prepared a tamp to make sure the concrete was worked flat, and the result isd pretty level. The following images are of the first few courses of face brick on the front skin and Thermalite block (quinn lite very cheap) on internal. Bricks were used on front skin because when the job is finished and the house is rendered the face brick will be showing two courses along bottom of building. You can also see the inrtroduction of cavity insulation resting on tie wires. Catnics (CG90) were used across the top of window openings to support brickwork above, it is advised to put in a temporary support under the catnics centre to stop sagging until the cement above has set. Also notice that temporary scaffold was knocked together to get just above first floor windows. Proper scaffolders were hired after this height, first at a level just above this then the came back to get us up to the top of the build (£550). We can also see DPC (18 inch wide) sitting on top of catnics that would direct water out of the wall via the plastic channels (sorry wrong name) this is to stop water from penertating down the cavity and into the tops of the window reveals. We also tied into the existing building every two courses using 8 inch metal 'L' shaped brackets connected to existing wall via screw and plastic plugs. We also tied in by chopping out the existing brick work at several points up the build (shown on photo). As i mentioned we are now up to the top of the build and the roof is ready to go on. i will upload photos soon.