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Updates



Work has continued at a slow pace, but here are a few snaps to bring you up to speed.

  

Upstairs boarded out.

  

Plastered nicely

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Mist coat of emulsion to seal

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Reason for no posts for a long time

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External wall insulation goes on

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All cores drilled for services & fans

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EWI finished and house rendered

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Radiators & bath installed

 

Weekend Works



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Ceiling is up, except one board – There is a small leak in the roof that needs fixed first!

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Plaster removed from chimney breast.

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Core drilled for the bathroom fan.

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Core drilled for the kitchen extractor, plus lots of repairs to loose bricks on the internal wall.

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Some re-pointing with the spare mortar.

Master Bedroom Ceiling



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As the original rafter beams are all different heights, I’ve added a suspended metal frame to support the ceiling.

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The eaves get boarded out first.

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Using a board lifter rather than Susan here!

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And there you have it – The first board in place.

Mid Winter Update



Here’s a round up of the late December, early January works that have been done.

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The back of the garden has been fenced off by our neighbor Trevor, following the move of his concrete garage 12 feet down the path!

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Heat! These make a big difference to working conditions!

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The ceiling joists needed some attention as they were all at different heights. In addition I added a new one to take the plasterboard roof that is going in soon.

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Susan has been busy adding insulation for the rafter part of the roof.

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The rear wall needed quite a few minor mortar repairs to solid up some of the high level bricks. In addition the gaps between next door have been bricked up for better fire resistance.

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The downstairs bathroom has had a new toilet drain fitted in the correct area for the room design and the old rising water main has been removed. The black coating is a paint on DPC.

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In the ultility room, you can see the new water main ducted in to the house in 20mm MDPE pipe.

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The old rising main in the kitchen (still live) has been excavated out and will get cut off when teh new supply is active.

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Outside, all the drainage and water mains trenches have been inspected and are now filled in.

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The water supply pipe, waiting for United Utilities to connect it up to the cast iron main at the other side of the street.

December Drains Update



Winter sucks, it’s dark early and it’s cold, so as you might imagine progress has slowed down as well.

The main December progress has been drain repairs – the old drains had collapsed in places and were blocked in other places, so we have had to repair them and replace the damaged sections with new drains.

The basic layout has not really changed, same number of gullies and foul connections, but all flowing as they should and all at the correct gradients to ensure trouble free drainage for years to come.

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New gully at the rear of the house.

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New drain fitted at rear.

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Manhole for drains (the top pipe is a temporary roof drainpipe)

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New main drain line

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Toilets manhole

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New drains meet the original clay drains.

October Progress



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Concrete broken up to allow for new drains and inspection chamber. Spalled bricked removed and replaced, DPC fitted.

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Brickwork at the back of the house pointed in, minor repairs to spalled bricks done and DPC fitted at repaired areas.

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Concrete and brick garage foundation removed and pit filled in.

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Brickwork under window repointed.

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Brickwork above window repaired with Helibar & Cementitious Grout.

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New joist fitted to support floor at chimney breast.

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Woodworm damaged studs removed and replaced.

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New stud wall frame constructed.

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Opening between shower room and understairs blocked up.

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Smaller door frame fitted to shower room.

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Poor brickwork under window replaced, DPC fitted.

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Double doors removed, single door frame fitted.

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New electric meter fitted.

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First fix wiring done.

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Another skip filled.

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Catnic lintel fitted to front bedroom, replacing damaged wooden one.

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New lintel fitted to patio doors opening.

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Fireplace opened up.

September Progress



Although website updates have become less frequent, work has still been progressing.

All the demolition and debris removal work has been completed and the whole house has had a bit of a clean-up ready for building work to commence.

With the exception of the hall and small bedroom all the ceilings have been removed and the timbers cleaned up for plaster boarding.

The rickety stud wall separating the upstairs bathroom and front bedroom has been removed and will be moved slightly to line up with the window frame when rebuilt.

The bathroom and bedroom have had all the damaged floorboards removed and replaced, plus the small bedroom at the back has had half of its floor replaced, with the rest to be fitted soon.

Downstairs, the shower room and utility area have had all their existing timbers cleaned up and all the walls have been scraped down to remove the remaining lumps of plaster that would get in the way when boarding.

All the remaining old plumbing has been removed and scrapped in where appropriate. All of the downstairs central heating radiators had weeping pin holes where they had corroded over the years, we can only assume that no inhibitor had been used in the heating system.

The upstairs radiators were in a slightly better state, but woefully underrated for the style of house, so will be replaced as a matter of course.

We purchased a second hand cloakroom set on eBay for six quid, this was fitted to provide toilet facilities for the tradesmen that we will be using, but the cistern had a hairline crack, so we replaced it with a cheap plastic cistern from Wickes instead.

All the old non reusable wood has been burned and another skip filled.

 

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Progress 14th-29th August



We’ve got a bit lax in updating the website, but don’t worry, there’s been plenty of work going on.

The collapsed drain to the side of the house has been dug out and replacement pipe, ‘P’ trap and gully fitted with a neat concrete patch to tie it in. It’s worth noting thata direct replacement of a broken drain doesn’t need to go through building control !

The remains of a tree root that was growing two feet into the shower room has been dug out – luckily it grew threw an existing hole in the bricks, so didn’t damage the walls, but it did make a bit of a mess of the water supply pipe which it had wrapped it’s self around!

The shower room floor has also been stripped back of all loose screed, ready for repair.

Upstairs, the master bedroom has been stripped of the old lath & lime plaster walls and has had the lath ceiling dropped as well; a very messy job!

The flashing around the chimney has all been repaired and the old TV aerials have been removed for the scrapyard.

The garden has had a good spray of weed killer, so should start to die back – we’ll keep it free of all vegetation over winter, then lay a new lawn sometime in the spring.

We’ve seen two electricians, three builders and a plasterer for quotes as well!

And we bough a second hand cement mixer for a bargain price of £100 from a bloke at work! Now it’s been cleaned up, I reckon I can sell it when I’m done for about £250!

Here’s some photos of the progress:

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Progress 13/08/2012



General:

  • Measured first floor.
  • Produced Sketch up floor plans.
  • Documented electrical requirements for re-wire.
  • Drew first floor wiring plan.

Master Bedroom:

  • More plaster removed from walls.
  • Old painter’s message found!
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Progress 14/08/2012



General:

  • Disconnected exterior lights – these were causing the electrics to trip.
  • Stripped old cables to reclaim copper.