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Timber frame, day 2


vivienz

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Moving on to day 2 of the timber frame erection, I make no apologies for this photo-heavy post as the pictures speak far more eloquently than I can on the subject matter.  Especially as I don't know the right words for much of it.

 

It rained overnight here in Dorset, but nothing disastrous and it was all gone by a couple of hours into the morning.  Here's how I left the team yesterday evening:

 

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This morning, another day, another crane.  This one, I think, was even bigger, but it hurt my neck to keep looking that high, so I can't swear to it.  Along with the crane was the next lot of timber frame components, but also the steels for the ground floor ceiling/first floor.

 

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There's a lot of steel in my building and whilst being very good for the structural integrity of the building, it's pretty rubbish if you want to stick an MVHR duct through it.  At the production stage, my MVHR guy liaised with MBC to request penetrations through the steels for the ducting so that we didn't have to try and deal with this after the event.  Here's one such steel with the right holes in the right places.

 

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Again, the crane did its thing and shifted all the posi joists into the interior the building and helped position the internal stud walls.  All the steels were craned into position as well.  The posi joists were man-handled up onto the steels:

 

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This is the run of the posi joists, looking from the eastwards from the west facing  window.  This is looking from the end of the living/dining area towards the kitchen and utility.

 

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This is looking back towards the building from the field. The silver box is the attached garage which will not be part of the thermal envelope; we haven't yet decided whether to put any insulation into this, but that can come later.

 

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The interior of the garage looking out to the field:

 

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A shot taken from the scaffolding. I'm standing at the west side of the living room (where the field is) looking over the lane and the fields beyond.  For those of you who know north Dorset, that's Hambledon Hill near Blandford Forum in the distance.

 

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And finally, this was resting on the joists upstairs.  It pleases me greatly.

 

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There's no stopping it now. Buckle yourself in tight and keep the pace up and you will be shopping for curtains in no time.

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It's all looking really good, great stuff. The size of those cranes (and the lorry) make me shudder considering how tight our access is.

 

Good news re the power lines - I'm sure they'll see sense...

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Wow, looking good, it’s great to see your progress. Just placed the order for my TF. On site in 6 weeks. So much to do beforehand!

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Don't tell hubby, but I am enjoying it. I daresay I will change my mind quickly enough if something goes wrong, mind you!

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1 hour ago, Mr Punter said:

The boys are not fans of PPE I notice.

 

They seem pretty relaxed about it all, but they are responsible for their own H&S.

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Happy days indeed. Enjoy every moment as in no time it will have gone and there will be other things to excite and frustrate in equal measure.

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It is amazing how quickly it all goes up. Our build took four days to erect the frame and then and a day to do the snagging and ensuring everything was as should be. Looks great, hope everything goes according to plan.

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