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Getting back to work (maybe)

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It's been a while since anyone was on site but family. We've done a few jobs in the last couple of months but obviously made nothing like the progress we originally planned. (Management speak would be "rebaselining the programme"!)

 

All the beam and block is installed and grouted.

All the plinth blocks are installed and pointed, placed to an accuracy of 3mm in height and 5mm in the other directions. Hopefully... Waiting now for the SIPS people to mark my homework!

All the building control paperwork for the foundation stage is completed

We've finally settled on a landscaping plan for the site and implemented a little of it, mainly to get rid of a few tonnes of spare soil

Then we spent a few hours tidying up the site. I estimate we've got 1/10th of the woodland "tamed".

 

The tidy site awaiting scaffolding next week.

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The front of the house, looking at the louge. We weren't sure about landscaping levels until quite recently, so elected not to do too much with the exterior bricks and blocks until that question was answered. It makes the telescope vents more difficult but in theory it should be the lesser of the problems. Also note the mistake - some slips got missed in the section under the front door (and at the back too). Oh well, I suppose that's what you get when you foolishly try to race a global pandemic. At least it's not a difficult fix.

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Finally, I found a bit of spare time to put a new engine in the wife's Lotus. The old one (with 130k miles) became significantly past its best last year when it lost oil pressure with the inevitable result. Here's the remains of the old one. Pictures of the finished Lotus when it's been washed - sitting in the corner of a building site for ages has done it no good at all.

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With any luck, the scaffolding will be up by the end of the month and we will have a SIPS kit on site.

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Good you're getting back on track.

 

(I remember exotic holidays on the IoW...)

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Looking good, I aimed for 3mm in height and positional on my foundations, guys who erected the oak frame building were shocked and were used to nearer 10mm, especially if their own blokes had done it.

 

My Lotus S1 is trashed by sitting unused for 4 years outside, it's indoors now, but almost as big a project as the house to recommission. Is yours an S1 or S2 Elise? I did a load of work on S1s back in the day.

 

Keep up the good work, kind of gives me a kick up the bum to see people progressing while I'm plodding away at seemingly endless tasks that'll never be seen.

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1 hour ago, Christine Walker said:

are you living in it?

Thankfully not. We would have killed each other by now!

 

1 hour ago, JFDIY said:

used to nearer 10mm, especially if their own blokes had done it.

I am hoping that the SIPS guys are happy with it. The 3mm is their requirement.

 

1 hour ago, JFDIY said:

Is yours an S1 or S2 Elise?

It's an S1. I want it back on the road so it can be my daily driver for the remainder of the summer. Then I have to give it back to the boss because it is hers really. 

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   6 hours ago,  Christine Walkersaid: 

are you living in it?

Thankfully not. We would have killed each other by now!
that’s a pity , you haven’t truly experienced a self build until you’ve roughed it in a caravan for a while!

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49 minutes ago, Christine Walker said:
   6 hours ago,  Christine Walkersaid: 

are you living in it?

Thankfully not. We would have killed each other by now!
that’s a pity , you haven’t truly experienced a self build until you’ve roughed it in a caravan for a while!

And lived through the winter with the "beast from the east" and spent half an hour one night, in a blizard, lying on your back under the caravan thawing a frozen pipe with a hairdryer.

 

Perhaps I am not selling the experience very well?

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1 hour ago, Christine Walker said:

until you’ve roughed it in a caravan for a while!

 

I used to like long camping holidays when I was young but the boss doesn't go for it for some reason...  The Austerity mess on a Type 45 destroyer is as rough as it gets for me these days. 

 

55 minutes ago, ProDave said:

Perhaps I am not selling the experience very well?

Maybe... it is the sort of thing I describe as "character building" to my daughter. Now I am getting older I find I have sufficient character for the moment.

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