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  1. I know this is quite late. Putting it here for future reference. I ended up using two companies: the first was CM Hill near Exeter, who supplied the pump and men, and then they used another concrete company - they poured the foundation. the second was Plymcrete, who have their own pump and insist on using their own concrete, but I saw this as a plus, and was very impressed. Used them for pouring ICF walls. They have a limited radius in which they work.
  2. Seems a sound product, but looking at the prices of those there is still addition ££££ to other roof hooks. Something for the OP to consider mentioning to the people who quoted though.
  3. You have to drill though the slates to use these. Slates (older ones in particular) are VERY fragile, and can crack very easily. Many installers are not patient enough and end up cracking so many slates that then have to be replaced (££££). And if they are patient enough it takes them longer to install (££££) - see @SteamyTea's comment about providing a silly quote to avoid getting the job 🙂
  4. Yes, and it is a PITA - hence the extra £1,000 cost on the OP's quote I should think
  5. They are correct because slate tends to be more fragile than the "cement" tiles when it comes to cutting for the brackets to be fitted (don't let anyone fit by screwing through the tiles!!). A good installer will cut nice clean slots in the slates and use flashing to ensure the brackets sit as flush as possible and the tiles then remain flush to each other - difficult to explain without seeing good and poor examples
  6. I looked at both EPS and woodcrete based alternatives. I went for Nudura in the end. Here is a link to the story of my first floor build done back in November by SWMBO and I after one day's onsite help from the local Nudura distributors. Would definitely use it again. Try to design and build to the dimensions of the materials if you can (to avoid cutting and hence wastage)
  7. I think it all depends on which "professional" you speak to as to what they want. 😞
  8. We left you with a poured slab and we were chomping at the bit to get the ground floor Nudura walls up before the end of the year. Well, I am glad to report we got there - almost 🙂 After getting the slab done, I figured I'd get ahead a bit and it would be a good idea to talk to someone about the waterproofing we would have to put on the outside the walls before we started backfilling. To cut a long story short using waterproof concrete in walls such as these is a complete non-starter, so Type-B waterproofing cannot be used. Visqueen's R400 Radon barrier is not an effective waterproofing method and so we now face having to use a Type A and a Type C waterproofing method - basically this will mean for us a waterproof screed being added to the floor with channel ducting where the walls meet the floor and the "egg-crate" plastic material across the screed and up the inside of the walls. That should eat into our contingency 💰 💰 💰 But also it meant a dash to get some waterproof slurry to paint round where the Nudura blocks would be laid the following morning and mixing and painting it on under floodlights (it's the dark grey stuff in the picture to the right). Oh what fun!! But, the following day we were up early to welcome out walls, the bracing and two fine chaps (Louie and Harry) from The Fell Partnership who would be helping us Day 1 to get the first row in place. We then scurried around unloading things off trailers and flat beds, and installing the waterbar between those pieces of upright rebar. By 10am we were ready to go. By about 2pm we had most of the first row in and part of the second row (see below). If it hadn't been for some non-standard corners in the design, we would probably have been at Row 3, but that's what you get for following a design religiously ✝️ (FYI - the T-corner is all to do with the design - don't ask yet) On the second day we were left to our own devices, I had to make a dash to collect some extra Nudura parts and some waterproofing equipment (due to the direction our waterproofing system now had to take) so we made a later start but still we were very pleased to get up to 4 rows installed. Day 3 we were ready to begin installing all the bracing system, and after hitting her head SWMBO was made to wear the Christmas present from her children. and on Day 4 it inevitably rained in Cornwall 🙂 , but before our help arrived again we had managed to just squeeze a block on to Row 6 (the final row before the first pour of concrete) After the help on Day 4, we continued to finish things off on Day 5 by constructing part of an internal load bearing wall, and a wall with the only window opening at this level which will be for the family bathroom. FYI - the rest of that side of the house will consist mainly of windows into bedrooms plus some extra small sections of walling (to be determined) Where we were not able to complete things before the pour happened (time didn't allow) was where the internal wall meets the external wall and there are two doorways to construct (this is why I said we almost made it). I will have to do these in the New Year, mixing and pouring the concrete by hand (just under 1 cubic m) so that'll burn off the Christmas pudding 🥣 A week later (during which we had some more high winds) I came back down to finalise a few bits (like lack of scaffold planks and bracing in some places) to be greeted by a snaky 🐍 wall. so that was all straightened up, the rest of the bracing fitted, and the Nudura joist hangers inserted. (Between straightening and the pour we had Storm Barra, but my remedial work held up nicely) I won't bore you with pictures of hunky men doing manly stuff with concrete pumps etc. but suffice to say it all went very well, with no leaks or blow outs so "he who shall not be named from Channel 4" would have been very disappointed if he was allowed onsite. And so, last weekend (after a midweek pour in the remnants of Storm Barra) I was able to deconstruct the bracing and we are now the proud owners of some freestanding, high-wind-proof walls. Really happy at the attention to detail that Louie and Harry paid to ensuring the walls were straight and true before the pour began - right up my street. So now we have a tidyish site again (for a short while) ready for steels installation in the New Year. We have to finish off the internal wall, then waterproof and backfill outside, and install joists and flooring before we can continue with building the upper floor walls. We're hoping that by middle of next year we can start on those upper floor walls. So until 2022, and the inevitable next lockdown, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas 🎄 and a Happy New Year 🥳
  9. I'm recording everything (bar the initial land purchase - £190k), including the power tools I am having to replace along the way, or invest in to help me build the house. FYI - total cost so far is £82,000 - we have foundations in, and first floor concrete pour into Nudura tomorrow (yes I have checked with the concrete pouring company in relation to Storm Barra)
  10. I saw something similar - the kid picked up mum's bottle of wine and took it away. Fair play to the mother - she smiled, paid and left.
  11. That is quite an interesting topic, thanks again 😉 I made one of those to dry logs - works well. The heat output is fed into a box with the logs in. 1 year later - we have dry logs. A nice little experiment
  12. Try this for size ... VAT Claim Form 431.xlsx
  13. I used PlanPrinting24 (Hobs Reprographics) - very reasonable