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Declan52 last won the day on November 24 2019

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  1. The main issue will be keeping them upright if there is any strong wind. A single skin wall 3.5m high will wobble. It's going to need braced at some point. My wall in my hall is over 5m high and it was a tad scary at the top. It wasn't until I got the roof on and used wall plate straps that it felt solid. Overnight I used scaffold planks with a few block on them and using a combination of kwikstage and trestles it managed to keep it from falling.
  2. There should be a ventilated membrane that laps over both sides of the ridge tiles and keeps the roof water tight. Can't see from your pics of you have one as it is normally wide enough to be seen. https://www.roofingsuperstore.co.uk/product/hambleside-danelaw-dry-fix-roll-out-ridge-and-hip-vent-system-6m-kit.html You might need to screw a tile of and have a look unless you can see it.
  3. https://passivehousesystems.co.uk/product/gerband-fortax-6400-airtight-sealant/
  4. G&L do all the work for the housing executive here so should be trustworthy.
  5. As above you need to compact it fully so it's 10mm higher than your finished height. Use rails, 1.5 meter lengths of copper pipe ( a 3m length of 22mm is ideal) and set these to your finished height and use a very straight piece of timber or a spirit level and slide it along your rails leaving it dead flat. Just move the rails along bit by bit as you go. You will need something around the edge to attach the grass too. I used treated timber and screwed the grass into the timber or the wind will get under it and lift it.
  6. You can buy the panels already made up like seen here. They are very very nice, a tad expensive but you get what you pay for. Slats already come attached to backing foam so very easy to install . https://www.acupanel.com/
  7. Always hated foundations. It's not just that the blocks are bigger and heavier, and them ones your using are headstones, it's you never have your feet right. Your always standing wrong, 1 foot is on the concrete and the other on the bank or they are side by side and your twisting your back. Then by the time you get 2 course up your stretching if you get up on the bank.
  8. Once you get the completion cert the clock starts ticking with the vat reclaim so think about any thing else that you might need and if the funds allow buy it. Plus once that cert is in then the local friendly rates person will be paying you a visit. So make sure what ever needs done makes the house uninhabitable. No water supply, no kitchen or bathroom etc.
  9. Scaffold boards won't bend like 9*1. Use something like rockwool insulation and jam it into any big gaps. Foam will work for bigger gaps but might stain the stone work.
  10. Use something like 9*1 on the both outside skins of the stone wall with some fixings into the mortar to hold it. It's fairly bendy so will adapt to the stone face. Set it so it's an inch above the face of the stone and then fill the gap between both lengths of 9*1 with concrete/mortar and use a straight edge and drag it along leaving you a lovely flat surface to place the copings.
  11. They would be a fairly massive construction company here making all sorts of products. Bank all them 20p pieces you will save to spend somewhere else on your build.
  12. Fairly easy to use it you can already handle a digger controls. Will depend on the digger how the hydraulics work. Some use a foot pedal, others a button on the stick.
  13. I would try and salvage the frame as this would be the least noticeable and would mean you don't damage the structure removing it. The door on the other hand needs removed and cut into firewood. You could maybe live with a single one of them issues but that list of pictures showing all the faults is taking the piss. A joiner didn't build that. A 2nd year apprentice on a Fri afternoon knocked that together.
  14. Are all the ducts fully insulated if they go via any cold areas of the house like the loft. I had a similar issue with a build up of water, no where near as bad as you have, and this was due to not having enough insulation over a section of duct that was in my eaves. Once fully wrapped it's had no further issues.
  15. The panels with small arrow like openings are used to join pieces of timber together. They are punched through so the missing bits act like nails and hold it all nice and tight. If your really bored and don't like your wrists try and batter one of. You will get tired, sore and bored very quick.
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