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  1. Brickie

    Template for scaffold tie points.

    Yeah,the scenario you describe is a good one-system scaffolds have roses at every half metre on the standards for the ledgers & putlogs to clip to. So,when a lift goes up,you can have the inside two boards dropped down half a metre from the rest,putting you at nice height for your materials & you’re laying at somewhere around knee height. When you’ve come up a decent height,without stretching,you bring the inside two back up level & carry on the rest of the lift. Adaptions will be needed for the roofers so they’re only stepping up a little onto the roof,and on gables for the brickies. We used to have it up a metre sometimes just to finish off the peak.
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    Sleeper Walls and Reducing Thermal Bridge

    Are the joist ends bedded in the outside walls or sat on sleeper walls? If it’s the latter,then I don’t see a problem. If it’s the former,maybe you could chase out & fix them on hangers,with some Dpc taped round the ends for good measure. The ventilation could be solved by installing trlescopic vents on the back of the existing air bricks.
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    Template for scaffold tie points.

    +1 and maybe get a comparison cost from a system scaffold supplier. As long as your build is reasonably square it’s a great way to do it. Very easy to adapt for the roofers & renderers (if you have any.) When I worked in it we adapted it ourselves (though we shouldn’t have.) Once you’ve seen the guys doing it it’s pretty idiot proof.
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    Sleeper Walls and Reducing Thermal Bridge

    Or,if the floor is out (or mostly out,how about putting it back in 75mm lower (1 brick course) & doing the system @Mr Punter suggested,bit with 50mm insulation instead?
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    Sleeper Walls and Reducing Thermal Bridge

    There’s a product for sealing the gaps between the boards,I believe. I would imagine there’s a wall plate on top of the sleeper walls already,to receive the joists. It would be unusual for them to sit directly into brickwork (via the Dpc)
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    Template for scaffold tie points.

    I haven’t seen one for years,probably 2003 last one I worked on. The Subbie I worked for then had his own scaffolders so wasn’t going to change his whole scaffold stock without a fight. Best Ive worked on is system scaffold,especially if timber frame. Being able to drop down the inside 2 boards is a godsend at lift height.
  7. I had a disappointing experience at my local optician recently:- Me:You’ve got to help me,I keep thinking I’m a moth!! Optician:I’m sorry to hear that but this is an optician’s shop,you need to see a psychiatrist. Me:Yes,I know. Optician:Well why did you come in then??! Me:The light is on.
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    Template for scaffold tie points.

    Wait till it comes down & the empty perps are filled in a rush cos the scaffs are screaming at the brickie to get finished so they can carry on striking... i can spot where putlog scaffold’s been used for years afterwards sometimes for this reason alone.
  9. Re sleep I can recommend getting a speaker pillow from Amazon or EBay. Got mine when I was doing nights on the railway-even though I was exhausted found it difficult,stressful even to demand my mind shut down. So I got one,installed the iplayer radio app & listened to Westminster Hour,In our time or another discussion programme-anything with no big jumps in audio level & long enough that I could focus my mind on it & let sleep happen,rather than forcing it.
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    Trades Folk Sayings

    It’s always been dust to me (born & bred Southerner) & the finished product (I.e. mortar) is muck. Not compo. Not gobbo. Not mud (Antipodeans!). Muck. That is all from a grumpy & unwell Brickie,overjoyed at the prospect of a week’s repointing in Covent Garden with a co worker whose halitosis could rake the old muck out on its own. Good night :))
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    Have heard people speak of bicarbonate of soda as a solution,but I can’t vouch for its effectiveness & would urge caution & LOTS of research before applying anything. As has been said,it’s a pain but will go away in time.
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    I’d say rainwater has got in the cavity. In an ideal world the cavity would always be covered up but it’s not always possible if the inner & outer leaves are at different heights when they go home.
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    House construction

    Could it be the hole you’ve opened up for s at a floor level & you’ve got concrete plank floor?
  14. Brickie

    Hello and yes, it's a renovation blog.

    I’m in SE25,last postcode before Croydon. Believe me,the local wrong uns don’t behave any better because they’re in ‘London’ & not Croydon. At a quick glance,all the exposed brickwork is stretcher bond which would 90% guarantee it’s a cavity. Ive seen cavity built houses going back to mid/late Victorian,but they really took off after WW1,partly to make up for all the bricklayers who didn’t come back. Internal skin of brickwork could be built by apprentices with a little supervision.
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    Saturday night nonsense

    20. Or thereabouts if Im pricing work :))