Gus Potter

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    Signed up after having reviewed the questions, comments and responses. Very refreshing and positive. The enthusiasm and knowledge of the contributors to this site is infectious!
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  1. There is an old saying that if you want to keep a friend then don't do business with them. I work with a few top craftsmen, they work on high end historic stuff to boot 30 + years experience, in fact many of them have forgotton more than I know! What about a watching brief for your Canadian friend. Then you may get the best of both worlds? I've made a few points on BH before about how say the Canadians / Americans do stair cases.. veneers, over cladding etc. It has not really caught on in the UK yet for modern building. Funnily we use a lot of these techniques on historic buildings but seem to not consider this when extending / self building. A bit of input from over the water could give you something special at a good price. What about a remote consultancy role with a "holiday at the end"
  2. Thanks TonyT for that tip. On a practical point if you have a really deep bowl sink then I have found that if the units are too low it can be (the sink) uncomfortable to use as you have to bend too much to rwach down to the bottom of the bowl. Now with my pragmatic hat on @Jen B It may be that you can just get some comfy slippers with a thick sole like clogs.. If you have a deep sink bowl and spending time there, go bare foot and the sink will be more ergonomic. There are a good few variables. Also, what about the oven... too low and harder to see into? I would look at it holistically as to what suits you before jumping one way or the other. For me I want a gap between the top of the plinth and the underside of the cabinets as I have run the UF heating at increased spacing under the units on the outside walls, just to give some background heat. We have an island set up , as a late change, so want the heat from the UF to get out from under the Island, keep the feet warm so I want a gap.
  3. Good observations from the sole, much appreciated by me. It does look like the basic Client requirements / needs have not been met..a garage, annex.. that is stuff you thrash out at the first client meeting.
  4. Daiking. All the best with the digging. Remember that sometimes the journey can just as important as the getting there.
  5. Hello Modernista. Sounds very interesting. Yes you will have a lot to do to upgrade insulation if that is what you intend. Also, you may have a bit of cold formed steel supporting the roof for example, maybe a steel frame in there. Plenty to explore and get your head around. Look forward to seeing some photos in a couple of months.
  6. Sounds like this a communication issue. Seems like you get on well on a personal level. A sit down meeting could sort this out quickly.
  7. Hello Daiking. Is the deck more than 600mm off the ground level, if so then it becomes a structural deck (in Scotland). If so we need to have a look at the lateral stability and so on. You may or may not need a hand rail, you do if more than 600mm off FGL in Scotland. You may want one anyway even if less than 600mm off FGL. Surprisingly you can end up with quite a lot of load on a deck, party time and folk sometimes put planters etc on them too. For your main beams, say the rim beams around the perimeter you may want to go for double 170 / 195 x 45 timbers. This gives you a stiff edge for attaching handrails to say. Also, if you make the rim beams a little deeper you can hide the hangers if you can see under the deck. The deeper edge beam can also form a bit of a drip and this can be helpful. If you can it's good to draw up a detail showing how the edge beams etc rest / attach to the posts. A good way of doing this is to have the heavy beams resting directly in bearing on the posts, maybe take a check out of them. This way you have a direct bearing contact rather than relying on the shear capacity of any bolts / screws. If the deck is only say 200mm off the ground then you could just support thing on small concrete pads and a few blocks?
  8. Are you having a full finish.. by that I mean are they doing a full timber finish or are they just fitting a window into a hole in a kit and leaving it at that? Also, what kind of doors? Are they bifold or sliding / plastic or aluminium? How big are the doors? Some big sliding door glass can take four folk to fit as the glass is heavy and expensive.
  9. Much depends on your circumstances and what you have cover wise to fabricate the panels on site for example. I have a job that comprises a 210m sq bungalow to go up this summer just south of Glasgow, warrant all approved etc. The client has a shed next to the new house. The contactor is going to stick build the panels in the shed. I did a set of panel drawings / nailing schedule for the contractor to follow. The economics seem to stack up for the client. The timber frame is 145 x 45 C24 for the external panels. 95 x 45 C24 for the internal panels, some of which are racking (shear) walls so they are sheeted on one side for building stability. The roof is formed in prefabricated timber trusses with some cut roof infill. The ceiling heights are 2.9m and the house is in a windy spot hence the use of the 145 deep C24 timber for the whole structural frame. This C24 throughout is partly to avoid anyone mixing up timber grades accidentally. In Scotland we have been building TF for a good while.. both stick and prefabricated. In recent decades this has become more mainstream in the southern part of the UK. There are many advantages to stick building so don't rule this out as an option to look at. Here are just a few examples: 1/ You can buy the timber on account at a merchants, no kit deposit to fork out for up front or worries about the TF fabricator going bust. 2/ You can just build the panels you really need for structural stability, stand them up and get the roof on. 3/ It's easier to change your mind as you go.. maybe move a non load bearing wall.. it's your frame! 4/ You can shop about for all the insulation, metal fixings and so on. 5/ If the brickie has not got the found true / square then you can often adjust the panels as you make them on site.. that can be a real bonus as it can take a lot of the heat out of a potential nasty argument over who is to blame. 6/ You can be more sure of the quality and accuracy of the nailing and so on as you can examine the panels before the vapour membrane say is stapled on. 7/ If using say local trades folk it gives them a good run of work, in some ways they can come and go in terms of flexibility, wet days make panels, dry days put them up, that can lead to a saving.
  10. Hello Moggaman. I take it that by HC you mean a hollowcore slab? You may be familiar with the design of these but if not.. and for all. Small occasional service penetrations (say less than 50mm dia) will normally be ok so long as you keep away from any additional rebar, main slab tendons. Once you go beyond this small opening size you need to look really carefully at what you are doing as you may start to get close to the steel and significantly compromise the shear / bending capacity of the slab. It needs careful thought and detailing. Also, once you start to take chunks out of these slabs you need to check the lifting points are still ok. They are not forgiving if they fall during lifting! It's worth doing some background reading on this, get familiar with the terms and talk to the manufactuer at an early stage.
  11. Can you post some photos?..maybe a few floor plans? It will give folk an idea of what you have to work with.
  12. Hi Mortar, No 47mm is better for the ledger. If you have the wrap over type hanger then you want to make sure that you still get the edge distance on the nails on the top wrap over. Also, if you are using a ledger arrangenment then you want to make the ledger as torsionally stiff as you can (twisting) as this helps spread localised load over more fixings. However, there is no free lunch as the thicker you make the ledger the more torsion you get as the end of the truss is sitting further from the wall. If I was doing this analysis I would look at a 47mm thick ledger to start with. For practical design I would always look at what I'm trying to connect to, age of building, type of masonry, then do a fag packet calculation on the truss reactions, then look at what could work technically (especially the masonry fixings), then look at what is practical and economic for a local contractor / DIY self builder to execute. Much can depend on how straight and plumb the existing walls are for example.
  13. I'm puting wet UF in our bathroom refurb. As.. I does get cold up here, I don't want a shock in the morning..ideally the bathroom should just be as warm as the bed you just got out of. I can leave a towel on the floor and it will dry.. if it's too hot I can open the window. I think it dries out the shower tray too so it gets less mouldy so don't need to clean it "that way", also it's really good to step into a warm shower tray, I have delicate feet. Practically UF in the bathroom avoids condensation, keeps the water vapour as a gas and you can vent this via a fan or window.. for me it keeps my talc dry which I like to keep on the bottom shelf of my "vanity unit" near the floor. Lastly if you feel that your heating bills are a bit high then you can just turn that UF circiut off.
  14. As an after thought. If you look carefully at the stated Cullen hanger capacity it's base on a timber grade of TR26 / C27. Now if you want to go the route of the ledger then the TR26 is the same grade of timber that most truss fabricators use. So when you order your trusses get the fabricator to put some loose TR26 timbers at the length you need on the wagon or go and pick them up early. Now you have got all your ducks in a row. All the materials / timber grades are now compatible with the stated connection capacities.
  15. Hi MortarThePoint. Admire your tenacity. Yes the Cullen KH38 has a characteristic capacity of 12.48 kN, SWL is a bit less..for all make sure you don't get your safety factors mixed up. Also note that the capacity is based on the hanger wrapping over the ledger. Now cutting to the chase. Mortar.. ask the truss designer if they can recommend a fixing for the ledger, the ledger depth etc. I think you may find they run a mile. Now, a resin fixing into a standard brick / 7.0 N block has a SWL tension / shear capacity of about 0.8 -1.0 kN with a fair wind. An expanding anchor.. well most are rated based on being installed in concrete for structural applications. To even get this you need to get really lucky in that your ledger has to hit the sweet spot on the coursing (fixings need to be near the centre of the bricks, blocks) and also you need to make sure that the fixings are not to close to the edge of the timber. You have more chance on winning the lottery! Also take say the Hilti fixing data, many of the declared fixing strengths are based on a EU masonry unit size, not what we have in the UK. If you can have a look again at the loads you need to support. Then look at the interface that transfers the load to the wall. That is often the key weak spot. Once you have investigate this then it may be worth having a look again at the simple stupid horn concept.