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    We have rooflights! (and some tricky joinery to do)

    Thanks for all the positive comments. 😁 It’s nice to have something to feel good about (momentarily) whilst we feel bad about lack of progress elsewhere. All plastered now. It’s not bad at all. The eagle eyed (like HWMBO) might say it’s not quite circular. But it’s good enough for me. Going to take a while before we paint. The 6mm Flexi plasterboard needs PVA prior to plaster so will take longer to dry out. Off hired the tower scaffold. Will get it back for painting. Will get a higher platform to avoid the step ladder issue 😉 Meanwhile back to mist coating with my Aldi sprayer. Bring on the long weekend......
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    Nails and Screws Wanted

    +1 for Screwfix. We must have now bought thousands of Goldscrews from there. Seem very good value.
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    We have rooflights! (and some tricky joinery to do)

    And here it is fully boarded. Plastering of it starts Monday. So far so good.....
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    We have rooflights! (and some tricky joinery to do)

    Things take a while when you are self building don't they? So, back to this circular rooflight internal finishes joinery. I thought you'd all like an update, particularly @Onoff who I was expecting on site back in November 😉 Here is what has been done. Firstly, there was a slight thermal bridging issue with the metal frame for the roof light being inside the thermal envelope. Got some drips earlier in the year when plaster was drying out and condensing up there. Not a huge amount we could do easily but I have at least stuck some aerogel (left over and lying around) on those areas. Those are the silver triangle pieces. Hopefully there will be less moisture (than plaster drying out) when we are living in it. Back in Jan the tackers said they would have no problem with that rooflight meaning that HWMBO was left with stud wall construction only. And this week was the week for them to do it. They turned up with a flexi 6mm board (that they also said was moisture resistant). They used some plasterboard to batten out slightly from the square bits of the hexagon, some 25mm battens a little bit further out and then some creative battening across the corners and then they bent the 6mm board into shape and fixed it. Today they did the top bit (no photo, too dark when I got home). But they have left the plasterboard about half an inch short of the glass and made sure that the black edge is covered (in case the finished skim isn't quite circular - otherwise the absolutely circular black edging would show it). I'll post again after the plasterer has been in on Monday - hopefully he'll have no issue with it. But so far so good. Did have to hire a huge tower scaffold though. Ours only goes up about 3m and they needed the platform for this work at over 5m. Its still pretty hairy standing on a step ladder on top of the platform but even I can reach the roof light from the top. Bodes well for painting.
  5. We have had two visits so far. The first visit was at our request when we discovered we had no clay so wanted a view on foundation depth. At this point there was nothing to see bar a big hole, nothing in it. The second (different person) was when the timber frame was completed. In between we had a Facetime call on the morning of the concrete slab pour. Since then they have chased me multiple times saying I need to keep them updated as the next inspection is drainage. I message back each time and tell them that we haven't got round to any drainage yet but we have done insulation (sound and thermal). They request that we take photos. They haven't said as much but I suspect the "you're building for yourself, you won't cut corners" argument applies to us too. We are taking loads of photos so we can evidence everything. They have an order to inspect in. The fact that we are not building in that order is irrelevant to them. That said, if we ask a question, they do respond. Private building control, not local authority. Connected to our warranty. So I wouldn't worry. But I would take loads of photos and send regular update emails.
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    Glazing defects - what is acceptable?

    Ian, that is such a kind offer. Thank you. Today, the uk distributor sent me a full copy in English so now all I need to do is learn the language of glazing 😉
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    Aldi paint sprayer - £40 well spent

    Less splatter than a roller. There is some element of control over volume coming out. But you can get close to edges without spraying over the edge. So going up to the underside of a window cill (with no cill at present) ends up spraying the window. It has quite some reach, I reckon 2m for odd bits that go astray. But if you are just spraying a wall, it’s brilliant. Use a roller / brush for the bits requiring accuracy. It doesn’t drip onto the floor which is good. So @Bitpipe your floor should be safe. Prob best with a bit of plastic anyway though.....Refill it somewhere off your floor too. that Lidl one seems like an even better deal. Same sort of kit. Wish I’d seen that and saved £15 😀 I am sure the Aldi one will have the same issue @vivienz notes ie only one nozzle works for paint - the biggest one.
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    Aldi paint sprayer - £40 well spent

    My paint is pretty well mixed but only with a stick of ply (no whisk on a drill yet - might need that for top coat emulsion) As @recoveringacademic points out, it must be clean to work. I am taking it apart and cleaning it religiously with hot water (sometimes washing up liquid too) after each use. Even if I down tools for an hour it doesn’t perform as well for the rest of the day. Luckily I am only doing 2 hour stints in the evenings. For me it’s worth £40 even if it just does the mist coat (2 coats on each wall - 10 rooms plus hallway)
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    Aldi paint sprayer - £40 well spent

    My paint is pretty well mixed but only with a stick of ply (no whisk on a drill yet - might need that for top coat emulsion) As @recoveringacademic points out, it must be clean to work. I am taking it apart and cleaning it religiously with hot water (sometimes washing up liquid too) after each use. Even if I down tools for an hour it doesn’t perform as well for the rest of the day. Luckily I am only doing 2 hour stints in the evenings. For me it’s worth £40 even if it just does the mist coat (2 coats on each wall - 10 rooms plus hallway)
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    Aldi paint sprayer - £40 well spent

    So far I am only using Matt emulsion, slightly watered down. And for that I am using the largest nozzle size. So I suspect it may struggle with some paints. Soon I will be testing it on no not watered-down top coat emulsion. We’ll see. There is a really tiny nozzle which may well be able to be used for varnish?
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    Aldi paint sprayer - £40 well spent

    So far I am only using Matt emulsion, slightly watered down. And for that I am using the largest nozzle size. So I suspect it may struggle with some paints. Soon I will be testing it on no not watered-down top coat emulsion. We’ll see. There is a really tiny nozzle which may well be able to be used for varnish?
  12. After rolling paint in one room I realised my shoulders weren’t going to make it. So I invested in this Aldi paint sprayer. It’s not an industrial one so coverage is only marginally quicker than a roller. But you don’t have to keep dipping into a tray and there are no streaks. And it’s brilliant for applying a mist coat onto fresh plaster where the ceilings and walls have the same paint. Best £40 I spent in a long time. Progress much quicker now and my shoulders are surviving. Takes about 5-10 mins to clean it for the next use. Took a few mins to get used to the ‘controls’. Still available online and free delivery. Still reckon we have 8 weeks of painting ahead of us. 1-2 hours a night after work just isn’t enough. But I love my spray gun😀
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    Glazing defects - what is acceptable?

    I should add that way back in October the supplier agreed to replace the glass as some sort of goodwill gesture but wouldn’t cover the transport or install as the defect was “within quality guidelines”. Transport from Europe and install requiring a crane and glass lifter still amounts to a couple of thousand, on top of an already eye wateringly expensive glazing order. If it is outside quality guidelines it should be replaced free of charge. If this is “quality” then it’s one disappointing window. ☹️
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    Glazing defects - what is acceptable?

    The defect itself is visible from well over 2m if there is something behind the window. Trees for example are distorted. The shadow in the wall, caused by the defect, is visible from the whole room. And nothing we can do to hide that. It will be on the wall opposite our bed so we’ll wake up to it! The quality guidelines are all in German so going to need to work on that. I really can’t believe this is acceptable to the manufacturer. Nobody would buy large windows from them if they thought they might get 2 inch high shadow marks on their walls due to defects. The marks in the glass itself are tear drop shaped on the middle pane. We’ll have to challenge on technical grounds. The manufacturer’s representative hasn’t even been out on site to see the issue. The distributor has and appears to be on our side.
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    Glazing defects - what is acceptable?

    Replaced at your cost or theirs?