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    Project – Unmodernised 1960s semi-detached with new extension, 75sq.m. -> 130sq.m. 80% COMPLETE

    Location – South Manchester

    Foundations – Depressingly traditional. Strip footings with NEW: 150mm concrete slab over 100mm EPS and 100mm PIR, OLD: suspended timber floor.

    Construction – Brick & block, 100mm cavity, wool batts, Pitched cold roof with concrete tiles and 300mm glass wool insulation (eventually)

    Glazing - generic 2G uPVC, 2g Alu bifold and 2 composite doors.

    Heating - Gas central heating from Baxi 33kW combi boiler with uncommissioned ground floor UFH in extension.

    Hot water - Same Baxi gas combi boiler

    Ventilation - Nada

    Utilities - Existing supplies to house. Completely re-plumbed and electrical re-wire in 2015 before extension project

    Water - Mains (supply and sewage)

    Renewables - Nada.

    Finishes - Floor tiles and engineered wood.

    Other - Extensive landscaping required on 250sq. m garden and future DIY timber frame man cave.
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  1. Thanks, I’ll give it a whirl.
  2. I’ve had the swirls with a sheet sander. I need something cheap for a job so I’ve just bought this off Amazon for £25 Orbital Sander, TACKLIFE 350W 13000 RPM 125mm Random Orbital Sander with 12 Pcs Sandpapers, 6 Speeds Electric Sander, High Performance Dust Collector, 3m Wire/ PRS01AS https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08PBBJF4M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_D69C18EAES65YR8GMXK2?psc=1
  3. Unfortunately, a long period of neglect means I have rampant Horsetail which will quite happily come through the sub base to my block paved drive (but prefers growing up the house footings). Stamp on new growth, spray it, repeat for 20 years.
  4. I’ve already dug out about 6m3 of earth for my cabin. Not many worries about the deck height it is a low one so you can’t fall far and not intending to put handrails. I would still like to concrete some posts into the ground so it is fixed rather than just resting on supports. There will also be a small reinforced area for a hot tub. I’m already conscious of loads with that as I’ve had to put one on decking in the past.
  5. Thanks for that link, I’d been looking for something like that but not come up with anything. Of course noggins are essential.
  6. It just looks a bit skinny at 1800mm along the beams, I know it’s fine for joists. I’m not committing to anything until I’ve dug a bit out. Might drop it to 4x2 if it’s too hard and have far more supports.
  7. This is a bigger job than erecting the log cabin. First of all I’m in the ground already so I’m going to have to dig it all out. Even so I think I’ll stick to 6x2s as my spans can be bigger and I’ll need less supports in/on the ground. The composite decking boards I have are 3600mm long so I’m basing the plan on a deck 5400mm wide (1.5 board length) and nominally 5400mm deep. I’m thinking of using staggered frames that are 3600 x 1800 and 1800 x 1800. Also due to the board joints I’ll need double joists in whatever frame is sitting at 1800 and 3600 from each side. Typically I’ll be using 400 centres for the joists but the top left 1800 x 1800 frame will be 300 centres to take more weight. What I’m looking for is guidance on how much support my main beams will need. Supporting these every 1800mm as shown looks a bit light. Would the 3600mm frames be ok with 1200mm support? I.e 8 posts per frame and the 1800mm frames with 900mm supports? (6 posts per frame).
  8. Floor DPM, bearers, insulation and P5 chipboard
  9. Felted. Just hope this lasts a winter with plenty of goop in the felt laps - the laps create puddles as the fall as is shallow
  10. I estimated 2 days labour at £250 per day to wire a log cabin. Thinking it was a simple discrete job that would fit in around larger jobs but was big enough itself to fill 2 days. Maybe I was a little low on my daily rate but am I wrong on the amount of work? 10 sockets, 4 lights + consumer unit? Must take weeks to wire a house then...
  11. I disagree, this seems to be everybody’s pricing level and is clearly why these things normally come in at £15k+ As everyone is taking the piss now.
  12. I still have to supply the led strip and driver. That’s £300 just to install! What would be 2 connections. Same price as if I asked him to install 10 different strips 2m long 🤦‍♂️. Other pricing is broken down into norms, socket and light £40 each.