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Wow, just checked back on this thread. Looking good and the weather from your photos has been kind. So much nicer when your walking around and look through the window gaps for the first time when it's a nice day.

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Weather pants today. But the guys worked on and the roof is now about 75% done. Roofwindows trimmed out, valleys mostly complete, ladders and cavity barriers on, porch overhang constructed.

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landing now has it's view

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Symmetry

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Wonderful.  The speed of timber frame going up still astonishes me.  And +1 on the superb geometry.

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I'd gone quiet for a bit...  Pace has slowed a touch for the fiddly work round the dormer etc. But the ceiling joists are all in, rafter ends trimmed off, fascia, felt trays and vents all on. Oh, and the firebattens for...

the windows.

which arrived today.

But won't be fitted for a week. installer feels the scaff is a bit close as he needs to fully open them etc, so we'll just have to wait for the TF guys to complete their stuff and then we can pull the hop-ups off and then the doors and windows can go in kiddies.

 

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Guest Alphonsox

Good luck with the weather - I wouldn’t be going anywhere near the roof with the current winds.

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me neither, but then I'm not the one that was wandering about the top of the steels.

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What is the red tape?

 

Is this DPC for the firestops?

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6 minutes ago, Thedreamer said:

What is the red tape?

 

Is this DPC for the firestops?

 

It's the firestops- a strip of rockwool sealed into a polythene bag, basically. Stapled on...

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Had a surprise visit from the BCO on Tuesday, and I was glad to be there and to meet him. Finally. So far so good, no structural hitches or queries and a general air of impressed-ness with the quality of the build. I hope I can keep it up.

A milestone passed today. TF erectors are finished, with the roof weathertight all internal structures complete

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and, I'm grateful that the lads had time to knock up a temp staircase on my request.

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Next? Waiting for the window installers to come back. Just need to sort the scaffolding to suit them, but it'll no doubt be a week or two before there's an install slot again.

 

 

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And so time passes.

Most of the windows went in on Tuesday. There are a couple of booboos to sort, a unit damaged, a couple not to spec, and an umm... tolerancing issue with a couple of the openings.  All to be addressed over the next few days hopefully.

 

Blockwork continues. They're approaching GF lintels now and were awaiting a visit from the BCO to confirm what heads he'd let us away with.

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Weather hasn't been nice this past week for building blocks. 

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Grand here actually, they haven't lost much time and the blocks are sitting up and sheltered from any rain but getting a nice blow dry.

 

Oh yes,  knew there was something else- the new Keylite windows arrived. Seems the Polar Solar models are actually only to hit the market in the new year (even tho they've been in the price list for quite some time) so we got an early delivery.

 

Waiting for the system chimneys to arrive imminently and all the sills are ordered and in production.

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So where are we now. Blockwork keeps on going, we've got all the *big* lintels in place now so the guys can just keep on plugging on , each course is shorter than the last now. Chimney stuff is here, sills are here (and look gorgeous, really fine finish on the concrete) and we're lifting the big Keylite windows into place tomorrow. SHMBO needs to be making final decisions on the position of sanitaryware and then it'll be first fix city.

Window guys return 9th, roof stuff arrives  that week too. Moving on...

 

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It's a shitty phone pic at dusk, but this is the *why*.. Birds singing, sun setting off to the left, water trickling,  traffic noise a half-mile away. Bliss.

 

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Oh, but the Robin that flitting in-and-out through a gap in the felt? mate, you need somewhere else to shit.

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OK. Rooflights are in. Keylites really are a doddle compared to Velux, the frames just drop into place with the bracket heights preset.

But the 1340x980 units are HEAVY. Even though we'd scaff up in the hallway, it just wan't tall enough so a hastily-built stock of blocks with a pallet atop (and a ratchet strap holding it all to the scaff to be sure) gave us a platform to get the unit out to the roof on. Thankfully the pivots drop into place easily once the unit is set roughly into position. But talk about an anxious couple of minutes...

Solar remote system works well, I've currently one channel for each window but they *could* both be on the same.

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Another busy week approaches. The roof tiles and accessories are to arrive on Monday as is my bargain MVHR unit. Final glazing visit on Wednesday (hopefully!). Blockwork is finished in the porch so we repositioned the scaffold out from under it today. Just waiting for a couple of picking issues to be resolved with the chimney system and they'll be going up too.

Not so much blue membrane on show now!

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These are the Swift Air chimney blocks. Precut rockwool fills the space around the ceramic inner pipe.

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And this is the Ignis Protect in pretty much final position. The stove pipe comes through the centre, and another steel outer sleeve gives an airgap through the cavity and masonry.

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What bargain did you get with mhrv?? 

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I'll tell you better when it arrives.

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...And it arrived. One lightly-used Sentinel Kinetic Highflow.

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Windows and doors are complete, finally.  And very pretty they are too, another piece in the puzzle. Tiles etc arrived on Monday and the Solar kit should be here at the start of the week so then it'll be time to practice the batten-walking.

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