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Love that front door.

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31 minutes ago, Onoff said:

Love that front door.

 

Ta. Yes, I'm well pleased with it. Colour, glazing etc was a joint decision with SWMBO, and the door itself is a bog-standard Apeer composite unit. Even tho the rest of the house has anthracite frames on the outside, I reckoned on the white frame for this as the porch is going to have Z-stone on it and I thought the grey stone and black door needed something to break it up.

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Other than the chimneys, the blockwork is DONE! Goodies are trickling in- UFH manifolds are here, and a lovely Compact RCBO CU from SBS arrived thismorning. I've chased NIE for a requote on the electric connection and it'll be here imminently. Anybody got a spare 15m of 25mm split concentric kicking around for my submain?

 

No word on a timescale for the insulation squad to descend- the apparent shortage of glass- and mineral- fibre insulation currently is holding things up. Ah well, it'll give us a chance to get some tiles on.

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Visited the guys up at BPC today to collect a couple of bits of duct that we were in a rush for. Great bunch of fellas, nice to meet them and see round the shop. Heading home after that and the phone rang- delivery from Plugin Solar. Wow, that was pretty fast to get a couple of pallet loads over safely. Panels and tray all look super and thankfully the digger was able to fork them out of the side of the Sprinter they arrived in.

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19 minutes ago, dpmiller said:

Visited the guys up at BPC today to collect a couple of bits of duct that we were in a rush for. Great bunch of fellas, nice to meet them and see round the shop. Heading home after that and the phone rang- delivery from Plugin Solar. Wow, that was pretty fast to get a couple of pallet loads over safely. Panels and tray all look super and thankfully the digger was able to fork them out of the side of the Sprinter they arrived in.

Gary is a decent lad.  I met him at his house a good few years ago and always said hello when I went past his stand at the self build show. 

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Busy today, even if it was cold and grey. Better half was gainfully employed getting the protective film off the windows while I trimmed back the fascia and rafter ends behind the chimneys, flushed all the batten ends off at the verges and added felt trays over the eaves in readiness for tiling.

 

Now enjoying a mini keg of  Sharp's Doom Bar (£6 @  tescos  with a short expiry)... Yum.

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8 minutes ago, dpmiller said:

Busy today, even if it was cold and grey. Better half was gainfully employed getting the protective film off the windows while I trimmed back the fascia and rafter ends behind the chimneys, flushed all the batten ends off at the verges and added felt trays over the eaves in readiness for tiling.

 

Now enjoying a mini keg of  Sharp's Doom Bar (£6 @  tescos  with a short expiry)... Yum.

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Like the scaffold props!!  They really do make a massive difference.  

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certainly do. The more the merrier if you ask me.

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Well today brings a milestone. Firstly the arrival of a large truckload of various insulation types heralds the approach of internal warmth.DSC_0597.thumb.JPG.a8b6af0919010cb8342a8bbbd24942d2.JPG

 

and blockwork is complete. Having chimneys really plants the house, to me.

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the eagle-eyed amongst you will no doubt note the stack of PV waiting to go up, and the small patch of tile I've put on for a look-see.

 

Finally. I climbed up to see the guys' handiwork on the chimneys and was truly touched to see this:

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Proper traditional craftsman there ...

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9 minutes ago, Tennentslager said:

What’s with the ten bob bit?

 

Believed in Ireland to bring prosperity to the house I believe?

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10 minutes ago, Tennentslager said:

What’s with the ten bob bit?

When we built our first house the brickies put a silver coin in the cement on the first course of bricks 

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I like it... here we give a silver coin to anew  born  baby I guess to stave off hardship 

Anyway I’d give that fella a 50p bonus ... hey @ProDave will like that one😀😀😀

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4 hours ago, dpmiller said:

Well today brings a milestone. Firstly the arrival of a large truckload of various insulation types heralds the approach of internal warmth.DSC_0597.thumb.JPG.a8b6af0919010cb8342a8bbbd24942d2.JPG

 

and blockwork is complete. Having chimneys really plants the house, to me.

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the eagle-eyed amongst you will no doubt note the stack of PV waiting to go up, and the small patch of tile I've put on for a look-see.

 

Finally. I climbed up to see the guys' handiwork on the chimneys and was truly touched to see this:

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The magpies  will love that. 

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It just keeps on keeping on here.

Shortly after the insulation touched down, the install team appeared. Two local chaps, and two Romanian brothers. The Romanian guys are stellar workers but together they all put a goodly number of evening and weekend man-hours in and insulation is now complete. Frametherm between the studs, foiled VCL, 40mm PIR, 50x35 service battens. Neat work.

 

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One of the Romanian guys- Marian- currently has no "real" job but on the basis of his work so far I'd be more than happy to let him loose on some other stuff.  Infact, whilst I was considering hiring in a telehandler for a day to place the tiles "up above", he offered to shift them with some of his friends. Deal done, they arrived on Sunday morning past and in four hours handballed around seven tonnes of clay tiles up and around the scaffold. Now *that* was hard work. Respect.

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other bits and bobs? Finished the infill panels above the porch, fitted the continuous soakers there and did some tiling, and fitted the flashing to the Keylites. Fitted Compriband (well, Soudal stuff...) between window frames and sills. Amazing how slow it expands on a cold morning. And I've put in the earth rod and carried out a Ze test as we'll soon need to be getting the electric in. Happy with the result- 68ohms- much better than 200.

 

Now to set the tiles out on the other roof faces and put up the GSE trays. Once all that is done I might just soldier on with the tiling, or I might see what big Marian and his mates think about it...

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