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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Lots of mortar.. and sawing..

 removed shuttering from platform overhang so it can cure properly. That's a fair old lump of concrete hanging in space!
 Start of second part of wall...
 Bitumen paper melted down into place as damp proof coursing.
 wall built up and around the pilar...
 the gap behind the wall, being filled with mortar and offcuts of ytong.
 Slowly going uwpards and around the window.
 and up and up..
 this is the other wall.
 decided to fill in all the open corners in livingroom where new wall meets old..
 Made a start on another corner which requires looots of mortar to render it back up.
 And the bedroom where old wall meets new..
 Started using these brackets also to keep the blockwork from becoming wonky..
They are plasterboard brackets for the metal framework, simply wiggle them and they snap in two, then bend them up.
 hammer a screw into place into a recess on the bits of ytong, and then backfill with mortar and it ties the blockwork to the mortar behind.

 added some reinforcing material to the top of the window since it would be a fair depth of material dangling there without any reinforcing.
 last few blocks in place and first pass of mortar to build it back up..
 The door had been mounted squint resulting in an excess of 2cm on the right above the door, and a lack of about 4cm on the left of the door, so needed to be built back up to make it "straight" relative to the door.. bit by bit.. this is after two passes building it back up lump by lump..

 And the next day after its all set out and another pass and floated it flat with trowel, looks pretty straight now, ready for top coat of render, and the corner reinforcing above the door.

 removed all the loose rubbish and soil from the bottom fo the wall in the livingroom and filled it back in with mortar as the old floor was approx 15cm higher than it will be when finished.
 channeled out a section for the main electricity, its switching wire and the new garage electrics to sit into, in the kitchen, so I can do the floor in there hopefully some time this week.
And plastered back up with gypsum, just hope nobody drills a hole through it!! Might be a bit exciting.


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