Bryan, Jimmy & Bryn have missed one day because it was -3 C and the water froze, but otherwise are racing ahead with the brickwork. They are very good at the detail and the plinth bricks and windows / doors look very nice.
As the base plinth projects beyond the main single skin wall, they have covered it with plastic to protect it from snots (mortar which falls of the trowel) when they are working above.
Tomorrow Touchwood return to site to plasterboard all the walls and ceilings. some 500 sheets of plasterboard are required most of which are foil backed for the external walls.
Meanwhile, inside James has been helping me with the plumbing which all has to be fitted in the walls, i.e. behind the plasterboard. We are not using more standard copper or plastic pipe, but James’ favoured MLCP – Multi Layer Composite Pipe. It is aluminium sandwiched between layers of plastic and polymer. It is very strong and flexible so you have less joints.
The pipes are just cut then inserted into the special bends and tee joints. Then compressed with a special gun. The finished joints are amazing. Pre-insulated MLCP is used for the circulating hot water circuit.