Visitors from the Antipodes

Chris & David Masters with Chris on site
Chris & David Masters with Chris on site

David Masters is an aspiring footballer – playing in Goal. He and his father Chris came over to England so that he could have a trial with Crewe Alexandra. It went very well and he played in an U21 match versus Sheffield United which they won 3-0. Before returning to Auckland, NZ  they popped in to visit the relatives in Goring and included a visit to site.

As son as I saw 3 big strong men on site I press ganged them into service and they helped me lift the Juliet Balcony (Steel & glass and very heavy) onto the scaffolding ready for bolting to the wall. It was great to see them both and we all wish David all the vary best in his professional football career.

Brickwork and roof

Bryan, Jimmy and Bryn finishing off the last bit of brickwork.
Bryan, Jimmy and Bryn finishing off the last bit of brickwork.

These are all finished now and it has been agreed that the scaffold will come down on Saturday 21st March. Lots of tidying up jobs for me to do, like fitting the Juliet balcony before it is removed. It is good to have deadlines but it does add significantly to the pressure.

Cleaning up the Oak

An oak post before (top) and after (below)
An oak post before (top) and after (below)

The internal decorative Oak has become marked and dirty during the build process. Before it is waxed, it needs to be cleaned. In a previous exercise of this type, I had the oak sandblasted to clean it. Although quick it is very messy and tends to open up the grain of the wood.

This time I cleaned it with a paste made of Oxalic acid (from Rhubarb leaves), detergent and a little water. It is coated onto the beams and left for about half an hour then washed off. It works beautifully and give a lovely surface which can be given a light sand and then waxed.

Underfloor heating goes in

Preparing for the screed in the plant room
Preparing for the screed in the plant room

I have booked a delivery of flowing screed for the 19th March. This produces the finished floor level for the basement and the ground floor. Buried within the screed are the pipes which will carry the water to heat the house.

Laying UFH in the lounge
Laying UFH in the lounge

Firstly some insulation is put down in those areas where the Warmcell was not introduced. Then a roll of peripheral insulation is fitted, followed by a layer of polythene. On top of the polythene are rows of “cliptrack”. The ufh pipes are then clipped into position ready to be covered by the screed. Lots of work against a deadline !!!!

One thought on “Visitors from the Antipodes”

  1. If the dirt appear on the wall shall i use oxalic acid to clean the dirt on the wall because my kid use to draw on the wall and it becomes ugly.

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