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What Did You Do This Weekend?


ProDave

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I did this:

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Construction of the new house finally started.

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that made a mess of the garden - is this Stepps new patio?

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concrete poured today.

 

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This is looking familiar! Currently self building an extension........

Why did I decide to tackle this less than a year after going self employed????

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Who did the setting out?? Looks great!! From the look of it you used mesh in the footings?? Better safe than sorry, really good plan i would think.

 

Well impressed!!!

 

john..

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I did the setting out to actually dig the trenches (measured out and painted lines on the ground)

 

The builders then set it out with sticks firstly to check I had dug the trenches correctly, and then they use string lines from them to lay the blocks.

 

Here's the first picture of the blocks being laid

 

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Yes the structural engineer specified mesh in the concrete foundation.

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Looks good Dave, take it you had to add mesh as it was mixed soil type, that is the problem I had when building my workshop, half may trench was dirt the other half was stone and mesh had to go in at the transition.

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I think the mesh was specified to enable it to be build on the layer of sandy clay soil that was about a metre or so down, rather than having to dig much deeper to reach rock.

 

He also specified 600mm wide and minimum 200mm thick and a strong rc30 concrete mix.

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None of these English sparks on here bought your old house yet? :)

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So still for sale, 5 bedrooms, 3 en-suite, detached, double garage with workshop.

 

There must be someone who has had enough of the rat race and fancies a better life?

 

Let me remind you what it looks like 

 

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how much?

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how much?

£300K

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There is a converted 1 bed flat at the end of my road for £190,000.

Bargain

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2 bed flat on my road £460k

3 bed terraced house next to housing association, round the corner £850k

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2 bed flat on my road £460k

3 bed terraced house next to housing association, round the corner £850k

Show them my house.

 

the guy in the 3 bed house could sell it, buy mine, and have enough to retire.

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But its Scotland  :innocent

Yes.

 

That means quiet roads, mountains on your doorstep, and great sailing. What's not to like.

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Today I would agree with that.

 

Heavy rain, work on the plot has stopped as its turning to a swamp.

 

Today's weather on the plot: 

 

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Foundations finished today:

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Looking good AND flat!

What is the hole for in the foreground?

Just curious

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The hole is an inspection pit, that's the garage floor in the foreground.

 

Not a full size one obviously, but big enough and deep enough to sit in (on a duck board) with your head level with the floor.

 

Makes oil changes etc a doddle.

 

At this stage, not very expensive to build in.

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Floor safe :)

Wouldn't it be funny if I was right.

Looking good Dave

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My mate and i built a pit in the garage where we suped up minis. 8' long nearly 6' deep.

Sawdust on bottom to,soak up,the oil........unfortunately it also,soaked up peteol

Welding in the pit, on reflection, was an unwise move...luckily we got out in time with only our pride singed...car was knacked though

Just remembering

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  • 2 months later...

Ground floor of timber frame now in place

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looking good

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