Moving from wood to blocks

This week, we are having a little break from building stud walls and are instead turning our hands to building block walls. You may remember we had to knock down a small wall hereabouts (because it looked like it was going to fall down anyway) so now need to rebuild it…

…starting with the ‘outside’ row of blocks just below floor level…

…then adding the damp proof membrane (or DPM as we prefer to call it)…

…remembering to tie the blocks together across the rows as well as to the end walls. This picture shows that we have also put our cavity wall closer in place as well. I hope that knowledge helps everyone to relax.

We progressed pretty well…

…remembering to include the ties and check for level…

…then leaving a void for the window and resting when the wall reached the height required for the lintel. Sadly the lintels needed are a different design from those we have in stock, so we needed to find another patch to work on but first, the (feline) inspector called…

…and declared the wall sufficiently stable…

…so we moved a little further along the wall where there is another doorway to work on.

Again, we removed the bricks and blocks, followed by the lintel, which used to be above a door here.

By now we were feeling more comfortable with this destruction vibe, and still had no appropriate lintels, so we selected our next area to work on…

…and removed the bricks and blocks as well as the lintel where another door used to be.

Finally, enjoying the lack of rain, we continued this work further down the wall and removed more blocks and bricks…

…noting this last lintel is a wooden beam which looks like it is going to thank us when we take the weight off it! By end of play on Friday we had fully exposed the beam, but thought it wise to leave it in place and return to the job of moving it when we feel a little less weary.

So there you have it: when the lintels and more blocks arrive early next week, we can start blocking the gaps to the right size and shape for doorways or windows as necessary, put in the new whizzy lintels, and then tidy up the top of the wall to one height all the way round, after which we will be ready to return to woodworking!

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