Oh no – we’ve got to undo the work again!

Last time I told you we have changed our designer due to issues with the technical details on the drawings – this time we have got bitten! Turns out, the insulation in the walls should descend below the level of the insulation under the floor, which was not shown on the plans. This week, to correct for this, we have been cutting through the plastic we had left between the two leaves of blocks in each wall…

…in order that the insulation could be pushed through to the required depth. Fortunately, it’s not difficult, but it was very fiddly and took about three days, in the constant drizzle – are you feeling sorry for us yet?

Once the base level of insulation was in place, we built up successive layers, carefully re-attaching each piece to the metal ties linking the leaves of bricks.

I’m guessing it has been the same for everyone, but the weather here has been so wet recently (and its not a good idea to do block work in the wet), but today was a lovely day (at least until 3pm)…

…so today we returned to block work. We have a rigid separation of duties here: I lay the mortar and spread it; Mike lays the blocks; I complete the pointing; and off we go again.

Today we were working on courses 4 and 5 above ground level (of 12 courses, I believe)…

…see how fast we were progressing until Mike realised his rubber hammer had pretty much reached the end of it’s useful life…

…but fortunately, we had another to hand (of course we did – have I told you about Mike’s tool collection?!?)., and were able to carry on until rain once again stopped play.

It might be a while before my next update. I am away for a Church in Wales meeting for a few days next week, and as the weather forecast is for rain, we will then look for some indoor jobs, so who knows when I will return. Here’s hoping you can bear the tension…

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