Still working flat out on the basics

Last time I wrote, we had prepared an area for laying a new floor by spreading sand, ready for the insultation and damp proof to be installed.

Last week, pretty much any building work was rained off. Earlier this week, we spread out the damp-proof membrane (the blue stuff) and added the insulation, into which we had to make space for the shower drain (see above)…

…before using squirty foam to ‘glue’ it all together and then covering all with a layer of thin plastic (to stop the concrete running into the insulation). We added ladders and blocks to weigh everything down as the wind got up! We finished this layer just before storm Agnes arrived over Wednesday night so on Thursday morning…

…I was using a dustpan to bail out the rainwater before the concrete arrived.

The lorry backed up and our bobcat driver and concrete-spreader were ready. The concrete was offloaded into the bobcat…

…which could then deposit the concrete more accurately where it was needed, and then…

…we used rakes to pull the concrete into position. That was really quite hard work, and I was happy to do it, right up until I noticed that I was busily raking whilst…

…others were busy riding on machines, or pushing buttons, or chatting waiting for the barrow to fill up and then wheel it around (fair enough, that does take some effort). (Mike gets a by here as he was taking the photo!!)

Then the tamping started, and we mostly operated in pairs, one pair using this specialist device to tamp the concrete level, whilst the other two shovelled concrete into the low spots as they revealed themselves and, about 90 minutes later…

Tada!! One reasonably flat and surprisingly large floor.

Today we were sitting quietly getting over yesterday’s exertion, when the lorry containing the next lot of materials arrived! Next week we will be (weather permitting) putting in the right hand floor, and then we will be ready to actually build things that won’t get buried. Chwarae teg, as we say here in Wales!

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