Week36 - 17Jun 2002
Apologies for the number of pictures this week - I have a lot to show you!
The tilers continue to make good progress
Most windows now fitted
Gutter fitting progressing
Under-floor heating installation starts
2nd floor floor-boards laid
The slates are laid on the lower, front roof.
I am very pleased with the quality of Warner Roofing's work. These cuts on the valleys are perfect - to my eye at least.
The bricklayers nip back fro a day for a few minor jobs, one is the arch in the hall over the cloakroom entrance. We used the same bricks as the fireplace - they will also be used in the kitchen for the cooker surround.
The dinning room door from both outside and in.
Most of the windows are either fitted or assembled waiting for the tilers to
make that section totally dry.
The under-floor heating (from CHS) commences. The heating system consists of a series of zones which are independently temperature controlled via their own wall-mounted thermostat. In practical terms this means each pipe is supplied from a manifold which in turn has its own supply from your heat source (a Heat Pump in our case). A continuous length of pipe is therefore laid from he manifold, under the floor and back to the manifold. One zone may have more than 1 loop and may cover more than 1 room. You choose the number and size of zones, the manufacturer designs a plan to fit.
The pipe arrives in 500m rolls, a 2-man job to carry. The reel to hold it is loaned by the suppliers. The pipe is laid on top of the insulation and then clipped in place. At the end of each joist CHS say they always cut a notch in the top of the truss to allow (the pipe) access to the next section. The joist manufacturers ( Aspect Roofing) however say this must not be done as it invalidates the truss specification and therefore the structural integrity guarantee of the truss. CHS say they have never heard of this but perhaps they (and most trades!) have never asked the question! The choice is yours it would seem. I chose not to notch the joists. Because our 2nd floor is half-dormer, we have a void behind the lower half of all walls where we can run the pipes.
The pipes need insulating where they "leave" the room. Pipe fitting for the 1st floor is a different problem as we use JJI joist and there is no void in much of the house. More on this next week.
With the heating pipes in - the floor-boards can finally be laid on the 2nd
We do not want to waste the void at the end of this bedroom and would like to turn it into a large (albeit unusually shaped!) wardrobe. We would therefore like to remove a cross-brace. I contacted Aspect Roofing (the truss manufacturers) but their software could not cope with this change!
I have therefore had to ask my structural engineer to find a solution - no answer yet but I sense some more steel!
Finally this week I have been following behind the tiler and fitting the guttering. I have chosen (as on the garage) the Osma deep-line guttering. It is more expensive than the basic version but has several advantages:
It carries more water allowing less down-pipes & therefore less under-ground pipework (which is very expensive)
It is stronger
It does not require a fall - you fix it level. Much easier!
Under-floor heating fitting to the 1st floor
Window fitting continues