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Stage 1 Is Very Nearly Complete :)


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#1 ConstructionChannel

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Posted 07 March 2015 - 06:15 PM

Only 4 courses to go on the last little bit and what i consider to be stage 1 will be complete :)

I started this in October and tomorrow i will hopefully be able to start Stage 2..... Ground works :)

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Posted 07 March 2015 - 09:54 PM

Time to swap the chainsaw for a shovel. ;)
:)
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Posted 07 March 2015 - 09:58 PM

View PostNickfromwales, on 07 March 2015 - 09:54 PM, said:

Time to swap the chainsaw for a shovel. ;)
:)
Regards, Nick
i plan to use a shovel as little as possible :P ill be digging with a little 3.5 ton kuboto and shifting the mud with the loader :D

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Posted 07 March 2015 - 10:06 PM

:rolleyes:
I don't like anyone with bigger toys than me :wacko:
Regards, Nick.

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Posted 07 March 2015 - 10:08 PM

View PostNickfromwales, on 07 March 2015 - 10:06 PM, said:

:rolleyes:
I don't like anyone with bigger toys than me :wacko:
Regards, Nick.

Can we still be friends?? :mellow:

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Posted 07 March 2015 - 10:16 PM

I think we should see other people.
:lol:

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Posted 07 March 2015 - 10:34 PM

if it makes you feel any better there not actually my toys, People are just kind enough to lend them to me.
Im sorry it had to end like this :(

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Posted 08 March 2015 - 10:41 PM

YAY, its done :D I even got the digger out a little this afternoon and started ripping up the floor.

10,000+ Imperial soft red bricks cleaned by hand, over 1000 slates salvaged by hand. well over 10,000 Photos taken and 5 months of our "spare" time all for less than 5 minutes of footage!

Time for something slightly less repetitive i hope......

https://www.youtube....9Jjv4g7I4dUq9ng

Edited by joiner, 09 March 2015 - 07:05 AM.
"Minuets" ???


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Posted 09 March 2015 - 07:17 AM

Brilliant stuff.

Superb work ethic, and SO good to see Mrs Ed working alongside on an equal basis. My son's partner works alongside him and I used to have a young girl help me in the workshop (which was in a barn on a livery yard) and occasionally on site. Did try to get her to come on board as an apprentice but she said that, despite enjoying the work, "it wasn't a job for girls" and that she really wanted to be an RSPCA inspector. Actually got my son's partner on the phone to talk to her because she had been an RSPCA inspector, but to no avail. Too few women in construction, although our regular gas fitter now employs two of them, one recently qualified and one apprentice.

And a great video. Good to have you around now, mate. ;)

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 07:50 AM

That's a good video. Fair play to you and your missus.

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 09:30 AM

I enjoyed watching. A couple of Qs: What camera did you use? If you re-use the bricks will you lay them in the same mortar as originally used?

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 09:42 AM

"...10,000+ Imperial soft red bricks cleaned by hand..."

So I suspect lime mortar will be used throughout. ;)

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 11:10 AM

I have never used pure lime mortar on a new build, just used lime as a plasticiser. I guess the wall outer leaf will need to be fairly thick.

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 12:21 PM

The soft bricks are the clue.

Basically, never use a mortar that's harder than the construction material.

This is a good explanation...

http://www.building....3037239.article

...although it's reference to what used to be called the old "restoration" mix is now considered heretical. I've come round to agreeing with that view. It's always worth taking a sample brick along to a lime supplier and asking what they recommend.

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 12:26 PM

And apologies for hijacking the thread, Ed, but it seemed a good time to discuss the matrix issue because this thread is going to attract a lot of interest and 'mrpunter's' question opened up an interesting topic. ;)

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 12:55 PM

View PostConstructionChannel, on 07 March 2015 - 10:34 PM, said:

Im sorry it had to end like this :(
:lol:
You must have arms like Popeye after that lot.
I'll watch the vid later but that sounds like a proper labour of love. :o

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 05:43 PM

Firstly i would like to thank you `all for your kind comments, I have been making this video series since I started the project in October and i would just like to say how much it means to me for people to actually complement the videos, I had no experience in making videos before this and it was a very strange concept for me to try and make a "entertaining and informative documentary" By myself, in my "spare" time.
Honestly its comments like the ones above that will make me see this out until the end. Thank you again They mean more than you know!

View Postmrpunter, on 09 March 2015 - 09:30 AM, said:

I enjoyed watching. A couple of Qs: What camera did you use? If you re-use the bricks will you lay them in the same mortar as originally used?

cameras: I have been using either a goPro 3+ or a Ltl Acorn trail cam for the time-lapse, I have also invested in a panasonic HC-v130 for the vlogs and other actual filming, but i have had to "upgrade" this to a toshiba camellio because it didn't have a Mic in port to use the wireless mic.

I will be reusing the original bricks but i will not be using the original mortar mainly because that is far too much like hard work and most of it is in the hardcore pile :) I was fully intending to use a restoration type mix of 4 soft washed sand, 2 sharp sand 1 white cement and 1 hydrated lime, that was until Joiner hi-jacked this thread, I'm still fairly confident i will use that mix but i am willing to wait and see where this discussion goes before i make a final decision

View Postjoiner, on 09 March 2015 - 12:26 PM, said:

And apologies for hijacking the thread, Ed, but it seemed a good time to discuss the matrix issue because this thread is going to attract a lot of interest and 'mrpunter's' question opened up an interesting topic.

Hi-jack away my good sir, TBH I'm surprised it lasted this long :P

View PostNickfromwales, on 09 March 2015 - 12:55 PM, said:


You must have arms like Popeye after that lot.
I'll watch the vid later but that sounds like a proper labour of love.

Arms but not the chin :)
i already had a fairly decent set of fore arms before this But it has got to the stage now where I'm having to be careful when shaking non workers hands :D

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 06:38 PM

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Oops I forgot to mention Mrs Ed ( commonly known as Faye), I bought her her own little pointing trowel because my brick trowel was hurting her wrist, she can only carry 3 possibly 4 bricks at a push, she is terrified of driving the loader, she can't reverse a trailer and she can probably clean 1 brick for every 20 that i can....... BUT I couldn't have done this without her. TBH i would have probably given up on the whole idea at the planning stage if it wasn't for her support. She is more willing to work than i am :o and to be fair i would eat my dinner off the bricks that she cleaned! She makes a fantastic cup of coffee along with other things and although she will probably never read this post, She is the reason i am doing this!

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 07:38 PM

You need the automatic variety to convince the missus to drive em!

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 07:51 PM

Really enjoyed the video...you're an inspiration young fella!
I hope I can put half the shift in you have...my Achilles heel might be the 2009 rioja reserve at 6 squid a bottle from Lidl