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#21 ConstructionChannel

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 07:56 PM

View Postjoiner, on 09 March 2015 - 12:21 PM, said:

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.

Brilliant link for this application, I'm fairly confident on my mix ATM if anything i might add another 1/2 white cement and lime just for some strength. In this application the brickwork is purely cladding the house so I'm not overly worried about its compressional strength, we used this mix to repair flint walls for years, people would crash in the same few spots 3-4 times a year, so after cleaning the same flints that many times we decided to make life easier and use a weaker mix with lots of lime in it. it gave the "flexibility" to withstand cracking, enough cement to stay standing, but very little adhesion so it came off the flints easily
The original walls were built with hydraulic lime and sharp sand and were incredibly flexible BUT were also incredibly sensitive to frost in the first few months of curing

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 08:09 PM

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View Postoz07, on 09 March 2015 - 07:38 PM, said:

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

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oh iv finally got her driving it. she is just terrified of it! lots of little things like having to take the handbrake off before putting it in F. or which button is extend or retract the boom get her so stressed, then she panics, then she strops, then she says she can't do it, then i tell her its not going to do it self, then she tries again, and the sequence repeats until she gets it right :)

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 08:25 PM

Ha well done anyway. What time does your day finish?! I'd get laughed at if I bought floodlights for the lads!

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 08:29 PM

View Postoz07, on 09 March 2015 - 08:25 PM, said:

Ha well done anyway. What time does your day finish?! I'd get laughed at if I bought floodlights for the lads!

monday-friday 7:30-4:30
"spare time" between 9-10 until its either too cold/wet or i feel i have done enough :)

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 09:23 PM

Believe me when the job is done and you and Faye are sitting in your new house all the long hours you have put in will be well worth it.

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 09:29 PM

Just for a giggle, Ed, have you realised your 181 posts in mate :wacko:
Not bad for an Ebuild hijacker :lol:
Kudos to you mate, grafter AND contributor. Welcome, formally, aboard. ;).
Regards, Nick.

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 09:58 PM

I'm almost speechless :o .......But that wouldn't make a very good reply :P
Shucks guys... This is just the beginning. i'v labeled this as stage 1 but i haven't actually planned how many stages there will be ;),
Nick is right ( as usual ) and i have Hijacked you good! Mwuahahahaha But seriously it was not hard to see why i came here originally, that reason has changed dramatically in the last 181 posts, I have learnt almost as much from this forum in the last few months as i have from all my college and site work combined.

With any luck i will be here for a long while to come,
( theres more than 1 red brick barn on this farm ;) )

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 10:45 PM

182 :lol:

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 09:31 PM

Post number 208 :)

I spent the last couple of weekends making a big pile of dirt. On the plus side at least i haven't got to pay to get rid of this one as somehow its all lovely top soil!

https://www.youtube....eature=youtu.be

Who doesn't love playing in diggers?

Edited by ConstructionChannel, 07 April 2015 - 09:33 PM.


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Posted 07 April 2015 - 09:41 PM

If only it could be done in a minute and a quarter.

I hope it won't be too long before I get to start in earnest on mine.

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 09:58 PM

View PostProDave, on 07 April 2015 - 09:41 PM, said:

If only it could be done in a minute and a quarter.

I hope it won't be too long before I get to start in earnest on mine.

Time-lapse always manages to make things look quick and easy, if only that were true :)

will this be your first job with your new digger? there is nothing quite like christening a new toy!

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 10:03 PM

View PostConstructionChannel, on 07 April 2015 - 09:31 PM, said:

I spent the last couple of weekends making a big pile of dirt.
Lay off the vegetable curry ;).

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 10:27 PM

Just incase the last post didn't quite contain enough hardcore Digger action, heres a short one of me retrieving the base of my dining table,

I did say i would use as much of that tree as i possibly could



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Posted 08 April 2015 - 06:12 AM

View PostConstructionChannel, on 07 April 2015 - 09:58 PM, said:

will this be your first job with your new digger? there is nothing quite like christening a new toy!
No, so far I've used it to remove some trees, prepare and lay the base for the static caravan, prepare and lay the base for the driveway entrance, dug the trenches for water and electricity cables, and a bit of basic landscaping. Oh and I dug some test holes for the structural engineer. I also moved some big rocks around to reinforce the banks of the burn in a few places. I think I have done about 50 hours on the machine so far.

But when I start on the foundations will be the first proper digging job.

Edited by ProDave, 08 April 2015 - 06:13 AM.


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Posted 07 May 2015 - 01:58 PM

Good news all round, Building inspector has just been round to inspect my test hole / start of the footings, and she is happy as larry :) 1.2m dig depth with some 10mm rebar in it, Hopefully i can get it all dug out in the evenings next week and blag a day off in the following week for her to come and check the actual hole, If all that goes to plan then the concrete will be flowing in on the saturday after next.

also as we were talking about Mrs construction channel driving the loader earlier in the thread i thought i would try to get some decent footage of just how nervous she is,

https://www.youtube....h?v=kIOL45Njx6Q

not great but she does manage to miss the old water tanks.......just :o

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 02:14 PM

Your panicking too much, there was at least 10mm clearance from the tanks :lol:
Regards, Nick.

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 02:20 PM

View PostNickfromwales, on 07 May 2015 - 02:14 PM, said:

Your panicking too much, there was at least 10mm clearance from the tanks :lol:
Retards, Nick.

indeed, an inch is as good as a mile when it comes to not hitting something, best part was she was watching the other end of the log as she cruised past the tanks. unfortunately i forgot to film me carrying the tree before i cut it to length, i had to lift it over the barn and the other tractor, considering the weight of that log even i had to change my pants after that :)

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 02:57 PM

:D
Drove a forklift once, for the first time, ( no K class etc ), and thought it was quite easy when down low. When it came to stacking stuff at the full extension on the very tops of the racking, different story. Just sneeze and the whole thing starts a wobble. Then over react to that and then the fun REALLY starts :o
Regards. Nick.

Edited by Nickfromwales, 07 May 2015 - 02:58 PM.


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Posted 07 May 2015 - 05:23 PM

Great work, you must have been sick of the sight of brick walls by the end of it :)

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Posted 19 May 2015 - 05:50 PM

well it seems i am no longer the star of the show :(

https://www.youtube....h?v=lB5ODDiNWBg

https://www.youtube....h?v=H6Iv-7bsImc

i have a feeling you will all like the second link better. enjoy :D