After several days of hammering and the preparation of timber for the stud walls, it is now much quieter in the hall. The R2.5 insulation wool has been inserted into the roof space and the new foam walls. As well as its insulating properties, it has a sound proofing capacity as well. It is working wonderfully on the noise out the front, so we hope it will have an equal effect on the sometimes loud rows from the junior apprentices.
Category Archives: Interior walls
What prophetic words in the last post. At the end of day 57 the Cordial Factory has been transformed (Well, it looks that way to us). The wooden walls at the rear of the hall have been removed and the joists have been laid. The old window frames have been removed and the ‘bricked up’ window cavity on the north wall has been opened. The wooden lintel is still intact. The red joists are a stronger wood and will support the new walls that will be made of polystyrene – like an Esky.
Yesterday marked Day 1 of ‘the build’. A small crew from Vic Restorations arrived early (just after 7) to prepare for a day of wall and cement floor removal. By the end of the day the end wall was down and much of the back floor had been broken up. Today they continued the work, removing the rest of the floor and the old loft. As you can see from the photos they have begun the east wall. Next week they intend to make inroads with the subfloor. We are told things will move quickly now. If the first two days are anything to go by we’ll be at the end before we know it (TFIC – tongue firmly in cheek).
Using the hammer drill with the chisel bit we’ve managed to excavate down to the footings of the north wall. It appears that the footings are solid and well-formed. Hopefully that’s the case right the way around. Amazing to work through the most recent ‘cement pour’ to discover two earlier examples of cement floors. When all the cement is removed there should be plenty of space for air to flow underneath the building – and help manage any moisture around the site.
After a couple of weeks break from the hammer and bolster we were back into the swing of things this afternoon. The piano was safely moved to the north side of the space allowing access to another ‘Class A’ rising damp spot.
All walls of the main space have now had some render removed. It does give us some encouragement. The new apprentice worked well, although he is right-handed. Oh well, we can overlook that.
The addition of another labourer has helped with the progress of the north interior wall. All exterior work has been postponed due to inclement weather. (Today’s forecast – showers throughout the day, snow down to 600m.) Work was achieved in short intense sessions. Trying to manage the workforce to maximise productivity. This is challenging and Grandpa Baker’s truism has come to mind several times today: “One boy’s a boy, two boys – 1/2 a boy, three boys – NO boy at all!”
A very miserable weekend weather wise has provided an excuse to ‘down tools’ on exterior walls. There was some progress made with the north interior wall, but criticism from the apprentices has hampered results a little. Apparently the noise of a hammer on bolster disturbs their ‘train-ing’ – and obviously leads to disharmony and conflict, if the photo is anything to go by!
The moisture in the north wall is a great example of why we are toiling away at removing the cement render. The bricks desperately need to breathe. If you look closely between the bricks it almost looks like soil from a garden bed – probably could grow a few plants in the old mortar.
The Lifehouse Design team are visiting on Tuesday to share their ideas. My co-worker and I are a bit like kids before Christmas, wondering what ‘Design Santa’ might have for us.