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Progress on the south wall

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.

'Oliver's Wall'

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.

Two hours work - good progress!

Seasonal labourer boosts productivity

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!”

Max at the beginning of the day

Wet weekend – tools down

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.

Disharmony amongst the apprentices

 

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.

Caution: Heavy machinery at work

The senior apprentice worked hard this afternoon in sunny (but still chilly) conditions to clear the rubble for the next stage of work.