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Day 91 – The Wormy Chestnut floor

This was not the first nor second floor we had selected but we are very happy with the final choice. There is no evidence of any worms but if you look carefully at the photos you will see some lovely squiggly, wiggly grain. The wood has been treated with a linseed oil based product. It left the hall smelling like a cricket bat before the new season. The CFC (Cordial Factory Crew) left everyone else working hard and took a mini-break in the Melbourne metropolis. It was great to come home and see the floor installed.

Day 57 – Joists down, timber walls removed and window work begun

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.

Site meeting – floor levels

This morning the Cordial Factory Crew had a site meeting with Paul and Robyn from Lifehouse Design and Dugald and Ross from VRBS. The number 1 item on the agenda was floor levels. During the design phase a final floor height was not specified. We were wanting to determine that at the beginning of the build – match the new floor with the existing floor level if possible. Of course, the challenge was always going to be the link between the two buildings. There will now be a step up into the hall and the house from the link.

There was a discussion about drainage and a decision was made to install a sump and pump under the floor of the hall. This could prove invaluable in the event of significant flooding.

Day 4 – More holes and the last wall comes down

Day 4 and the workers dug more holes and removed the last of the bricks from the interior walls. Hooray! A lintel has been installed at the east end. We now have a true sense of the size of the space.

Day 3 – Digging holes

Day 3 saw the workers commence on the sub-floor. After marking out the location of the holes Ash from Ashkavate turned up with his mighty machine and got stuck into it. A couple of challenges revealed themselves during the day – a small reef right where a post hole needs to go and the appearance yet again of more broken glass.

There is no substitute for the right tool

After toiling away with the jackhammer we finally reached a point where we could bring someone in to cut up the concrete. Then it was a matter of removing the ‘giant pavers’. That’s where Ash Bannerman and his Vermeer s600tx rubber track mini loader burst into action.
As my Dad always says – “You just need the right tool for the job!”