Tag Archives: preparation

The build officially begins

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).

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

Queen’s Birthday weekend

I ache all over.  My shoulders have an awful tingly sensation.  Obviously a clear sign that I did too much work on removing the cement render off the walls over the long weekend.  My co-worker and I keep reminding each other “It will look worse before it looks better.”  The two ‘apprentices’ found great amusement in being able to look at each other through the gaps of the double-brick walls.  Once they tired of that they were somewhat helpful in removing the rubble.

Chipping away the cement render