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Roofing Ready to GO!!

roofing contractors laying a tile on the roof
a roofer laying tile on the roof

So it has been at least a couple of years…. it feels like!! And here we are with this renovation part of our building project. The roofing portion of what we are doing has been a long time coming. In fact i cant even remember the last time i posted in here!

So long story short – we were seeking the help of a number of different roofing contractors and various companies let us down. Then we had some financial troubles so we could no longer fund our ellaborate project and work ceased for about 18 months. Then we got going again and did some interior type works like the skirting and the plasterboards. But really it was the roof that was the end game because that was what was going to make it livable

Roofing Bristol UK in the west midlands eventually came up with a solution using natural delabole slate (nothing like the picture!) So we went ahead and they did the work well ahead of their schedule and about 14 years behind ours!

Oh well, its not a race as they say – it was really the money problems that has scuppered us but now all that is behind us I hope to be reporting with some more updates in  the near future.

Check back soon for some more building reports and hopefully some news on completion and us actually moving in.

Outside Fencing Installation

One of the first jobs I needed to do on my property was to make the boundary safe and secure in the garden. The old fence was just a total shambles, it was rotten and the wind had knocked it down. I like fence building and as a carpenter I find it very easy. However, you need to know some basics before you go out and start laying fence posts. I have some very good friends who work for a great company providing fencing Plymouth so I have learned even more from the professionals on how to correctly go about your fencing needs.

Step One.

Make sure you find the plans for your property so you can establish exactly where all the underground piping and wiring are. The first job is marking out exactly where you need to put in the posts and to make a solid structure the posts need to be a couple of feet deep so you do not want to be digging into something that you shouldn’t!

Step Two.

Mark out the post sections with a spray can then set up a string-line so that you can centre where the holes will be and so that the fence runs in a straight line.

Step  three.

Dig out the post holes. Make then about 2 feet deep and 1.5 ft wide allowing plenty of room for the post and the concrete filler to give it some solid support. Once this is done start with the corner post put in the hole and brace it with a couple of timbers to make it stand upright. Using a spirit level check that the post is perfectly straight.

Step four.

When you have the first post nice and level run a string line around the area of your fence and dig out all the other post holes. You need a post about every 2 metres to make sure you have a solid frame to put on your timbers. Put in all the other posts and get them straight before you start to fill up the holes with concrete.

Step five.

Fill all the holes with some concrete and let it set over night. Then cover with some top soil, the fence posts should be set nice and firm now so you can remove all the braces and begin connecting all your timbers.

Step 5

Mark out the top of the fence line and put a nail on the corner posts on top of the fence line. Then you can tie another stringline to mark out the top of your fence. This ensures you cut the timbers exactly the right shape and takes into account all the variances of the floor level. Now you are ready to connect your rails.

Step six

Mark onto each post 150mm from the top and 150mm from the bottom of each post and then mark the centre. Put a nail into mark so that the rails can be balanced onto the nail to support it whilst banging in the supporting nails. (Check video!)

Step Seven.

Now you can start nailing on the pailings making sure they are straight and running along the length the string-line. Remember when you get to the corner you will have to cut down a pailing to make it fit, dont do this with the last one on the corner always fit it before then. Follow around until your fence is complete!

Step Eight.

Cut down the tops of the fence posts at an angle so that the water can run off.


Any questions please comment below

Removing Paint Off Your Wall

This is a good start for the blog.

When ever you renovate a property you usually have to remove old paint from the walls. So I have been looking through the videos today and I have found a few simple and good ones. This one above from Chris boss is very short but the main point he comes up with herer which i think is very important for any young enthusiast is, DONT TRY TO GET ALL THE PAINT OFF.

You could lbe there for days and days on just one wall. You are not aiming for a perfect job.

Your main aim is to leave a finish good enough to put new paint on. So really its just the stuff that can easily be scrapped off, the stuff that would naturally damage your finished paint job, that you want to try and remove. The paint that is welded to the plasterboard is not going to come off when you paint over it.

This one below is a good one form Wickes.

A very professionally made guide to preparing a wall.

How to Prepare Walls & Ceilings for Painting