20 – Barn Conversion – Week 16

| 3rd November 2015 | 0 Comments

Week 16 – 2nd – 6th of November

Barn Conversion – Summary of Monday through Friday

This week was straight forward…for me at least!

Joe and Andy worked towards completing the repairs/renewals to the main Oak structure at a high level; the blast cleaning of the Oak was due to start on Friday and the striking of the birdcage scaffold was set for  Monday the 9th.

The steel bracing arrived from the Ripley Forge in Robertsbridge; a combination of flat plates and angel brackets, each bespoke to the joint it was reinforcing.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - steel brackets ready to be fixed to oak joints

Steel reinforcement brackets and plates

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - steel brackets ready to be fixed to oak joints

Steel reinforcement brackets

 

Dan spent Monday finishing the alterations to the side extension which included blocking up the small window/door in the wall near the new stairwell and some brick repairs/replacement.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - side extension - blockwork infill

Blockwork to fill the hole in the wall between the side extension and new staircase

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - side extension - blockwork infill

Blockwork to fill the hole in the wall between the side extension and new staircase

 

Once he had finished the side extension he moved across to the milking parlour. He set about repairing the plinth and the cills to the windows; the brickwork was loose and needed re-bedding prior to the windows being installed. The corner brickwork adjacent to the main door needed to be rebuilt.

I had arranged for a small 1.5 ton digger with a hydraulic breaker/pecker to be delivered so that once Dan had finished the repairs to the milking parlour plinth etc he would be able to work throughout the day breaking up the very strong concrete milking bay raised plinth.

This video shows some of the repaired plinth, the corner brick repair and then Dan on the digger breaking out the raised plinth.

 

 

 

Friday

Joe and Andy were not on site on Friday (Dan was on site breaking up the plinth as above) as the Oak Blast cleaning was taking place; the woodworm treatment would follow over the weekend.

Nick Teasel of South East Timber Treatment was the sub-contractor I had employed to carry out the works; he had sub-contracted the cleaning works to BR Holland.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - The sand blasting - cleaning team arrive on site

The cleaning work took longer than planned due to the damp air; the sand needs to be perfectly dry to run through the pipes and the dampness clogged the pipes requiring the damp sand to be discarded before the cleaning could continue. As a result the contractor and Nick had to return on Sunday to finish; I received a text from Nick at 6.30pm saying he had just finished the woodwork treatment. A long frustrating weekend for Nick but he stuck at it.

 

 

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak timbers laid out ready to be sand blasted - cleaned

The Oak studs/rafters have been laid out ready to be cleaned by way of sand blasting

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak timbers laid out ready to be sand blasted - cleaned

The Oak studs/rafters have been laid out ready to be cleaned by way of sand blasting

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Trusses in milking parlour before sand blasting - cleaning

Before cleaning

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Trusses in milking parlour after sand blasting - cleaning

After cleaning

 

I have used Nicks services before on my Brenchley project. I cannot recommend him highly enough. He works very hard and always delivers on his promises.

Here are a few pictures of the cleaned  and treated structure including the cleaned brickwork:

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak structure following sand blasting - cleaning

Oak structure following sand blasting – cleaning

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - brick wall following sand blasting - cleaning

Brick wall following sand blasting – cleaning

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - brick wall following sand blasting - cleaning

Brick wall following sand blasting – cleaning

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak structure following sand blasting - cleaning

Oak structure following sand blasting – cleaning

 

Next week Dan will be breaking out the old concrete slab in the main barn and preparing the over site for the new slab. Joe and Andy will return to install the New Air Dried Oak plates and rafters for the Outshut roof.

 

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