Monday, 21 March 2011

Breaking the ground

Most of the joinery on the the foundation timbers is now complete and the next stage is to start placing them in position.

While some of the cuts for the joints are made using either a circular saw or small chainsaw, much of the hard work is still done with a chisel.

The ground bearing beams will sit on a shallow bed of crushed stone. The Building Inpsector dropped by today and approved the first foundation trench.It is quite refreshing that less conventional foundations such as ours are approved on the grounds of common sense backed up by sound design.

Moving the first of the four ground bearing beams into position
To make up a total length of 9.1m, two pieces of timber have to be joined using a type scarf joint. The hope is that all four ground bearing beams will be in place by the end of the week.

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