Sunday, 8 May 2011

Week 10 - Underfloor heating pipes

We spent the week getting the DPM (damp proof membrane), reinforcing mesh and underfloor heating pipes laid out. The heavy rain stopped us from pouring the concrete slab, which we'll do next week, weather permitting.
After much research and many long discussions about the options for underfloor heating pipes - laid within the concrete slab, or a separate screed on top of concrete slab, or on top of conrete slab surrounded by insulation, and lots of other variations on a theme - we came to the conclusion that it doesn't really matter what you do, each method is accepted. So we've come full circle and opted just to do pipes clipped to the mesh with concrete poured around it all. Simples.
Following the rain, we discovered we have a pretty effective swimming pool...


We're about half way through clearing the area at the front of the plot, ready for our huge delivery of materials next week. A large chunk of the soil has gone to a soon-to-be relative of a brother of a colleague, to backfill a wall. It's all about having the contacts...

One or two tons - who knows? Kai did a quick modification to the trailer to make it easier to handle by grinding off the useless top half of the tailgate.

It's now been a week since we moved into the caravan and we have discovered that it is a bit chilly, a bit hot, a bit small, a bit wobbly - BUT IT DOESN'T LEAK! After the torrential rain of the weekend we expected to find a couple of damp patches, but nothing! This makes us very happy.

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