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A Week In The Workshop 189: this is my garden



Hi everyone; another slight ‘stream of consciousness’ video this week, as I talk through some of the building work we’ve embarked upon, and explain a little bit about why we're doing this at our age instead of moving / downsizing to something modern and easily managed. Unfortunately this does call for us to briefly discuss UK property taxes, but I promise it’s only brief!


There’s the draw for the Crealty Ender 3 3D printer, and a little bit of chat about the next-gen Loose Tenon Jig, which at the time of writing this I still don’t *quite* have in my hands yet - but soon, and as soon as that happens I’ll let you know.


Thank you as always for being a part of 10MW Plus, enjoy the rest of the weekend, and I’ll catch you in the next one.


Peter



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Peter, the concrete is always priced per cubic meter and interestingly you also pay for the excess portion of a part load-lorry holds 6 cubic metres you order 5 you still pay for six!

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petermillard
petermillard
Jul 03, 2023
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Thanks Joe, good to know! 👍

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Hi Peter, I recall when we lived in a similar property to yours and our neighbour carried out a gut and total rebuild of his house. The noise and vibration of power tools coming through the connecting wall of the terrace, nearly drove us crazy, so I hope you have sent your neighbours off on a world cruise whilst your house is rebuilt, saving them from the path to near insanity!

I see the Karndean flooring is ideal for laying on top of underfloor heating. Is that an option you are considering also? and will you be ditching your gas boiler and upgrading to a heat pump?

I look forward to following your build and seeing how it all comes…


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petermillard
petermillard
Jul 03, 2023
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Thanks Dawn! No, but our neighbours are fairly sanguine about it - on one side at least - it’s London, there’s constant rebuilding and we’ve put up with enough of theirs over the years too! We’re having underfloor heating in the kitchen and extension, but just insulating the rest of the ground floor as we actually like having radiators.


And no, the gas boiler stays; heat pumps are a complete non-starter in this kind of property, and my sister has had nothing but problems with hers.


More to come on this! 👍

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Hope it's OK to post this here, but two things hit a cord with me in this episode.

32 years ago, when Peter was building his Ikea Billy Bookcase's, I was digging out the foundations for my own rear extension to my Semi-Detached house.

These were dug by hand by myself over a two week period of evenings after my day job had finished each day.

Also, seeing Peter standing in his "garden" foundations reminded me instantly of a very similar photograph I had, and after a little serching, I managed to find some other photos as well.

For some idea of scale, I was 5' 6" tall back then and think I still am 🤣

I had to dig…








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petermillard
petermillard
Jul 02, 2023
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That’s fantastic Colin! I think it took the team of guys a couple of weeks to dig out the trenches for ours - and all filled in in half an hour! Heavy sticky London clay is tough enough when it!s dry, horrible when it’s wet!


And pebble-dashing! I remember that! 😬👍

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Tony Carnell
Tony Carnell
Jul 02, 2023

Really interesting to see the plans for your renovations Peter.

I'm in the process of planning a loft conversion myself at the moment because I've come to the same conclusion that you and Mrs 10 Minutes have; it's easier and cheaper to refurb than move.


I'll admit I was a bit disappointed that my name didn't appear on the wheel for the 3d printer draw, despite having left a comment on AWITW 187, but I won't lose sleep over it, mistakes happen and I'd have struggled to find somewhere to home it anyway 😀

Congrats to John!

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petermillard
petermillard
Jul 02, 2023
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Hi Tony and thanks! Yes, crazy how much it costs to move these days, especially with stamp duty! 😯


Re the giveaways; you need to make a comment in the ''free stuff and giveaways' forum post relevant to that particular giveaway, Tony - there's a link provided in the blog post, and the current giveaway will always be the top post in that forum category.


I'm sorry if you feel like you missed out, but it's always been this way - that's the whole reason for that forum category to exist, so that the folks making a comment to ender the draw can be easily identified and entered.


I have a few more giveaways planned, so plenty of opportunities to…


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Tom Owens
Tom Owens
Jul 02, 2023

We had a similar footing issue when we built our extension onto an 1880 built Victorian semi-detached villa.

The house is built on two stretchers 18 inch with 9 inch solid wall above and at most had 3-6 inches of concrete under.

I had to pour 2.1m of concrete just to support the steel goalpost to hold up the upper floor on the rear outrigger. We have a cellar so had to go below the footings. I think we have shored up the rest of the street! Never had the luxury of pumping it in. All done in barrows from the on-site mixer like you had.

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petermillard
petermillard
Jul 02, 2023
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Thanks Tom! Took the guys about 3 weeks to dig the foundations out, and 3 guys took 30 minutes to fill them! Amazing really. 👍👍

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