Part 5 – Welsh slating

Progressing on now with great gusto, our roofers arrived on site this week to start the roofing work to cover the structure in Welsh slate.

They have hand selected the best slates that were taken off and mixed them all up in a random fashion so you can’t tell if they were facing north or south. The remainder will be sourced from a local reclamation yard and cut to size the match the original slates.

Part 4 – Delivery and fitting if the green oak trusses

After a 10 week wait we finally saw the arrival of the oak trusses – very excited and impressed 🤪

Unfortunately they arrived on a 65ft artic but with the aid of a neighbouring farmer were carefully transported to site ready to be lifted on by the 14T crane.

Lady Luck really looked down on us as we had a great window of fine weather until almost complete when the heavens opened but by that time we had the trusses protected with polythene and we had complete most of the roof structure including the insulation.

Our team of roofers arrived bang on time to “black out” the new roof and now we are completely watertight able to continue with the internal electrical and plastering work.

Roof structural support

Along with the underfloor heating, we have been calling on our construction skills to fit a series of steel supports for the new green oak trusses that are due next week.

The next stage of the work is to remove the existing roof structure and fit the new oak trusses which we will be bringing in with a crane.

Above is an example of how the trusses will look.

Part 2 – concrete sub floor

With the stone sub base in place and nicely compacted down we are now ready to start the prep for the concrete. With it being such a big area (11m x 5m) we have split it into two bit size chunks and shuttered these areas so these can be poured first. The concrete is due for delivery on Monday.

Small is beautiful

IMG_3683Derek’s been a busy bee this morning. Luckily he’s small and can get into tight spaces so it was no trouble for him to bend some copper pipe and fit it under a boiler to supply a new garden tap.

There really is not limit to Derek.s abilities or the type of work he will do. Lots of people need a garden tap and Derek was happy to oblige.

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If you need an outside taps for these hot summer days to fill the paddling pool for the kids or just to water the garden (unless there’s a hose pipe ban) call Derek and he’ll gladly fit one for you.

In other news – there’s a terrible skills shortage in the plumbing industry, find out more at : http://bit.ly/2tDuXQe

A tale of two flues

Bee3 cleaner2018-06-19 17.20.18Derek’s been a busy bee this week looking at flues. At one property, when we went into the loft to inspect the flue, we noticed that the flue hadn’t been screwed together properly and that there wasn’t enough brackets on the flue pipe to hold it in position. The picture on the left shows another section of the same flue which has been fitted correctly. Note the brackets AND screws holding the parts together.

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The problems is not that its dangerous NOW, but we have to consider what might happen in the future. If something or someone was to inadvertently interfere with it, the parts could become dislodged and this would allow products of combustion into the house, this in turn may get into the boiler causing it produce carbon monoxide, which of course is deadly. Derek and I determined this to be “At Risk”* and with the owners consent disconnected the gas supply so that it simply couldn’t be used. Documents were completed and issued to the home owner.

By chance, the next day, Derek and I had another call from another customer who had, this time, had his boiler condemned by another Gas Safe engineer and wanted a second opinion as he was facing a bill of several thousands of pounds for a new boiler.

2018-06-20 14.40.35 (2)In this case the engineer had determined that the boiler had failed the “spillage test” and the “smoke pellet flue flow test” and had determined that it was “At Risk” and as such issued a Warning Notice and labelled the boiler as “WARNING – DO NOT USE”.

 

2018-06-20 13.37.19I carried out some tests myself and found them all to be OK, so I rang the gas fitter and asked him what he had found. He said that the CO2% was too low and that I should know that and that is why it’s unsafe. Therefore I rang Baxi to check the figures and was told that there is no published value for the CO2% and so the figure I had found of 6% was fine, not dangerous. I removed the Do Not Use notice and reissued the Home Owner Gas Safety Certificate. 

The clients were delighted that they haven’t had to fork out over £2000 for a new boiler and are now confident that their gas appliances are safe.

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* At Risk (AR) means – An “At Risk” installation is where one or more recognised faults are present which could constitute a danger to life or property without further faults developing – further reading available at :- http://bit.ly/beeARAR

Learning a trade

A recent study by education charity Edge and the City & Guilds Group found that parents think plumbing apprenticeships make young people more employable than their peers who studied at university, however most of them said that they still wanted their children to get a degree. At the end of the day, what you study is your choice, so it’s pretty important to seek out other routes into employment, and apprenticeships is a pretty good one.

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So why not do both? Many companies are now fully aware of the benefits of having graduate engineers who have learnt a “trade”, they understand the business from the ground up and have spent time with semi skilled tradespeople in the shop floor where they will have developed a healthy respect for the value they add to the process. PwC’s retention rate for apprentices is 85.8%, compared with 67.7% for graduates, after qualifying. There is the opportunity for everyone who completes an apprenticeship to remain with PwC and to take advantage of ample career support and job opportunities.
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SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING and MATHS – Apprenticeships with degrees exist from these companies and more.

PwC, Atkins, BAE Systems, Barratt Developments PLC, CGI, Keepmoat Ltd, Mitie Technical Facilities Management, Nissan, National Grid, Network Rail, NG Bailey, SGN, D&D London, DHL, Dine Contract Catering, Dorchester Collection,Greene King, Greggs, Hilton Worldwide, Royal Mail, SSP UK, Arqiva, Capgemini, Fujitsu.

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