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Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 21 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Sleepers vary. The best ones are hardwood, sometimes oak, some are softwood.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 21 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

from what i recall of them they are not knarly so whichever should be fine

it would be unusual to import iron wood or lignum vitae as a bulk industrial material

i have not studied them but they usually look to be a balk of a decent size trunk

whatever, if it is big wood a chainsaw is your pal

Ty Gwyn



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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 21 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Railway sleepers are made from a variety of woods,depending on their initial use,oak,,jarah and kiri are the best hardwoods,the latter 2 Aussie imports,the softwoods can be,larch,spruce and Douglas fir.

jema
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 21 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    









We were disturbing the pigeon which has started hatching

But step underway, joist and a couple of coach screws in. Enough board to finish the job.
The marsh image was taken from a standing position on the deck and you can no longer as a rule see down into the pit of rubble.
So getting the IBC tank installed may be the last bit done down here this year.
The cowboy constructed top deck will become the new horror show.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 21 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

tis looking good

apart from rip out, reclaim and re fix the top deck might be more straight forward than expected as the lower bits are far more stable

imho fixing a historic cowboy job is usually fairly obvious once the carp are gone

jema
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 21 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

dpack wrote:
tis looking good

apart from rip out, reclaim and re fix the top deck might be more straight forward than expected as the lower bits are far more stable

imho fixing a historic cowboy job is usually fairly obvious once the carp are gone


It's complicated by both a Summer house and a conservatory being on top of the compromised structure.

jema
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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 21 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Well the greenhouse has come through a wind weather warning unscathed apart from some of the insulation being blown into the greenhouse.
It's still a mid mad out there gale wise.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 21 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Yes, it was pretty bad here during the night. They are threatening more wind for this morning, but doesn't seem so bad at the moment, so lets hope they are wrong.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 21 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

jema wrote:
dpack wrote:
tis looking good

apart from rip out, reclaim and re fix the top deck might be more straight forward than expected as the lower bits are far more stable

imho fixing a historic cowboy job is usually fairly obvious once the carp are gone


It's complicated by both a Summer house and a conservatory being on top of the compromised structure.


are they robust enough to move/take to bits and move?

on top they are a bit in the way unless you can work under them which has its own issues

with some levers, wedges, planks and bits of scaff tube or similar as rollers large heavy things can go sideways with minimum fuss intact, if they are robust enough to take a bit of wiggling

jema
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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 21 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We rolled the greenhouse when repairing one end of the deck a few years back.
the conservatory can't be moved, but it's just decking and wood, I don't see it being too painful.
The summer house adjoins my "mid deck" lower than the top deck. It would be really hard to move.
I think planting some serious posts each side and putting additional joists in will be feasible as in place key hole surgery.
Time and excavation will tell.

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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 21 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    






Iv'e not even bothered to level the tank as I don't know exactly what I'm doing with it, meanwhile it might as well get useful and collect water.

Shane



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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 21 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Good luck with changing your mind once it's full!

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 21 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

ditto

those things do need a decent pad, even if it is improvised, and plumbing is so much easier when everything is on the square(as is corruption )

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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 21 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    




Thus far not pumping. I feels like it's just short of able to pump up from the depth of the tank.
Tomorrow I guess it's will be tubs of water and seeing where it can pump from and then raising the tank up.

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 21 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

that thing should be able to pull up quite a lift

first thing, check the pump is working properly ,a bucket may be useful for that

is it "primed"? some pumps need that

it looks nice, it will work

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