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April 27, 2013

Tattie House – Round 2!

Filed under: General, Roof, Structural — tattiehouse @ 11:42

Well time really has run away from us since our return over a month ago! We’ve settled straight back into caravan life and been making good progress with the house. There have been a couple of changes since we were here last, mainly that we’re now both in our thirties, happily married and we have the addition of a little dog called Annie to keep us even busier this year. We were lucky to be able to hibernate for winter and spent most of our time either with our families, working on the garden, looking after pigs 7, 8, 9 and 10 or pondering on and planning for this year’s stint at Tattie House. We had plenty of time to think about last years stint, what we were and were not happy with and what we intended to do to make this year more productive and fulfilling for us. We are both feeling very strong right now; our priorities are firlmy in check, attitudes refreshed and we’re so well rested after the winter at home that jumping back in with both feet has been great….

More technical blogs from Ian to come and also the launch of the boat. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some pictures…

Pigs 7,8,9,10 Oxford Sandy & Blacks

Pigs 7,8,9,10 Oxford Sandy & Blacks

4x2 stud for bedroom 2

4×2 stud for bedroom 2

Basic Storage in Tattie House

Basic Storage in Tattie House

Steel Flitch installed with Simpson SAE500 strong ties.

Steel Flitch installed with Simpson SAE500 strong ties.

Goodbye stairs!

Goodbye stairs!

The Scaffold on the "West side" with soffit

The Scaffold on the “West side” with soffit

Temp Kitchen Sink

Temp Kitchen Sink

Redwood Soffit New and old!

Redwood Soffit New and old!

Where the stairs will go upstairs and the steel flitch and new studwork above

Where the stairs will go upstairs and the steel flitch and new studwork above

Isle Of Rum taken from Tarskavaig

Isle Of Rum taken from Tarskavaig

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October 1, 2012

Installing a Flitch Beam – Part 1

Filed under: General, Structural — tattiehouse @ 20:43

So, I’ve been quiet of late with various things so it’s about time I did some blogging….

I’ve done several bits to the house and also with the various broadband installs I’m currently doing so things over the next few days may be a little out of order.

Given that things may be a little out of order, I’m currently listening to this…..which won’t help!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0 PSY – GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) M/V

it’s the UKs current number 1 record – quality!

So, installing a flitch. A flitch beam has several benefits http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flitch_beam as per Wikipedia. I’m using one as the structural engineer says I need to….

Step one, getting the timber and steel into the upstairs space to put it all together (it’s lighter doing it that way, 2 men can lift all this stuff up 1 item at a time no problem). Once up it looks like this…

I’m using a 12mm mild steel flitch with 47×222 C24 timbers either side. I’ve already marked the holes for the bolts.

To drill the steel and timber you need a decent drill and bit. Don’t mess around with cheap stuff…Use a combo like this….

DeWalt D25013N SDS+ Drill and DeWalt 12mm Extreme 2 HSS Drill Bit

http://www.screwfix.com/p/dewalt-d25013n-gb-2kg-sds-hammer-drill-240v/92018

http://www.screwfix.com/p/dewalt-12mm-extreme-2-hss-drill-bit/31989

It’s not the cheapest but it has German efficiency which is what you want!

Once done – it looks like this….

The next step is to put the steel on top of the timbers and drill the holes through the timber. This ensures everything lines up correctly. If the timber is twisted or not straight, you may need to plane it down. Depending on how much needs to come off, it could be done once install although it’s probably easier to do it before it gets bolted up.

Drill the holes in the timber then sandwich the steel and insert the bolts.

Tighten the bolts up so everything is well gripped and it’s ready to be put into position. As I’m putting the flitch into a space/area that I need to create, I’m putting the flitch above the existing timbers and using this to mark on them where they will be cut (so I can drop the new flitch into place). The flitch is needed as we are removing load bearning walls so something needs to take their place.

I can’t drop them into place (Part 2) until my Simpson Strong Tie – http://www.strongtie.co.uk/products/allproducts.php have arrived.

So for now, I’ll leave the flitch in place and get everything marked ready. I’ve got to do the same size flitch in the West wing of the house so will be doing the above tomorrow…..

I’ll leave you with a shot of the flitch waiting close to its final position…..

After Gangnam style, I switch to this – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At8ihjnsJ0M – classic stuff…..

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