Modern House Building Techniques Around Picton

Traditional house building technique news in New Zealand who’s for a team of builders to assemble and build the floor, and then to stand up and assemble all the wooden framing and the roof trusses. Building a concrete floor can take place fairly quickly if the site is flat and heavy machinery is used to scrape away clay and to lay a decent bed of sand. The main task for the builder is to layout all the concrete formwork and to firmly brace it, and then to lay out the steel reinforcing and the large polystyrene blocks that form the bulk around which the concrete will be poured.

During this period the plumber Picton will be installing any waste pipes and water pipe attachments that need to be installed in the floor. Once complete the concrete will be poured in one continuous poor, and in the Builder or concrete worker will need to work quickly to finish off and level the floor before the concrete starts going off. This work requires a significant amount of skill and confidence, and to the casual Observer a skilled concrete worker will look relaxed and nonchalant.

The concrete will take around 3 days to cure enough to have the formwork removed and the framing installed on top of it. Installing the framework can happened very quickly, and could easily be completed inside one day if the house is relatively small and one level only. The frames will have all been manufactured off site, and will be built to a lot of precision according to the plans of the house. If the builder has done a very good job of laying the concrete floor then erecting the frames should be a very simple exercise, and no adjustments should be necessary.

Once the framing and roof trusses are fully assembled then the roofing paper will be installed and the roof will be constructed. This really needs to happen as quickly as possible so that the framing does not get wet and warp. Once the roof is on then the Picton plumbing and electrical subcontractors can work quickly to install the pipes and the cables in the roof space and the walls. The Builder meanwhile will be installing the cladding, and once the cladding is installed then the builder will install the external window and door Joinery. After this point the house can be safely locked up, and the Builder Can Leave some tools inside the house overnight if they so desire.

The next step for the Builder is to install all the internal door Joinery, and to prepare the internal walls and ceiling framing for the lining to be installed. In New Zealand this is always gib board, and often building companies have specialist installers to do this work because they can operate very efficiently and at a very high level of quality. Once all the lining has been installed then the plastering subcontractor can start work, and their job requires a lot of skill and a lot of energy, as the quality of the final finish will depend almost entirely on their input.

When the plastering is complete then the painters can move in, and once the painting is complete then the builder can install the kitchen and bathroom fittings and hang all the doors. The last main job inside the house is for their plumbing and electrical subcontractors to come in and connect up all the pipes and cables to all the tapware and the switches.

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Constructing a Low Deck: Why Every Man Should Do It

A very popular way to improve living space and living comfort for New Zealanders is to build a deck,  generally out from the rear of the property and generally positioned for sun and for privacy.

If the deck is under a metre high there no formal permit is required from the council,  although of course the deck should still be built to modern building standards.

The important choice upfront that the homeowner needs to decide on is what type of decking material, as there can be a very big price difference between the most expensive at least expensive. A very satisfactory solution is to use 150x30mm grooved pine decking rather than a much more expensive exotic timbers, as this is very easy to work with, looks very attractive for a long time and does not deteriorate.

Normally a deck would be built using posts set in concrete, stringers sitting across the posts, joist sitting across the  stringers and in  the decking installed across the joists. Sometime the deck maybe simply too low for this and the joists and stringers might be at the same height. If the deck or part of the deck is very low to the ground then the homeowner may be able to get away with simply laying a 100×50 round treated rail into a shallow Trench with concrete at intervals, and this piece of timber can be the Stringer and the joist.

In any case the posts, stringers and joists have to be built and connected very  firmly,  and it is important that the posts are firmly concreted into the ground as many stringers or joints that are laid directly on the ground. The most important step with all this work is to make sure that the final joists at the correct level for the deck, and it is vital that a lot of care is taken during a step because this dictates the finished top  quality.

Modern building techniques mean that the stringers and  joists no longer need to be attached with galvanised bolts and nuts and washers, but can instead be attached with 100 mm batten screws using a modern battery powered impact driver. These screws a low cost compared to the alternative of drilled out bolts, and are very quick to install, and a very secure plus the work can be done to a high degree of accuracy very quickly and easily.

When the joists have been completed then the decking is installed, and the easiest way to do this is to use stainless steel screws. These can also be inserted using a impact driver, but it is important to have a collection of  new bits handy, because if a bit becomes even slightly warm in the head of the screw will be stripped.

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