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The next day, with our experience from the previous day and a game plan in hand we got to work. As the remaining sections of wall plate were so heavy it turned out to be quite a task getting them out of the sheep barn and down to the build site. In the end we devised a system using improvised rollers made from round-wood fence poles to slide the largest sections of wall plate out of the barn.
They see me rolling…
Angela and her sons back at work spraying mud over themselves (and also mixing up some more clay for the render and earth floors).
Once again using the JCB to bring the sections of wall plate down from the sheep barn.
Hendrik ‘Drill-hands’ accompanies a section of the wall plate down to site. Anyone with photoshop skills is welcome to shop in an explosion behind Hendrik.
Once on site we used the digger with specialized pallet grab attachment to lift and position the sections onto the top of the wall.
Discussing how to lift the plate into position
VIDEO: Lifting the north-west corner of the wall plate into place with the digger
Elias gives Peter some pointers on how to use the digger more effectively. We would like to give our condolences to the owner of the silver Volkswagen Golf in the car park that was mysteriously crushed on Thursday…we currently don’t have any further information but we will continue our search for the perpetrator.
Lifting a section of the wall plate into place.
Bruno and son-in-law Hendrik check that the side of the wall plate is directly below/plumb with the sole plate that the bales sit on.
Once the ends of the wall plate pieces had been fitted together they were screwed and glued in place before the final sections of ply covering the join were fixed into place.
VIDEO: Lift, Glue, Level
Left: The black material in the far section of the wall plate cavity is the same recycled glass foam insulation that was used to insulate the flooring. The majority of the wall plate was filled with wood fiber insulation (foreground) as we discovered it filled the cavity much better than the glass insulation which is designed to be compacted.
Bruno and Peter fit the final piece of wood fiber insulation into the wall plate before covering with ply wood.