Sonntag, 8. April 2012

Part 5 - Building the new floor

It was all systems go at the building site, after steaming off the wall papers and taking out the old lime floor. After digging out the floor, we began work on laying the new floor boards.
Steel is a versatile, popular material used in the construction of everything from skyscrapers to housing. We decided to use steel beam because, it is very durable and is more likely to survive natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, and fire. Steel also does not rot, mold, or dry out. It is not subject to infestation and will not shrink or warp in different weather conditions. Furthermore, it has a very high strength-to-weight ratio. This means that a steel beam of a given mass is capable of resisting much higher stresses without fracture than an equivalent mass of wood or stone.
A  long and heavy metal beam was laid next to the old wooden beam, to help stabilise and strengthen the new floor.

After that, new timber frames were laid to form the base of the floor. These frames were then nailed and screwed together to strengthen and eliminate the risk  of the timber frames shrinking or heaving. On top of this, we laid the floor boards. So far the floor is 90% completed, and will stay this way until we are ready to install laminate and carpets.
                                                      New floor completed!!!!!

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