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Old 23-08-2016, 10:53 PM   #1
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The garage re-work/re-kit has begun!!

Well, today's major work was a much quicker than expected start by our builder on working on our heap of a garage.

I have been working quite a bit on my recent car purchase so this is a diversion, and a decent amount of time will be needed:

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Basically the damp proof course is about 30cm up the wall, and water leaks/seeps/pours in - the garage is years old and is basically secure (we put a new roof on it) but it's damp & floods so no use for tools, a car or anything of value.

However, our builder has now started to bitumen seal 60cm up the walls, felt the edging, build a waterproof membrane basin and then concrete a new level floor for us. I can then start to work on kitting it out, finishing the walls, gyproc ceiling, better lights, rewire and sort the plumbing, new garage door, sort the rear window and wall crack and then deal with all the storage & work benching options - ready for a wee project "how does this thing work" car

Before (and no real shots of the puddles on the floor or dampness):



Stage one done (next work will be Saturday and Sunday):







Needs quite a bit of work, as you can see, but is 2.95 metres wide and pretty much 5 metres long inside so is a reasonable size, if I can spend the time, £££ and effort to get it to a decent workshop standard.

Watertight is the first top priority though - leaked for all of the 9 years we have lived here (and probably for 30 before that).

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Old 23-08-2016, 10:53 PM   #2
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Any hints & tips would be appreciated for the insides.
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Old 24-08-2016, 03:34 AM   #3
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Look forward to following this project Brian.
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Old 24-08-2016, 10:05 PM   #4
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why is the water coming in?
what is the condition of the pointing, it looks like there is a few gaps arounts the windows so look to point these up and check the lower levels.

a pic of the outside would be good to see whats what, could save a few bob.
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Old 24-08-2016, 11:58 PM   #5
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The water is coming in below the damvproof course, as it's never been properly sealed since it was built.

The exterior is all very good, new-ish roughcast all round, and a new roof as of a few years ago. The water is coming in from the sides of the garage, not near the gaps in the walls around the windows (I took those pics to show some of the repairs that will be done over time).

Luckily the builder is very good, is my neighbour, and is making good progress in sealing and tanking the floor, as well as finally screeding and putting down a level concrete floor over the tank for the first time in it's life The current floor is like someone has poured it down and levelled it with a floor brush at best!

It's like a garage where they finished the basics but forgot to deal with the sealing or interior.

Here's tonight's progress pics after some more felting, tanking and now the first stages of the level for the floor to go down:







Making progress...

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Old 25-08-2016, 06:28 AM   #6
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Big job!
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Indeed. All in around 20 hours so far I estimate. The great thing in, as it's my neighbour next door, when he finishes other jobs, her has been working on it from late afternoon until late (10pm tonight). Also going to finish it Saturday/Sunday.

These are todays progress pics - you can see that the bulk of the floor is now having it's levelling/screed, finally bringing the floor smooth/level and up to the height of the garage door entry lip, which previously needed boards to get over. Probably about 2 inches thick on top of the concert base.

Pretty pleased so far, and will hopefully make the garage completely useable and ready for development inside & with a new garage door/window replacement or refurb etc.



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Looks spot on, got a great project there
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Thanks guys. Looking a lot better than it did last week already!
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Looks good that. It will be a very usable space once done. Are you thinking of adding insulation?


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