Archive for November, 2005

Installing a block paved manhole cover

Monday, November 14th, 2005

Hot dipped galvanised recessed manhole covers can be used to hide existing manholes, block paving is fitted inside to continue the pattern of the surrounding paving.

The cover is bedded into place using a 3:1 mixture of sand and cement making sure its at the correct height and fall, this can be acheved by using […]

Tools and materials required to lay block paving

Sunday, November 13th, 2005

Available from most hire shops
vibrating plate compactor
2 stroke saw with diamond blade
block splitter
steel tramel/screeding rails or timber laths 1″ (4 metre long galvanised steel electrical duct is ideal and is available from most electrical suppliers)
steel float
spade
wheel barrow
Protective clothing
Before using any plant or machinery always read the safty instructions and always wear protective clothing
gloves to protect […]

Step by step guide on how to lay block paving

Sunday, November 13th, 2005

Compacting the hardcore
Once you have removed the existing drive patio or path and excavated to a minimum depth of 200mm (100mm hardcore, 50mm sand, 50 mm block) your hardcore needs to be compacted to give a stable sub base for your new block paving

Fixing a firm edge restraint
Any area of block paving must […]

Classic and elegant in design

Friday, November 11th, 2005

The Victorian conservatory is classic and elegant in design and its versatility and pleasing aesthetics make it suitable for all types of homes, new or old

All styles are tailor made to your requirements and you have complete control over the look of your new Victorian Conservatory such as the position of the doors, the colour […]

Building your conservatory foundation

Friday, November 11th, 2005

Excavate the conservatory foundation down to solid ground a minimum depth of 900mm (2′-6″) and cast the concrete foundation a minimum depth of 200mm (8″). This is the minimum depth of concrete. Once the concrete has set, normally overnight, build the brickwork up to the height of the existing house foundation. The next stage is […]

Planning permission for your conservatory

Friday, November 11th, 2005

Guidelines for planning permission
Planning permission is not normally required if you follow these guidelines
1. A detached or semi-detached dwelling may be extended without planning permission by up to 70 cubic metres or 15% of the volume of the original house, whichever is the greater to a maximum of 115 cubic metres.
2. A terraced house […]

Build your own Conservatory Base

Sunday, November 6th, 2005

Step by step guide on how to build a Victorian Conservatory base
Using the Victorian conservatory cill as a template dig the conservatory foundation down to solid ground a min 2′-6″ down removing most of the waste soil and clay into a skip and level the remaining earth to give a working area in which you […]


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