Corrugated City

Friday, 17 August 2007

Renovations-hanging on for dear life

Termites had eaten away at the 'encintado' which is the wood frame that the exterior corrugated iron sheets are nailed to. This has to be changed otherwise the sheets will simply fall down and possibly kill someone below. In order to avoid hiring and building scaffolding of 15 metres in length and 14 in height, the builders came up with the idea of sticking 3 giant steel bars out of the side of the house and then tying them to the beams in order to stop them toppling over. They then put planks on the part of the bars sticking out of the house and then a small scaffold on top of that. It's actually sturdier and safer than it both looks and sounds...









The 'light cement' went down yesterday and is currently drying out. Here you can see the polystyrene pellets mixed in with the cement. After the weekend it'll be dry so i'm going to go and jump on it to test its soundproofing ability. We've been assured it's very effective but i think we'll wait before making any judgement.





And for anyone bored of the renovations, here's a photo of the cats Polly & Tonto Guerrero. They put their towel down early to get the best sunbathiing spot.

2 comments:

Robert said...

Cats in the sunset. They don't know how lucky they have it :) I wish I could get a cat, but I doubt the furniture would survive... a big concern since I'm renting a furnished apartment!

Matt said...

That's why i got two of them...one cat in a flat is a disaster-2 means they don't really do any damage to anything except each other. But they are surprisingly well behaved in general, apart from the fact that they eat any plant that's around. We had a huge fern in BA that turned into a couple of leaves very quickly...