B+Q sell standard concrete blocks (known as breeze blocks in UK?) and they
have N7 in the description. I've a feeling the N stands for Newtons, but
what does this force mean in this context?
I'm about to build a single storey outhouse using said blocks and will be
building the roof to a very strong spec so it will hold the weight of soil
and "green roof" plants. Will a single thickness concrete block wall hold
The roof will have 2 ridges at right angles to each other, making 4 sloping
planes, one ridge joining the centre of the other to form a big T shape.
Each ridge will be 4m long. Each plane will be 2.5m wide. What size timber
would I need to use for the ridge beams, or would RSJs be a safer bet? I've
been quoted 178 x 102 x 19kg/metre 2 @ 4.000 forming "T" with angle
brackets £ 250.00 + VAT = about £300 for RSJ. How much would equivalent
strength (if available / possible) timber cost?
The total weight of the RSJs above would be about 160kg. Would 3 concrete
blocks support this weight? (one at each end of the T)
Big questions but being a layman / beginner builder I'm seeking some
informed answers as I haven't been able to google any!