I'm relatively new to anything vaguely practical but am learning a
quick as I can as I have an old Victorian Terrace to do up.
My latest project (for project read mistake, I tend to get overexcite
and make big holes in things before I stop to think :) was in rippin
up the nasty tiles on the floor surrounding the fireplace in the dinin
It seems as if some bright spark had decided to fill the underfloo
cavity at this point with rubble and then cement and tile over it.
After removing all the crap and dealing with the obvious damp issue
this had caused I've now been left with nice well ventilated underfloo
cavity with the unfortunate side effect of a small area of floor (abou
6' by 2') with no floorboards.
The muppets that filled the floor cut off the joists that would hav
previously supported boards in from of the fireplace so I now need t
build a short sleeper wall parallel to those existing to support shor
joists needed to hold boards over the area...now comes my problem...
How do I go about building a sleeper wall? From looking around an
reading up on the subject I know I need to lay a concrete foundation
then build a honeycombe wall, which is topped by a wooden wall plate t
hold the joists. I have three main questions though...firstly my brothe
(who has worked on sites so feels he is the font of all knowledge) ha
informed me that I don't need to mortar the bricks together, is h
right (I'd have thought if you were building a wall to support a floo
you'd want to stick the bloody bricks together atleast :) and secondly
how do you fix the wall plate to the wall? Screw it, nail it, cement i
or leave it just sat there? Finally, where does the dpc come in...
know you should have it under the wall plate, but if you do how agai
do you fix the wall plate to the wall without piercing the dpc?
Sorry for the overlong first post and for sounding like a bit of a di
muppet, but it's all a learning experience :p