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Call for a structural engineer!
|I knew it was unnecessary, my father said it was and now the structural engineer says so too - in fact, he laughed at Building Control's demands...
||Another discussion with Building Control (Monday) leaves us agreeing to disagree. Unfortunately, disagreeing is going to cost me £150 to prove the demands of my inspector are totally unneccessary.
Didn't get to speak to the overall manager, as he is off long-term sick, which is also why my correspondance has gone unanswered. And, I thought it was just arrogance. Only joking! They are lovely people and happy to offer their advice. They are just not very open to alternative points of view.
Anyway, the structural engineer is designing a solution that doesn't require 8 metres-plus of steel, or removing the roof or a crane to lift them in. He is coming back with something that can be erected via the loft space. Progress at last.
I will be writing to the council after the solution is approved and pointing out the gulf between their demands and what's needed. I think it's reasonable to expect that people in a position to make such costly demands should have a better understanding.
Apart from sorting the chimneystack issue, progress has been limited by a stinking cold this week. Still managed to fit up a vanity unit under the sink in the downstairs cloak, get the taps connected (which involved revisting some of my plumbing unfortunately) and fit the toilet, lighting and cistern panel. Only the final decoration to do now and that can't happen until the hot pipe is run down from the bathroom above and the old lead pipe feeding the cistern is replaced. Photos and a project write up coming soon!
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