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Now boarding... - Peter Maydell

Mar. 22nd, 2016

05:30 pm - Now boarding...

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I've just had a builder in to partially board my loft and fit a loft ladder so I can get into it. This is something I've been meaning to do for ages, since it's irritating to have a part of my house which I can't access (even if only to check whether the roof is leaking). So now I have boarding on most of the usable part of the loft, and a nice wooden ladder that hinges up into the loft. (The last part of the job is getting the ceilings repainted in the room with the hatch and also in a room which had some lingering water damage visible from a long-since-repaired roof leak; that happens tomorrow.)

A few photos of loft and ladder here.

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From:qatsi
Date:March 22nd, 2016 08:33 pm (UTC)
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How old is your house? There look way too few rafters in there (i.e. space enough to walk about in).
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From:pm215
Date:March 22nd, 2016 10:23 pm (UTC)
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It's an early-70s end-of-terrace. There are two roof trusses (the other one is just out of shot, the photo shows a bit more than half the width of the house).
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From:pm215
Date:March 22nd, 2016 10:34 pm (UTC)
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...looking again at the photos, it definitely doesn't look like a standard modern trussed rafter framework, though. There's clearly a big fat load-bearing timber running horizontally across where the outer diagonals meet the roof (I think this is called a "purlin"), the inner diagonal is a single timber whereas the outer diagonal is two, and so on.
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From:venta
Date:March 22nd, 2016 10:59 pm (UTC)
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Nice. Not seen a folding ladder like that before!

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From:robimayd
Date:March 23rd, 2016 11:06 pm (UTC)
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Very neat ... but not as neat as Robert's, which has one end fitted with a circuit of boards at waist height ready for the model railway ...
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