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one for the SE's and anyone else that can answer (sorry)

Discussion in 'Building' started by amwc, 23 Dec 2010.

  1. amwc

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    Hi
    Is it usual for blockwork to be build up directly off floor boards at first floor and if so why would they do this?
     
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    It used to be common practice. Iv'e done it with lightweight 3 inch blocks off sole plates at late as the 70's.
     
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    Are none SE's allowed to answer? :confused:
     
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    Surveyors are allowed to answer on Christmas eve only.
     
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    Not an SE but an MIMechE but what the ****

    Owned a house where this had been done on chipboard. Bfore wwe bought it they had installed heating and the plumber cut a piece of floor out along the wall leaving the wall sitting on chipboard cantilevered out about 12" from and parallel to the next joist - it dropped 3/4".

    Took the wall down and replaced it with a stud.

    It may be common but is a short cut, I believe the block wall should be stood on 2 lenths of 3x2.
     
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    I was wondering if it was in some way supporting the roof structure but couldn't see why they would build like this as some walls are stud?
     
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    It's not common these days but certainly was in the past. Most likely it was to do with sound insulation more than anything else. I once got caught out by third floor walls in a 180 yr old building that were off floorboards with nothing below. I assumed they were stud walls but they turned out to be brick.
     
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