Riviersonderend Floor Repairs

This page traces the floor repairs from the moment we saw the problem, until we finally got it fixed.

The initial damage.

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Because we were getting visitors, we had to do an emergency patch.
(We were ably assisted Mark Williams and a number of craftsmen from the Riviersonderend area. Equally Munir Davids for technical advice.)

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After the visit, we had to do a very careful assessment of the state of the floor, so we lifted the floor boards

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The white on the bearer is dry rot. It was everywhere.

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So we lifted the entire floor.

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Which allowed us to see the extent of the problem. The water actually rises out of the soil under the house.

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The water rose nearly 2 cm while we were there one night.

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While we were about it, we stripped the walls of the layers of paint, mostly enamel and whitewash.

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Then we built pillars to support the bearers and a plinth for a fire place. We also decided to rewire the place.

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We laid sand and thick plastic sheeting to keep the water out. Then the wood started to go in.

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Then the flooring was taken in and allowed to acclimatise.

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We installed an extractor fan to keep the humidity and hence the dry rot out. The fan runs for an hour every day,

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Then the floor was in. Not sanded or sealed but in.

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And our lights were also fitted.

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