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End of Week 13 - Lock Up!

We've achieved lock up, with the outside fabric of the extension completed. The roof, eaves and most of the guttering were completed this week.

During the week the plumber fitted the hot and cold water pipes for the ensuite and in the kitchen, as well as the water and gas for our new instant hot water heater. The plumber has also started putting the stormwater pipes in, so that the downpipes can be connected. The new stormwater pipes will run under the existing house and the extension.

We will have two hot water heaters when the extension is completed. One is an Aquamax storage heater, the other a Rinnai Infinity. The upstairs ensuite will be plumbed to both, with taps within the vanity cupboard to switch between them. The instant unit is primarily to service the kitchen, which is a long way from the storage heater.

During the weekend I marked out the locations of the heating and cooling ducting vents so that, after the ceiling and walls are plastered, we can cut the holes in the right places within the plaster and pull the ducting through.

This week the roof insulation on the existing house should be installed, and the plastering may start. With subcontractors undertaking most of the work I think progress will slow.

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