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Front view of typical Notingham ex-local authority house built about 1930
Steel beads used to form a sharp edge of the render are corroding due to failure of the galvanising. The only remedy is to chop them out and replace them but it is hard to patch the render without it being apparent and the whole elevation of the house then has to be repainted. It is now possible to buy plastic beads to overcome the rusting problem.
Fractured flat concrete roof. Water is likely to corroded the reinforcing steel which will force off more of the concrete as steel expands considerably when corroding eventually destroying the roof.
Roots have infested this drian chamber and have started to block the channel casuing material to get caught. Getting into the chamber is the hardest part of chopping them out. Always beware of entering such chambers as oxygen levels can be depleted.
The bend on the major structural timber is due to it being slighty undersized for the distance that it has to span. This is a common problem on proeprtues upto about 1940 but is seldom serious. The roof surface is likely to form a dish shape due to the bedning of the rafters. The 'Z' shape on the timber is likely to be a condensation stain. Note how the ceiling joists of the room belo project above the insualtion. Ceiling joists in properties of this age are generaly about 75mm deep suggesitng that there is only about 50mm of insualtion. The blank undersheet sugegsts that the property has been re-roofed as it was not comon before 1950.
This small creature is hanging in a door opening waiting for an opportunity to sneak into the warmth.
Uneven quarry tiles. They are uneven because the sand or similar base was no compacted properly so that have sunk unevenly as it has compacted with use. The joints and sometimes the tiles on these types of floor are often damp as there is no membrane under the tiles. These floors are best kept uncovered and well ventilated. Otherwise of layer of condensation can form under any covering. The white salts on the tiles suggests that they have been damp at some time and that the salts have been left behind as moisture has evaporated off.
Note the large gas between some rails. Just the right size for small child to trap themselves by thier ears. Gaps in rails should not be more than 100mm to avoid this risk.
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