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Block & Beam Floor Building a Chimney Flue Drains Fixing a Wall Plate Forming a Chimney Stack Insulating the Loft Keeping Water Out Landscaping Painting & Decorating Rendering a Gable End Replacing a Radiator Retaining Walls Roof Truss Installation Roof Windows
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The slates continue to be bedded across the cavity. See Closing the cavity for other ways to seal the cavity

photo of wall plate in preparation

A course of bricks is now added above the inner leaf, which will then provide the correct height for the wall plate.

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Ensure the bricks are level - to provide a good bed for the wall plate.

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A length of timber with a nail is used to gauge the correct height, working off the joists which themselves are level around the house.

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This section of the wall is complete, ready to
receive the timber wall plate.

photo of wall plate in preparation

Bricks are used to hold the synthetic slates to prevent them from curling in the heat of the sun.

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