Things have been moving onwards which has been great. With the brick piers all up, we organised Termseal to come by and add the last of the ant capping. Although it required an installer, it was a quick and easy process and the installer done the job within 20 minutes. Our LVL arrived nice and early on Friday morning from Canterbury Timbers as well so we were all set to go for this weekend.
After fulfilling parenting duties and taking our son to his Saturday soccer game, Anthony made a start on the brick wall holding up the beam and used the grinder to make straight cuts to tidy it up. We also had a steel fabricator visit the site as we require custom steel c sections to wrap around the brick wall to deal with bowing under the beam.
Once he completed that, he moved on to adding the bearers. We have been really lucky as our builder friend has been lending his tools like the air compressor and nail gun, as well as getting us prepared for the floor boards by letting us borrow some floor clamps. Armed with the tools, Anthony was able to then bolt the new bearers to the other bearers. He then removed some concrete and bricks to expose the joists in the kitchen. The day ended with him positioning the joists in place but not pinning them down yet. It does look like the joists do not line up to the old joists, with a 30mm difference in height. We aren't really panicking over this just yet, as we can keep going with removing the internal walls next weekend, but it is a problem that Anthony will have to solve.
Now that the bearers and joists are in place, we will start focusing on packing up our kitchen. There'll be a lot of boxes to pack, but also dismantling the cabinetry is a job we'll have to do during the work week so that by the following weekend we will be ready to knock the internal walls down to open up the space. We have a plumber coming by to look at our kitchen and we will be ordering a 6 tonne skip at the end of the week.