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Tyne Valley Steading Renovation

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Tyne Valley Steading Renovation and Conversion

 

The village of Longstones is prettily situated on the south face of the Tyne valley a few miles from Hexham. The proximity to the history of Hadrian's Wall, the shops and resturants of Hexham and the wonderful wild countryside of Northumberland make it an ideal situation for holiday lets. A farm steading at Longstone is currently undergoing extensive conversion to a group of high quality appartments and houses. The work is being carried out by M Maughan Joinery (07803603968).

 

The work involves significant modification to the barns and steadings. New doors and windows, blocking up of existing openings, additional walls, all to be carried out under the planning requirements of a building within a National Park!

To achieve this the company carried out the building work and then repointed the entire group of buildings. New stone work joints were raked our together with the existing structure, the buildings were sandblasted and then repointed using Pnu-Point pointing tools.

They adopted a "blietzkrieg" method of pointing: choose a good day and go for it! Using a team of five men, two pointing with the Pnu-Points, two striking the joints and the last guy looking after the mortar they pointed around 150 m2 in a day. Using this technique all the stone work looks the same, new and old stone is indistinguishable.

 

View of the steading.

Mix of new and existing stone after pointing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North facing wall: pointed in one day.

 

The walls are new, the gable end is old.

Tyne Valley Steading Renovation and Conversion

 

The village of Longstones is prettily situated on the south face of the Tyne valley a few miles from Hexham. The proximity to the history of Hadrian's Wall, the shops and resturants of Hexham and the wonderful wild countryside of Northumberland make it an ideal situation for holiday lets. A farm steading at Longstone is currently undergoing extensive conversion to a group of high quality appartments and houses. The work is being carried out by M Maughan Joinery (07803603968).

 

The work involves significant modification to the barns and steadings. New doors and windows, blocking up of existing openings, additional walls, all to be carried out under the planning requirements of a building within a National Park!

To achieve this the company carried out the building work and then repointed the entire group of buildings. New stone work joints were raked our together with the existing structure, the buildings were sandblasted and then repointed using Pnu-Point pointing tools.

They adopted a "blietzkrieg" method of pointing: choose a good day and go for it! Using a team of five men, two pointing with the Pnu-Points, two striking the joints and the last guy looking after the mortar they pointed around 150 m2 in a day. Using this technique all the stone work looks the same, new and old stone is indistinguishable.

 

View of the steading.

Mix of new and existing stone after pointing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North facing wall: pointed in one day.

 

The walls are new, the gable end is old.

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Scilly Islands Life Boat Station

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Scilly Islands RNLI Life Boat Station Refurbishment.

Richard North undertook the refurbishment of the St Marys RNLI Lifeboat Station on the Scilly Isles during the summer of 2012. Despite the appalling weather the job was carried out to the delight of the RNLI.

View of the finished St Marys RNLI Lifeboat Station: refurbished to withstand the worst that the Atlantic gales can do.

 

 

 

Coping detail showing the lead work and finished pointed coping stones

Coping Detail

General view showing the problems of a wet summer in the Scillys

 

 

 

Re-pointed end wall

Repointed end wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detail showing filled joints before being struck. Notice joints are over filled.

 

 

 

Detail showing filled joints after being struck. Note the clean, none smeared face despite using a sticky high strength mortar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View of the finished pointed end wall, showing struck joints and clean, smear free granite blocks

 

 

 

The RNLI were so delighted with the finished refurbishment that they have awarded Richard North with another refurbishment contract. He is delighted with the performance of the Pnu-Point: it enables him to work quickly and cleanly in a difficult environment.

 

Richard carries out all types of general building work in the Devon / Cornwall area including off shore work as shown above.

To contact him phone: Mobile 07527445617 or Land line 01752513384

 

 

 

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Cornwall Renovatiion

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Work in progress

 

Cornwall Renovation with the Pnu-Point Pointing Tool

 

Mr T Miners of Liskeard, Cornwall was one of the earliest purchasers of the Pnu-Point Pointing Tool, he has since purchased another two and his brother has also bought one. So he is a very satisfied customer.

He specialises in barn conversions and renovations, many of these, being Cornwall, stone or slate and need extensive repointing.

The often deep and irregular beds are ideal for the Pnu-Point tool, they are filled completely from the back and there is no bleed on the the face of the work.

 

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Customer in India Head Canada

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Email from Kurt in Indian Head Canada

 

Hello Peter,

Thank you for your prompt reply. ( we, Pnu-Point supplied a new air-control valve). Here is a photo of a stone foundation built in about 1904. It is hard to see what is going on but look at the bottom of the stair. The stuff in the bottom is mortar that has eroded out of the walls over about fifty years. It doesn't get much worse than this. I bought the Pnu-Point gun for this job and in the first month I put about a cubic yard and a half of mortar through it. I cannot imagine how long it would have taken the "other way" of pointing. It really paid for itself in the first couple of days. Really. Some of the joints were 12 inches deep. I pumped in so much mud with your tool. It really saved me so much time and effort. I could put it in the wall faster than my helper could mix a batch.

Library Wall
I'm looking forward to the right job where I can order another Pnu-Point for my helper.

 

(Kurt has since purchased a second Pnu-Point.)

 

One question for you. I have been looking a good way to mix the lime mortar. Do you have any suggestions? I have looked for a roll pan mixer here but they are not available in North America to my knowledge. I am using a trough and a larry. It works well but some of these foundations take a lot of mortar it would be nice to mix quicker and bigger batches.


If any US or Candian guys have a suggestion for Kurt we will pass it on.


Thanks

Kurt Macpherson

 

 

Email from Kurt when ordering a second Pnu-Point


“Your tool really is the best. It has done well for me. I have put a few yards of mortar through it so far.

KURT

 

 

 

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