Readers may recall when our flagstone floor was lifted how I numbered each stone, in hope of making future replacement easier.
We wash the stones and try to set them out in order.
Flagstone number One is at the bottom of the stack, naturally.
A brute of a stone – we maneuver it on a sophisticated device.
Note the uneven underside of the flag – about 6 inches thick in places.
Limecrete is a mix of NHL5 & both smooth sand & sharp sand – we use (1:2:1)
The fireside area has flags which are in fairly good shape.
A substantial depth of limecrete is needed to bring our floor up to finished level – 5 to 7 cm – in various places. This depth also serves to brace the wall structure in areas of shallow foundation.
Using timber Kieran levels the flags across the width of the room.
And some gentle persuasion to bed down thicker slabs.
Every stone finds a place – although some are broken – perhaps by grain threshing activities of yore.
In the lower room, which shall have a floating timber floor, we lay 5 cm of limecrete with wooden battens embedded, onto which timber can be later screwed.
Now the evenings do fall suddenly and there is chat among postmen of pending snow.