Filling the Gap Between the Wall and Wall Sill: Part 1 – green oak barn

Friday 2/7/21

A job that’s been hanging around for a while is the filling in of the gap between the wall sill and the top of the wall. Regular readers will know that this sill had quite a bow in it and it is currently strapped down with lorry straps. Before releasing the lorry straps I need to transfer the tension to the anchor bolts but before doing that I wanted to fill the gap between the sill and the wall with mortar. When this gap is filled I think there will be less chance of the fixings pulling off the bricks of the wall as there will be no gap for the bricks to be pulled off into.

First I masked off the sill with masking tape and polythene.

Masking off the wall sill

Then I pushed in a 4:1 mortar mix from the outside.

Filling the wall sill gap with mortar - 1

I left this to go off for a couple of days and then took the masking tape off.

I was pretty pleased with the result given that I am pretty useless with trowel and cement.

Filling the wall sill gap with mortar - 3

Now this has gone off (I writing this on Sunday, 4/7/21), I will fill the rest of the gap from the inside.

Key posts

How it started
The plan
The site folder
Dealing with wonky timber
Moving into the third dimension
Raising the Barn
Putting up the softwood roof
Fixing the wall panel frames: Day 1
Roof complete



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