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Unreasonably upset that my ceilig joists are NOT 16 inches apart

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KatyMac Thu 27-Sep-12 19:45:20


So I can't just 'put down' roof boards because they are 48 inches long and the centres are all wrong


I need to get a man in - damn

TheSurgeonsMate Thu 27-Sep-12 19:51:25

On the bright side, at least you understand the problem - you sound very clued up!

KatyMac Thu 27-Sep-12 19:53:22

Yes but I can't use a saw & DH won't use a saw (he is very good with a iron tho')

Hence the need for the man

KatyMac Thu 27-Sep-12 20:07:14

How very dare they! They put my joists in wrong (72 year ago)

tricot39 Thu 27-Sep-12 22:07:44

It may not be "wrong".
If the centres are less than 16" then shallow joists may have been used at closer centres to get the required strength.

tricot39 Thu 27-Sep-12 22:08:55

Are you boarding a loft with chipboard?
If so, that is really easy to saw.
Do you really need a man?

KatyMac Thu 27-Sep-12 22:15:13

Probably - I have Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; my wrists are very weak and I can't do manual sawing or use a jigsaw (or similar) because of the vibration

fengirl1 Thu 27-Sep-12 22:45:10

B&Q used to (some years ago) offer a wood cutting service - worth asking them maybe?

PigletJohn Thu 27-Sep-12 23:24:47

Boarding is very heavy and awkward if your grip or strength is not good.

If you are getting someone in, and have not yet bought the floor, ask if he can supply and fit 18mm flooring ply instead. It is stronger and much more durable than chipboard. I can just carry an 8x2 ft sheet into the loft, the bigger the sheets and the fewer joints, the more rigid it is.

It must be screwed down not nailer as hammering will crack the ceiling plaster.

tricot39 Fri 28-Sep-12 22:22:53

Best check the size of the hatch before ordering full size sheets of anything. Good luck

KatyMac Fri 28-Sep-12 22:51:41

I don't think I'd get an 8ft sheet in to the attic - the chimney breast & the wall are in the wrong place

Thanks I will be careful

Brycie Sat 29-Sep-12 00:03:18

Hi, just use the cutting service at B and Q.

Brycie Sat 29-Sep-12 00:04:24

In fact B and Q cannot be the only people to offer that - they are the nearest to me but many suppliers would need to offer that service.

PigletJohn Sat 29-Sep-12 12:55:45

if you're going to pay a carpenter-sort of person to do the work, chances are that he will own a saw.

KatyMac Sat 29-Sep-12 13:23:32


FishfingersAreOK Sat 29-Sep-12 20:47:02

If you are Herts/Beds/Cambs one of my friend's DH is a carpenter looking for the odd days work as new build estate he was working has less hours going. PM me if of any interest.

KatyMac Sun 30-Sep-12 18:49:55

Thanks we are quite a way away - but I appreciate the offer

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