Richard's Workshop

Stud Walls

3. Front Wall

The front wall was to be different from the previous two in several respects:

First it is more complicated in that it has a door, a window and the service conduits coming up from under the ground (see Slab and Services )

Second, as the outside face of this wall is accessible after it is erected,it can be clad after it is in place.

Third, the external cladding is to be cement sheet with a render applied to be compatable with the look of the house.

As it is more complicated, I found the need to prepare a scale drawing. As the wall was built, it deviated from the drawing for various reasons, but the drawing was very valuable none the less.

Again, the need for a termite flashing added complication. Here is the flashing for where the front wall mates with the short concrete wall. Photo taken 27-09-2017

Photos Taken on 27-09-2017

When trying to fit the termite flashing for the bottom of the front wall, I found it would not rest on the slab. On investigation, I discovered that the slab was 13 mm low in the corner! The concreter who had placed the slab had used a laser level, but I think it must have been out of sorts. maybe the laser beam drooped a bit as it extended out to the slab corners. I created dams with modelling clay, and poured in epoxy. Being a Newtonian fluid, this gave a level surface.

Here is a close-up. The "knob" of modeling clay in the middle covers a masonary anchor hole.

The next work day, I made up several sub-assemblies for the front wall. The following day, Furgutt and I erected these. No photos that day: I was too busy!


Then it was a day's work to bring the conduits up through the wall.

Here's the view of that from the outside.

The next furgutt day we installed the ridge beam (which you can see here under the temporary roof) and the window and placed nearly all the cement sheet on the front. I finished off the cement sheet the next day.


The flashing where the front wall mates with the short concrete wall provides an effective but unobtrusive barrier.

After the application of some mastic, the conduits dissapear into the wall nicely.