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smac

Member since Jan 2011 • Last active Sep 2019
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    Yeah, castellated battens may very well just be a NZ thing. They're a good idea for vertical cladding - we use them almost exclusively to save on the ball ache that is battening in H & V orientation!

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    The simple answer is to cut the angles at the roof / soffit as accurately as possible, and to fix the boards with the bottom edge perfectly level and then install a bead/ripping over the top of the cladding to cover the small imperfection at that junction.

    Also, consider castellated horizontal battens behind the cladding to avoid having to batten vertically, then horizontally. You can (probably, depending on local building supply) get fluted PVC battens too, which almost permit 100% of any moisture to vent / drain behind the cladding. That's the best option if you have that available to you.

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    And what a way to re-enter the scene... Absolutely asserting yourself as a leader in HHSRB craziness!

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    Bear in mind that larch needs stainless fixings due to the tannin in the wood. If you use non-stainless it will eventually stain.

    I understand that you can use silicon-bronze or copper fixings too (if nailing), like with cedar. Both of those are likely to be cheaper than SS, and IMHO they look a little nicer too.

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    Very nice! My commute strategy is to cruise in to work at 25km/h or so to avoid sweating, and hammer it home to get a workout in! Good balance

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    A lovely Wittson frame I gifted my mate

    You're the best sort of friend there is!

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    Quantity it's not equal to Quality.

    Oh, the irony...

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    Shit yeah! That looks like a lot of fun!

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    This is absolutely bonkers! Good for you! x

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    A viable alternative to a window would be a simple vent - i.e. a 150mm unrestricted duct through the wall to the exterior should be enough to get passive ventilation through the space. best place would be up near the ceiling in the back corner to get a stack effect working. If you go that route make sure you chose a duct that has a grille that can be closed.
    Good luck!

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