Go for plasterboard

Furring channel: check. Light sockets: check. Flue shroud: check. Insulation: check. Now we can finally get onto lifting the plasterboard!

We did a “pre-back blocking” where we glued one half of the back blocks onto each piece while they were on the floor. I think this made it a lot easier to put up piece after piece, knowing that the back blocks weren’t going to move behind the board where you can’t see them.

The first board to be lifted the next day was the trickiest. It wasn’t clear that the lifter was able to tilt to the angle of the roof in the direction we needed it to, and attempts were made to prop it up at one end. The board was bending, too, and popping its screws. What a mission!

For the next one we just kept on turning the wheel, even when it became quite hard, and the lifter did indeed just make the angle. So the next lot went on a lot easier. Bottom row first and then we cracked out the extended boom to reach the top row.

The top ones where tricky. While the board is relatively horizontal it’s longer than the distance between the beam and the lower row of boards, so it had to be finangled around the beam then pushed or pulled “uphill” to get it to slot in, all while turning the wheel to increase the angle. As it happened, the angle of the roof is just the angle where the board wants to start slipping down hill. A couple of the board were very frustrating indeed.

The last board went in and we were straight back to Richard’s to give him his lifter back. We had to wait for the next day to get the last slim bits stuck on at the end.