New copper cramps installed to stabilise chimney masonry.
Secured with Hilti Hit resin and pointed with hydraulic lime mortar.
The Church committee had noticed a dangerous slate on one of the high level pinnacles and called us into to secure it. The picture below was taken during the laddering phase of the work.
During other maintenance work on the roof and steeple we noticed that one of the louvres was in a desperate state so it was replaced.
Here is how it looked before.
The new louvre fitted.
Louvre with sealant around the perimeter and three coats of wood preserving paint.
Basic steeplejack access (ladders and bosun’s chairs) on Old Parish & St. Paul’s Church in Galashiels.
This is the 2nd year in a row that we’ve erected the banners for the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly at their HQ on Edinburgh’s Mound.
We frequently have to fit cramps to stabilise masonry features such as this decorative gable finial stone.
In case you don’t already know, cramps are shaped lengths of stainless steel that secure one stone to it’s neighbour very securely. They are used when rebuilding all the stones is considered too expensive an option, and they are very effective.
No scaffold was necessary here. As you can see we are using abseil gear for access to the outside wall. Access to the roof was gained by erecting steeplejack ladders straight up the wall below.
Just a few shots showing a small slate patching job on a slated spire in Perthshire, Scotland.
The final shot shows the nuisance factor of having a smartphone at work – too many emails that have to be answered.