This 2015 job involved stabilisation of the head of the spire followed by full rake out and repointing.
We also carried out more minor tasks like painting the finial and fitting mesh to louvre windows to prevent birds getting in and making a mess of the inside.
We fitted four large and strong copper cramps to stabilise the head of the spire. This was the clients favoured approach as the Church could not afford a full rebuild. This repair will keep the spire stable for a great many years to come (it will see all of us out).
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The 3 pictures below show louvre windows we recently painted.
We used, as always, an extremely high quality and expensive timber preserving paint. We continue to specify the stuff in spite of its cost, as it lasts so long and looks so good.
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A horrible day at work.
Doing urgent slate patching in pouring rain and gale force winds – necessary to stop a pretty severe leak.
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.
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Basic steeplejack access (ladders and bosun’s chairs) on Old Parish & St. Paul’s Church in Galashiels.
For a number of years we have 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.
No scaffold was necessary here. As you can see we are using abseil gear for access to the outside wall.
Just a few shots showing a small slate patching job on a slated spire in Perthshire, Scotland.
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