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Step 6: Paint all the things and second fix

Not much to comment on here other than it’s better to paint the walls and ceiling before putting the final floor covering down. Common sense really.

I painted the walls and ceiling with the same very slightly off white colour.

Here be pictures of painted walls.

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Second fix electrics went without  a hitch. At the last minute I added a separate, dedicated earth wire from each of the clean ring sockets back to the board. I did this in a vague attempt to minimise earth loops. My understanding is that this is close to a star earth, although I’d welcome comment from someone who knows more about this. I hid it under the plasterboard and stuck it down where it ran across the base of the door way.

Once we were done I wanted to know what the resistance was on the earth. The maximum acceptable for Building regs is 50Ohms. I asked a tame sparky with the right gadget to come and check my wiring and earth ratings. Turns out I had achieved 4.85 Ohms. Job well done.

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Step 5: Plasterboard and sweet pink plastery goodness

Not much to report here. After the last post I also added res bar to the ceiling. The biggest concern going is DO NOT SCREW THROUGH THE PLASTERBOARD INTO THE BATTENS. If you do, you will add an acoustic brige and that res bar is suddenly useless (not to mention expensive and complicated). To expand: […]

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Step 4: First fix wiring and preparing for the plasterboard

Wiring and Earth I wired my studio to allow for 2 ring mains and some lighting and fans. All the wires lead back to the corner of the room where the SWA (armoured) cable and the cat5e comes in from the house. The lighting, fans and one ring used the earth that came from the […]

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Step 3: Walls and Roof

Buildings are created in layers (just like onions, trolls and parfait – whatever the hell that is). The first layer you make is the frame that holds the rest of the building up. I went for ‘Standard construction’ which means that the structure is effectively a big ‘ole pile of concrete bricks. Walls The structural […]

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“We interrupt this building work for a live recording…”

Ok, so this wasn’t actually all that recent, but it did happen when I was roughly at the stages of building that I am currently describing. The Result: Before we get any further these are the results: Who, Where and Why: Colin Hartley, a mate of mine who runs a local Open Mic night and […]

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Step 2 dig a hole, fill it with concrete

There are a whole bunch of possible ways when it comes to building a foundation. Most of them start with digging a trench and filling it with concrete. If your building needs to comply with building regulations you’re best off agreeing the depth with them. They will take into account things like tree roots, types […]

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Step 1 Getting permission

No matter what country you are in there will be laws about what you can build and where. Because I am building this in the UK on part of the same plot as an existing house I can use certain building rights called permitted development. Please note that this post is just my take on […]

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A Bit About this Project

I’m writing this blog to document my attempt to build a music studio from nothing. I think it’s fair to say that “we learn more from mistakes than success” can be considered an axiom. What is often missed is that it is especially helpful if those mistakes are other peoples’. It is my intent to be […]

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