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pierre
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Posted - 23/07/2019 :  14:02:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just read an article that said thst concert houses (as the type built in Cefn) were only designed to last 50 or 60 years, and then the metal in the concrete will decay.

Anybody know to year the first houses were put up?

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ddraig
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Posted - 23/07/2019 :  15:15:40 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Do you mean the cornish style houses, Pierre? I think those had renovations a while ago because of the way they were built, can't remember when though
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SeaWolf86
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Posted - 23/07/2019 :  19:13:06 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
To my knowledge Cornish Houses have been build from early 50's to mid 60's. I find this architecture very interesting. Sadly it's a very poor quality build. But I'm surprised seeing so many of them around Tredegar and Ebbw Vale. Most poorly maintained but still standing strong. They are around for over 60 years and by the look of it they will last another 60 at least.
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darole
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Posted - 29/07/2019 :  21:32:57 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We were the second or third family to into Cefn Golau and that was late 1949 / early 1950 so your assumption about the of the Cornish houses would be correct

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Angel
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Posted - 30/07/2019 :  22:05:26 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
ddraig I remember the Cornish style houses in Cripps Ave being renovated if my memory serves me right I think they used supports to hold up the upper floor and removed concrete slaps and replaced with bricks .I canít remember the year this was done .
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ddraig
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Posted - 31/07/2019 :  09:51:44 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You're right Angel, was it due to the concrete crumbling? something like that, I can't remember when they did this either
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mrdojob
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Posted - 25/12/2019 :  15:04:14 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think the problem with concrete houses is "concrete cancer" and the steel reinforcement inside the concrete expands and cracks the concrete. Once it happens it generally can't be stopped. They stand well provided they're very well maintained but they can't withstand the test of time if exposed to damp. Mortgage companies are nervous of them and they're usually cheaper to buy as a result.

I don't really know how long they might last. It's the classic piece of string phrase. I imagine by now some are in very poor condition.
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Exbrompton
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Posted - 27/12/2019 :  19:03:16 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I seem to remember reading that the surveyers dept at Tredegar UDC developed a system to renovate the houses which was used all over the country.Another first for the town!!!
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pierre
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Posted - 29/12/2019 :  21:09:15 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice Tredegar fact ExBrompton :)

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