Jan 062018
 

The last couple of days, we have been doing a couple of odd jobs and today, clearing the storage yard ready for the arrival of our Oak Timber.
We repaired a puncture in the tyre of our large flatbed trolley and used it today to transport three piles of PU foam boards and also the six containers holding our thermal solar tubes and moved them all inside our main building to get them out of the way.

Storage-Area-Before

Storage-Area-Before

Storage-area-cleared-tidied

Storage-area-cleared-tidied



We then repaired our two large door mats which were tearing apart and stuck them on to a sheet of hardboard using our builder’s silicone glue and did some other little odd jobs too.

So on Monday, hopefully with good weather, we will get on with installing the “P” rafters and get back into the flow of creating more rafters to finish off the last few sections in our roof!!

 Posted by at 5:33 pm
Jan 042018
 

We finalised and double checked our Oak Timber quantity and got a final quote from the timber merchant today.
The major difficulty we have is that the large quantity of the Oak timber, amassing to 6 cubic metres or about 5 tons of timber, needed some means of being off-loaded from the delivery truck and we don’t have an on-site forklift truck and also we are down at the end of an unadopted narrow lane too.
So we are having to pay for the hire of an lorry with all-terrain forklift vehicle, being transported alongside the Oak, from the merchants themselves. It is about £500 but that is less than 10% of the total order which is not so bad, and just something we have to accept as part of our building project’s overheads.
The timber will take about 2 weeks to come and we will do some site management and re-arrange piles of insulation boards and move them into the house and make a cleared area, ready to receive the Oak.

 Posted by at 3:21 pm
Dec 252017
 

It is Christmas!! We have blitzed the whole workshop, to tidy it up and make it as clean as possible, ready for having our family around to celebrate this festive moment of the year! The completed “P” rafters, all eleven (and one little chunk of timber!), are now outside in the middle of the house, […]

 Posted by at 9:54 am
Dec 212017
 

We finished off installing the rest of the “H” rafters outside, on quite a balmy day, on the shortest daylight day of the year! Tomorrow, we will try and get some of the “P” rafters up before we have to stop for Christmas. We will see how things go and whether we will do some […]

 Posted by at 4:09 pm
Dec 192017
 

Today, after a fairly long delay where we were recovering from an injury but also doing the Oak timber Survey and Ordering, we resumed our task of creating more rafters for the roof. This time, it was the turn of the “P” section over the Great Room. We chopped up the collection of CLS timber […]

 Posted by at 6:00 pm
Dec 152017
 

These last few days has been spent working on our Oak Timber requirements and as a result of putting in quotes for more than 6 cubic metres of Oak, we needed to store it on a rack, which is well ventilated and dry. We made a structure 2 metres wide by 3.5 metres deep and […]

 Posted by at 4:49 pm
Dec 112017
 

The last few days, while Shaun recovers from a Back Muscles Twinge injury, we have been surveying for all the Oak timber we would need for the external features of the house (and garage). We do need to do this task anyway soon, as we are nearing the completion of building the roof structure and […]

 Posted by at 6:10 pm
Dec 102017
 

During the manufacturing of rafters on Thursday, 3 days ago, Shaun suffered a twinge in his lower back muscles and had to slow down. Fortunately, we had only one session left to do to complete and by careful positioning and movement, he was able to complete the task of squeezing the rafters while being nailed […]

 Posted by at 9:00 am