Apr 152021
 

In the course of filling our exterior walls with rigid foam boards, which get a huge “mountain” of left-over cut-offs pieces, some fairly regular in shape but many just simply rubbish.

Massive Tidy Up of Mountains of PU Foam left-over Cut-Offs!

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Massive Tidy Up of Mountains of PU Foam left-over Cut-Offs!

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We had to strip off the paper foil off both sides of the board (sometimes, it is a glass-fibre impregnated paper and others are shiny aluminium foil coated paper) so it could go into our shredder machine.
Here are some examples of the wide range of variability of these “seconds” that had been thrown out by the manufacturers and amazingly, some of the boards had dates on them and these dates indicated that some were only a week old when we got the delivery!!
Massive Tidy Up of Mountains of PU Foam left-over Cut-Offs!

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The shredder dealt with the pieces that are not long and regular in shape and size, the cuboid and badly formed rubbish bits were crunched and shredded. One might had expected that by shredding these solid blocks of foam into a random chunky pieces would have generated extra volume but it turned out that it is not so bad after all. We did a couple of ton bags of cut-offs we had already collected a few weeks ago and when these were shredded, they virtually occupied about the same volume as you can see ..
Massive Tidy Up of Mountains of PU Foam left-over Cut-Offs!

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Massive Tidy Up of Mountains of PU Foam left-over Cut-Offs!

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But we still had to make room to store this mountain of rubbish while we build the interior framework of our rooms so we elected to use the alcove outside, formed by the L,M & N walls and built a very large tarpaulin “bag” to hold this fluffy material.
Massive Tidy Up of Mountains of PU Foam left-over Cut-Offs!

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Four corner stakes were bashed into the sandy soil and, using dismantled left-over pallet materials, to reinforce and build a box like structure. One of our 10metre on a side tarpaulin that have several holes in it (due to the covering up of the stack of OSB sheets), was used to create a bag, laid inside our new frame and weighed down with concrete blocks in the corners and stretched out upwards and clamped down around the top edge of the framing.
Massive Tidy Up of Mountains of PU Foam left-over Cut-Offs!

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Now we got this outside storage, we proceeded to shred up the remaining irregular pieces and transferred the fluffy lumpy bits to the new super bag outside.
We then bundled up the more manageable pieces of rubbish with duct tape and move this outside too, to join their cousins, the fluffy bits.
Massive Tidy Up of Mountains of PU Foam left-over Cut-Offs!

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The only upheaval to this process was the demise of our shredding machine. We had overworked the motor and it got too hot and burnt out several windings inside the electric motor itself (we believe!) so the last couple of days was spent breaking up the greatly reduced pile chunks using our hands and fingers instead. It was very tiring and long winded! We probably will buy an replacement machine, later on to be ready when we tackle the insertion of more insulation board bits up into the roof rafters, but it was quicker (just!) to get it done now, rather than waiting for a delivery!
Anyway, all this material will be used in the long run, to act as more insulation under our suspended flooring on the ground floor. Nothing goes to waste!
Finally ..
Massive Tidy Up of Mountains of PU Foam left-over Cut-Offs!

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Massive Tidy Up of Mountains of PU Foam left-over Cut-Offs!

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We now have our house looking much tidier and ready for the next task of building more walls for our internal rooms on the ground floor.

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Apr 102021
 

Over the last couple of days, the two rolls of artificial grass we bought, which are left-over pieces from the supplier at half the normal prices. They were 4metre long rolls and about 1metre wide, the plastic grass itself are 30mm long strands in a very dense weave.

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We chopped 640mm pieces off each of the rolls which allowed us to get twelve in total, which meant that we could cover just over 12metres strip down the middle of the Loke, between our neighbour’s entrance ways.
Artificial Grass Stitched Down Middle Of Loke

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Artificial Grass Stitched Down Middle Of Loke

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The method we decided on, to hold down the material, was to dig out the recycled asphalt material out of the grid cells that runs either side of the 500mm centre strip. Then, each grass section was draped so that the 666mm direction covered across the 500mm width and the ends dropped down into the empty cells. Of course, we had to snip the material at every cell boundary to let it in and then used a cable ties to lock down the flapping pieces to the plastic grid modules themselves and finally, the asphalt granules were pushed back in on top of the excess material to provide more clamping force. Another line of cable ties was used to join the grass sections together, which was repeated as we moved along the Loke.
This is an experiment and we will see how well this style of creating a “green” splash of colour for our Loke will survive over the short and medium terms, before we decide how to continue upgrading and resurfacing the rest of the Loke later.
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 Posted by at 5:00 pm
Apr 082021
 

By Thursday, after a couple of delayed days due to icy cold weather that would have stopped the gun foam from working properly, we finally finished installing the 200mm (on average) thick layer of polyurethane (PU) “seconds” foam boards. The last section was around the Great Room, in the west end, finishing off the Patio […]

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Apr 042021
 

Today, we decided to move the heap of timber planks we had stored inside our Great Room, on a raised shelving rack system. The main reason for tackling this job now, to move the timber outside, was because we needed access to our external walls to insert the insulation foam boards. We knew that we […]

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Mar 202021
 

This week, our neighbour finished off laying out the new surface in our Loke, all filled in with the asphalt recycled material. More compacting was required and the heavier petrol driven compactor was employed to help drive the material further into the cells of the grid modules and now, it is much tighter and more […]

 Posted by at 6:00 pm
Mar 132021
 

During the last two weeks, starting last Thursday 4th March and on several days, interspersed with other tasks, we have been filling up the ground floor outer walls with approximately 200mm thick of polyurethane foam “seconds”. We hauled out our slicing bench table from its storage corner and connected up the dust extractor vacuum machine […]

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