Nov 182019

Today saw the arrival of our Larch wall cladding timber! But it was most unexpected and the first sign that it was coming, was a phone call from the driver saying “I’m ten minutes away!” We were told delivery would be 2-3 weeks and it’s only been 9 days!
O boy!
The day was a very wet with virtually continuous rain all morning and we hadn’t planned to be out in it at all! But the phone call changed everything!!
We hastily got changed into work clothes, put on rain jackets and gloves and got outside into the rain!
The first job was to guide the lorry down our Loke, but at least and thank goodness, the driver was confident to reverse his soft shell high sided vehicle, all the way down to the bottom. The delivery truck had no crane and was expecting a fork-lift vehicle on site to unload the two pallets but alas we don’t have one of those!

This meant that the whole lot, all 5 tons of it, had to be unloaded by hand, plank by plank, a total of 600 Planks!
We got two trestle tables out to help organise carrying piles and several two by sixes to laid on the ground to support the larch out of the way.

The load arrived at 10:10am and we got it all unloaded by 12:40am, a total of two and an half hours of solid back breaking continuous effort without a single rest!

The Larch Timber for Wall Cladding Arrives


The Larch Timber for Wall Cladding Arrives


There are three different widths (145mm, 126mm and 95mm) planks and they came in various lengths. The narrow ones were the longest with most of them being nearly 6 metres long!

The Larch Timber for Wall Cladding Arrives


The larch planks are very nice indeed, with hardly any knots and very smooth!

The first quick analysis of what we got, seems to suggest that we were delivered 870metres of the widest planks, and about 810metres of the other two planks each. We ordered 850metres of each width.

On the following three working mornings, Friday, Saturday and Monday, we moved all of them inside our main house so we could more precisely tally what we got, but also to stack them up in a much neater way, allow the planks to air and dry off from all the rain and get them ready for the two liquid treatment procedures they will need.

The Larch Timber for Wall Cladding Arrives


The tally results for our timber were as follows:
* Widest (145mm) : 213 x 4 meter = 852 meters
* Medium (126mm) : 75 x 3 metres and 156 x 4 metres planks making 849metres
* Narrow (95mm) : 62 x 5.4 meters plus 90 x 5.7m and one 4.9m = 852 meters

This has meant that we were interrupted from our work on the roof and doing the windows! But it has to happen anyway.

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Nov 162019

We resumed work on our roof, continuing with the task of putting up the flashing slates up the “F” Porch roof section and then started doing the “G” little section on the side of the porch section. This narrow strip is very very fiddly, having to work on both the valley and the hip and only four standard slates in between. It took well over a day to complete it, most of Monday and Tuesday morning.

Sections F, G Finished and H Nearly done !


On Wednesday, we eagerly got started on the last section of roof, the “H” section, and got the valley done, which was slow because of having to cut on every row special slates to fill in the angle. But once that was finished, we then could speed up putting slates in strips of three slate wide and we got about 350 slates done in total.

Thursday was a very wet day so we were going to work in the workshop but we had a sudden phone call from the delivery driver to say, “I’m ten minutes away with your Larch timber” and we weren’t expecting it! See Larch Timber Arrives.

We didn’t get back to our roof until Saturday. We managed to do another 300 slates and we are now about two thirds done on the very last bit of roof, the “H” section.

Sections F, G Finished and H Nearly done !


We should get the last bit done on the new week including the tricky bit of scaling up and down the ladder to reach the last few slates!

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Oct 262019

Monday was a wet day so we did other tasks inside the temporary quarters finishing off repair work caused by the Flood. Tuesday was a nice lovely day so we got outside and finished mounting the oak pieces to build the gutters, for the last three sections of the roof, joining back to the very […]

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