Aug 012020
 

The last couple of days was spent replacing a simple low power electric spur from the Garage to the main House with a higher powered circuit. We pulled through three twenty five square millimetres fat wires to provide a low resistance connection. It is not directly “plumbed” straight into the main consumer unit in the garage, just a short high powered cable and plugged into an high current round pin socket.

Upgraded Electricity Supply to House to Allow High Power Tools

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Upgraded Electricity Supply to House to Allow High Power Tools

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We left plenty of extra wire at the house end then connected them to a small consumer unit which has a main switch and two circuit breakers.
The House now has two main points for mains electricity connections, at both ends of the house, in the Great Room where we will be setting up our work bench, table saw, planer and vacuum system and the other point in the Utility Room to run our domestic equipment plus a reel extension cable ready to go outside when needed.
Upgraded Electricity Supply to House to Allow High Power Tools

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One of the other jobs we will need to do is to connect our compressed air supply and seal off the various outlets that are waiting for an appropriate socket mounted on them and then we can have the ability to have nail gun capabilities without having to run a hose from the compressor in the garage and across our driveway.

 Posted by at 6:00 pm
Jul 292020
 

We Have Done It! The whole house is now fully clad with our Larch timber!
It took only a day and a half to finish off the last bit, the “L”, “M” and “N” sections, our alcove, around the back of the house. We could cut most of the wood in one go then it was quick too put up.

All Walls Done At Last! L, M and N Sections Completes the Cladding Job!

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We used a higher scorch level for these planks to see what it is like and also to capture more heat in the cooler seasons. If we don’t like it, we can scrub the surfaces with a wire brush to tone down the darker colours, and of course, reapply the fire retardant treatment again.
All Walls Done At Last! L, M and N Sections Completes the Cladding Job!

The-finished-LMN-Alcove


The final job was to unscrew the top 6 rows of timber on the very first section we did a month ago, and we painted the exposed “pink” battens black. We realised that one could see up between the planks and see the lighter colour and hence we had painted all the other battens around the house, except for the “P1” section next to our patio area and Conservatory.
Then, we moved all the excess timber to our long term storage area, the swimming lane, sorted into width. Both sets of treated Larch planks are now all together, ready for the time when we will clad the garage.
All Walls Done At Last! L, M and N Sections Completes the Cladding Job!

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All Walls Done At Last! L, M and N Sections Completes the Cladding Job!

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All Walls Done At Last! L, M and N Sections Completes the Cladding Job!

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The rest of the week was spent tidying up inside the house and upgrading the electric feed from the garage to the house to provide a more heavy duty service (we only had an 13A extension lead before). We will want to use more powerful machines now that we are going to be working inside the building.

 Posted by at 1:00 pm