Sunshiney days all week - hot at last & Jack finally risks removing his thermal layers
The original drainpipes, repainted, with original hoppers and shoes are re-instated at the front
Inside, the internal walls between the front bays are lime pointed to keep the stonework visible
Brushing off after one day to harden
both sides all pointed up
little more difficult here as the front corner beyond lowest purlin is external, and needs insulation, and the right edge of the wall end has been rebuilt using blocks and needs to house fire actuation call point
elsewhere upstairs the first layer of PIR insulation goes in....gaps left for wiring at present
and downstairs - wires everywhere...the boiler room
and the drying room where the electrical fuse boards will be
On Wednesday, the tanking starts - men from the moon preparing for action
the stuff that is used is very rubbery, and difficult to remove - so full protection advised
Jack is especially proud of his outfit!
..and the new shiny blue buckets for mixing the solution
tanking is applied to the walls vertically and then horizontally in two layers
...rough texture for subsequent dot and dab insulation
and by Thursday the scaffolding finally is down from the back - a lot lighter now inside
although they did leave some bits behind - poles also at the front
Tidied up first thing Friday - now we can see to plan where the water pipes need to come across from the house. Also need to put in steps from fire escape window
The trim goes on over the Yorkshire boarding
and the boarding continues around the side, gutters and downpipes now in place
and continues to the back elevation.....
clear all the way round now ..... apart from the bedrock...
Finally - the wildlife update....the song thrush in the wash room front recess has continued to sit,
despite noise from circular saw, fitting of trim directly above her head, hammering of boarding...
the baby robins in the bank at the back have hatched - at least 4.....
The nest must have started during the pointing up stages but found this on RSPB site....so they were determined to stay. Can't believe that they survived the removal of the scaffolding on Thursday - the scaffolders were impressed with the baby birds and obviously took some care around the nest - thanks to Bay Scaffolding.
The birds are very sensitive to any disturbance during the nest building and egg laying, and will easily desert the nest if they think that the nest has been discovered. Unless the birds are used to people, it is best to stay clear of the immediate vicinity of the nest until the incubation starts
and unnoticed by anyone, a second song thrush nest in the big barn - on the south side, so the poor parent and baby birds are gaping to keep cool.....never noticed the nest build, nor the incubation stage - pic thanks to Mark Hewitt National Park Wildlife Officer