Saturday, 13 June 2015

Broadrake Bunkbarn - Week 33 June 8th-12th 2015

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 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 

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