Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Broadrake Bunkbarn - Weeks 51 & 52 Oct 12th -23rd 2015

First top coat of paint after hole filling, rubbing down and undercoating...bit tricky on the ladder and can't reach up higher than the beam, so will have to get a tall person on a taller ladder....
at least no one can get up close to see that it's not quite finished....
 and a coat of black upstairs....
both sides ready now for lime pointing onto the wood, and last bit of plastering inside upstairs

the new electric board is in place

Pipes go in everywhere upstairs on Friday

 and it's going to be a very cosy cupboard!!!

paint continues up the ceiling and down the wall with the new ladder

 and Katie and Jinx do their bit by painting the last back bedroom when they pay a flying visit

At the sunny start of week 52 - yes that is ONE whole year, 
we have the first delivery of wood pellets

so it's busy on site with plumbers, builders and sparky, as well as BDS delivery
the pellets are blown into the fuel hopper.....this will get some yorkshire boarding around it to stop the glaring shine reflecting off it

 and later, we have lift off when the boiler is ignited!! - some very hot temperatures showing
on the very graphical display

a quick trip to Wonder of Wood to sort out the newel post finish gets a glimpse of both parts
- the anti-slip treads are just starting to go in - not fully in place yet

 and I get to see a sample of the engineered oak flooring - just need to measure up

in the house, the plumbers sort out pipes to link the hot water feed from the back bedroom across to the boiler via the hallway and Jess's bedroom....

 I missed getting a photo with the flooring all up - but it was put back all nice and tidy 

Mid week sees probably the last trip up for Armstrongs Builders Merchants from Bentham
 this time delivering 4 tonnes of sand, and cement for the dry screed to go in upstairs....do we really need 4 tonnes???

Toddy plasterboards down to the plane of the window frame to tidy up the sloping gap 
and plaster goes onto the window bays

and motion sensors go into the cubicles

In readiness for the next day, a couple of pallets of slates are unpacked and stacked away from the corridor

 plus the adhesive

at the end of the day, the Herdy's take an interest

The concrete mixer returns to site on Thursday for mixing the dry screed for upstairs
 Jack worked his socks off keeping the buckets filled for Toddy to rake the 
sand/cement mix in between the battens around the pipes, loading them 
onto boards set up below, and then lifting them UP onto the upstairs floor
note that the door framework is now lime pointed - see the edge above the slates

the eastern end is all done, watering can is used to wet the very dry mix to make it set
but it will be very crumbly and will break if it gets walked on

the pipes fall close to the edge of the stairwell, so note to the joiners, to make sure that they don't hammer nails into the pipes....

 By the end of Friday morning, the rest of the dry screed is down
 - looks like a soft surface bowling alley - note that we have decided to NOT have a wood burner since the insurance company wanted us to turn it OFF at night...and the plumbers said we wouldn't need it!
 and flattened cardboard boxes are laid out to preserve the surface from footfall

At last we have some lights downstairs - just in time for the switch from BST to GMT
- note too the plastered wall done earlier in the week

top left off the entrance lobby light so we  can paint properly

 end of week tidy up sees 9 empty paint pots....still plenty of full ones left to go

Herdy's camped out on the hill for their lunchtime snooze

 the one on the right is my favourite - for some reason he doesn't have any horns....
they are quite friendly, cute
 and are looking very contented

Toddy and Jack prepare to leave site for the 2nd time, having finished the plastering, lime pointing and dry screed. They manage to fit everything into the van, including a concrete mixer and wheelbarrow. They take the empty cement pallet back to Builder Supplies....
 will it fit?
 try it this way
 just need to shift the wheelbarrow out of the way
 and it's in!

so one year on, we now we have a boiler that is heating the water buffer store, and lights downstairs, plus sockets, and the building work is complete!

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