Life at the end of the road

September 12, 2013

Up to Harry’s shed :-)

Filed under: daily doings, life off grid, listers — Tags: — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:19 pm

Cable laying is on hold just now until my son is home for the weekend so I made good use of the day by doing some work on Harry’s new house. Harry is the Lister HR2 12kw generator that will be our ‘standby’ for the new house, he’s a little OTT size wise and 6kw, like Cyril the SR2 would probably have sufficed. However Harry’s extra capacity would enable us to put 6kw of heat into the 1500lt thermal store at the same time as putting 100amps into our 48v battery bank.

My first task was to finish mounting the exhaust, a serious piece of 2.5” steel tube that would discharge through the wall of the shed. My initial plan was to take it straight out along the centre line of the shed as that would exit further away from the house. However I thought that putting a 90 degree bend on it would drastically reduce vibration along the length of the pipe.


I carefully measured it first as I wanted a very slight downward slope to prevent water ingress up the pipe. Then I removed a section of corrugated iron from the outside and cut a hole with the jig saw.



A heavy gauge aluminium angle with nylon inserts screwed with large coach bolts secured to the lintel and a heavy pipe clamp finished it off.  A ‘Stirling board’ piece with a hole bored through sealed up the gaps on the inside



and a piece of ‘Plastisol’ covered steel left over from the barn finished the outside. A little more paint and a finisher on the end of the pipe will tidy it up but I really need to be running Harry to make sure he doesn’t shake his shed to bits first. I don’t think so as much thought has gone into what will essentially be the ‘power station’ for our barn and house. A six inch timber frame stuffed full of insulation, clad inside and out and with a good solid concrete floor.

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I am very proud of this ‘lean too’ shed that is made almost entirely out of ‘left overs’ 

My next plan had been to start making a  concrete base for the 1250lt fuel tank I’d been given but the weather intervened, it started pishing down so I moved inside and got on with some wiring.


It was only a couple of sockets but it took me the rest of the day



still, I was well pleased with the result



and tomorrow I’ll get the lights in Smile



  1. What a cracking home for a gorgeous engine. You’ve done a great job of it! I’m sure Harry will be very happy chugging away in there 🙂

    Comment by markp — September 13, 2013 @ 7:37 am

    • Thanks Mark, and on that note, I’m going out now to fit the lights 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 13, 2013 @ 8:05 am

  2. Paul

    Nothing to beat some nice tidy, well thought out wiring. If you are ever in Edinburghand need a project, my garage and soon to be bike shed needs wiring ….

    I won’t comment on the to cut or not to cut debate, but in my experience, the fewer the joints (in anything) the better.

    Also, thinking I need one of those saw horse things you have but can’t seem to get a response from Raasay Engineering. Can you get the chap to drop me an email with cost delivered to Edinburgh?



    Comment by Alan — September 13, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    • but in my experience, the fewer the joints (in anything) the better.

      It’s been my experience also Alan but I’ve done many of these joints and NEVER had one fail, the only way to lay this cable without joint is to drop it on the hill by helicopter for £1600, employ a legion of helpers to manually drag it from where it is now or cut it and re fecking join it. It’d damn fine splendid being in a warm Edinburgh office, ex Portree Council house, or sat at the works computer when you should be filing invoices. I’ve laid miles of frigging cable and always endeavour to make as FEW joints as possible so either shut up or get your arse up here and help me tomorrow 🙂

      That goes for everyone who’s a freaking cable laying expert too 🙂

      Cheers, Paul 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 13, 2013 @ 10:35 am

  3. Reference your cable laying and no doubt you have already thought of it, and not possible, but could you use a quad to pull the cable off the drum if it could be mounted on a suitable axle?

    Comment by John Williams — September 13, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    • Hi John and welcome,

      I’ve used your suggested method a few times but we’ve now moved from quad accessible terrain to Sherpa territory where you need a machete to get through the undergrowth and mountaineering skills 😦 I’ve done it many times before, it’s OK for lengths of up to a couple of hundred meters after that the strain induces a twist in the cable.
      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 13, 2013 @ 10:26 am

      • just leave him alone ,,,, he like the extra work !! you cant learn him much at his tender age !!

        Comment by bw — September 13, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

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