Only 20:00 on the ‘puters clock but my eyes say later so this is going to be quick and I’ll spare you the usual rants about altering the clocks. An extra hour in bed!!! am I the only person that gets up when he wakes up and not when the clock says so???
Anyway I was out early, determined to get some more work done on the dual purpose hen shed, and hopefully to get some concrete poured into the holes for the uprights. Fat chance of that as it turned out, the showers turned out to be very long and the dry bits in between very short and breezy.
The trenches that the Dude had dug just couldn’t cope with the deluge and any hope of pouring concrete vanished as the day progressed and the rain increased.
False hope reared its head occasionally in the form of blue sky and the odd rainbow but ten minutes was about as long as I got with the hood down and waterproofs unzipped. It may have been wet but it certainly wasn’t cold.
I just wish the showers had been just a little more widely spaced, all this water and rain was hindering progress something shocking.
As with many dual purpose things in life this hen shed plus solar panel mount is a bit of a compromise. The ideal angle for solar panels at this latitude is probably around 45degrees, however I wanted to make the hen shed no lower that 4’ at one end and my posts, after sinking into the ground only gave me 7’ at the high end. That’s a fall of 3’ over 8’ so around 20 degrees, it’ll lose me a couple of kwh in January but gain me some in June, and to be honest I’ll probably have plenty of wind and hydro in January anyway.
Unable to get any concrete poured I concentrated on the 12’ long roof beams that were ex Raasay House,
a fantastic and free supply of 6” x "2” that needed much denailing
Before being driven inside by the rain around 16:00 I managed to trim the uprights with the chainsaw and called it a day. Normally I’d have just used a regular saw but have you ever tried sawing waterlogged wood??
Well that’s probably it for now on the hen shed, I’ve enough wood left to finish the framing but pretty soon I’m going to have to start buying stuff