Life at the end of the road

August 31, 2015

Everyone should have one :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, Land Rover, shed/house, Trucks and plant — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:32 pm

Half ten now and it’s been a busy day so little prospect of eloquent pros from ‘the end of the road’ tonight peeps. The new week didnae start too well on Raasay, in fact it was pretty pish, nothing of the calibre of recent days right enough but not the nice day that XC was promising. We had two early morning visitors prior to me leaving with my son and the ‘Beetle man’ at 7:20,

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one was needing help with an inverter and one was after bread Smile

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After depositing son and beetle man on ferry it was back up the road to feed the pigs,

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put another coat of paint on the rear cross member.

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When Lachie arrived with a pallet of Spanish slates for the ‘Bunker’ I pressed him into rescuing the Quadzilla.


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One good turn deserves another so I repaired the motor on his hydraulic tipping trailer whist he got on with the ‘Bunker’ roof.


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The 12v motor was suffering from seized carbon brushes and a broken spring, fortunately I had an old Land Rover starter motor to salvage some parts off and the job was soon ‘sorted’. Lifting the pallet of slates directly up to the scaffolding saving much time and effort in the slating department. Though progress slowed considerably when it came to the solar panel brackets. None of the kits I’d bought were really suitable for screwing straight to the sarking boards. There are many differences in the construction of houses in the North of Scotland and England. The use of solid wooden boards for anchoring the slates or tiles rather than flimsy tiling battens being one of them. Consequently all the readily available kits don’t really work so a little thought and a few modifications were required.


Here the sarking boards are nailed directly to the rafters followed by a breathable membrane and then the slates are nailed directly to the boards. The image on the left shows the English method which would see many a roof ending up in the Minch if used here.

After Lachie had left I hijacked is telehandler to lift up the ‘Old Girl’ and give her a good pressure washing prior to removing the old rear cross member.

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I really must get one of these, every croft should have one Smile



  1. now that last picture brings back memories

    Comment by mw — September 1, 2015 @ 8:19 am

    • Aye, it takes me right back to Water St too 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 2, 2015 @ 7:11 am

  2. I would be really interested to hear some more detail on how you are going to get the brackets fixed under the slates as i want to fit solar thermal and can’t find any decent brackets to suit.
    regards, Kev (aberdeenshire)

    Comment by Kev — September 1, 2015 @ 12:11 pm

  3. So just a SS. angle bracket screwed to the sarking, slates cut to fit and some sillicone squirted on, nice and simple really.
    Keep us informed when you make holes to put pipes through
    Thanks, Kev

    Comment by Kev — September 2, 2015 @ 12:07 pm

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