Life at the end of the road

September 18, 2015

The trouble with electricity :-)

Filed under: Land Rover, life off grid, shed/house — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:27 pm

This’ll be our Indian summer right enough, for a spell today I was on the roof painting

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with my shirt off at 9:00am!!!! It was seriously hot on the ‘bunker’ roof but I wanted to get three or four coats of Dulux exterior smooth white on the gable end whilst the scaffolding was still up and before the 60 glass ‘evacuated tubes’ go into the manifold. I had already been in the loft a couple of hours at this point tidying up some ‘category 5’ cables that I’d been running through the house on and off for the last few days. Of course anyone who was half organized would have thought of this at the build stage and put it all in before the partitions went up but not me! Of course having a touch of OCD meant that the cables all had to be out of sight and not run in cable trunking.

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So what I did to run two extra data cables for router and nano station was to tape the ‘cat 5’ to the ends of the TV co axial and phone line in the living room and office.

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I then pulled the new cable through, detached it from the original, pulled a few more meters of the ‘cat 5’ into the loft then taped the cables back together and pulled the new cable back into the room with the original still attached. Once the original cable was back in the room I tied a knot in it and continued to pull as much of the new data ‘back the way’ as required. There was the same to be done for the MVHR control as well. though this required a little more thought as it was going in the hall way and there no spare cables or sockets in there. However, there was an as yet unused thermostat cable in one of the toilets, so I did the same with that then carefully drilled through the partition to route the cable into the hall way.

Once all those cables were routed I sealed up all the holes though the partitions and plaster board.


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I’ll do the same at the room ends once all the cabling is finished, it may seem a little OTT but this was just about the only place we were losing air during the ‘airtightness test’. I want all the warm air to be extracted via the heat recovery system rather than leak into the roof and be wasted, this house is going to require very little energy to heat it Smile

It failed Sad smile

Wednesday was MOT day and a fine day it was too, sadly all did not go as I would have like, the ‘Old Girl’ failed it’s first MOT in thirteen years. Nothing serious right enough and all repaired now but it did put a little dent in my ego.

On the way back I called into ‘The Steading’ where Iain is making our bespoke kitchen.


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Of course there was more, much more, that’s the problem with having electricity in the house now, I’ve no excuse to come in and do some blogging.


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Why would you want to go back to a cold damp caravan when this is view from the lovely warm house house.

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  1. Oh gorgeous! Are the midges still about? We’re coming to Skye next week for a few days and I’m hoping the midge season is over.

    Comment by Anne Macdonald — September 18, 2015 @ 10:24 pm

    • Ann take some White Linen cream with you, the midges hate it.

      Comment by Polite Scouser — September 19, 2015 @ 6:34 am

      • Can’t beat ‘Smidge’, Anne – no smell and widely available up there. Enjoy Skye!

        Comment by Sue — September 19, 2015 @ 7:36 am

  2. Did i just read it right. It failed 😦 Paul with all the balls you have been juggling lately don’t be so hard on your self. I am sure you will get it thru next years test without any trouble. The house is looking gorgeous you must be really proud. I am surprised you haven’t been contacted by a tv crew with all these super green credentials your house is proudly showing.

    Comment by jay — September 19, 2015 @ 7:27 am

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