After 21:00 now and I’m just in and showered had I been outside I’d have been showered to cos it’s pishing down now. Can’t complain right enough, for it’s the first I’ve seen all day despite some of the ‘wet stuff’ being forecast. It has on the whole been the best spell of weather in months and I’ve been wearing safety sandals now for over a week, even had the shirt off at one point.
To be honest, the weather wouldn’t have made a great deal of difference to the ‘work done’ tally this last few days as much of it has been inside. I’ve spent the best part of two days just fiddling about with my solar and heat pump controllers.
After finding that both units were just too wide to mount flush on the wall between the corner of the corridor and the cupboard architrave I came up with a ‘cunning plan’. This involved the base of an old hardwood drawer which I trimmed to size on Donald Angus’s saw bench, I really am going to miss that when the house is finished.
The plan was to mount them in this corner at the end of the corridor by the store cupboard. This backs onto the ‘Bunker’ and means that the cable run would be the shortest possible. It’s also just about the only place I could run 18 or so sensor and supply cables discretely. The sensors having to be routed in different conduit to the mains supply and relay cables to prevent interference.
Whilst I was fiddling away up and down the loft trying to get all this spaghetti sorted out my son was putting coat number 3 on the gable end.
Iain, Raasay’s bespoke ‘bench joiner’ was working on our handmade oak units,
look at those lovely joints.
That’ll be the iroko getting ‘tried for size’, the sink unit will be the only one with doors on, and that’s to hide the plumbing.
An early finish and shower yesterday prior to heading around to ‘Number 3’ for a veggie feast and the makings of a sore head. Luckily the headache never materialized and I was up early this morning and off to the pigs with some veggies for them
Not from the kitchen I hasten to add but leftovers from the village shop, it’s illegal to feed pigs anything that comes out of the kitchen.
Molly definitely prefers four wheels to two This lovely Triumph Thunderbird must have spent the night ‘oop north’, I had a 1969 Bonneville the same colour. It never had indicators or an electric start but it did have drum brakes and plenty of oil leaks
Back to the cabling or ‘whatever happened to the K taper’
Pigs hens and self fed it was back into the loft to bore some 32mm holes through the house, a size I chose on account of having a 32mm ‘K taper’ bit and some 32mm water pipe that would nicely fit through the hole. That would leave me a respectable 25mm bore to run the cables through, one for sensors and low voltage DC and one for the relays and power.
When I bought my Hitachi 38mm ‘demolition pick/drill’ some 30 years ago it came with a ‘K taper’ fitting that was quite common in the eighties. It seems to have gone out of fashion now in favour of SDS or DSD Max, shame really coz you’ll never bend or break one of these at the shank, unlike SDS. The good thing is the bits van often be had very cheaply on eBay, of course that’s only when you don’t actually need one that size
First off I drilled a 52mm hole in the plywood then went through the middle with the hammer drill. I then pushed the water pipe though and finished both ends with a wooden plate with a 32mm hole in the middle and screwed it to the wall on both sides providing a nice air tight seal.
Hard to see on the picture, but just off ‘The Aird’ or ‘The Cape’ as we used to call it is a yellow catamaran fishing for wrasse. These are caught and sold to the fish farms who put them in the cages with the salmon where they eat the lice off of them.
For a bit of a change, and to help the neighbours out I went around to ‘Number 3’ to collect some more stone for the gable end, after I’d moved some trees out of the way for them of course. I’m gonna miss this too when the house is finished
I also fitted some cable tray beside the thermal store to run all the wiring for the five immersions, pumps and multitude of sensors.