what jobs are we getting done due to lockdown - no necessarily bike related

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... Some more minor progress on the build.
All glazing units back in all frames.
Gable-end all paneled up with 12mm ply.

Much less drafty in there now.
Overdone it clearly as I took a tumble while being a little careless where I trod.
No lasting damage, but it is clearly time to pack it in for the day.
 
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Good time to call it a day me thinks also.

Hope you got the chap in the garden trying to catch a glimpse of Rita sans clothes , the bounder ......;)

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Day 7 of my refurb and all I have done today is put the Tyvek "Housewrap" breather membrane over the exterior plywood.


 
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Today we trimmed the eaves and fitted the barge-boards and fully fixed the rubber membrane onto the roof.
It may not look like much progress but it is significant. The roof is now secure and only requires the weather trims to be applied.
Tom has gone for the day to deliver the rear axle of his vintage hot-rod Mustang to a specialist rebuilder in Northampton.
He will be back here for dinner and we will restart tomorrow morning and put all the "weather trims" over the rubber roof's edges and then install the skylight.


 
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Forgot it was Wednesday and your job restarted.

Progress is progress and looks better every picture.

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Forgot it was Wednesday and your job restarted.

Progress is progress and looks better every picture.

Paul
Thanks Paul,
It does "feel" better as a build...at every iterative step. We were BOTH up there today laying the rubber roof and that's a lot of moving mass up there and the thing was as solid as a rock. :)
I am looking forward to the Skylight installation as herself is complaining the dining room is now "too dark". Funny how changing a glass roof for an opaque one can do that. :eek:
It is an interesting build process and I am very pleased that my design goals are proving to be very much achievable.

If only my trikes turned out to be so straightforward. :p
 
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Building a ladder-cart, so I don't have carry the heavy thing but can wheel it instead. Started with two 16" childrens bicycle wheels, added rebar (two pieces welded together) as an axle and mounted a frame on top of that. Pictues below show the progress and final result. Two evenings worth of work.

Wheels, two pieces of welded-together rebar for axle


Calculations for the correct angle to reach the optimum height with the available materials (only 1 meter of steel strip, where at least 120cm is needed, so creativity was challenged.


The frame - two "V"s cut and welded together. They are welded to the square tube and the whole frame was mounted on the newly created axle. Rebar pins mounted and welded in the square tube (only the top side has holes in it) to hold the ladder. As an afterthought the extra "bridge" rebar was added, to get more ground clearance with the ladders' stability bar - see next picture. It could well be that the pointing pins need to be extended, to hold on to the ladder.


It is a triple segment ladder, the middle part is resting on the pins. Not very good to see in the picture.



Best, Kiezel.
 
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Managed to get the roof trims done on 3 sides and the 4' x 2' skylight in today.
Still managed to dodge the weather, we will try and weatherproof the wall abutment tomorrow.
Feeling "brave" we removed the 2 x 4 tie-bar timber linking the 2 long sides of the building to see what would happen.
It did not immediately collapse (good). It did "pop" apart by 5mm (anticipated, and not wanted, but also TBH not unexpected).
Measurements were taken and recorded and further measurements will be taken to see it the thing is now stable/static and settlement is finished.
Nothing to stop us putting a tie-bar back in at any point, although it would be a bit hideous.

Overall, I am still pleased.



 
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Any improvement in the Black hole of Calcutta dining room ?

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Any improvement in the Black hole of Calcutta dining room ?

Paul
Some, but she's still moaning about it. For goodness sakes...SHE wanted the conservatory gone and a totally non-see through wall & roof.
She is suggesting we put a window into the dining room side-wall. I have said no-can do.

Wimmins! :eek:
 
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Some, but she's still moaning about it. For goodness sakes...SHE wanted the conservatory gone and a totally non-see through wall & roof.
She is suggesting we put a window into the dining room side-wall. I have said no-can do.

Wimmins! :eek:
Dan

Our dining room is the same as it is the same position as yours and just a dark tunnel to reach the conservatory.

If I had loads of dosh I may have considered glass blocks , as like yours it is 6 ft from a neighbours wall , however it would still be dark due to next door being 2 story and probably colder with glass blocks so a dark tunnel it remains !

Paul
 
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Today I added some insulation to the walls.
It occurs to me that I should be wary of introducing a condensation point in the roof space that could introduce water-vapour to the timbers.
Maybe a layer of DPC membrane before closing off on the inside.

 
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Another tick in the done box ! nice job.

What plans for the roof insulation , that matting looks hard to handle when above head height ?

Paul
 

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Not really because of lockdown (kind of the opposite considering my hospital IT day job), but more for my sanity!
I am creating a massive multi-channel synthesizer using only parts (digital logic ICs) available in 1979.
It will be as powerful as the 1979 Fairlight CMI, the system that spawned my interest in digital music...



To control this massive project that will probably contain 300-500 ICs, I am choosing to use my 1978 Commodore PET computer, which still boots up and runs great. This was the first computer that got me hooked, so it seems like a perfect merger!

I actually own several PETs in my collection...



I intend to weld up a cabinet for the Synth and make it look like the PET steel cabinet. Being stereo, the synth will have 2 stand up cabinets on each side of the PET, probably having 16 channels per side.

Much of the sound generation will be digital, but I also intend to add a lot of analog components as well, Buchla style low pass, spring reverb, distortion, etc. Music will br tracked out on a 6502 assembly program I am writing to run on the PET.

Most likely, this project will take me a few years, but the end result will be a computerized digital instrument that can keep up to modern synth tech but "could have" existed in 1979 if I would have built it then. Of course, I was only 10, so my hacker skills were pretty low then!

Here is a very basic single channel digital playback system I built for my retro game system a few years back, also made with 70's digital logic...


The new synth will have at least 32 full channels like this, plus many analog effects.
I like a mix of techno / house / classical, so it should be interesting!

So the short answer is.... "I am following up on a childhood dream now that I have the skills".

I will add this to my blog if I continue to have lockdown Sunday fun!

Cheers,
Brad
 
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Today Tom & I put all of the wooden featheredge cladding (Siding) on the building.
It will eventually be painted with black barn paint.

I shall be glad to get back to Bike building after this. :)

 
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Plaster-boarding today, just a few SqM (4.5 x 4.2) but all very awkward angles etc.
Nearly done, just a few more boards to fit. The vaulted ceiling was a bit of a PIG to do.

Here's where we are up to, and a picture of Big-Tom at work.
 
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OK, it is all "built" now and the remaining jobs are trimming and second-fix items and the plastering.
12 days of work. I am very tired. Off to my son's house now for another job of work.

 
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Sterling work that man..

Wonder if the neighbours are as fastidious at sticking to the rules ?

Paul
 
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