With the floor insulation in place I needed to put back the lower part of the stairs, but before I could do that I wanted to put the wall insulation in, as then it is easier to get to it.
On Sunday I planned to insulate the sewer pipe between the house and the first put according to the regulations. It seemed a pretty easy job, but in the end took the entire day. But nice to have that last little piece done as well.
Last week was Mo’s birthday and the weekend we went to Saaremaa, so after that we needed to step up a bit. We added some more ceiling, but with the dropping temperatures we where reminded that the hallway was the last part of the house that does not have floor insulation yet and had a hatch where a lot of cold air came through, so for the weekend we planned to insulate the floor.
In between we had trouble with the heating system again. Pelltech responded promptly and send a repairman, who replaces the main board and some other parts.
On Saturday Jeff came to help. We got the osb and insulation for the floor and started taking out the 4 cm thick beams. Pretty soon we found the first once with woodworm in it, so it was double good to take out the floor. Since we had to make an underfloor to hold the insulation and then close it, time flew by so we did not finish during the weekend, but we did get close. Already half way the work we noticed the hallway was getting more comfortable.
The next day I just had to replace the last part in front of the door and under the stairs. When I crawled under the stairs, I found a piece of would so filled with woodworm I could just vacuum it away, so I was very happy this floor was being replaced. But to replace the floor I needed to remove a supporting beam of the stairs. This is where the highlift jack came in handy again. At the end of the day the floor was fully replaced and we had a garden full of future burning wood.
Now that most of the basic needs are done. We have sewer, water, electricity, heating and insulation, we can now really start with the fun and rewarding (and expensive) part of the renovation, the construction and decoration.
We figured a bedroom would be a nice start, especially since when that is done we can move the bed from the living room, creating space to finish that and then the rest will follow like a waterfall.
With the help of Jeff we got the wooden boards we planned to cover the room and make a nice ceiling. The first thing we had to do was stain the wood with white wash paint. As the wood has tongue and groove, it has to be stained before putting it in so you won’t get unstained parts visible when the wood warps a bit.
The next day we went to get the clips to connect the boards blindly. As ABC was doing inventory today, we went to K-Rauta, where we also saw a bathroom sink we liked. Although those things are still very overpriced. Back home we start putting in the first boards. They fit the length of the room, which is very beautiful but also makes it pretty tricky to get them in place. Together we succeeded though. A nice start of our bedroom.
With the washing machine in the far corner of the house, you do not hear it at all. Which is good when it runs, but then you also don’t notice it is done. While working on home automation projects I came across a project where any washing machine can be made smarter by adding a SonOff POW. It measures the power use and once that is below a set threshold you can set a notification. I had ordered a SonOff POW and this week I made a test setup. It seems the average voltage in the house is between 237 and 242 volts. On Wednesday the burner wash in error mode, something it has done a few times over the past months, but after a reset it would recover. But this time it did not. After a few phone calls a technician can in to check it out. He took out the burn cup which turned out to be full of pellets (after resetting the heater a few times, where every time it loads more pellets) He emptied the burning cup, cleaned ot out a bit, but it back and it all worked again. Lets hope this was an incident. During the weekend I was on the roof again as there was a tiny little leak left. And because I could not finish the last part of the insulation untill I had confirmed this last leak was closed also, I started to take measurements for the wood that would cover the ceiling of the bed room.
This week was very rainy, it showed clearly there was one leak left. You’d say it would be easy to fix that last roof, but it turned out to be tricky. Because after I put another wider layer of repair material there was still a little water coming in. In the mean time Mo filled the last seams between the tiles in the hallway. And together with Mo and Marc we put in the last parts of the roof insulation during the week. In the weekend ABC had another 25% discount and with the shortening days we found out the back yard was pretty dark, so I got some LED spot lights and some motion detectors. The weird thing was that a halogen spotlight including a motion detector was cheaper then just the motion detector, but since I did not have a use for the halogen spotlights I decided to earn back the difference while using the spotlights. Besides I wanted to install a doorbell, after looking around I found a doorbell with two different sounds depending on the button you press. So I installed one at the front door and one at the back door. Very interesting to see almost all doorbells in Estonia work on 230V up to the button.
With the starting fall we also get a lot of rain. Which in a way is good, because it shows where there is still a leak in the roof. So this week was dedicated to finding and fixing the last leaks. While putting in more roof insulation I found another leak that turned out to be hidden under moss, but this one was so clear that after cleaning the moss away the leak was fixed in one go. Here also the scaffolding of Jan came in handy.
With the fall coming in fast, the roof insulation will get priority now. Jeff helped getting the insulation materials with him camper and agreed to come and help on Sunday. On Saturday Mo and I insulated the roof above the bathroom area of the house. Already while working there you noticed the attic was getting warmer. Very curious what will will do with the heating. On Sunday Jeff came to help with the main part of the house as the beams here where thinker also the insulation we used was a bit thinker. 15 cm mineral wool vs the 10 cm we had used on the other attic. It turned out to be Jeffs birthday, which he didn’t do to much about as Pille was away on a work trip anyway, so we had decided to surprise him with a home made apple pie. (Plenty of apples from the garden to do something with.) This was a big hit. Jeff had to big pieces and was excited to take the rest home afterwards.
This weekend I borrowed the Toyota IQ of co-worker Anna. At some point I had found out she had one and I always wanted to try one. This gave a good excuse to visit Mo’s mother and stop by at the Saunamaailm to check out what we would need to put a saltwall in our sauna. Answer: nothing special, just just have to make a frame that holds the salt. During the week there had been plenty of rain to test the latest roof fixes and it turned out I had to get back on the roof to seal more parts that where still leaking. Once that was done I went back to the bathroom to create a fake backwall above the shower and in from of that the edge for the indirect ligth. Now it was getting to an end it was giving an idea of how it will be later on.
With another room fully plaster-plated I thought it would be a good time to get some rotband and fill the space between the plates and the screw holes. The coarse structure works fine for the big gabs between the plates and fill the big gab next to the toilet door, but it sure will need some finishing after that. To be ready for the upcoming colder season, I wanted to put in the bathroom window properly. This was a nice job after a workday. In the weekend it was time to get some time back from Gorden who I helped out with his bathroom tiling a few weeks ago. I thought it was fitting to work on our bathroom with him. I wanted to work on a lowered ceiling with indirect light from the edges. Work progressed very slowly as every piece we put up had to be measured individually as the ceiling was not level in any direction. The laser really helped out nicely here. At the end of the day the edge around the ceiling was the only thing that was actually finished. Not very satisfying but still work that needed to be done. On Sunday I spend more time trying to find the last small leaks on the roof. While that close to the roof I filled some cracks with PU foam as preparation for the insulation works.