Sauna measurements and ceiling

With the holidays coming up, there is a lot of extra time to spend on the house, so I figured this would be a good time to build the sauna, as I have 9 days in a row of mostly uninterrupted building time, plus it would of course be nice to have the sauna ready for the cold season.

So I measured the sauna and and started calculating the materials I need. It became a pretty long list, which I send to the sauna specialist in town. For some reason it does not seem like the ware very eager to sell a sauna as after the first day their website gave an error when the payment failed and since they really have trouble getting back to me.

In the mean time I worked on the ceiling of the bedroom.

During the weekend there was a big spurt in productivity. On Saturday Mo and Mattias helped clean up the old floor that was still laying in the garden and on Sunday Mattias helped replacing the outside door from the utility room and after sunset I finished the ceiling in the bedroom and the wall in the northern bay window.

Bedroom ceiling and wiring

With the knowledge of how many wires I need to run to address the LED strips on the beams, I prepared the wiring. When that was done I could put in the rest of the ceiling. With the shorter pieces It was easier to work with, yet still a lot of work, but with a great result!

WLED and a better bed

For the bedroom I have planned LED strips on the beams for some nice indirect light. To know for sure how to wire them and therefore how many wires I have to put in behind the wood paneling, I had to make a test setup.

The good news was that just a few weeks ago an very cool open source project was covered by Dr Zzs which looked very promising, so I finally took some time to create a test setup. I did not have the NodeMCU micro controllers they used in the example, but I did have the ESP-01 controller I used for the relay test a few weeks ago, which is also based on the ESP8266 chip, so I tried flashing that with the WLED software. It took some convincing but then I was able to connect to the ESP-01 and give it an IP in the network. Unfortunately there was something off with the wiring so it did not survive a power cycle, but the prove of concept was done and I was able to control the LED strip. Unfortunately also no pictures this time.

After the test, Jeff helped me to get the other good bed from the storage at Mo’s mother, as we decided it was time to sleep on a decent bed.

More insulation works

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.

The last piece of floor insulation

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.

Start of the bedroom

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.

Smart home and heater problem

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.

Light and sound

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.

The hunt for the last leaks

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.