Today would be another day of installation work. With all the tubes in place I just needed to pull wires to the central boxes I installed in each room. From there I can later on distribute the electricity to plugs, switches and light points.
As this involves a log of work near the ceiling, I figured I could use a folding ladder. I had been looking for one before, but since I have one in the Netherlands, I did not buy it yet, but today was my lucky day. I checked some websites of the construction stores and found that Bauhof had a very good discount, so off to Bauhof and spend a whooping 57 euro. I needed to have a client card, but that was very easy to get.
Back home one of the first things I did with the ladder was put up the lights in front of the house a bit better and take down a cable that isn’t needed.
After that I installed the entire fuse box and rewired the cable going to the garage. Now I just have one group that is connected with a temporary wire, as that goes to the room what is now the warm ‘construction office’. Besides I left one group unconnected, so I have a spare for later on.
This has been a very satisfying day, with a nice result. Back home Mo was cooking a wonderful meal, so the day ended as good as it had been. I am ready for the Tallinn Sauna Camp this weekend, so no updates expected till next week.
Since it is a beautiful weekend. I decided to do a side step from my electricity work and repair the roof. A few weeks ago I checked where the roof was leaking, so now I just had to find the holes and fix/patch them.
The biggest holes where around the chimney sweeper hatches and on the dormer on the north. Because of the size it was pretty easy to find them.
The smaller holes where at the edge of the dormer where it would connect to the roof. Here I did the easy way, I put PU-foam all over the edge. So, now I just need some rain to find out where I missed a hole.
Since I left my phone at home I only have one picture.
Today Mo and I went to the house. I wanted to lay the last tubes to the smaller part of the house and Mo was going to take all the stuff from the attic down.
While installing the electrical tubes I found out about the difference in height between the two parts of the house, which results in the fact I can take the wired directly through the wall above the fuse box to the attic of the lower part of the house. When I found out about this I also checked if I could reroute the first wire I took upstairs and decided I will do that as well.
When I was working on the third group I needed to put a tube on the floor, since the floor was covered with saw dust, I cleaned this away. While doing this, I saw a piece of triplex in the corner. At first I did not pay much attention to it, but at some point I decided to take it out. When I did I found a small round package wrapped in brown paper with some thin robe around it.
I picked it up and got excited, what could this be. It was not very heavy. I took out the knot and unwrapped an old tin candy can with some metal wire around it. After opening it, I found something wrapped in some white wrapping paper. It turned out to be 10 packs of money! I quickly saw CCCP written on it, so it must have been hidden there for at least 28 years.
Later at home, I found out it was 10 packs of 100 ruble in bills of different value, of the 6th CCCP rubles, which have been used between 1961 and 1991. It had some 3’s, lots of 5’s and 10’s and some 25’s and 50’s. SUR 1000 in total, at that time a good year salary according to Mo, now more or less without monetary value. Still a very cool discovery!
After a weekend in the Netherlands, the Wednesday was used to add more groups to the fuse box. So the future living room and Mo atelier got wired up before hitting the hard one, getting a wire to the boys room upstairs. For this I decided after a couple of test-holes , the best option would be to drill under an angle. Two angles to be more precise. I tried a couple of holes, but did not find a place the drill would exit, until at some point I found it in the side of the stairs. So far I had been drilling from upstairs. I tried one more hole from downstairs and finally had the hole I needed. All in all this took a lot of time and two fully charged batteries for the drill.
After this the last part was fairly easy. When I was so high up I checked out the chimney sweepers hedge, to find out where the leaking water was coming from. Well, it seems the leaking will be stopped sometime soon. Some of the holes where just to obvious.
From up there I had a nice view of the garden, so I made a nice picture.
Wednesday I spend on the electricity in the house again. I made a little improvement in the fuse box, and figured out the best way to get electricity wires to the different parts of the house. In between I visited 3 store because I kept forgetting things I needed. At the end of the day I created three new groups in three different parts of the house, each with a different approach on how to get there. And of course I also started the documentation on what wire goes where. The next groups should go faster, but as we have a weekend in the Netherlands planned, this will have to wait till next week.
As the insulation of the house is one of the primary things that needs to be done, I need to know the amount of square meters of insulation material I need. Since I had no exact measurements of the roof, I spend the Monday evening taking measurements upstairs. I climbed to the ridge of the roof to measure the height. There I found an old folding screen and some sort of ladder device.
The upstairs of the smaller part of the house stored a lot of old stuff, almost an instant xmas card.
In between one of my Russian coworkers stopped by to go through the books we found in the house. My dad has a colleague who has been studying Russian for years, so we thought it would be nice to give him some books if there would be something interesting. We ended up with a few hands full of books, of which I will bring a few to the Netherlands during our upcoming trip.
With the fuse box all wired up, it was time to place it in the house and take out the old fuse box. I made a plywood back wall to fit and put it into place. After that I once again took out the main fuses and transferred the wires to the new fuse box. After the main connection had been made the first wires I connected where going to a power plug next to the fuse box so I could hook up a light there for the rest of the connections. Then the moment of truth came. Main fuse on, residual-current circuit breaker on, circuit breaker on, light switch on. No sparks just light. A happy moment!
After this, I transferred the wires from the old fuse box to the new fuse box. When this was done I made detailed plans on which group would service what part of the house, trying to have two groups from two different phases next to each other in the living room and upstairs bedrooms, so in case one phase would fail the other can still provide some light.
Today was a day of patient work in a warm living room. Cutting wires to the right size, labeling them and connecting the components. It was almost a form of meditation and the result was very rewarding even though it for sure takes longer then you would like.
Today was Wednesday again, so time to work on the house. I had a late start as we had a new co-worker coming in and something went wrong with his hardware, so I dealt with that before getting to the house.
I was clear the house had not been heated very long the past weekend, as it had cooled down to 1 degree. It had been like that for just over a day, so likely that is more or less the minimum temperature.
After starting to heat the place, I wondered what I should start on. As there now are so many things. Mo asked if the boys could help, so I asked them to check out the plan for the canalization and to find out details like size of the materials, depth and other things they could find out.
I decided to first move down the outside light so the camera has a free view. Of course this did not take very long, so the next thing would be to check out the materials for the new electrical system as once I have that in, I can always draw an extra line when I have some time left.
As I had to pick up some chainsaw oil from ABC, I checked out the prices and materials they had to offer before going to a specialist. At Esvika they carry the Harju Elekter line of enclosures I saw from several friends. They are pretty big and have an integrated place for the power meter. In real life it looked nice as well, so I decided to get one and get the components Henk had recommended. When you are from the Netherlands this kind of shopping is very nice, as the prices here are so much lower for this material.
Back home I fitted all components in the enclosure and then visited Martijn to check out how the wiring had been done at his place.
There I found out I had forgotten to get branch connectors as the 3 phases and the neutral need to be distributed to different components. I checked out the construction store, but I guess I will get back to Esvika later on to get some good stuff.
I think I have written before about he insulation material my dad found out about. It has 19 layers, is 30-35 mm thick and has the same insulation value (R-value) as 20 cm of glass wool! Since this will safe a significant amount of space, I was very interested to find out if I could find this material in Estonia and if so, if I can find use-cases and experiences.
Today before work I stopped by a some construction advice center I had found out about a few months ago when I was visiting a co-working space.
After entering I made a circle toward the right of the place, when I was almost fully around, I found the material. I made some pictures of the information as they where out of flyers, so I could look up the rest of the information online.
Unfortunately I found out later on that the local websites mentioned where not active anymore, but at least I have a brand name to work with. To be continued.