Roof insulation

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.

More bathroom works

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.

Plastering and bathroom works

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.

The hallway

After playing around with the ESP replay, I dug up an ESP AI-TInker from my parts box to try to flash it. Unfortunately this did not go as smooth as I wanted. Oh well, no direct need for it, but would have been fun to finally have some software running on it.
Later in the week I finsihed the plaster plate around the front door. Suddenly it looks so much more done. After that I set up the scaffolding Jan had stored under the train roof in the hallway. This way finishing the ceiling in the hallway went very easy, at least for the reachability of the ceiling. It still was a lot of measuring, remeasuring and cutting to get the ceiling in, but the result was satisfying and the lights we bought weeks ago also look great.

Stairs for the backdoor

The Monday started very productive. In between installs I found an online tool where you can select parts of a picture and give then curtain colours. That way you get a pretty good idea of how this colour will look on your house or room.
Then I got home I started with some grass cutting. The lawn mower worked very well this afternoon. After that I decided it was a nice evenng to build a little stair for the backdoor. There you see again that having good tools really helps creating something nice. Towards sunset the stairs was finished. A great improvement!
When I got inside to tried the ESP-programmer and ESP relay that I had gotten over the mail. It worked pretty smooth. The drawback of these ESP’s is that the need and external powersupply which gets rid of the much lower price as the SonOff devices.

Toilet works and clover field

This week was a week with an extra free day, as it was re-independence day on Tuesday. So after I tried some first filling of holes and connections of the plaster plates with Rotband (which was coarser then I was used to in the Netherlands) I put in a ceiling in the toilet on Tuesday. Because it was nice weather I also straightened the front yard an sowed clover there. This was a nice tip of an acquaintance, who told it does not grow tall, so you don’t have to mow it and it has nice flowers that also attract bees, so the choice was easy.

During the weekend Jeff helped getting more plaster plate and I changed the pressure vessel from the heating system from laying horizontal to hanging vertical, as that was what it said on the vessel and it was not performing as expected.


The doors and sauna insulation

Monday the week started with taking out the door frames and taking of 2,5 cm from the top so the doors would fit in nicely. Even though it was a bit annoying this had to be done since apparently there are two different standard sizes, the result was very rewarding.

Tuesday I started to put in the first rows of sauna insulation panels. They work very nice, so pretty soon I had 3 layers done. The next day I put in the last layer and we started to check where to put the sauna benches. As the sauna is a bit higher then average, there is an option for a 3rd high bench, but we wanted to know if this would fit.

Then another evening was spend taping all the seems between the insulation plates.

Saturday we went to check out the wood for the sauna wall at Puumarket as sometimes you just need to see how something looks and not just rely on measurements. After that we picked up some parts from ABC so I could hang the toilet sink. In the afternoon I made the floor tiles for the utility room fit, so I could put them in on Sunday.

Before putting in the tiles I picket up some glass fibre wall ‘paper’ at K-Raute as they had 30% off and I received a gift certificate for the store and a trash bin at Bauhaus which was very nicely on sale.

A leaking roof and start of the sauna

Monday after work we went to a sauna specialist to get some information on what we would need to build a sauna. And as if often goes when you go to a shop as a foreigner, you get advised very expensive stuff and when you ask about an other stove that is half the price, they bend in all kinds of ways to explain why the expensive one is better (which it might be, but mainly when you have long sauna nights with a group of people). Anyway, I did not get much more information as I already had gotten from a nice document I found on the Harvia website.

After the all the nice weather from the last weeks, it was finally raining and a bit surprising we had a leaking roof again. So we put some bucket and market where it was leaking, so when it is dry I can fix that

Before anything else, the floor needs to be in the sauna, so on Wednesday I started with the floor.

On Saturday morning I climbed on the room and found the moss was so dry after the past hot weeks that it had let through water through some holes I found under the dried moss. After I scratched off the moss it was an easy fix.
In the afternoon we picked up the sauna insulation with integrated aluminium coating. besides we got a sink for the toilet and I got myself a miter saw as ABC had another one of there 25% off days.
On Sunday I finally put in the network cable to the boiler.

Three tons of pellets and the chimney

At the start of the week I replied to a request of a German guy in town who needed someone to put in a few tiles in his bathroom. I agreed to stop by and see what would be possible. He turned out to be very handy, so we decided I would teach him how to tile and borrow him my tools.

On August 1st 3 pallets with bags of pellets where delivered. A ton per pallet. It was estimated this should be enough for about a year. Next year we will know if this actually will be enough, so we can also make a calculation of how much our heating and hot water will cost us.

This we had Annemiek and her family over for dinner and later on for tea. Always nice to have visitors from the Netherlands stopping by.

As the pellets cannot stay outside we moved them inside during the weekend. Jon-Paul was a great help. We also visited the construction store to check out the sinks for in the toilet and some replacement part for shower.

On Sunday I finished the shower. Connecting the last electrical wires gave us also coloured lights. There are also some minor things to fix some time in the future, but nothing that will stop us enjoying the shower fully from now on. Before going to bed I tried the steam shower. It is a nice feature that I think I will use on occasion.

Taking it easy a few days

After five days of being fully offline it was good to come home, but it was a bit harder to start with the next project again. We had wonderful warm summer days, which did not help either.

On Wednesday we had a couchsurfing couple from Belgium coming over for a few days. So we went for bike ride and a swim in the sea. Together with Rik, I connected the washing machine. Something that had not be done yet, but sure is useful.

Thursday one of the tech guys from Pelltech stopped by for a problem with the wifi module. It turned out they did not use a very good radio, so he also left an ethernet module as he agreed there is no added value for wifi if the connected device is static and there are network connections around the house.

Saturday afternoon was the first time to clean the ash tray and fly ash filter. There was surprisingly little ashes after just over a week of heating. Nice to know! I also started on the chimney, but did not get very far because is was a bit to hot. Since there is not that many hot days in Estonia, I decided to just take it easy for a bit.