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.

The radiators are filled

Today will be the last time Uve will be at the house until the first maintenance round. First he showed how to fix the error. It was pretty simple, but I made a note in case it happens again some day. He double checked all radiators and then we could fill them. It was nice to feel all radiators getting warm, even though we don’t need them for some time, it is good this part is ready.

When we where done, Uve got a few alcohol free beers from his car to toast to a finished project.

Nice in time as tonight we will go to a festival for 5 days. Nice a few days of total relaxation after all the work done on the house the past half a year.

Future rainy days will be warm inside

The sewer system is OK

After weeks, no months of preparations we had the last check of the sewer system today. Mo showed the friendly guy around and the only thing he was amazed by, was the fact the dirt was not back in the hole. He said it should be filled as soon as possible as when he finishes his paperwork, the hole should be closed.

So when I got home, we instantly started closing the hole. Luckily Jan stopped by and he offered a helping hand, so in no time we were done.

A wall behind the radiators

Normal life is picking up, so this weekend started with a guided tour before the work on the house started. I had to put plaster plate behind the radiators before we can fill them.

I started with the hardest one, the radiator on our future bedroom. This one needs a 10 cm frame and dito insulation as it is placed on an outer wall.

The rest was pretty simple, remove the radiator, place metal stud, put on plaster plate and put the radiator back.

In the mean time the boiler had given an error (E18 Flame2). Uve asked if it was ok, to show me on his next visit how to reset it as he had a hard time explaining it without the interface before him.

Update: How to reset Pelltech PK15 Combi:

  • Press the flame icon on the top right
  • Press the power symbol on the bottom right
  • Confirm by pressing: Yes

Filling and starting the boiler

Today is the big day. All connections are made, so the boiler can be filled, both with water and pellets and then it can be started!

We filled the floor heating and warm water system with water and got 4 bags of 15 kilo of 6 mm pellets and put them in the pellet silo. We did not fill the radiator system as I still need to put gyprock behind them, which is way easier when the radiator is off the wall.

The the big moment, turning on the pumps and turning on the boiler. Testing, Loading, Igniting, Pre-burn and then burning. The display showed nicely in what stage the heater is.

We found out the expansion tank of the warm water system needed more air pressure, but after that was fixed, all was good!

A fireproof back wall

Uve had first told he needed a sturdy wall behind/above the boiler to screw his artwork to, so I got some 12 mm OSB to match the 12 mm Gyprock, but then he told it would be better to have a fireproof wall there. So I figured I’d get some Fermacell. When I asked Uve where to get that he told me he did not know the material, so I started a little search.

In deed, it is not as commonly available as back in the Netherlands, but in the end I found out good old Puu Market around the corner had it available.

So I got a piece and made some strips to put behind the boiler. Forgot to make pictures.

The boiler is getting connected

Now we have moved it a new chapter in reconstructing will start, as we will be home every day. For now the first thing is to get the boiler connected and setup. Uve is making a great art piece from all the pipes, meters and valves.

Song festival and handing in the keys

Today will be a day off, this weekend is the big song festival which is held every 5 years and I am excited to check it out. Unfortunately Mo could not get a ticket anymore as for the first time the festival was sold out. We still went there together and enjoyed most of it from different sides of the fence.

Around 18:30 we left the festival to have a last bike ride to Kolde to hand in the keys. The owner was very impressed with the fact the renovation had already started, as she was not notified. Apart from that all was good and we should get the safety deposit back, which will be very nice to spend on the house.

Final moving and some small stuff

Today is an exciting day. 4 Years after I moved to Estonia I move into our own house! The last bits and pieces still took 2,5 car loads, but then we had all our stuff in our house. In the afternoon I got some stuff from ABC, as they had another 25% discount weekend.

Also I connected the toilet door (pretty handy when you want to use it, I’d say) When it was connected, I found out the standard door and the standard frame where not 100% compatible, so there was a few centimeters of space on the top of the door. For now that works, I will deal with that later.

Also a package for the chimney pipes came in, that means Uve can do the chimney next week!

Finishing the wall

Today I wanted to finish the wall. The first part turned out pretty sturdy, so I had good hopes for the last part. Mo came to help me and pretty soon the last brick was put in the wall. Nice in time for the final move tomorrow.

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