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Re: Restoration of a 150 year old Barn.
« Reply #54 on: October 25, 2015, 06:51:00 PM »

Vapor condensing under the roof wood is still an issue, unless there is some kind of venting. Venting unoccupied attics is common in the south because it makes the roof material last longer and helps stop heat from being transmitted down into living spaces. The building I live in has a slot cut across the length of the crown and covered with a cap. The common name is "Cobra vent."


We tend not to have issues with keeping roofs cool in our part of the world, but correctly venting them is key to keeping them healthy wherever they are. Vented ridges are common, as are all manner of retrofit soffit vents, ventilated tiles and perforated screens - all designed to improve flow and increase the longevity of roof structures built when perhaps the evidence or knowledge wasn't so well spread.

The Government here, from time to time, finances schemes to improve the insulation standard of our, generally, very poor quality housing. This tends to consist of hoards of installers cramming as much FG as they can into cold roofs, usually closing off all openings that were correctly left at the waves - which blocks off the ventilation path, leading to a number of future significant issues.


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« Reply #55 on: October 25, 2015, 08:19:36 PM »
Even in cold MN we vent our roofs. Keeps moisture from condensing and keeps things cooler in summer. Here if you insulate the rafter spaces we first staple in a plastic chute on the underside of the roof in each rafter space. This lets air flow under the roof and keeps the insulation dry.

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« Reply #56 on: October 25, 2015, 10:14:53 PM »
A funny situation once hit us in our storage shed at our old shop.  On hot, humid days when a sudden rain storm hit the shed looked like it was raining inside.  The shed was a lean-to extension off a former lumber yard barn, and our machinery was in the barn area.  The roof had just been redone with the main barn getting insulation over the roof and the lean-to shed recieved fiberglass rolls with paper in the rafters.  Both roofs had rubber membranes over them.  The roofers couldnt find holes in the roof and were confused, especially since it only happened on hot days.

Turns out the condensation was forming under the rubber, because fiberglass breathes freely.  The cold rain created the dreaded cold side over the fiberglass insulation and its downward facing paper vapor barrier.  By the time we figured out the issue most of it had fallen down.  Damn shed didnt need insulation anyhow. :)

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« Reply #57 on: November 16, 2015, 12:48:40 PM »
Just finishing the apple harvest, here in Normandy.

In a few weeks this trailer will do the rounds. he he.


 
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« Reply #58 on: January 15, 2016, 02:11:32 AM »
It is that time of year again.......

Not much happening outside. No 2 boy keeping the cat and the dog amused, PV struggling a bit.

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« Reply #59 on: January 15, 2016, 07:40:15 AM »
How did the apple Brandy turn out ?
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« Reply #60 on: January 16, 2016, 11:15:39 PM »
How did the apple Brandy turn out ?


We won't know yet for a couple of years.

It goes into oak casks, (hand made jobs, they still have Coopers here), its those casks that gives the flavour.

I have 5 diferent sizes of oak cask, so I could rotate them.

Trouble is I don't really think I can drink a cask a year.............. :P

We got all our equipment, scratter, (chpper/crusher), big screw press, oak casks, and several thousand bottles from the small Chateau up the road when they sold the place in 2003.

In general a good 15 to 20 year old Calvados, (apple brandy) is up there with a good Scottish Single Malt Whisky.

So I am a happy man.


 
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« Reply #61 on: January 17, 2016, 10:58:30 AM »
Happy yes!
I've made home-made apple Alky, then did what a "vintner" called cheating by doing freeze/thaw method using purchased oak barrel wedges.
WAS some of the smoothest Alky I made in years. I grow a heirloom ( small naturally) apple. To keep tree rats away, we pickup all that have fallen dump them into a air-locked barrel. Once I have enough , I get out the small solar still and get a brew going.
I cannot barrel mine (no room) so using freeze/thaw stages allow us to enjoy sooner.
NOT anything to brag about but,,, waste not want not  ;D.

I would've thought the sunshine on the panels would melt that snow.
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« Reply #62 on: February 24, 2016, 11:53:22 AM »
Still winter here.

Last few days, the rain has stopped pelting down, and the winds have calmed down.

Building projects are still on hold.

But I did, with the help of my 9 year old, manage to cut and trim all the trees and hedges around the Wind turbine area.

Here is a photo of the once a year cut Reed Beds, Norfolk Reed, (Phragmites australis ), in the Wind turbine  and the Lavoir building, (Power station), and wash pond area.
 No 2 Turbine still down, 12 meter/ 40ft mast, Gin Pole is up, awaiting suitable dryish weather to get the trailer down the wet field to get the PMG down.

All our grey water from all our properties goes to the 40 sq meter reed beds. First a top feed 20sq meter gravel bed, then a settlement pond of 10sq meters and a final clear water area of 10sq meters, then all waters pass into the 100,000 litre fish pond, carp.

We have a separate, 200 meters away, foul water sewerage system for all our buildings.
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« Reply #63 on: February 24, 2016, 03:59:38 PM »
Looks like solar panels on the " Lavoir Building "  ?

The cat is checking to see if it is OK.




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« Reply #64 on: February 25, 2016, 12:59:35 AM »
Hi ontfarmer,

Yes, those PV panels are my oldest. They are Amorphous types, 80w, some are 28 years old and still producing, 2 are early Monos at 100w.

They now run a 9 year old small 12v water pumping system, 4off 12v bilge pumps, that takes the water up 5 meters to a 2000 litre Polypropylene water tank that gravity feeds 300 meters to our walled garden.

Need a walled garden here to keep the local flipping Cows out of the veg plot. Farmers fences here are not the best.  Its small dairy herds, less than a 100 cows, clay heavy soil, rolling countryside that is not suitable for arable. Most farmers send the milk for Camembert Cheese, (EEC protected regional product), that is only 10 miles away.

Yes that's Kiwi, a French cat from a local rescue centre, just checking that everything is ship shape. He's a big cat and swims, and chases my carp about. Very odd to peer into the water to see a cat coming up towards you, yes he has webbed feet.
 The local hunters around here shot are previous UK cat, a guy leaning over the gate then driving away.

My Mrs, very Parisian French, gave the local Hunt what for!..... But then we need them to keep the Foxes under control, we are always losing our chickens, even in broad daylight.


 
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« Reply #65 on: June 02, 2016, 07:48:31 AM »
clockmanFRA;
Here are some of the Fire Metals I wrote about. The French display is too big for my cellphone camera to get in one shot without resorting to panning or slicing.
 
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« Reply #66 on: June 02, 2016, 11:32:12 AM »
Hay Bruce, those plates/plaques are great.

First time I have seen a collection of the French Insurance Companies.

Our local Fire brigade, Latitia, far right, is the Chief.

Our local Fire station at Le Sap, Normandy. Looks like a new sign, done by our local blacksmith who is a part time fireman.

 
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« Reply #67 on: June 02, 2016, 12:08:55 PM »
One of our local girls made us proud, she did very well on the national Cheese calendar, Camembert is just 6 miles away.

Moderators... if this is a bit out of hmm ?? ah? .....I will remove.
 
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« Reply #68 on: June 02, 2016, 03:00:28 PM »
clockmanFRA;
The Iron work is great! I had to put my reading specks on to make out the detail, but WOW!

My neighbor and Amy's Godparent , does stuff like that, is on direct commission for AB's iron and copper-ware.

I'll have to show him this!

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« Reply #69 on: June 03, 2016, 12:38:56 AM »
From the sublime to the ridiculous...

Quiz today.... Found another one in the Garden, Whats this?
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« Reply #70 on: June 03, 2016, 06:59:20 AM »
What does the top look like? If it's a screw top, then it would be an early form on our modern day made in USA grenade.
They worked on the same principal of holding a firecracker in your hand. Hold it in an open hand, small boom plus lots of pain , small hand parts missing possibly .
 Hold it in a tightly closed hand, the firecracker blows your hand off :-(.
As an added plus, this one would throw very very sharp metal parts at everyone around you, inflicting shared damage/pain.

Nasty stuff
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« Reply #71 on: June 03, 2016, 07:53:03 AM »
Here is another photo....

Left side has a round pull pin, with a safety pin/bar through it.

Right hand side has a serrated machined cap, that I suppose could be unscrewed.?

All a bit rusty Now.
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« Reply #72 on: June 03, 2016, 08:38:41 AM »
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« Reply #73 on: June 08, 2016, 01:36:26 AM »
Hi DanG,

This is Normandy, about 10 miles from the 'Falaise Gap'.

Our Old retired Mayor told me lots of stories. When he was a young boy, a German Amunition lorry was strafed on the small road along side our field, by what he thought was a UK (Allied) Hawker Typhoon, the lorry caught fire and the German soldiers threw boxes into our hedge and into our field.

At first when I found these grenades I used to call the Police and they would organize the Army Bomb disposal, but they took up to 4 months.
However, on chatting to an Army Major it seems that the best thing to do is put them in the embers of a large bonfire as it dies down and the heat will incinerate or explode it, and leave the area well alone.

 We have a large bonfire every year somewhere in our fields, as I keep the hedges in order and fell a few trees for our log burner the following Winter.
 
Yes they explode.!

WW2 German Hand Grenades, and there it is with its primer wing cap.

 

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« Reply #74 on: June 08, 2016, 09:31:14 AM »
clockmanFRA;
2 things.
1)It must be interesting to be around that bonfire !!
2) I showed the iron work to our HQ staff, they want to know if he can be imported to St Louis just long enough to create us one! That is some awesome work.

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« Reply #75 on: June 27, 2016, 08:55:41 AM »
Summer has arrived, back on the outside jobs.

My 9 year old has become very usefull.!  :)

Gravel filling the septic tank drain trenches for the 2 gites, another 2 trenches to go.  To The French Specifications......
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« Reply #76 on: July 23, 2016, 02:27:55 AM »
The South side of the Old barn gets a new roof. 12 meters by 3.8 meters.

Should be able to get 5kW of PV panels on.

The rusty tin roof of the lean to, will be replaced/removed next year, made into a court yard with small animal buildings.

For Damon, PV Rail brackets going on.
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« Reply #77 on: July 23, 2016, 02:32:51 AM »
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« Reply #78 on: July 23, 2016, 11:08:35 AM »
Nice progress ....looks great
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« Reply #79 on: August 21, 2016, 04:43:40 AM »
The roof is finished.

The south side has the PV roof stainless steel brackets fitted ready for the PV rails.

Just need to get on with the thermal block laying inside now!.

Yes, new old granite gate post re-fitted, and fitting a new 5 meter yard gate, at least the latest 12 wheeler cement mixer will be able to get in.! 
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« Reply #80 on: August 21, 2016, 05:05:20 AM »
Just 4 more roofs to go.

Scaffolding moved to surround the South end 160 year old Outside double seater thunderbox. There is also another at the North end of the main House.

It needs a new roof, and a few structural repairs here and there.

No we will not use it.  ..........   Suggestions for modern use gratefully received..........
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