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Re: Restoration of a 150 year old Barn.
« 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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Re: Restoration of a 150 year old Barn.
« 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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Re: Restoration of a 150 year old Barn.
« 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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Re: Restoration of a 150 year old Barn.
« 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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Re: Restoration of a 150 year old Barn.
« 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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Re: Restoration of a 150 year old Barn.
« Reply #72 on: June 03, 2016, 08:38:41 AM »
A steam heating radiator air purge valve; air lock is triggered while live steam is present and opens to allow condensate to drain back...

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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 »
B^>

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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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« Reply #81 on: August 21, 2016, 05:23:08 AM »
The Bunk Gite, sleeps 6, becomes operational.

That gives us 2 functioning independent accommodation Gite buildings and all using Renewable energy.

The Bunk Gite is whithin the Old "Medieval" Barn, (actually the oldest bit is about 1690), used to be the Plough Horses stables and hay loft. The building is all Oak frame with brick on the West side, and mud and straw walls on the East.
Each of the Gites is a house within the building, with new thermal block walls sitting on a raft foundation. The new floors and new internal roof sit on the new walls, so no loadings are straining the original structure and fabric. Lots and lots of Insulation to Passive House standards, as usual.

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« Reply #82 on: August 21, 2016, 07:01:23 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..........

Energy storage.  Obviously you could be boring and use batteries or wood or something, but more in keeping with its heritage would be methane, eg from anaerobic digestion...  B^>

Rgds

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« Reply #83 on: August 21, 2016, 07:43:42 PM »
Would make a nice smoke house for meat curing... after a good interior scrubbing of course!

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« Reply #84 on: October 23, 2016, 02:50:27 AM »
Thanks Damon, I will look into your suggestion!.

Mary, exactly the opposite to Damon. You guys sure think outside the Box, so to speak.
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« Reply #85 on: October 23, 2016, 03:05:00 AM »
Progress on the Old Barn.

The 8 inch thick interior thermal blocks go in.

The North wall, Oak framed, Mud filled, "Torche" gets repairs, and oak sub frames go in for the windows.

The North wall exterior is now repaired with lots of new spliced in Oak from the saw mill down the road. Just need to finish the cappings on those 2 support brick pillars.


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« Reply #86 on: October 23, 2016, 03:36:39 AM »
Three new windows in the Old Barn.

Originally these 3 off North wall windows were just a simple hinge wood door. It looks like about 50 years ago they were filled in, but the exterior framing shows their original position.

Here in France window frames, even on the old buildings, are butted to the outer skin. This gives more frame to wall area, but when viewed from the outside the frame looks pleasantly thin and minimalistic and with more light coming in. In the UK frames are secured into the window hole, so difficult to hide those chunky frames.

My new oak sub frames, secured to the outer wall, yes they get a Zinc exterior window cill /flashing.

No1 PVC double gazed window secured in position, stainless steel brackets and Fire Foam insulation/securing. I spray paint the exterior white surface of the window frame to a colour that suits, hence the masking tape.

Sadly in France now, it is difficult to get mahogany/hard wood window frames at a good price. And France has gone PVC mad!. Price wasn't to bad at $76 each.
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« Reply #87 on: October 24, 2016, 07:13:18 AM »
Nice!
Are using the extra thick walls as a thermal mass as well?
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« Reply #88 on: October 25, 2016, 01:35:52 AM »
Yes Bruce, it all helps.

In general the original old walls are leaky, both air and dampness, even after my repair work. So hence me using thermal blocks that free stand on the raft foundation inside the old building.

But I need to keep the thermal blocks from touching the original old walls, and where they do, or get close to, I use a plastic separation membrane. I do not want pooling and dampness showing on the base of the new interior walls.

The wall plastic membrane, 1.5m high,  is very carefully tucked behind the upward protruding raft foundation membrane. So any water that gets through the outer/original building wall, can therefore run down and under the raft foundation into the original sub soil/ground, like it has been doing the last 150 years.

The thermal block walls will reflect any heat inside, ie, the heat generated will stay inside.

The heating inside will be 3kW electric under floor heating using the concrete slab as a thermal mass, a storage heater.  This works well in my other buildings, but, and in this modern world a big ....... But!,  If the building is going to be used, the under floor heating must run at least 48 hours before.

There are lots of variables at play here, organic material adjoining brick, mud and straw walls, lime mortar and cracked brick walls. Hence me paying close attention to all details.

Each thermal block, 620mm x 250mm x 200mm, (approx., 24inch x 10inch x 8inch), weighs 23kg, (50lbs).
I must be getting older, as my arms ache at the end of the day.! ha ha !
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« Reply #89 on: December 18, 2016, 01:29:11 AM »
The local Fire Department, ...... 2 young Firefighter ladies, ...... called last night for their Christmas Box, and I received a 2017 calendar.......

 This is for Bruce!

"Quick Hide, le patron est ici."

 

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