Sunday, June 13, 2010

Stuff's happening but the blogger's been slack

Despite the winter chill things are moving along out here in the boonies, the gardens doing well with the bit of rain we had and the shed is nearing completion despite it. The frame is up and wind braced ready for the cladding, which should be done in the next week or so. I have made a few alterations to the standard plan so we are waiting for the extra materials to turn up. I have put a few extra roof girts in to take the weight of the solar panels I intend putting up there. I have also extended the eaves a bit rather than cut off at the wall, the standard with these sheds. I want to be sure there will be no water getting into the building.


In the garden we have broad-beans powering along, winter lettuce, cabbage, and Bok Choy. I've planted garlic, onion, peas, leek, and swede. A bug excluder has been constructed to keep the white butterfly from destroying my cauliflower and so far we're winning there.

The Laurence/Jones mansion has been bubble wrapped, we've taken a leaf out of Margo and Jerry's book and installed bubble glazing.


Simple, cheap and effective, well worth the effort, it has made a noticeable difference to the warmth retained over night. The bathroom especially has benefited, it's nice in there now and since I still wear the same PJ's I was born with (they're a bit threadbare now) the early morning dash is not such a chore (I'm happy with that). ;-)


Not totally kosher I know, we did buy a roll of the bubble wrap but will share it with any of our neighbors interested in installing it. We have used double sided tape to stick it to the glass, this allows a full seal and no problem with condensation getting between the glass and the bubble. We have covered all of the solid panes apart from one set of sliders that provide our main view and the Louvre windows in the bedrooms and office. I will make up some removable panels for the louvers as time permits, the main view window we can live with as is. More information on bubble glazing is available here

4 comments:

Samantha in Oz June 14, 2010 at 9:59 AM  

Go the bubble wrap! We used bubble wrap to seal off a light-well that was sucking warm air out in winter (and radiating heat in summer). It's hard to tell how much difference the bubble wrap made in that particular situation, but your experience has got me thinking that one of our shed windows would definitely benefit from the same treatment.

Gavin June 17, 2010 at 10:17 PM  

Nice one jonesy. Bubble wrap maybe the scourge of the packing industry, but it will do as glass insulation any day.

Gav

jonesy June 28, 2010 at 4:07 PM  

Hi Guy's
The bubble wrap is working a treat. Minus 2 outside this morning, inside 16 degrees, leftover from a high of 20 last night when I hit the sack. Well worth the money spent on the roll.

Kelly September 3, 2010 at 10:38 PM  

love this- thanks for the write up.

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