Progress on my homework. External insulation. Detail, detail, detail…

and we are off! My house. Scaffold. stuff is happening

…and we are off! My house. Scaffold. stuff is happening

Its been a few weeks and we have quite a bit of movement and some decisions. Sounds simple, ‘bolt stuff on’ the outside of the your house = warm house. Voila! Not quite. Since the last blog, stuff has started to move literally and metaphorically. The level of stuff you have to consider when externally cladding the house is quite a bit. BT came over last week to change the routing of the cable, heating guy came over to extend the flue, builder come over looking at extra room venting for the log fire. The 5m wide main gate to the house is no longer there since it was bolted onto the house, soil pipe, down pipes, guttering and the list goes on. Then I got thinking (this thinking thing is usually expensive) New windows if we are going to go the whole hog. As I mentioned before, the 1980’s happened here and it’s not what I would call the golden era for quality windows (windows are supposed to keep the rain on the outside…. and not turn into Weetabix after 20 yrs). And so I’m waiting for my A+ window quotes to come back. All this work has highlighted a cold bridge flaw. (big cold bit inside my house which will turn into a problem as moist air condenses on it and sort of rots stuff) I have a hipped ceiling inside the house with absolutely no insulation (plaster board, rafter, slate… the world) This hip is very wide (1m) and more or less surrounds the house with a cold radiator. Awaiting another quote. For the hell of it am going for a Green Deal Assessment. (Have been warned that the technical bits I have mentioned above in terms of cold bridges are outside the scope! technical! but lets see)

also doing some gardening!

this is what one tenth of the doc leaves looks like from the garden. Lets juts say i may have missed a day or two's weeding

This is what one tenth of the Dock leaves looks like from the garden. Lets just say I may have missed a day or two’s weeding a couple of years ago. Starting to really hate my going organic decision. If there is a global outbreak of stinging nettle rash then I will be a millionaire. (also good for wrapping butter in… I have been told! ) oh and a cure for boils. Handy!


these are no ordinary Doc Leaves. I have persuaded the kids that i will buy them a nice present if they help Dad with a 'bit of weeding. One down 2350 to go

These are no ordinary Dock Leaves. I have persuaded the kids that I will buy them a nice present if they help Dad with a ‘bit’ of weeding. One down 2350 to go. (ish)

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3 Responses to Progress on my homework. External insulation. Detail, detail, detail…

  1. Gareth Harrison says:

    Erthygl yma’n ddiddorol iawn Keith. Wyt ti wedi bod am dro i ardal Carmel, ger Caernarfon i weld y gwaith insiwleiddio yna? Prosiect Arbed2 wedi galluogi nifer i gael EWI ar eu tai. Wrth gerdded ogwmpas yr ardal, dwi di sylwi fod nifer o’r tai heb eu insiwleiddio’n gyfangwbl – berryg o arwain at y broblem anwedd ti’n amlygu yn yr erthygl.

    • Keith Jones says:

      Do diolch. dwi wedi bod i Garmel i weld y tai (ac i Nantlle hefyd) dal ddim yn siwr o’r maylion bychain y system yma. Ond fe gawn weld mewn amser

      • Gareth Harrison says:

        Dwi’m yn meddwl bod llawer o neb yn dallt yr holl manylion bychain ar hyn o bryd! Anodd gweld enghreifftiau wedi’i gosod o 10 mlynedd yn ôl gyda’r un dechnoleg a dull gosod, er mwyn darganfod perfformiad yr EWI dros amser a cyflwr y tŷ erbyn hyn. O’r hyn dwi’n ei ddallt, cyn belled a fod yr EWI yn cel ei osod yn gywir (h.y. dim bylchau ar gyfer downpipes, ventilation addawol ac ati) mae’n gallu perfformion’n dda. Y cold-bridging ydi’r risg mwyaf, ynghŷd â diffyg ventilation mewn hen dai traddodiadol. Hwyl iti.

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