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Vallot sammuu! And other stuff…

August 26, 2018

The weekend was dominated by one thing and one thing only: The farewell concert of the biggest rap-artist in Finland called Cheek (okay, this has nothing to do with Villa Linnea, except we chose the Villa as residence for after the concert in Lahti). The entire family enjoyed a stunning performance from the beginning to the end when the lights went actually on in the ski jumping arena in Lahti (opposed to lights “going out” as the title of concert “Vallot sammuu” refers to).


On the day before the concert, I spent another few back-braking hours in the crawl-space under the Villa. With the roof of the workshop being in good shape I finally take the time to “fix” the things in the Villa that need fixing. What needed fixing in the crawlspace was the insulation of both the sewage pipes as well the crawlspace itself. In winters with temperatures for more than 2 weeks below 15 degree centigrade, the temperature in the crawlspace sinks below zero. This caused two problems in last year’s rather exceptionally cold winter: the sewage pipe for the toilet froze shut and no payload went through anymore forcing us to use the outhouse in -10 degrees. Secondly, the main supply pipe from the well that runs through the crawlspace also froze which meant no more showers. Now the sewage pipes are insulated all the way with Styrofoam. And also the walls of the foundation bricks are insulated with 50 to 100 mm Styrofoam. We’ll see whether that helps next winter.

And while referring to winter: I attached the first set of snow barriers on the roof of the workshop. Whether that really makes much difference in terms of real safety is another question, but regulations and regulation…


Building w.s. – More covering jobs

August 19, 2018

With the covering boards attached around the windows, I started attaching more white covering boards around the roof. Up first were the roofs of the dormer windows. Below is a photo without the covering boards…

… and here is the same dormer window with covering boards around the roof.

Another thing that needs covering are the holes in the logs which allow tightening the rods. These gaps a located in the second row of logs from the bottom. I did survive one winter without them, but with the entire workshop painted now, I can cover them as well.

The metal sheet covering the hole seems to have a much darker brown, but comparing to the Villa and a second round of painting, this darker brown should resemble the final colour after some raging of the logs.

Building w.s. – Covering boards

July 9, 2018

Covering boards for windows and doors make a big difference visually but are always a bit complicated to attach to a log building. The top board cannot be attached to the logs itself because they are settling still downwards. Thus, I had to attach the long top board over the door and the window on the window frame for which I had to drill first through the aluminium sheets.

It looks a bit strange without stairs to the doors but overall it gives the entire workshop a more “finished” appeal.

Next project will be the covering boards around the roof.

Building w.s. – Roof ready

July 1, 2018

Finally! Many, many trips up the ladder and down the ladder, up to scaffolding and down the scaffolding later: all the tar shingles are attached and we are safe for the winter (which is nowhere near).

With the summer vacations approaching I’m glad I got this part of the workshop building project done. For the time-being I can focus on either taking easy (yeah, right!) or working on some stuff that have been waiting for the roof to be ready.


Building collapsing

June 11, 2018

The circle of life applies also to wooden buildings. Sadly, I noticed on the last weekend that the treehouse had come to the end of his life (the photo below was taken 8 years ago).

The top of one of the pillars had rotten so badly that I deemed it unsafe to use after a storm at the previous weekend tilting the entire treehouse few degrees backwards. Since demolishing it from top to bottom wasn’t something I considered safe anymore I decided to let it collapse. I first cut through the front pillars with the chain saw and then I gave it a polite nudge with the 5kg hammer. After which…

Once the remaining “legs” had been removed we tilted it back standing up.

After which the youngsters had a wild moment of demolishing hitting everything coming in their way with various sizes of hammers.

Once the left overs had been cleared away, it was like it was never there…

Attaching an marquis

May 28, 2018

The hottest May ever in Finland demanded a new tribute from Villa Linnea: a marquis (also known in English as awning) to cover the outside dining corner from the blinding sunlight in the evenings. I was looking for a suitable marquis also last year but I couldn’t find one in a neutral color at a decent price. Well, last year’s summer was anyway s?it and we didn’t really need protection from the sun too often…

This year however is different. I found a great deal at Starkki. The color being a neutral grey, the width 3 meters and the length when extended 2,5 meters. The whole thing cost only 179 Euro which made it almost a bargain.

Installing the marquis is a straight forward effort. It is designed to be installed in a stone (or concrete wall) and I had to look for screws for our massive logs. But in my almost never ending collection of left over screws I found some pretty massive screws that will attach the brackets to the wall.

The whole project took some 30 minutes and we enjoyed the fruits of my work already twice last weekend.

I also continued the roof project. Now half of the roof has been covered in tar shingles.

And the view from the roof of the workshop is also impressive. Unfortunately, not much will ever see it this way…

Building w.s. – Tar-shingles Episode 399

May 13, 2018

Another long weekend, a summer-sunny one, and perfect progress being made on the workshop roof. See for yourself:

And because the weather was so great (and my legs got eventually tired from climbing up the roof and down the ladder) I also spend some time painting the logs on the side walls. One can hardly recognise the difference between the massive logs (the first 3 meters) and the log-style paneling (the remaining 2.5 meters).