Talking to this inspector on the phone I understood that I could not leave gaps between the insulation and rafters and that was my problem. I didn't have huge gaps but I did have a millimeter or two here and there. I often find it is best discussing face to face as email, tweets, blogs and letters can never explain clearly as it always leaves a degree of mis-interpretation. So I waited for the Friday meeting and did something else. The inspector was very impressed, in fact he said he wished many other professional builders did as good a job. He couldn't find fault at all. The millimeter gaps were fine where the rafter sides where not square. The problem comes if it is much wider or a cut around a corner is missing say 2 or 3 centimeters. Mitering the insulation from the roof angle to the vertical wall was also fine. Since then I have marched forward. The inspector was quite happy for me to proceed.
So what have I achieved in these last four weeks. On the 10 m barn, the upstairs ceiling is completely plasterer boarded out including a loft hatch for access. Flush mounting ceiling light holes placed with the lighting circuit in situ including the wiring for a time delayed extractor fan for the en-suite and shower rooms.
With this barn being built pre 1800's nothing is straight or square. The horizontal purlins that support the perpendicular rafters between stone gables are not horizontal or level. The walls of the barn are not even thickness even though this barn walls back and front are 500 mm thick! The middle smaller barn walls are 750 mm thick as to the internal gable between the two. Putting plaster board in this roof space, abutting against the first row purlins is not easy and it doesn't help when you therefore need to cut around 2 main frames. Mainframes and purlins are usually above the ceiling or all below if the entire roof apex is incorporated into the room. We are going in between.
A couple of trips to hospitals due to my wife's Glaucoma inspections and possibility of Cataracts - the latter was negative, time has been lost. Also doing some jobs around the house, Christmas shopping in York etc is also time out.
We are both quite pleased with progress but the priority and dominating aspect of our lives certainly until May 2014 is the completion of this barn conversion with only the help of a plasterer.
By Sunday 22nd December I will be starting the upstairs of the smaller barn, the second bedroom with ensuite of the barn conversion. By the end of the 23rd December the plasterer will have completed bedroom one and ensuite and will after Christmas be able to start on the Landing and Shower Room which I will have completed by 22nd December. After Christmas my wife will start painting the completed bedroom. Firstly by blinding the plaster work before applying our specific colours.
Once the upstairs is finished and move/complete the two reception rooms downstairs, then I build 9 oak doors. This will be done by late February, for as soon as the weather improves, I need to finish pointing the top half of the West gable outside and put in place the septic tank.
I have placed a few photos on this blog but others are available to view in the gallery on my web site www.theskirtedman.eu
Obviously this work is not done in a skirt but in trousers and clothing that you do not mind getting 'dirty'. I have been out and about though skirted in public. Each time my wife goes to hospital with her eyes. and Christmas shopping in York. I've been to Northallerton and Darlington. We have had the occasional meal out in evenings. For convenience we have recently been doing our grocery shopping at Morrisons in Darlington rather than Ripon or Harrogate. I don't have any problems, the odd stare but that's it. Like today, skirted all day, firstly at Northallerton Hospital, then to Homebase to get some floor tiles to match left over of existing ones, then Morrisons. Passed hundreds of people and only aware of 4 making a noticeable point but as usual, not direct. People chatted whilst I waited in the hospital reception area.
Evenings over this last four weeks I have been quite tired. By the time I have finished, around 6 pm, washed and changed - skirted- helped washed up by 8pm I usually cannot be bothered. I have maintained the odd tweets, and defended men in skirts though.
Hopefully by the time I do my next blog about mid January 2014 the barn will be making good progress but some time in January I do need to do my self employment tax return. I do not have an accountant, book keeping and tax liaison is also down to me.
In the meantime Happy Christmas to you all and a happy new year.