|Roof blog 2006|
There are always things to do around an old house. One day, the chimney became blocked and finally a huge, sodden lump of saturated soot dropped into the hearth during a heavy rain storm. Time to get a rain hood on the thing. Perry sometimes suffers from vertigo, but the new skylight windows (velux) came in handy and made the ascent much safer.
Builder free, but not electrician free...
12 new electrical sockets, telephone and TV sockets and lots of plastering later, we were back in action. Unfortunately the new wiring hasn't improved the mouse and static problem. We now think that the underground streams that run under the house may be causing the problem. They can often disrupt magnetic fields, affecting health, sleep and electrical goods. We have found a Geobiologist, someone who specialises in detecting and neutralising these energy fields. We're very curious what he is going to do. More of that in next month's Our House report.
One item that has been on our 'To do' list has finally been ticked off. The smaller Antoinette barn has a large crack between the stone wall and the two adjoining earth walls. It would eventually be pushed so far out that it would collapse and probably take half the roof with it. After several attempts to get someone to take on the job of putting in two braces, we finally convinced Alain (the roofer) to help us.
He came with his work mate, André and they had the two braces in place within a couple of hours. Each brace spans the length of the barn, the ends closed off with a large cross. The braces are slowly winched in from the middle until the crosses clamp the walls and stop them from moving further apart. We can't squeeze the walls back together since they would just crumble. So now we will have to think about filling in the gaps that have appeared over the years. Having two barns as well as the house means a lot more maintenance to think about.
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