Build diary – week nine, batten down the hatches

round house batten down the hatches

With great pleasure, I am handing this blog over to Whistlewood volunteers. If you would like to contribute, you can write your own piece as Chris has or send me notes using the contact page or via Whistlewood

By Chris Gregson – 23th July to 27th July.

‘Scorchio’ is all I have to say this week! The guys sweated it out trying to get the walkway canopy watertight in readiness for the forecast rains to come (which didn’t).

round house

With almost all of the canopy roof rafters in place at the end of last week the task was to finish the main part of the roof and cover it with OSB boards in preparation for the GRP waterproofing that goes under the living roof matting (more on this in a couple of weeks).

Although it doesn’t sound much this occupied the builders for most of their time, an unforeseen consequence of building an octagon rather than a square building. Apart from a couple of sheets on each facet of the octagon all the others had to be cut at odd angles to fit the complex geometry of the canopy. Time consuming but worth it when you see the resulting shape.

roundhouse with osb

The last task of the week was to cover the whole canopy with tarpaulins and batten down the hatches!

round house batten down the hatches

Don’t forget it’s bottle weekend this weekend Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th (start time 10am) if you’ve contributed to the bottle mountain or not please come along and help lay them into the Roundhouse floor.

Chris Gregson.

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