Sunday, February 28, 2010

Storage area insulation

Today makes the finish of the insulation project. We finally did the roof area of the entrance and storage area. It now has pink batts insulation R2.6 rating so we should be warm at night during this years Microlensing season. Gone are the days of sleeping inside at 2 deg centigrade above the outdoor temperature! I can't believe the difference compared to what the place looked like when we started going there. Once again Peter our neighbour came to the rescue with a trailer to get the materials to site and a electric screw gun. He also suggested using a gib lifter which lifts sheets of gib board to allow installation on the ceiling, the kitchen area we did by hand, it took three of us and was a real mission, this became a simple one man job, thanks Peter.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Network and weather station problems fixed.

Fixed the network connection to from the Dome to Steves house, 200 meters away. The post on which a repeater was on had been removed! A few screws and cable ties and its fixed. Also the remote sensor for the external wind vane and rain gauge stopped talking wirelessly to the inside unit. Ran a wire between the two, seems to be working fine now. Manual says this will reduce battery life so have to watch that.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

New bunks!

The new bunks. We now have a set of King Single bunks to replace the old wire frame singles we had before. They are wooden and very sturdy from 'The Bunk House' in Manakau cost about $800 mostly donated by Guy Thornley. Bad nights sleeps are going to be a thing of the past.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Kitchen Insulation and cleanup

Just spent three days working to insulate the remaining walls and the ceiling of the downstairs kitchen and sleeping area. We had to remove the large shelf unit above the window. This was cut in half while on the wall to be able get it down safely. Found out how the rats were getting into the wall by the window, there was a huge hole near the flashing at the top of the window. Put up six sheets of gib with insulation on these walls. The ceiling took five sheets of gib and one bag of insulation. Took one trailer load of rubbish to the dump. Cleaned the floor in the wasp and gave the place a good once over. Shelves are back up, one in kitchen and the other half near the doorway to the dome.

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