Sending a hasty scrawl from the scaffolding
Lighting checks all round
(the following 2 photos should click to enlargements – bit fuzzy as low light but bigger)
Followed by a run around the rest of the house
(click on a pic below to see the gallery and be able to read the larger captions as well as enlarge some of them using the link down to right of image in the gallery)
I’ve reached a stage of build where all the more ‘interesting’ bits of work must more or less cease, thinking caps must be worn and tidying must be carried out.
All the lights have been tested some of the candle bulbs need a little tap or twist for encouragement sometimes but all in all I’m pleased to report that only one (an LED with thick wiring) has dropped out. That’s due to the use of a joint block connector slipping and my being unable to get it to reconnect adequately, so I’ve written that one off and will do something else, more accessible, in its place when I return to that area.
The sorting and tidying
As you can see, there are obvious areas where, on first glance, you’d think it was probably time to finish the external walling and build the chimneys, but I need to hold off on them until the electric controls/sockets etc are fixed in position and are as tidy and as fixed as I can make them. All wiring on the larger part of the house runs upwards and the wiring to the mains from the socket strips will therefore run downwards, down inside the shallow chimney stacks and off to the mains, coming out at the bottom of the chimneys at table level. (The model sits on a wheeled table.)
This is quite a large house and these attics will probably be sitting at approximately 4’ 6” – 6’ (140 cms – 185 cms). Now, as I’ve harped on about before, I’m 4’ 9 ish” and I have no fancy to do the whole build of this section whilst walking the plank between two ladders, constantly getting up and down for the necessary items (which translates as whatever I’ve forgotten to take up there with me!)
The Master Plan(k)
Walking the plank tasks
- finalise the measurements, proportions and angles of the roof shape
- sort the electrics, protecting them and building the necessary walls to keep their areas separate
- box off any necessary area where extensions or 3 way sockets etc are housed
- lay down a removable but firmly held false floor over the remaining attic area, protecting all the cables lying across it and making any adjustments to the levels for the attic base to sit on
- cut out the base to sit on the above separate floor for what I hope will be a removable attic section(s)
— this is the interesting bit, as I’m not yet sure whether to build it in a rather large ‘oner’ which will make it necessary for two people to remove it, or have it in more manoeuvrable sections – sections make more physical sense but tailoring the bits to fit each other when in place is a little worrying.
Once the attic base size(s) is/are “adequately fitted” and the proposed roof angles checked and rechecked, the hope is to then continue the attic build at floor walking level, ie on the workbench, with on-going checks as work progresses (or stalls).
Meanwhile up the ladder I go, from whence I’ll no doubt call down progress reports from time to time. (“Rod for my own back” I know – and I don’t much like ladders 😦 )