Category Archives: DIY

First Featherboard Fixing – green oak barn

Tuesday 27/7/21 Today I started by adding “kick-out” wedges to the bottom the the wall panel frame. This picture was taken after they had been fitted and the breather paper stapled to them. I’ve placed a spare wedge in the … Continue reading

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Framing the Window Frame – green oak barn

Monday 26/7/21 I’ve been wondering for several weeks how best to deal with the window frame to featherboard detail. Finally I came up with this solution: to run a piece of 50 x 50mm green oak down each side of … Continue reading

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First Window Frame Fixed – green oak barn

Saturday 24/7/21 Today I reassembled the large front window after painting and fixed it into the wall panel frame. I started by attaching expanding foam around the edges of the window frame. I then temporarily fixed strips of polythene to … Continue reading

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Painting Window Frames – green oak barn

Tuesday 20/7/21 I’ve spent a couple of hours each day over the last few days painting windows. I decided to use OSMO for this. This is a bit of an experiment. I want to see how it goes and if … Continue reading

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Mezzanine Floor Complete – green oak barn

Saturday 10/7/21 Yesterday I went to Chandlers to see if they had chipboard flooring. The current materials shortage meant they haven’t had any for many weeks. However, nine boards had just arrived and I needed nine to put the floor … Continue reading

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Lorry Straps Removed – green oak barn

Wednesday 7/7/21 Today I decided to bite the bullet and remove the lorry strap holding down the wall sill. I started by tightening the four fixings. I was worried that they wouldn’t be sufficiently fixed as, on one of them, … Continue reading

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Filling the Gap Between the Wall and Wall Sill: Part 2 – green oak barn

Sunday 4/7/21 Today I grabbed a couple of hours between family commitments to fill the gap between the wall and the wall sill from the inside of the building. I’d already filled this gap from the outside a couple of … Continue reading

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Filling the Gap Between the Wall and Wall Sill: Part 1 – green oak barn

Friday 2/7/21 A job that’s been hanging around for a while is the filling in of the gap between the wall sill and the top of the wall. Regular readers will know that this sill had quite a bow in … Continue reading

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Adding rafter brackets – green oak barn

Friday 25/6/21 I re-started work on the barn today after a collapsing terrace wall and bad weather pulled me away for a couple of weeks. The focus of this restart was determined by a comment by Peter Boxer on this … Continue reading

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Oak and RSJ Terrace Wall

I was diverted from the barn project a couple of weeks ago as we were faced with a collapsing terrace wall in the garden. Overdue work in the bed above had disturbed things. This was made from treated softwood sleepers … Continue reading

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