August 14, 2020: This week’s progress report

As with last week’s Newsletter I’ll let the pictures tell the story of this week’s progress on the Port Macquarie project.

We started the week the way we ended last week... with more rain turning the red clay into really sticky mud.

We started the week the way we ended last week… with more rain turning the red clay into really sticky mud.

So we worked inside installing special mineral wool insulation in the west wall which has to be fire-rated due to close proximity to the property boundary.

So we worked inside installing special mineral wool insulation in the west wall which has to be fire-rated due to its close proximity to the property boundary.

With the windows due to arrive we removed the two Roll-a-doors.

With the windows due to arrive we removed the two Roll-a-Doors from the North-facing openings. We put the old garage doors on Gumtree and gave them away to an old fella from Crescent Head who plans to close in his carport with them.

Then we installed the windows and sliding doors. The climate is so mild here there is no need for anything special with the windows. These are just standard, single-glazed, aluminium windows from a local supplier and made to fit the existing openings.

Then we installed the new windows and sliding doors. The climate is so mild here there is no need for anything special with the windows. These are just standard, single-glazed, aluminium windows from a local supplier and made to fit the existing openings.

Then we insulated the rest of the walls...

Then we insulated the rest of the walls…

...laid some turf and started spreading some gravel in the carport space...

…laid some turf and started spreading some gravel in the carport space to cover the terribly sticky red clay…

...and finished the week ready for the next rain which is due tonight.

…and finished the week ready for the next rain which is due tonight.

Next week we’ll focus on finishing the cladding on the outside while the plasterers are busy on the inside.

3 comments to August 14, 2020: This week’s progress report

  • Maria

    Hi Andy will you use more insulation for the ceiling or just the Anticon blanket you installed?
    An insulation installer warned me against Anticon saying that it’s flimsy, rips easily and people get mould and change it after 4-5 years to something better, perhaps he just wanted to sell something else.
    Regards Maria

    • admin

      Hi Maria,

      Yes, we’ll be adding two layers of R2 Earthwool batts to the ceiling as well. I’ve never had a problem with Anticon blanket or seen it get mouldy. Perhaps that could happen in a really humid climate. But I also wouldn’t rely on just a layer of Anticon under the roof sheets to provide the required insulation level for a house. It serves mostly to prevent condensation forming under the roof and to help keep the attic space cooler in summer. But the attic will be vented so it’s the insulation on the ceiling that does the work of keeping the interior of the house warm in winter and cool in summer.

  • Sikim Wan

    Doing a great job Andy and friends. looking forward to the next progress report. S.Wan

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