Tree House Number 2: The Roof Goes On

Roofing continues with a layer of Alububble insulation followed by the fish scale tiling.

Edmore the roofer

Edmore the roofer

 

A roll of Alububble

A roll of Alububble

 

A layer of Alububble insulation goes on first

A layer of Alububble insulation goes on first

 

Yes that is a tree sticking out through the roof

Yes that is a tree sticking out through the roof

 

Rear view with Alububble in place

Rear view with Alububble in place

 

'Chimney' with green fish scale tiling

‘Chimney’ starts with green fish scale tiling

 

Chimney frame being hauled up

Chimney frame being hauled up

 

and lowered into position

and lowered into position

 

Chimney frame in position

Chimney frame in position

 

You get the idea

You get the idea

 

Looking good

Looking good

 

Tree House Number 2: The Walls Go Up

The foundations are in place, the floor is down so next the walls go up…

The floor to ceiling windows were made as units of four in the workshop then held in place until the walls are built to support them.

Tree house walls start to go up

Tree house walls start to go up

Didymus practicing building by interlocking planks at the corners (just in case we need to know this technique in the future …. stay tuned wood lovers…).

Interlocking at the corners

Interlocking planks at the corners

 

We layered shinda (string) in-between the planks to provide a first form of gap closing / draft proofing for where planks were not perfectly machined.

Placing string between each plank

Placing string between each plank

 

Front door frame with lintel

Front door frame with lintel

 

Delight and Edmore wall building

Delight and Edmore wall building

 

You get the idea now!

You get the idea now!

 

Tree house north wall at sunset

Tree house north wall at sunset

 

Back door frame facing west

Tree house back door frame facing west

 

Looking out of the window in Nyanga direction

Looking out of the window in Nyanga direction (west)

 

Tree House Number 2: Floor Joists

Next the seligna floor joists are added. All the treehouse foundations are in seligna rather than pine.

Didymus and Tendai start the job

Didymus and Tendai start the job

 

The first 2 floor joists

The first 2 floor joists

 

Working on square corners

Working on square corners

 

Vampire bat / dog

Vampire bat

 

OK - its a dog

OK – its a dog!

 

Aloe and white vampire frog

Aloe and white frog

 

Delight and Tendai

Delight and Tendai

 

Edmore with PPE

Edmore with PPE

 

The new Troutbeck School book holder-opener

The new Troutbeck School book holder-opener

 

It's hard stuff this seligna

It’s hard stuff this seligna

 

Edmore

Edmore

 

Delight

Delight

 

Nice doggie pic

Nice doggie pic

 

 

The Tunguska event of 2015 – OK, more tree clearing by the ZESA lines

So someone had the idea to run the electricity lines up the bottom of a small inclined valley. Then various trees grew along the valley and up the valley sides. The consequence over time is that the trees along the valley and up the sides have grown up higher than the electricity lines in the valley floor.

Now was the time to recreate the Tunguska event of 1908 in Siberian Russia whereby 2000km2 of forest (80 million trees) were destroyed by the mid-air explosion of a meteor, with no known casualties.

We had to remove all tree that were in danger of being blown onto the power lines. Many were already dead and represented a clear risk as they weakened over time. Some dead pines were already leaning in the wrong direction.

Naturally our efforts to remove the tree should not bring down the power lines. Hence the use of the 6 ton pulley/winch to direct the fall.

Trees and power lines in valley floor

Trees and power lines in valley floor

 

Rope as high as possible up the tree

Rope as high as possible up the tree

 

6 ton winch

6 ton winch

Above you can see there was a twist in the chain preventing it from being cranked all the way up the chain

Checking the winch

Checking the winch

 

Getting the rope as tight as possible before winching

Getting the rope as tight as possible before winching

 

Pull!

Pull!

 

 

Garikai puts up with the press photographer

Garikai puts up with the press photographer. ZESA line at top

 

George enjoying the press interest

George enjoying the press interest. Dead Wattle trees coming down

 

Get ready to chop the tree and crank the winch at the same time

Get ready to chop the tree and crank the winch at the same time

 

It can be tricky to coordinate the cutting and pulling

It can be tricky to coordinate the cutting and pulling

 

Experts on the job

Experts on the job

The outcome of all the demolition – a swath of fallen trees around the power lines

The Tunguska event of 2015

The Tunguska event of 2015

 

Prehistoric life was discovered as having survived the event

Tree fern

Growing tree fern

 

Tree fern leaf unfurling

Tree fern leaf unfurling

 

Heidi, Petra & Barcus

Heidi, Petra & Barcus checking on their ‘pets’ (if you know the story of 101 Jack Russell’s)

The unbearable lightness of beams

Subtitle: Beams for mystery building projects!

We arrive just in time for the start of unloading these hardwood beams. Edmore and Delight are already in action on top.

The start of unloading seligna beams

The start of unloading seligna beams

It takes an 8 ton truck to bring the hardwood beams

It takes an 8 ton truck to bring the hardwood seligna beams

Beams slide off carefully @ 50kg

Beams slide off carefully @ +50kg

Beams slide off carefully @ 50kg

Beams slide off carefully @ +50kg

Musodza in action

Musodza in action on the truck

Two beams at once

Two beams at once join the stack

Stacked on pre-leveled poles.

Tidy stacking

Tidy stacking

Ramius and George unloading

Ramius and George unloading

Manjari

Manjari

Tendai

Tendai

Makanza

Makanza & Saunyama

Several loads later the stack grows

Several loads later the stack grows

Its hard work unloading

End of the day