Renovating the studio – parts 24 and 25

With the skim coat finally a consistent colour, I was able to get two base coats and a soft sheen coat on. Good thing I mentioned what I was doing to the guy at the local hardware store, otherwise I might have put vinyl-based paint right on to the skim coat, and it would have potentially come right back off in sheets – apparently it can’t grip on to the skim coat, but it’ll grip onto a base emulsion just fine.

Electrician and apprentice showed up today (a different one from the one who did the house), and while it took them a day, they’ve done everything I wanted done. Getting the SWA cable into the house and on to the distribution board was a bit of a palaver, but it was sorted in the end. Showed me how the previous work in the panel wasn’t the greatest, and we discovered joins in the earth connection hidden behind the phone socket – troubleshooting a ground fault would have been a problem if one was unaware that that join was present. Anyway, things are sorted as best as possible, and things are closed up and made somewhat good; probably going to need to take sockets off of walls and tidy the filler job, but that’s not a big deal.

Four x 4400 lumen panels is a fantastic amount of light in a workshop that’s ~4.5 x 2.2 x 2.2; there’s so much light bouncing around off of the walls that there’s barely any shadow when you offer your hand up to the wall. The downside is that the electrician had to put some holes in the ceiling to accommodate the drivers for the LED panels. They don’t fit behind the panel when it’s in the mounting frame, which is a bit annoying. Not something I thought to look up on the website, though I also don’t recall seeing dimensions of the driver block.

The Velux works nicely, and the rain detection capabilities got tested today once it was wired up. SWA is held on with P-clips, so if I want to unclip it to clean off the old paint and re-paint the wall, that’s doable. Security light got moved from the front of the house to by the workshop (so all the dark areas will get lit), and the light over the driveway has been connected as well. The security light is PIR based, and permanently on – can’t think of a time when I’ve ever wanted it to be off.

At this point all that’s left is

  • picking a flooring material; perhaps a sheet of plywood for additional insulation, and then carpet tiles
  • skirting boards
  • tidying up the paint/filler around the sockets
  • finding the hardware to go in the workshop
  • buy another AP, and hook it up to the CAT 5e that was pulled from the house to the studio

For future reference to myself, the riser location in the house is in line with the phone socket.