Leaky roof

There’s always been a bit of a leak in the wheelhouse roof, but it’s been steadily growing from a drip to a stream over the past year so it was time to get a stepladder out an investigate the wheelhouse roof for the first time…

All in all, it’s actually not looking too terrible up there. It just needs a good sanding and a dose of some exterior paint and hopefully the leak should be okay, as it appears to just be seeping in through the bare wood (the dark area just to the left of the beam, just in front of the solar panels).

And speaking of solar panels, take a fine look at our pride and joy – we’ve often said it’s just about the only thing the previous owners did right! We’ve never cleaned or cleared or even looked at them before now, and they’ve been cranking out enough power to charge our battery bank for our entire 24v system. Last summer the bit of our inverter that charges the batteries from the mains broke and we didn’t notice it for several months, until Nikolaj discovered it when he was investigating something else back in there (I swear we posted about this before, but I’ll be damned if I can find anything now). We didn’t notice anything was amiss because the solar panels were happily charging the batteries enough without any mains intervention. So most of the pumps (fresh water as the exception), the toilets, and most of the lighting is essentially free for us, and we’re definitely planning on exploiting this when we build our bedrooms, en suites, and lounge!

The mains charging was quickly fixed, but that little experiment has shown us exactly how efficient these panels are, and there’s not even that many of them, in (not so sunny) London, under a cover of dirt and grime…

- posted by Melissa Fehr on 26 September 2008, 12:23 in