HOME  »  BUILDING A SOLAR HOUSE IN FRANCE - WEEK 4 - crane and monomur walls go up »  Viewing imgp8709     [Image 7 of 29]  :: Jump To  
  First slide Previous slide      Index Page Start/Stop the slide show      Next slide Last slide  
4: Without the crane in action, blocks were carried down the hill by the Manitou shovel, and Francis and his men started to set out the monomur walls of the sous-sol (basement and cellar).
We had already bought everything for a monophase temporary supply but delayed asking for the EDF (Electricité de France) to connect so save having to pay until it was required. I had made a weatherproof wooden box to house our part of the equipment (which itself was in sealed waterproof cases).  Above are the units in the box before connecting them.

We then found out that we had to have an additional totally sealed box approved by the EDF for a 3-phase supply which was locally not in stock.  We would either have to go to Sarlat or wait for it to be delivered.  More delay. More expense.  Total to this stage 790 Euros.

Without the crane in action, blocks were carried down the hill by the Manitou tractor shovel, and Francis and his men started to set out the monomur walls of the sous-sol (basement and cellar).

The monomur wall on the south west side.

Close up of a palette of monomur.  25 cavitiesin a flattened honeycombmade of extruded fired clay. They are supplied made to fit the plan exactly like Lego, interlocking without mortar, glued together using a special roller to avoid filling the cavities.

Next slide
 
Apr 17, 2007 - 08:16 PM
Frankly I am not convinced that a crane is really necessary or will save much time, plus the amount of aggravation we are having in getting the electricy supply done does not improve matters.  Its only advantage is that it uses less energy and is quieter.  But we pay for the energy rather than the contractor.  I think that Francis loves his machines and this is a new toy, and we are the guinea pigs.

The crane was then set on its little platform - the level of our terrace - before being unfolded.

The process of unfolding the crane begins. A temporary electricity supply was borrowed from a cooperative neighbour, Mr Levallois.  In the meantime I had gone off to Perigueux to buy yet another box to meet the EDF requirements. Cost mounts to over 1000 Euros.

Unfolding took 2 hours with snags as the crane hook tangled and it had to be folded again.

Finally it was up, towering above the trees.  It was really because we did not want to cut trees near the house to create a prairie in which to build the house and leave lots of space for materials to be parked and vehicles to circulate, that Francis used to persuade me that he needed the crane at no extra expense.

BluPlusPlus skin for JAlbum 5.1 created by Armond Avanes
Album last updated on Apr 21, 2007 - 06:21 PM