Thursday, 16 January 2014


Oh flippity-flippty flip. And other such phrases and epithets.

We are part way into Shedquarters' second winter. Last year (2012-13) I had a slight damp problem caused by the ground being wet after the atrocious summer. The ground couldn't absorb the run-off from the roof quickly enough. It quickly dried out. Not a problem (although I should probably put in guttering and a soak away).

This winter I have a different problem. I have rain soaking through the gable end, opposite the door. It's half way up the wall and has spread inside and along the bottom of the wall, through two incehes of insulation and plywood lining, and under the carpet.

As I said, flippity-flippity-flip.

The problem has been that the direction of the prevailing wind has been different this year. And it's been really strong. the rain has literally forced its way through the joins between the gable end panels and just soaked everything. It's not a problem for the shed walls as they're tannalised and will dry out. It's just a damn nuisance. Lucky for me all the power cables and points are on different walls. The problem was made worse as the fence behind Shedquarters, which belongs to my neighbour, has been down for pretty much all of the winter so far. Consequently there's been nothing to shelter the gable end at all.

Apparently this has been a real problem this year, - the change in the prevailing wind. Some people in my village have had their garage flooded by the rain soaking through the brick work.

As with many things I try to look on the bright side. I live on a hill so my damp problems are as nothing compared to the residents of Tewkesbury.

Still blooming annoying tho'.

And I've got the builder coming in again.



  1. That sounds an absolute beggar. When it gets a bit drier, would popping a bag or several of rice in there be any good?

    1. I need something in there to de-humidify it, once I've worked out how to stop it happening again. Such a nuisance.

  2. Too bad about the leak. Hopefully something can be done to keep out the damp. I've been reading your thoughts on the dust up over your article and wonder why it struck such a nerve? I have only read guys initial criticism and found it a little hard to follow frankly. I haven't read your article but his response felt like a bit of a waffle. To me the worst part of it all is the bandying about of terms such as leftist etc. These days they seem to have lost their true meaning and are only buzzwords used for fear mongering. Case in point, over here the opposition to President Obama call him a socialist. I don't think they really know what socialism is if he is a socialist. Good luck.

    1. Builder came round and sealed it this afternoon. Just need to dry it out.

      So many people are saying "I haven't read the article". There's me thinking EVERYONE read MWBG. As to why he didn't like it, - lots of reasons, but the main one is he thinks I'm wrong and I compounded the error by not beig a proper historian like him.

  3. I lined the inner surface of my huts outer walls with a sheet of polythene. It acts as a vapour barrier. Then there is the inner wall which is wood.

    Almost everywhere inside the hut where you can see a piece of wood then there is a sheet of polythene between it and any outside wood.

    Maybe too late for your hut now.

    1. Didn't put polythene lining in, as it is usually better to let the wood breathe. Depending on the climate you get moisture trapped between polythene and wood, which increases the chance of rot. The fact is that it just shouldn't have leaked at all.