Well, I have had a good old think and have come to some conclusions. I guess the reason for the long time thinking is that I was getting frustrated at the design/build process taking so long. And then there is the cost – not having any spare finances (we are in a deep recession) meant I did not have the funds to take this forward either. Plus I have been working on this for a few years now and probably needed a break.
Having had a break I have realised that I need to cut down on expenses so all TLD names have gone with the exception of ‘liquiphonics.co.uk’. That does now mean I am getting the usual emails from inscrutable people asking for money because someone is trying to set up liquiphonics.net and they need to talk to me first… I did email (or try to) the Chinese embassy in the UK about this but apparently their in-box is too full to accept any new communications. In other words, they have set their in-box size to 1Kb because they don’t want to talk to anyone!
If someone takes that URL so be it, at least I no longer have to pay 1&1 for .net/.org/.com et al.
I have also realised that I need somewhere to build this system. That fact together with finding out that our small but useful barn down the end of the garden was far more rotten than I thought means I am now in the process of renovating that structure. At the moment, the floor is just hardcore and is waiting for a concrete slab to be put down on top of it. Then there will be the new frame, floor (for a workshop downstairs and an office above), lining inside and out, doors, wiring, insulation…
I have much to do and little resources but slowly, slowly catchy monkey.
Here is a picture of how the workshop is at the moment:
Showing both sides with my tools at the back:
The newer right hand side (from 1982):
The old cobblestone side which probably dates from the time the house was built in 1792. It has been pushed down by me using a tamper as there was a lot of collapse in some areas, as much as a few inches:
Another overview of both sides:
These cobblestones will be the hardcore layer for this side:
Showing where the cobbles had air beneath them. My foot is in there for size reference. The difference in height is a couple of inches:
The newer side which was simply bricks onto earth with some stones and rocks in. The big lumps of concrete came from the old side, I still need to smash them up so they form a nice flat layer. You can see “PETER CATHERINE 1982” written into the cement by finger – we believe this is the previous owners’ children:
Next layer is about 1″ of sand to level it all off and then a sheet of damp-proof-membrane followed by 4″ to 6″ of reinforced concrete which I may polish or maybe paint.