MANCAVE BUILD – DIY Man Cave, Mancave, Garden Office, Shed build on a budget with used SIP Panels. Structural Insulated Panels.We've got day two today of the man cave, and I'm just going to do some felt on the sides of this. Hopefully I'm going to get the rubber roof as well. I'm not an expert at this, if you're going to do any projects like this then obviously there's lots of videos on YouTube and just have a look the them. This is really for an idea, and just to show you what I'm doing. Yeah, let's go and have a look now.

They had some of the damp proof left, so I've used it just as an edging on the bottoms. And then I'm just going to put felt on the top of that, absolutely it down today. Started to put some felt on the side and then just batten it out on the top. This is Breather Membrane. I just got this from Wicks. It's bouncing it down today. I cannot finish this side yet because it's leaking in so badly here, and it's coming inside there look. I need the rubber roof part of it, and then once I've repaired the rubber roof, once I've done rubber roof I can put this side panel in.

As you can see in here, it's absolutely pouring in. So, I need to get that done as soon as I can. Right, I'm just going to get some more of these battens on outside.

The rubber roof has arrived. Also, some trims, some trims in a box there and all the other bits. Sealant, and I've got that, I don't know what it's called, like a top hat type thing, that's going to be for soil pipe and flues and stuff. I'm going to put through the roof. And then there's just a DIY kit. So, I've got this from Rubber for Roofs. We'll see if I can get that up on the roof. It is quite heavy, I might need a hand just to lift it onto the roof.

I managed to get the rubber. It were really heavy. I've put it up on the roof, it's absolutely pouring it down though. So, I've just laid it out on the roof for now, just to try and weather it a little bit inside. It's still going to leak because I can't seal this leak now because it's leaking, but it's going to stop water getting in the rest of that there.

So, I've just overlapped it down on the sides. That's just the temporary at the moment. It's briefly stopped raining, although it's just starting again now. I managed to just join this. It's a little bit rough because I had to dry it off quickly. And I've put some tape underneath, it's like a joining tape. Once I've done this, once I've finished this roof, I'm going to put one of the joining strips over the top of that as well. I don't think you need to do that, but I'd rather do it, I'd rather be safe than sorry really.

Ideally, if it had been nice weather, I would have done half the roof first and then I would have folded it down onto this. But I can only do what I can do, I just needed to try and stop the water getting inside.

These are the joining strips that I'm going to be using. I've used this one already, and that one, that's like sticky on both sides. And then that is where you can lap the two pieces of rubber together. So obviously you'd clean your rubber up, and then you'd lap that together. And then this one, this one is sticky just on one side, as you see there. And that would be if you were going to do the joint over the top. I'm sort of belt and braces with this, so I'm going to do … well I've already done this one under, as you've just seen. And then I'm going to do that one over the top once I've finished the rest of the roof really.

We've got it water tight now. Just put some rubber on the side of there, just to protect it for now. Started to put the electrics in. So, started to put the sockets in. We'll just have a lock inside. Might be a bit dark in here when we go in now. We've got our door on there. Go inside now. So, it's starting to come on, it's looking good. I've put a support on that wall there just to try and strengthen that a little bit. And I'm going to put some shelves on here. I'm going to put them on … I'm going to probably use this stuff, the sip panels. What I'll do is I'll put some timbers on there and I'll screw them in from the other side. And that'll strengthen them walls up as well and you won't even tell, because they were just part of the wall.

Got sockets on now, sockets working. Just put heater on in here just to try and dry it out a little bit, because we obviously we've got lots and lots of water in here. But yeah, it's coming on, it's coming on good. I'm quite pleased with it all to be honest.

There was some talk, somebody said about the damp proof on this. Just to point out that when I put the base in, it did have plastic underneath on the concrete, just a little bit of concrete has run down, so you can't really see it as much. And then I'm going to paint this with some slurry in here. Also got a dig PC there. This block paving is higher than what I expected to be honest. But, we've got what we've got. I think it'll stay dry to be honest. But we'll see. I'll try a

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    1. Looking good, have you considered a drainage channel in the corner were the block pavement is higher. Level it off next to the shed and make it run off to the drain. That would stop any pooling of water in that corner.

  1. I’m proper jealous, that’s a really good space to have a play with boilers and controls etc, keep up the good work mate, your videos are always quality.

    1. Allen Hart it’s running itself now, it’s tame and people behaving, I’m a bit out of it too, been flat out at work as I’m now employed with a commercial company, doing a lot more plant room refurbishment and maintenance etc, so I don’t seem to get time for Facebook, I kind of miss the Domestic stuff, but I’m learning heaps of new stuff.

  2. Always called the soil slate weathering thing a “witches tit” 😉 Most merchants know exactly what i mean with that anyway! lol

  3. Great vid mate, when you are finished could you put a cost video up? I know you bought second hand so it would never be the same cost to build again but I’d like to know

  4. Rather than using heat to dry out the build i would use a dehumidifier, i erected a summerhouse in november which was absolutely soaked i got a dehumidifier from shpock for £30 which removed 10 litres of water every 24 hours, the summerhouse was snuff dry in a week, by applying to heat to damp you run the risk of mould growth.

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