Friday, March 27, 2015

Made a start on this years gardening

Now that I have finished the hallway it was time to get out in the garden to clear up the winter debris that has been left. Had a couple of good dry days this week, and have managed to clear up most of the front garden which is looking good with all the spring bulbs making a nice display of colour. Another few good days should see the front finished for now, and then it will be out the back, which is needing a lot more work done. The weeds have grown with a vengeance, due to the mild winter no doubt. Large pots of spring bulbs are still blooming out back, very colourful.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

After the new bathroom

Comes the revamped hallway, out goes the old tatty carpet and laminate flooring fitted. Got the right tools to do the job this time, a brilliant oscillating multitool for undercutting the architrave round 5 doorways. The old skirting boards were removed and new fancy stuff fitted, looks pretty good. New paint already to finish the walls now and job done. I won’t be doing laminate flooring in a hallway for some time, but am pleased with the result. A new light fitting is now being looked for to complete the job.

After a weeks rest, it will be time for a new project, this time a much easier one, my son has bought me a reel of LED miniature strips to replace the old cabinet lighting in my wall unit, this should be an easier task, no woodcutting required.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Central heating

Had to call out the service team to look at the boiler, the hot water system started playing up, where when turning on the hot taps, the gas would not light for ages, and kept cutting out. Engineer arrived this morning, checked out the gas supply pressure etc and after a few minutes traced the fault to the air pressure switch neoprene tubing which had split, he cut off the offending bit and reconnected it, hey presto constant hot water as it should be. Funnily enough I did the same thing on the opposite end of the tubing a few months back to cure a similar problem. Bad news is that the company Homeserve have decided to discontinue servicing this type of boiler due to its age and will be notifying me by letter that they will cease to insure the boiler soon. Looks like I will be stumping up for a new boiler soon. This boiler has lasted a good 12 years so is probably due for a replacement modern one.

Friday, February 20, 2015

New bathroom

Our new bathroom is complete now and a lovely job too. Just a bit of tidying up to do with the doors requiring painting and new handles etc need replacing. Then it is on to the hall, my wife has got some laminate flooring to replace the old carpet, so a good bit of work to come. Not looking forward to fitting the planks round 5 door frames, and will be replacing the skirting as well. It never stops, always something to do.

Anti-Det runs

Tomorrow I am heading up to Bruntingthorpe with my mate Pete. XS904 is due an anti-det run and also to check out the No2 Start system. Hoping for a nice day, although light rain is forecast. hopefully not sufficient to stop the proceedings. After the engineers have sorted out the faulty starter components and a dry run a few weeks back, it all looks good to go, so fingers crossed. The day is set for a night shoot afterwards and the rain is due to go off at 5 ish, so everyone should have a good day.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


Snow put in an appearance this week, just a few inches, but enough to cover the ground. The bathroom continues to improve, the roofing panels are on and electricians have fitted the extractor fan and lights now, it looks really good. The bath is being fitted this afternoon and all pipework is in place. The wash basin has been removed and ready for the new one to be fitted, all coming along nicely now. Will be glad when it is all finished mind you. Will have to mop out the kitchen floor when they have gone for the day, all the melting snow has made a mess. Note to self, jobs like this should be done in summer months.

Friday, January 30, 2015

New Bathroom

Yesterday the bathroom fitters turned up and made a start on removing all the tiles, looks pretty bare now with all the fittings shifted out. The old shower has been removed and electric cables pushed back in the roof space ready for connecting to the new shower unit. Battens have been fitted to the roof today, ready for fixing the new roof panels. The electricians have turned up this afternoon to fit the extractor fan and cabling for the lighting before the roof panels can be fitted.

The estimate is for two weeks to completion, so lots more disruption to come yet. The skip was delivered this morning, ready for all the bath and other toilet fittings. At least we have the weekend to recover from the mess, and hopefully the bath will still be in place for the weekend at least.