I haven’t updated recently because I was a bit ill, I would like to claim “man flu” but actually it was a chest and throat infection. Very annoying as I don’t get ill. I also had a tooth removed which is very painful and makes eating awkward. Added to that our broadband has not improved much we are getting 0.75 Mbs download speed but apparently it is nearly 2 Mbs on the BT line so they are implicating our internal wiring. So doing anything on the internet is difficult.
Well the trevproject is not finished yet albeit the builders are rarely seen on site these days. There are one or two jobs which need to be finished but by and large the work is done now, or should I say the builders work is done. The weather continues to be a bit grim although we have had some dry periods of around 24 hours but nothing long enough to dry out the mud significantly. We have had a lot of rain – filling my wheel barrow overnight on several occasions.
Plus we have had several hail showers
But fortunately or unfortunately depending on your perspective no snow and few frosts. And we did have the odd bit of sun.
The work is far from done and now we are into phase 3, which is decorating and making good, which starts in earnest. Phase 3 is largely down to me although Louise might help a bit. The first objective is to make the place look good for “Trevster” (Easter gathering of the Trev tribe) when we will host up to 16 extra adults in our house. Most won’t be staying overnight but this will be their base for a few days. Trevster apart the building will never be finished and I will have to become adept at many skills before too long to keep the house in order.
I am re-acquainting myself with decorating techniques such as painting, tiling etc. We are going for what Period Living magazine might call “the rustic look”. In other words we are not looking at stripping everything back and making walls etc. look perfect. We will in the main be painting over rough areas or tiling walls which aren’t flat. In one or two areas we might go for a papered feature wall so we may need to call in a plasterer to skim the wall and make it flat and smooth.
So far I have learned that an angle grinder is not a good tool for shaping tiles as it is too crude. I discovered an old jig saw blade which is much better. I wish the builder had advised us tile the wall before fitting the bathroom and toilet sinks as it would have been easier. However I enjoyed the challenge of shaping the tiles to fit round curves but I would say they may be slightly below professional standard.
We have an issue in some areas where the wall consists of a stud wall with metal lathe and plaster. The metal lathe means that a stud detector doesn’t work and the plaster means the wall has little strength. So you need to be creative to hang things like mirrors using plywood, “No more nails”, etc. Plus of course the outside wall has mud as mortar so they are very soft and crumbly between the stones. So the technique is drill a hole fill it with “No More Nails” or equivalent and then insert a rawl plug leave to cure and then attach whatever is required.
The big thing happening today is the removal of all the builders’ rubble and rubbish from the side of the road. So pictures of that and some completed decorating to look forward to. But for now just a picture of rubbish being burned.