Monday, April 30, 2012

Making it good

With all the electrics conduit in place now we can start the process of making the walls clean and straight ready for tiling. First just a rough coat of cement render to fill in the lower section of the wall that wasn’t plastered before due to the old kitchen that was here before.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Patching Version 2

Once the hole in the floor was filled in al that was then left was to fill in the rest of the holes in the walls

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And just a little bit around the distribution box to finish off

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

And fill one in

With the conduit run in the next step is to fill it back in again, straight forward and simple

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All the conduits held in place nice and securely with the wood.

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Pour in the cement until its full.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Digging another hole

Just one more hole to be dug in the kitchen, in the floor to take the power from the distribution box down to the end wall for the power to sockets, ventilation fan, etc..

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The just need to put the conduit in an secure it with plaster of Paris.

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On another note we now have purchased the wood ready top put up the false ceiling.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Filling it up

With the power conduits all in and set now comes the time to fill all the deep holes that are in the walls around the place, more of these are from where bits of the old kitchen have been removed in the past.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

More Power!!!

Today more of the conduit went into the kitchen to take the power for the wall sockets, under cupboard lights and ventilator fan.

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With the infilling complete, we could then finish the concreting of the lower patio. This was a marathon session finishing off, both the sections along the edge, and the section at the bottom of the steps.

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This completes the major section of the lower patio, enabling access to the front of the house without breaking ankles on the rough surface. Once we can get the new steps built, access to these lower rooms will be much easier.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Patching up

Following on from all the work of chipping out the spaces for all the power boxes now comes the task of putting everything back in.

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First the power feeds for the fridge and the worktops

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Then just a little cement in the back of the holes on the end wall, the holes ended up a little to deep due to the rocks and other rubbish that is used to make the holes.

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And the light switch by the back door just needed a little plaster.

Back down on the lower patio, with a little help from Sheila and family we have got the ramp level filled and ready to take the final segment of the patio area.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Little boxes

With the walls clean and stable, it’s time to start filling in the holes.

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First thing to go in are the power distribution boxes that will take all the power connections from the sockets.

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Then the sockets for the fridge and work surface.

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And the light switch by the window.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

It’s a dirty job but somebody's gotta do it

Yep it was a dirty job, the walls in the kitchen we covered with layers of old whitewash an dirt and soot. Before we could do any more work it all had to come off. So with the entrance through to the rest of the house tapped off with plastic and duct tape it was time to put on the dust masks and get on with the job.

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The end wall was the hardest as the soot and grease from the fire was burnt on, but once you got through it it came off.

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We discovered that underneath the white was some red coloured paint which had been made to match the real terracotta tiles which originally were below it.

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With the rest of the room cleared we then applied a mix of PVA glue and water to stabilise the surface.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Chiselling it

Back in side after a week or so working on the lower patio it’s time to get moving on the kitchen.

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Looking towards the end wall we have chiselled out the sockets and conduit runs in the wall ready for sockets, under cupboard lighting and the extractor.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

April Fool

April Fool, well not really as they don’t have that over here, they have something similar on Dec 27th, But that another story.

Sadly all we got up to today was pouring more concrete. Just another section complete on the lower patio.

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Slightly weird shape to this one at it tapers in at the end to fit the wall.

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That's now most of it complete, just the edges and a bit at the far end by the steps to complete.

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Also planted out some of the veg for the summer that we brought at the weekend, First up courgettes and cucumbers.

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Then Peppers.

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And finish off with tomatoes and lettuce.

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