the bathroom things were put in, the walls and ceiling had to be mudded
and painted because there was no way to get the platform out once the
sink or shower was in. It took a lot of time in the cold for each layer
of mud to set. Too boring to photograph.
|Dec 19 - phone people came with wrong order
||I started mudding the bedroom until I pulled a muscle.
||stand for sink
||shower enclosure almost done - a chinese puzzle
||plumbing the shower
||in the middle of plumbing back of shower
||putting in the bathrom sink
||water to shower and toilet
||bathroom cabinet & mirror above sink
|Harry's hubble bubble catches the dust from sanding mud in water rather than having a room full of fine white dust. Anyone
who has sanded mud will understand why he made it. He still wears a
mask but he does not look like a white snowman at the end of the day.
|insolation on the bedroom walls
||vapor barrier in bedroom
||Pot half full of water with a lid with two air tight tubes
||One tube short and in air, other is long and in water
during move - too busy. Harry sanded bedroom floor and put down a
carpet. Paul Henri and I moved stuff into the house and by night we had
beds in a warm room. But little else.
|Vacuum on short to draw out air, sander on long to bring dust into the water.
||bedroom with drywall and mud ready for first sanding
||bedroom ceiling done
||Move started 30 Apr and ended May 8 - chaos
||pump put in sewer tank so drains now can be used. Hot water also made good.
|Now we had sinks,
shower, toilet, washer, cooker, frig and two electric heaters for
bathroom and bedroom. The telephone people came and hooked up phone
line and internet. Normal life resumes about May 10
|On second day after move we put in washer.
||We got a new microwave and Harry built the cupbroad drawers.
||Harry got a riding mower
||and put a hitch on it to pull the trailer and the thing for moving earth.
|During Ryan and
Ciara's visit we rented a digger and bobcat to fix some problems, redo
the drive and make trench for garage footings. Ryan helped Harry with a
lot of other small things.
|During visit the new oven was used for first time. Everything works now.
||Ryan working on drive.
||Harry on digger - he was upset because he was so tentative.
||Garage footing trench
|Setup made for my computer||And a setup for Harry's||Harry taking down trees (affected elms) for workshop space||first two of the wall cupboards up - doors later||start of computer room walls - rockwool insulation|
|There were some jokes made about Harry's 'jigs'. Here is the one for cutting the rockwool with minimum dust and effort. Just included to prove the jigs are worth making. And best if made from scrap - Harry says.|
|So there says Harry||the jig empty||batten up against stop||metal bar put in place||compressing & cutting along the bar with knife|
|No photos from when I was in Canada. Most of the work was plumbing and yard cleanups. Only little things since then.|
|removing the cut square||vapor barrier fixed with silicone and staples||then dry wall
walls of the four rooms we will use this winter are now completely
insolated and drywalling is done except for a few little pieces.
Got the bush cut on new lot and with nice weather we did some mowing.
|hall ceiling drywall up
||the mowed yard
||varnished new front door
||east wall of kitchen painted, tall cabinet put in
|last bit of mudding in the kitchen
||oiling counter top for kitchen east wall outside
||hole made to fit new door & it's in now
||got around to putting on some cupboard doors
||put in counter top & under cupboard on east wall
outside - garage footings need holes down to firm level. Harry doing
this with a power washer, a trowel, and wet/dry vacuum. It works well. Finish by cutting out an roots sticking in. There are 4 holes, at the corners of workshop.
footing holes could have their concrete now, other two later. Harry had
to find and reassemble his setup for concrete. Mixer back from
neighbour who borrowed it; stand back from pile at bottom of the lot.
The wooden bucket was rotten so he made a new metal one.
|put a upper cupbroad on the east wall
||First hole - 4 done in 3 days
||mixer and stand
|old and new bucket
||bucket on stand
||gravel, sand, water ready
||first hole done
||emptying the bucket into mixer
batches all together, one in first hole and two in the second larger
hole. Next a bit of earth moving where the other two holes are.
put in the sewer vent. And he isolated above the ceiling. No pictures
of this - sorry. It was hot, sweaty, ichy work and the glass isolation
bats required a breathing mask. But it is essential to have it done by
|flatpack bathrm cupboard
||done kitchen cupboard doors
|When too hot for
attic, Harry finish the holes and pour concrete in them. He straightened
the sides of the garage trench. For this he made a very big square and
a level measuring device with tubing filled with water.
|The big square and the water tubing (yellow)
cribbing for garage was started. Harry got the steel for the garage
base delivered and Bob, Dave, Aydon helped move it to near the hole.
Each beam took all 4 of them to carry. They also got the scaffolding
from a friend and erected it during visit.
|the garage floor beams
||starting to put up scaffold
||gravel for a ramp to street on new lot (& Ginger)
||putting tops over windows Oct 22
was the last work done before Harry's operation for carpal tunnel.
Recovery was slow because of his shoulder acting up and it took the
rest of the month. And all of Nov!
Continued rest through Dec and Jan. Weather was not cooperative and neither was Harry's arm/hand. But we watched the road works.
|we have a drain at our drive
||& plant bed in front of lot
||red gravel walks finished
|made first raised garden plot Feb 25
||started second large one early April
||and we got a proper drive entry
||re-surfacing done (lines painted May 28 - 7 months)
||deep potato bed in a box
Harry wanted some photos of the Hysoon baby bobcat (taken July 2)
|kits for shed
||leveling blocks for shed to sit on
||new baby bobcat Jun 27
||shipped from China in a custom made cage
||well made & included in shipping from China $350
|it had phywood sides screwed on
||it is not a riding or a walk-behind but a stand-on
||heavy strong frame - all in & cage, wieghed about a ton
||hydrolics (bolt on cover is off)
|controls: joy sticks and hand holds on top (black)
||has the bucket on here
||digger attachment that can replace the bucket
|Shed: squaring up first boards and door frame
||walls up to level needing ladder
||gables and roof rafters up
||roof boards up 1 side using stop to line them up at top
old hedge and fence that separated our lot from the orchard lot is
being repaced with a new fence by the neighbour. We are paying for half
the expense. Work started Jul28 with getting rid of the old hedge.
|roor boards started on 2nd side
||done from inside rather then outside
||putting gravel and wooden 'dalles'
|Man with a digger tore up the old hedge
||Neighbour couple watching & helping
||New view of orchard with the rubble of the hedge
||The trees stand clear without the undergrowth
||This is street end with blue stick on boundary
There was a lot of rain in August and some storms. I had a operation with a lot of to-ing and fro-ing. So not a great deal was done.
|looking down the fence line from near street end
||There is a blue stick at the far end too.
||The start of fence. Concrete was set before continuing
||The gang -neighbours & in-laws. Harry watching
||looking thro at neighbours sheep
||Shed biult and secure - some tiny bits to do
rashly promised to have the garage up by mid-Dec. First he cleared the
hole and the vegetation. Then got the thing square and the right size.
|concrete arrived am on the 30th Sep
||Putting in a level perimeter
||filling the center area with dirt
|covering the center with plastic
||and covering the outer frame work
||putting in spacers for later steel beams
||starting to place re-enforcing
|laying the concrete
|Getting the formwork off was nearly impossible. It took a day for each side. The last side took help for neighbours. Then started getting the ground level right.|
|Hysoon had a problem and it took a few days to make the repair
|| Hysoon bucket used until earth too hard
||But lots of good top soil for garden
||Needed digger attachment to break up lower soil
|When getting near the right depth, Harry had to make sure of his levels and levelness. He used water in a length of hose.
||tree trimming machine and the branches it cut
||branches for bonfire on Harry's birthday
|Taking out old hedge still in place
||except for old stumps that will be burned out
||new east fence & scrap from hedge for another fire
|Harry got a new
tool (toy), a plasma cutting torch. When he went to use it, the rain
started and didn't stop until late into Dec. Harry made a thing to hold
the machine and its gauges. It also requires our compresser and tank.
|The plasma cutter
||cutting the floor beams
||neat thin cuts - flanges just done, finshed cut on beside||grounding of workpiece and guide to feel not see
| Very little done in Jan. too cold and then too wet. There were only a couple of days when Harry could work ouside. End of Jan - one lot of concrete to go before welding.
|first beam in place
||all beams done, making adjustment to pads
||ready to level but too cold to work
||beams mortered into slab
No pictures of the concrete pads going in or of the preparation for welding. Cold wet weather for much of the month.
|beams leveled ready for concrete in some pillars
||welding the beams together
||joists set in floor & wooden sill plates on beams
|It rained till the
end of the month with one nice day that we used to work on the garden.
Walls have to wait for the lumber order to come.
|floor down & some stumps broken up
||cheap lino put down to protect from rain
||lino in rain
|new since last update||Bought wood 13.5 meters long & arranged to have it cut at
the right lengths for Harry to cut the peices he needed. They cut from
13.1 m stock. He got money back for 10.5 m short. He had to re-plan how
to do the finish cuts. They will make up if there is increased
|lumber arrived May 13
||1st pallet - all correct
||2nd pallet - lengths wrong
||Angled cuts - morter saw
|plain cuts on jig (lower left) so all lengths the same
||building the east wall on the slab