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Garage Bond [Jan. 31st, 2014|03:01 pm]
Mark Rimmell
Work commenced on the next phase of the garage revamp this week.

I decided to have the 1970's London brick rendered. The other options would have been; knock it down and start again, or paint the brickwork. Neither appealed on grounds of cost or aesthetics. So a render with block-work design seems reasonably in period and way cheaper than a total rebuild.

To save money I cut the wood wood myself with help from Jem (thanks Jem). Total of 110 meters ripped at 22.5°. Probably the last job the table saw's last job before I gets a complete rebuild or sold.

2014-01-31 09.21.38
Batons cut and fixed.

I got my favourite builder in to do the rendering, because this work is dangerously like plastering and I hate plastering. Added to my dislike of plastering, I'm really not keen on working outside in January.
2014-01-30 10.45.33
Last look at those bricks.

2014-01-31 09.21.13
The scratch coat goes on.

I think the garage has had more money spent on it than the rest of the house has since I bought it... so far.

In other news, the back box fell off the exhaust on my car this morning. More expense :-( It's probably going to cost about half what the car is worth.

Also this morning the garage door fell apart. I've fixed it for now but I think I need to get the garage door doctor out to look at it once the rest of the garage is done.

After dropping off the car at Kwik-Fit, I dropped in at solicitor to collect boring real-life grown-up paperwork stuff. Had a coffee at the antique / junk shop café and read boring real-life grown-up paperwork stuff.

Now I'm waiting for Kwik-Fit to call, hopefully to say "Job done, come get".

[User Picture]From: nemesis_to_go
2014-01-31 06:11 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested to know how much Slo-Fit charge to bung a new back box on. You can get them for this much, and the fitting looks like 5 bolts to me (assuming the hangers actually have bolts….if they're the new-fangled push-fit type they may not).

For comparison, a complete Land Rover stainless steel system costs….this much.

And fitting was free.
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[User Picture]From: markrimmell
2014-02-01 12:53 am (UTC)
About 8 times what it would have cost to do myself. Only trouble is there's a ton of builders crap over my inspection pit right now and I couldn't wait until next week. I did the sums and thought..

"Feck it! I'll pay the man."
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