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More DIY [May. 16th, 2016|09:26 am]
Mark Rimmell
 The landing work continues. I've had to use various shims on the studs to flatten out the wall prior to plasterboarding it. The studs are all over the place and the shims have been anywhere between thin cardboard and 8mm of plywood. The problem is a combination of the wood shrinking over the last 120ish years, and the original Victorian carpenter throwing up the studs any old how and leaving it to the plasterer to level it all out. It would have been quicker for me to take down the entire wall and rebuild with new wood. However... that would involved too much damage to the ceiling in the bedroom and end up costing more and would have put that room beyond use for too long.

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April Showers [Apr. 26th, 2016|05:26 pm]
Mark Rimmell
Stripping and sanding floorboards and skirting boards today. I took all the removable and loose ones out to the garden to work on. It cuts down on the dust and fumes in the house. The only problem is habing to keep dashing back in with armfuls of tools and half stripped wood every time it starts to rain, or snow, or hail. And it's done all three today, some more than once.

Sort of related news...

It's so cold right now I'm doubtful the seedlings on the kitchen windowsill would survive being potted on in the greenhouse. I may try making some room for pots around the house and keep them indoors a little longer. Either that or I try heating the greenhouse, but that's not really an option due to environmental and economical concerns.
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and today I.... [Apr. 23rd, 2016|02:28 am]
Mark Rimmell
Glazed the bathroom door.

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The colour is more of a dark burgundy rather than the cerise
(at least it looks like cerise on my screen) shown here.
Also the lens has stretched the top two thirds of the door.
Apart from these two inaccuracies, it's not a bad representation.

The door still needs a coat or two of varnish but other than that it's finished. The entire bathroom will be gutted in a few years time once the upstairs bathroom is finished, only the door will remain as is, and probably the radiator. Oh and the cabinets, they'll remain too. But everything else is going to be ripped out. Err... maybe I'll keep the taps.

One of the good things about all this renovating the house thing, we never seem to lack kindling. Which is handy when it comes to drying off wet dogs.

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A bag of kindling and a drying dog earlier today.
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Recent Work on The House [Apr. 23rd, 2016|12:02 am]
Mark Rimmell
Bedroom 2 plasterboarded. The landing side still needs doing, but still have to finish rubbing down the skirting board and floorboards.

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While the wall was open I took the opertunity to sort out the wiring. Putting everything in to conduit that could be and provinging empty conduit for any future rewiring.

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That grubby light-switch will be replaced with a shiny new one...
once the plastering and wallpapering has been done.

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Radiator removed to give access for wallpaper removal,
skirting-board replacement, floorboard restoration, and Lincrusta affixing.

2016-04-18 17.10.22
You can never have too many clamps.

2016-04-16 14.20.12
Patching the hole left by removing the horrible modern door-catch, which was neither use nor ornament.
This patch will be stained and grained to match before varnishing.
I left the original green paint where it had been protected by the (now sadly lost) original rimlock keep.

...And talking of "varnishing"... the stripping of all the wood work is being helped by the fact that someone in the past didn't bother with any preparation of the wood before painting over the original finish. In the case of the door-frames, and skirting the paint lifts fairly easily with a quick blast of the heat-gun, it bubbles and blisters off the original varnish in seconds. I've found a reasonably good match for the original stain and varnish too. The floorboards are even easier to strip, they were originally waxed so with a little heat the paint slids off like shite vacating a teflon shovel.

And finally...
Out and about with the dog. I think this was the day we went to the beach.
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"Objects in mirror are closer than they appear."
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This just keeps getting better and better... [Mar. 12th, 2016|04:20 am]
Mark Rimmell
collet holder

The collet holder arrived today. It seems very good for the money. Or to put it another way... It was suspiciously cheap.
Once I can get to the milling machine I'll be testing it for accuracy.
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Feel My Excitement! [Mar. 8th, 2016|07:53 pm]
Mark Rimmell
These arrived today.

Pic from ebay listing.
The holder is coming from a different company.
I'm intrigued to see just how accurate they are. We'll see once the holder arrives.

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Safety Goggles, Safety Dust Mask, Safety Basque [Mar. 3rd, 2016|09:20 pm]
Mark Rimmell
More photos from today's demolition.

Excellent work!

Shoes may be needed when going to and from the bedrooms.
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Update, a three ceiling problem. [Mar. 3rd, 2016|08:28 pm]
Mark Rimmell
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Best Builders in The World (part two) [Mar. 3rd, 2016|06:17 pm]
Mark Rimmell
Christine and Jo took down the landing ceiling today. This turned-out to be three ceilings. Ceiling one made of plasterboard (papered over), ceiling two (lurking under battens), ceiling three (the original crumbling lime plaster). Once again they've done an excellent job and I'm most grateful. Even with a dust-mask on I would have had problems.

I've temporarily rewired the landing lights. I've probably made a better job of the rewiring than was needed, but "temporarily" around has a tendency to drift into "permanent".

The job is mushrooming a little, but every-time we uncover one old botched job we find it links to another bit of botching, and when you rip that out you find another problem, and another. To cut today's story short... I've just had to order two acrow props to hold the stairs to the office up, while I sort out the latest bit of cowboy building the ladies found lurking under layers of mend and make-do.

I'm off to cough a lot now, it is a tad dusty here, but no way as irritating as it would have been if I'd been up the ladder myself.
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Best Builders In The World [Feb. 29th, 2016|10:23 pm]
Mark Rimmell
Chris and Jo deemed my lungs too fragile to be around while the bedroom wall was turned into a pile of lathes, a pile of plaster, and lots and lots of dust. So I was kicked out of my own house (no complaints here) while they steamed into project "De-Privacize". I spent the day running errands, picked-up a bed for Chris, dropped off paperwork at the docs, inquired about etching glass, and stopped for coffee here and there.

Here's what Chris and Jo got up to while I was gallivanting around.


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Slowly Recovering. [Feb. 26th, 2016|09:25 am]
Mark Rimmell
I'm feeling little better every week.

Getting more stuff done each day.

Yesterday was reasonably productive. I've cleared out more rubbish from the garage. had two bonfires, done some more work in the attic office, cleared the bathroom ahead of the builders who should be fitting a new bathroom door today.

Today I may go bat-shit crazy and mow the lawn. Or I may just slouch on the sofa and descend into a Netflix coma.
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I seem to be recovering. [Feb. 2nd, 2016|04:29 am]
Mark Rimmell
Slowly getting better after pneumonia, PND, snot and gack from the dungeon dimension.

Recovery seem only noticeable in terms of weekly not daily improvement.

But hey, yer know what? I am getting over it.
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I'm still ill. [Jan. 25th, 2016|06:42 am]
Mark Rimmell
Sick of being sick.

Whinge ends.
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Tiles! [Jan. 17th, 2016|02:24 pm]
Mark Rimmell
Jo found a ton of tiles on the local freecycle list. Turned out to be from the nice couple from whom we have already had a pile of parquet and a Victorian bed frame.

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They are 6"X6" red and black quarry tiles, reclaimed from a milking parlour in Gloucestershire. This photo shows less than half of them, in total there should be enough to do the kitchen, and possibly enough to do the front garden path too.

It took two trips to pick them up and got some rather nice wooden shelves thrown in as well. Only an hour round trip to go get them (plus a bit for loading) but this was the furthest I've ventured from the house in a long time. Totally knackered but good to get out, and pleased the car seems to have held-up to the two loads.
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Got to be up early... [Jan. 17th, 2016|04:45 am]
Mark Rimmell
Jo has scored somethings on-line and we have to pick them up in the morning. It's 4:30 am right now, so I'm wondering if it's really worth sleeping. Not that I've got much sleep in a while. I can't seem to lay down without triggering coughing fit, so I've been sleeping sat on the sofa, this prevent some of the coughing fits. Still waking-up coughing. On the plus side I do feel slightly better each day.

Will post photos of the "somethings" once we have them, I don't want to let on until we have them in the house.

OK going to try and grab 5 or 6 hours upright kip.
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No Resolutions, Only Goals. 2016 [Dec. 31st, 2015|09:43 am]
Mark Rimmell
Boring non personal stuff.

  1. Recover from pneumonia. Now! Or ASAP.

  2. Finish the attic office. Before end of April.

  3. Get the cellar wokshop to the point where all the tools can be moved down there. Before end of July.

  4. Bedroom #2. Plaster wall, fit all woodwork and architrave, fit fireplace, put up lincrusta. Before end of year.

  5. Library #1 ;-). Empty room, level floor, fix plaster work, lay parquet, fit radiators, build bookcases, paint/stain/varnish, fit curtains, pelmet. Before end of year.

  6. Get taxes filed earlier than I did in 2015. Before September 21st.

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(no subject) [Dec. 22nd, 2015|06:42 am]
Mark Rimmell
It seems I have pneumonia.
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Still coughing... [Dec. 13th, 2015|05:17 pm]
Mark Rimmell
Seems I have post nasal drip. That's what's causing the coughing. Antihistamine seems to help. I Feel so much better for having been able to sleep. Jo's been on annual leave the last week and she's got the dreaded lurgi too. Jo's been soldiering on and frankly if it wasn't for her I'm pretty sure Christmas wouldn't be happening in our house this year. If Jo weren't here I'd probably batten-down the hatches and be Bunburying for the holiday season.
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I'm ill and grumpy. [Dec. 10th, 2015|05:02 am]
Mark Rimmell
Stupid cough won't go away. Can't sleep because every-time I lay down I start chocking, it's bad enough just sitting here.

It could all be so much worse so shouldn't complain. But I really want to get on with the house. Felt like I was on a roll, and stuff was progressing really well until the dreaded lurgi struck.

Supposed to be taking Jo's mum down the town in the morning, not sure I'm going to be up for it. Will probably be fit for nothing by 9am.
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'Back of The Envelope Designs' in association with 'Thumb Nail Sketches' present... [Dec. 8th, 2015|10:44 pm]
Mark Rimmell
The Hidden Door


Hastily sketched design for the bookcase door.
Presented here for no other reason than... "I can't lose it if I post it on LJ".

Notes to self.

  • Book spines form edge of door on each side.

  • Hinges will be under the spines on the left-hand side. So two 'books' will have to protrude right to the edge, level with the shelf. Considered hidden hinges, but they look too modern.

  • Spines will not be all sticking out the same distance. All the hidden doors I've seen, look really obvious because the books are too uniformly distributed across the shelves.

  • Wheels hidden under the plinth (it's going to be heavy).

  • Classic haunted house opening mechanism operated by pulling a book.

  • Crawl space behind door to be made to look like original construction, back of lathe and plaster, hide modern insulation, and board over floor. Half temped to encourage spiders to festoon the space with cobwebs, but as they don't seem to have done it in the last 120 ish years I guess they never will.


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