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Archive for August, 2006

Bye Bye Esmo!

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Unfortunately Esme will not be joining us in our New House.

Esmes condition worsened overnight and she died peacefully in her sleep.

We are devastated by her loss, she will be sadly missed, by Lindsey, Andy and Esther.

Bye Bye Esmo, love you, you will always be remembered in our hearts and minds.

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Esme’s Condition

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

The Vet confirmed after examining Esme this morning, that she is suffering from Aspiration pneumonia. To help her breath more easily she was given oxygen, late this afternoon, the oxygen was removed. She’s been kept in overnight for observation and agressive treatment for Aspiration pneumonia. We will be updated on her condition tomorrow morning. A sleepless night ahead! We are deeply concerned about her welfare, and hope she fights this illness.

Aspiration pneumonia (or aspiration pneumonitis) is caused by aspirating oral or gastric contents, either while eating, or after reflux or vomiting.

Esme & Esther No.2
Another photograph of Esme (on left) & Esther (on right)

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PVAed ceiling (almost!)

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

We’ve spent a few hours this evening, sealing the ceiling with PVA (4 parts water to 1 part PVA), to prevent us using gallons of matt emulsion, when we come to paint shortly. The ceiling in the dining room, is still a little damp, so we just completed the lounge area.

PVA No.1
Freshly PVAed ceiling No.1

PVA No.2
Freshly PVAed ceiling No.2

PVA No.4
Freshly PVAed ceiling No.3

PVA No.5
Freshly PVAed ceiling No.4

PVA No.3
Wot No PVA, waiting for the ceiling to dry.

If you look carefully in the pictures you can see the reflection in the PVA on the ceiling. So it looks like it’s working!

I didn’t say, this blog was ever going to be exciting! Carpet fitters are booked to complete quotations for new carpet tomorrow (Thursday) and Saturday.

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Ceiling’s been re-skimmed

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

The ceiling in the lounge/dining room has now been re-skimmed with plaster. “Joe” has done an excellent job. If you would like his details contact me. I can certainly recommend him.

I don’t have any pictures at present, we are waiting for it to dry, so we can apply a watered-down solution of PVA before painting. (otherwise it will suck like mad!).

I’ve been busy arranging House Removal quotations, Carpet fitters, emptying the current loft and Esme our eldest cat, is not very well at present, she’s just finished her medication, to stop her being sick, and now she’s developed “double breath”. She goes to the vets at Battleflatts tomorrow again, to be scanned and checked.

No pictures of the house today, so here are some pictures of the cats!

Esme & Esther
Esme and Esther

Esme asleep

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Found a Master Blaster!

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

After many quotations and “interviews” with local “plasterers” I eventually found a “Master Plasterer” with many years of experience to skim the ceilings in the lounge and dining room downstairs. We’ll call him “Joe”, as he’s Internet shy, but let me know if you would like his details. Joe was recommended to me by a few people I know.

The ceiling is to be plastered at 10.00am Sunday 6th August 2006.

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I’ve not joined NASA or Portland Down!

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

After removing all the woodchip wallpaper from the walls and ceilings in the lounge/dining room, it has revealed many large cracks in the ceilings and walls. We’ve been discussing whether to re-wallpaper or re-skim the walls and ceilings with plaster, so there’s a decent crack-free surface to paint.

I’ve been searching for a plasterer to do the work, I’ve had several quotations from 600, 350, 220 and 150GBP to re-skim the ceiling, lots of variation and ideas that they’ve run by me. I’m meeting a plasterer tomorrow night which has been recommended to me to discuss the requirements, the issues seem to be the cracks may come back, because the existing ceiling is lath and plaster. Cracks are often caused by lath movement. Because it absorbs moisture from the air, wood lath expands and contracts as humidity rises and falls. This can cause cracks to appear year after year. A nail holding the edge of a piece of lath may rust or loosen, or structural movement in the wood framing behind the lath may cause a seam to open.

When the ceiling is re-skimmed, tape can be used to “seal” these cracks, which may prevent re-cracking.

or have the entire ceiling re-boarded and skimmed

or wallpaper!

If we decide to re-skim, one job I’ve got to do is sand-off the gloss paint of the dining room ceiling, or ensure a rough surface for the plaster to stick to. I tried sanding last night, but my face mask and goggles, weren’t up to the job.

It’s not often I star in my own blog, so this is a rare chance to see me in action…doing DIY!

Andy No.1
Nasty job sanding off gloss paint!

Andy No.2
It helps to have the right safety gear!

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Wallpaper stripped and false beams removed

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

A series of pictures after my partner has spent many hours wallpaper stripping the woodchip wallpaper from lounge/diner and ceiling areas in the house. You’ll notice the false beams have also been removed and chopped up for firewood and moved to the dry wood store.

We now need to find a good plasterer to skim the lounge ceiling and a decorater to re-wallpaper the walls before painting.

The false beams were the wrong period for the house, which is Victorian.

Wallpaper removed 1
A mountain of stripped wallpaper.

Wallpaper removed 2
Those wall lights need to go to the tip as well. Who painted the ceiling with gloss paint, now I’ve got to sand it!

Wallpaper removed 3
No beams

Wallpaper removed 4
No beams

Wallpaper removed 5
Beam me up Scotty!

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