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New Welsh Slate Roof - Roof off - Day 1

Monday, April 3rd, 2017


Day 1, and the roof starts getting removed, by the end of the day 1, all the slates, under-felt, battens are removed, new TLX Gold is secured with new battens to the front of the house.

TLX Gold is a high performance insulating breather membrane, e.g. posh under-felt to the layman, it costs as much as gold as well!

TLX Goldimproves the thermal value of your roof without a risk of condensation and with little or no change to the roof height.

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New Welsh Slate Roof - Scaffolding - Day 0

Saturday, April 1st, 2017



When we purchased the property over 10 years ago, the current roof was surveyed and we were told, it does not look pretty, and is not going to win any awards, but “does it function as a roof - and keep water out?”, and if that is true, do not touch it, it could last, 5, 10 or 15 years, and it will let you know when it starts to fail.

Well that day finally came a few years ago, and I’ve been checking buckets in the attic ever since!

The time has finally come to replace our original welsh slate roof, and today is the day the scaffolding goes up.

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Chimney Stack Upgrade Complete Day 3

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Arrived home, today to find not only had the chimney stack had been complete, but also the pots were on capped off, and completed.

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Chimney Stack Upgrade Day 2

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

At the End of day 2, there was no electricity today, because Northern PowerGrid was conducting scheduled maintenance, so it caused a few issues with the electric cement mixer!

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Chimney Stack Upgrade End of Day 1

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

End of Day 1, to my surprise the old chimney stack has gone, and been reduced to rubble in a trailer, only one good square chimney pot remains, so we will have to purchase six replacements.

and the builders have started to brick up the new stack up to the scalfolding.

the builders mentioned the first courses of bricks they could just remove by hand, as well as the pots, they did not know what was holding the stack together!

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Chimney Stack Upgrade Day 1

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

nothing much happened yesterday, because someone forgot to tell me to block up the open fireplace, to stop debris and soot coming down the flue into the lounge!

so this was 8.00am this morning

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Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey Chim chim cher-ee!

Monday, October 15th, 2012

A sweep is as lucky, as lucky can be Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey Chim chim cher-oo!

By the time you have read this, our builder will have started to disassemble our chimney stack! After many months of negotiations with my neighbour, and reviewing quotations for the rebuild of the chimney stack, work starts today!

The chimney stack has reached the end of it’s life, and is very weathered, and the pots have started to crumble/crack on the stack, so it’s being pulled down, and rebuilt from the ridge line, in the same style and brick as existing stack, eventually in the future funds permitting we will have one of the flues lined, and a wood burning stove installed.

The last pictures of the old stack, with scafolding

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Frozen Ballcocks!

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

What a morning and afternoon, Lindsey woke me up this morning at silly o’clock, complaining she couldn’t have a shower because there was no cold water!

If you look back in the archives, here, if you examine the photographs carefully and look towards the rear of the photographs, you can see some “loft insulation” that’s been used as lagging around the copper hot and cold water pipes, and also the hot and cold water header tanks.

It would appear that the temperature dropped overnight to something ridiculous which froze the ball cock in the cold water header tank, and also froze one of the pipes.

So, after taking off the cold water feed to the shower unit, and there was no water, putting a 3kWatt fan heater in the attic/loft to warm the loft up, which thawed out the frozen ball cock, eventually combination of fan heater and sun shine on the roof thawed out the pipework.

The only difficulty was connecting the pipe back up, with water coming out of it under pressure from the header tank, and no way to stop it, so I had to let the tank drain, before re-connecting, so I got a bit wet!

So it looks like loft insulation isn’t up to the job of insulating pipes!

That’s another DIY job sometime!

Merry #@!? Chrimbo!

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My Dad broke my porch!

Friday, October 29th, 2010

It all started when my Father visited us in March this year. I forgot to mention to him, not to touch the porch, he’d only been standing outside the house for less than 30 seconds, and said “this isn’t looking very good”, and continued to pull off a lump of wood off the porch

This is the damage he caused

My Dad broke my Porch

My Dad broke my Porch

So in August over the Summer, we called in the joiner to remove the rotten wood, and rebuild the porch. It’s almost but finished, but needs the door gloss-ing with white paint.

Here are the photographs from start to finish of the repair. Use the new slideshow option, it might be quicker!

My Father did contribute a generous £10 towards the repairs!

I’ll upload a final picture of the exterior all painted, apart from the door!

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Chim chiminey October 2010

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ee!

long overdue check on the Chim chiminey! These are for you Lindsey!

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