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Six additional tanks for fish house

Monday, May 28th, 2007

I’ve been pre-occupied with DIY on the house, but I’ve finally received the additional stands, to add six new tanks to the fish house.

Six additional tanks

I’ve also been working, on re-sealing the insulation in the fish house, and working on my new RO storage tanks - water experiment.

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Bank Holiday Monday

Monday, May 28th, 2007

I had hoped to complete Hector’s House today, but the bad wet/windy weather has put a stop to that. It’s almost complete, just requires another paint with Cuprinol “Seagrass”. The new wood, has had four-five coats of paint already, it’s been re-roofed with new “felt”, this was a pain in the bum last weekend, when the weather went cold again! Very difficult to work with hard cold/felt.

Spot the new roof!

add some new battens to rear of house.

another coat of paint and another DIY job completed!

PS I’m building up Reward points from you know who! Now next project operation board out loft!

UPDATE Snails and Slugs are still eating my hostas, despite sharp grit, garlic solution and beer traps, I think I’m going to have to find another solution!

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HMA and Reverse Osmosis

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

I thought it was about time to write something, as there has been a lack of posts recently.

I’ve been planning this DIY project for a long time, and finally got it finished today, I’ve “hard-wired” the HMA and Reverse Osmosis filter into the mains water supply. I plumped the washing machines and tumble dryer months ago, when we first moved into the new house, and it would have been easier to install the HMA and Reverse Osmosis filter at the time, but needed to start work on other jobs around th house. I’m not on a water meter, so as soon as I get a new membrance, I’ll be back on RO water, hopefully. Just need to design something to hold the water in.

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More DIY photos shortly…

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

Lindsey’s been decorating the bathroom, while I’ve been sitting on my but!

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Cold Weather…

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

I’ve been lucky that we’ve been having some really mild weather for this time of year, although wet and high winds.

Not much to report in the fish house, I’m not having as much time as I had hoped with the new house, and DIY repairs to concentrate on breeding the pairs of fish I have.

I had hoped that this garage would have been warmer than the last, I think the problem lies, in the last garage, the “fish house” was built inside a wall of jablite, but it had a draughty asbestos corrugated roof, and garage door.

This garage is integrated into the house, so it only has two external walls, and the bedroom is above the ceiling, I had hoped that it was warmer, but my problem lies with the two very draughty barn doors!

One door now resembles something from the NASA Space shuttle, as I covered it in aluminium covered bubble-wrap, I’ve also insulated the flat garage roof at the rear with jablite, and the same aluminium covered bubble-wrap insulation, but despite what I try, I’m still losing heat. I may yet need to build a jablite igloo again.

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Consumer Unit Cupboard

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

The consumer unit cupboard in the kitchen hides the following items:-

  1. Incoming electric armoured cable.
  2. 100 Amp fuse. (protects the local substation or transformer from my household electrics!)
  3. Siemens Digital Electricity Meter.
  4. Horstmann Radio Teleswitch - this switches on “day” and “night” rates on Economy 7.
  5. Henley bakelite junction box.
  6. Henley bakelite Earth Leakage Current Breaker. (This actually works, but probably should be in a museum, it also has a patent number on it).
  7. Wylex six fuse consumer unit (fuse box). I’ve replaced all the wired fuses, with Wylex circuit breakers, handy when I’m completing DIY electrics in the house! No longer need to re-wire fuses with fuse wire.
  8. Mem four 15 Amp cartridge fuse consumer unit. (fuse box). This supplies four storage heaters on Economy 7.
  9. Mem single 15 Amp cartridge fuse consumer unit. (fuse box). This supplies one storage heater on Economy 7 - I don’t know which one yet!
  10. A few connectors, earth straps etc

You are probably asking yourself, why I’m detailing such a boring item, a sparky-friend has offered in the future to replace my consumer unit and wanted to know the details of what’s currently in the cupboard, there’s alot in the cupboard. I’m looking to replace all the consumer units and earth leakage current breaker with a modern Dual/Split bus, RCD/MCB MK unit, space permitting, because I cannot move any of the other items without gettting the supplier to move them! I’m also thinking of having a Generator Transfer panel installed, so I can connect my 3.5kW Petrol generator to the house supply, when the power dies, throw the switch, connect my 3.5kW Petrol generator and I’ve got power for the entire house. Just need to work out the Grounds!

Here are the pictures

Fusebox One

Fusebox Two

Fusebox Three
Original larger image

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October 2006 Update

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

It’s been a few months, since I last posted to this blog. I’ve been very busy with the new house and the fish house, has taken second place to the new hobby of DIY.

The fish house moved successfully to the new house and garage, I’ve started to insulate part of the garage which has a flat roof, using Jablite Squeeze, fantastic stuff, this deserves a design award!

I just wanted to let you all know, I’m still here, but just a bit busy to post regular items.

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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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