Archive for July, 2006

Fish House Re-located

Monday, July 24th, 2006
  • 250 fish
  • 5 x 12 hour days
  • 15 Fish Tanks
  • 2000l of water
  • 180 miles

and it’s done. The fish house is now up and running in its new location.

Old Fish House
Old Fish House after relocation.

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Fish House move…

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

The fish house move has been booked for Thursday 20 – 24 July 2006. I hired some muscle, I’m flying my younger brother from the West Country to help me with the glass and water, and a local friend with large trailer to move the 6ftx2ftx2ft tank on Monday 24 July 2006. It’s all got to be done by Tuesday 25 July 2006, because that’s when I take my brother back to the airport. I’ve booked time off work to complete this task.

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House with a View!

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Just over two years ago we moved from a rural country location to a small Market Town in East Riding of Yorkshire after six years living in the country. I didn’t think I would miss the countrylife and soon got used to walking (mostly taking the car!) to the local shops. It was very convienient. But now I have a house again in the country…

Call me Joskin, Country Bumpkin or Wurzel, I don’t care, it’s going to be great to move back to the country at last!

Al’right my lover!

House with a View!
Original image, this will test that MaxADSL!

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Final skim of plaster…

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Today the builders returned to apply the final skim of plaster to the freshly rendered dry walls.

Plaster 1

Plaster 2

Plaster 3

Plaster 4

Looks much better! Just await the fitting of new wooden skirting boards and the job is complete.

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Render applied

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

The render was applied before last weekend. The living/dining room looks like a room once again. The specialists tell me that gypsum based plaster (pink plaster) is not used to render the walls because it’s a moisturer absorber, and attracts moisture through the walls, so a sand/cement mix is used, which will be rendered with a thin skim of “pink plaster” so it can be painted.

Render 2

Render 3

Render 4

Render 5

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Rainmate aka Flatpack Water Butt

Monday, July 17th, 2006

I purchased a flatpack water butt today called a Rainmate(R) to help me store 200 litres of water ready for the fish house move. The first flatpack water, self-assembly water butt, delivered to my door!

The water was filtered via my HMA filter and heated to the correct temperature used by the aquariums in the fish house.

Rainmate No.1
Before Assembley Flatpack in box.

Rainmate No.2
After 2 hours, I could probably have done with some help, two people would have made it easier to assemble!

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End of First Day

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

All the plaster has been removed in the areas that require a lateral and vertical dpc.

Works After 1
lateral and vertical dpc installed. The dpc installed is a newer type being used in the last five years, which is a gell base, which is injected into the mortar, rather drilling into bricks and pressurising and pumping in.

Works After 3
partial rendering for tanking under stairs. This is required because the garage floor is higher than the lounge floor.

Works After 4
partial rendering for tanking in the bay window. This is required because the garden is higher than the lounge floor.

A very productive first day.

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Reason for lack of posts..

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

The reason for the lack of posts in the last few months, is on the 11 July 2006, we completed on a new house. Since April 2006, I’ve been very busy with the purchase of a new house.

Yes, and that means the fish house will be moving, not the website, that can stay here, but the fish house will be moving here:- (Our House Blog!).

Andy’s New Fish House

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Painted the first room in the house!

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Whilst the builders were knocking “hells bells” our of the lounge and dining room, we started to paint the first room in the house.

Garage Before

Garage After
After, 5 hours, one tub of white masonary paint, and one swollen ankle! Thanks to my partner for doing most of the expert painting.

Okay, so it’s not a room, but this is where the new fish house will co-locate to over the next few weeks.

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A few hours later…

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Works Before 1

Works Before 2

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