Found on AOL today…………….hahahaha

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Shirley Anne

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What an awkward job!

No electrical work on Friday meant that I could work at home. The plan was to fit and connect the vanity unit in the bathroom. After breakfast and around 9.30 I made a start whilst E got dressed. She almost never gets dressed before breakfast, not like me who does the opposite. When she was ready she began to clean all the wall tiles, windows and frames whilst I sorted out the unit. In a recent post I mentioned that the floor in that part of the room where the unit was to be fitted isn’t level and consequently I had to make alterations to the base of the unit to compensate. After much positioning, putting the unit in and taking it out a few times it was time to measure and cut the drain pipe and the hot and cold water pipes. It was then that I realised I needed the adapters for connecting the flexible pipes supplied with the tap (faucet) so I drove to the supplier and bought five of them, two each for the bath supplies and hand basin and one for the toilet cistern. I also bought a flexible drain connecting pipe for use with the basin rather than trying to make a solid connection as I had done when I connected the basin in the wet room. Because the drain pipes are of the welded joints variety I would have to be very accurate in welding the final piece that connects to the basin water trap. I decided to use a flexible connection this time. Having drained the hot and cold water pipes I cut them down, re-fitted the isolating valves and fitted the adapters. I was now ready to place the unit in position and fix it to the wall using screws. Fitting the tap to the basin was easy as was fitting the drain. Bathroom 77The basin is quite heavy because it is wide and lifting it into position proved challenging as there is little spare room either side to manoeuvre. Finally it was in position on top of the unit and ready for connecting the pipes. The water pipes proved to be no problem but the waste pipe consistently leaked despite several attempts to seal it. I must have fitted it and removed it four times until finally deciding to use ‘Plumbers Mait’ with the neoprene gaskets. At last it was water-tight with no further leaks. That waste pipe took me more than an hour to get right and should have taken a mere ten minutes. Just one of those awkward tasks that accompany some DIY jobs. I don’t think I have ever had a completely leak-free installation in all the plumbing work I have done through the years. Thankfully they are few. One down and five to go, the shower, the glass screens, the toilet, the bath and the towel radiator plus all the extras.

I especially like the tap where the water exits like a waterfall. I had to turn the cold water supply down to prevent the water overshooting the basin! This is because the cold water is connected directly to the water main (and drinkable) whereas the hot water is fed from the storage tank and therefore at a lower pressure. The plug operates by pressing it to open and close. Click on the picture twice for a close-up.

Shirley Anne

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Up in the air!

Moss closeup on abandoned manmade materials

Another free day from my electrical work, at least until late afternoon. The weather forecast was for rain later in the day but dry and reasonably calm until then. I had finished using the scaffolding tower on Monday but had left it where it was at the side of the house knowing that at some point during the week I might get the chance to wheel it round to the rear and clean the sloping roof beneath my bedroom window as it was covered in moss. A golden opportunity then to clear the moss whilst I had the time. Despite the tower being 7 metres tall it only just reaches past the roof line at that point. I was hoping it might have been a little higher. The gutter was at chest height and I could have raised the platform to the next rung to give me the extra height but that wouldn’t have left much margin for safety so I worked with it at the height I had left it. It took some time to get rid of the moss because the roof tiles have a rough surface giving the moss something to get its roots into and I know I haven’t been able to remove  every last piece. I shall probably have to purchase some proprietary remover to destroy the spores. Caustic solutions could be used but they are not totally successful in removing everything and can be hazardous to use. I have a product in mind to purchase and I can apply it through my bedroom windows without having to rebuild the tower which E and I have dismantled and stored in the garage. I couldn’t have removed the bulk of the moss through the windows and I certainly wouldn’t have been able to clean out the gutter either. Whilst the tower was in that position I was able to do some filling in on the brickwork where the mortar had either worn away or had been damaged when other work was being carried out during the last few years. The tower has proved useful thus far and I’m sure it will be worth the money I spent buying it. We had a late lunch before E went out to do the weekly shopping with her mum. I was going to fit the vanity unit and connect it to the water pipes and drain but I received a call to do a small electrical job and by the time I had returned it was late afternoon. I didn’t feel much like starting work in the bathroom at such a time so I left it for another day, probably tomorrow!

Shirley Anne

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It’s times like these……

We are at that stage in the bathroom refurbishment where we can begin bringing in the furniture and fitting it. On Wednesday late in the morning after I had returned from a job I was keen to make some sort of start in the bathroom and the obvious choice was fitting the vanity unit (hand wash basin cabinet) as it is in an out-of-the-way part of the room and wouldn’t interfere with other work that we plan to do later. As is usual with old Victorian houses, they are not absolutely ‘square’, that is some of the walls supposedly at right-angles to one another often are not. It became evident to us just how far out of alignment the walls are when the tiler had finished laying the floor tiles. They are parallel to one wall but not to the opposite wall and by quite an amount! When I was installing the waste pipe and water supply pipes for the vanity unit I made an error in the positioning of the waste pipe and I began to alter it so that it would be in the correct place when the unit was in its fixed position. Naturally I had to offer the unit to the wall a couple of times and cut out a section at the rear of the unit to accommodate the three pipes. I stopped short of fixing everything permanently until I had more time but when everything was in place I glanced to the floor in front of the unit and saw the pale grout line of the tiles was not parallel to the front of the unit. Nothing of course can be done about it or could have been done to alleviate the poor alignment unless all the floor tiles had been placed askew but that would only mean a glaring misalignment elsewhere in the room. Most annoying but that’s life. Here are some pics of the work so far………….The first picture shows the misalignment…..

Bathroom 72 Bathroom 73

Bathroom 75

Bathroom 76

 

 

Bathroom 74

Compare these photographs with those I posted on January 6th. A slight improvement?

Shirley Anne

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Culinary delights?

Top sirloin steak topped with an onion ring
Top sirloin steak topped with an onion ring (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tuesday afternoon saw E and I off out to lunch once again. We missed out last week so it came as a welcome change from our current busy schedule. I had been out working in the morning. Wednesday morning was to be spent away from home too and thereafter would be an open book. If I don’t get work I shall be working at home making inroads into fitting the bathroom furniture, so I shall be busy doing something. If there is a dry day over the next week I will need to move the scaffolding tower and clean the roof and gutter outside my bedroom window. If there is nothing else to do that requires the tower I shall have to dismantle it and put it in storage. I will have no excuses not to be working on something but I will take a break and not wear myself out. One of those ways is to go out for lunch which E and I do regularly. We drove a few miles out-of-town to another small town some 15 or more away. There is a small pub/restaurant on the main road which serves good food, much of which is from home-made recipes, however, my chosen dish of steak and ale pie was spoiled by the fact that it contained far too much salt. The food itself was good, except perhaps for the pastry which I thought was ‘stodgy’ and tasted and felt more like a suet dumpling in the mouth. When asked if we were enjoying the meal I let them know what I thought about the salt and pastry. E had ordered a steak with peppercorn sauce which was served with large batter-covered onion rings and mushrooms, neither of which she eats. I often wonder why she doesn’t mention to hold those two things but she doesn’t and then expects me to eat them when they arrive. I have to say that the portions served to us were very generous, far too much in fact as I left some on the plate.

Cappuccino
Cappuccino (Photo credit: Lisa Cancade)

After such a large meal, well what we ate of it, we decided against indulging in a dessert as we probably wouldn’t have been able to eat it. We cut short our stay there, foregoing a drink of coffee which we sometimes have and drove back home where we made ourselves a large Cappuccino instead.

Shirley Anne

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Time found, well for some things.

This image is from Vaseline company archives o...
This image is from Vaseline company archives of various published materials. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The weather was brilliant on Monday, sunshine most of the day and the wind had dropped dramatically. I hadn’t any electrical work to do, my first job was to be Tuesday morning so I had the day to myself, almost. I had to take advantage of the fine weather and get the soil-pipe connected to the stack. I hadn’t noticed that the elbow connection I had purchased together with the length of pipe had a small crack in it which meant a trip to the plumber’s merchant to have it replaced. I had to go there anyway as the guy doing the tiles asked if I would buy some sealant. However in the meantime I accidentally dropped the elbow and it broke along the crack causing a large piece to break away. I wasn’t sure if the plumber’s merchant would now accept the fact that I hadn’t broken it myself. It would be difficult to do that as these fittings are quite substantial. A flaw in it, in this case a crack, made it possible. I need not have worried, the guy understood and replaced it free of charge without argument. I did have to purchase the sealant of course! I returned home and set about cutting and fitting the pipe, having to use ‘Vaseline‘ to get the parts to slide together past the neoprene seals and even then it was difficult. I had it all done in an hour and fixed with a bracket. I mixed some mortar and filled in around the pipe at the same time. I could have dismantled the scaffolding tower at this point but decided not to as I will be using it again at the rear of the house in order to clean out the gutter and clear the small roof beneath my bedroom window of the accumulated moss there. I will move the tower round there when I propose to do that job which may be a few days away. For the moment it can remain where it is. It would be at least an hour before it was lunchtime so I busied myself doing minor tasks around the house. E had made Mick our tiler some sandwiches and had some filling left over so she asked if I would like a sandwich too. We all sat down together and ate our food. Almost immediately I’d finished my mobile phone rang and it was someone asking me to do a small job for her 92 year-old mother. I had been there once before last year. When I arrived the old lady was confused even though her daughter had phoned to say I would be there within the hour. I did not know what the task was and getting the information out of the old lady was a real challenge. My ten minute job took me an hour though during that time I had to visit a local supplier for materials. When it came to payment she found it extremely difficult to understand what the fee was going to be. I had written an invoice/receipt but had to read it out for her. I then had to count out her money in her presence and show her what I was taking. When I placed the remaining cash back into her purse she wondered what I was doing and I had to explain everything to her once more. I decided to phone her daughter and explain to her what I had done and how much I had taken but she didn’t answer her phone. A couple of minutes later her husband called me so I explained everything to him. The old lady asked me who was on the phone and when I told her it was her son-in-law she reacted at first as if she didn’t know what I was talking about then piped up ‘George’? In some ways I feel sorry for the lady but she seems to very happy and contented. 92 and totally independent, I wonder if I could claim the same thing if I were to reach her age? When I again returned home E and I had plenty to do cleaning and removing rubbish before we could finally relax after our evening meal. It was at that time I finally found it possible to do some sewing. I had a garment that needed a ‘stitch in time’ and that was the only time I had free to do it.

‘Mick’ had finished the tiling but promised to return at our request to help us bed-in the shower tray and apply sealant around its edges and elsewhere. I can then begin to fit the furniture and do the plumbing for the bath tap.

Shirley Anne

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Islamic Sharia Law

English: Picture of Billboard put up by the Un...
Picture of Billboard put up by the United American Committee given to me by the group itself. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It has been suggested that the UK  should enshrine Islamic Sharia Law into the UK legal system by The Law Society. If implemented it will mean a step backwards for equal rights in this country and an insult to those who over the years have fought for the benefits we all now enjoy through our legal system. The biggest mistake this country has made in my estimation is to allow far too much influence by those coming to live here from foreign places who have different religious backgrounds. Our laws are based upon Christian/Judaeo values and not those of other religions some of which promote inequality. Though not everyone here believes in Christ or God those laws serve us all and to the benefit of us all, foreign laws do not. I have always maintained that people coming to live here should abide by our way of life and our laws. If people born in the UK visit other countries or choose to live there they have to obey their laws but it seems that here anything goes. As a Christian I am aware that Islam and those who are followers of Islam have every intention of  eventually taking over this land by stealth, slowly but surely. Islam’s followers will do everything they can to achieve that goal, not openly of course but that will come too if we allow them free rein. I speak with many people about this sort of thing but it often falls upon deaf ears. People forget the story of Peter and the wolf…………..until it is too late. Here is the link to the article http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/03/23/sharia-law-enshrined-in-uk-legal-system_n_5016396.html

Shirley Anne

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Waiting for a slot

I mentioned that I had purchased a 7 metre scaffolding tower last week for use around the perimeter of the house. Although it is that high when fully erected it still isn’t high enough to reach certain areas but is adequate for reaching most or all of the places where I will wish to work. The first job it will be used for is fitting the soil-pipe for the new toilet in the bathroom as part of the refurbishment we are currently undertaking in that room. Scaffolding is necessary in this particular incidence as the work is at high level and would be dangerous if done using a ladder. I had been waiting for an opportunity to unpack the new scaffolding during the week but I had been very busy at work and couldn’t find the time. Once the guy came to do the tiling in the bathroom I found it impossible to get around to doing it then as I had to be on-hand at times for his needs, though E was there too she can only do so much. Aside from my electrical jobs I wasn’t able to find time because the weather has been wet and quite windy too and not conducive to erecting scaffolding towers. However I found an hour or two on Saturday  morning in between the showers which enabled me to unpack the scaffolding and begin to assemble it. Click on the picture and once again to magnify……69I managed to assemble about half of it before the weather once again turned nasty. As I write this on Sunday morning there is yet another two metre section to be added in order to reach where the soil pipe is located. You can just make out the plastic bag covering the place where the new pipe will connect. The actual toilet waste pipe juts out about two metres above the floodlight at the top of the scaffolding as it stands in the picture. The wind was high and even if it hadn’t been raining it would have still been difficult to continue so I gave up and went indoors. The weather was much better the following day so I set about erecting the remaining section. A little later our eldest son appeared with his daughter and he assisted me. Soon after he had left I realised I hadn’t extended the outriggers, something I should have done at the start! Soon corrected as you can see in this picture……….70

Now all I have to do is find the time to actually do the work of connecting the pipe and cementing around the hole!

Shirley Anne

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