More on the project

It was Thursday morning and my day to do the weekly shopping but first I had to cast my vote in the local elections. As usual I was up early to do the shopping and as the polling station opened at 7 o’clock I decided to go there first. I was there at seven and they were still setting up! I was the first one there. Soon I was on my way to the supermarket and was back home before eight-thirty. After putting everything away I had a drink then was off out again to purchase the wood preserver I had forgotten to purchase the previous day and whilst at the builders merchant I purchased some plasterboard sheets for the ceiling together with the special screws and the joint tape which has to be applied before the ceiling is skimmed with plaster. I had received a late-night call from my eldest son who informed me that he couldn’t come along as planned to help lift the lintel in place because his wife had made other plans for the day. It didn’t matter though I did feel a little let down but that’s children isn’t it? Children? He’s actually 36 years old! Anyway I thought it best to get on with other things, hence the material purchases. On my return home I began by removing all the temporary coverings that were on the ceiling and then removed countless nails from the joists. I then systematically brushed the wood preserver over all the ceiling timbers. Evidence of historical woodworm infestation showed up in a couple of places on the joists but fortunately they were small patches and hadn’t spread. That would have been a nightmare to repair had there been serious damage to the timbers for they support the kitchen above. Anyway a good soaking of preservative will ensure no further problems, especially once the plasterboard is installed to seal it all off. Much of the timber had previously been treated with ‘Creosote’ which is no longer in use these days. Once that had been done and after lunch I decided to install two of the plasterboard panels but to do the others I would need to instal the electrical wiring for the recessed downlights and also slide the insulation over those I have fitted. I also have to drill the holes in the boards in which the lights will fit.

There had been a hole in the wall behind the left-hand panel in the picture at the back of which was a ventilation brick on the outer wall of the cavity. I had to block it off in case insects, especially wasps and bees get in and make a nest behind the plasterboard. The two identical panels were installed in different aspects to save wastage. They are both 3 ft x 4 ft (you do the conversion to metric). The one on the right looks larger but it isn’t. That was pretty much all I did that day.

Shirley Anne


New year post

Well the post has nothing to with the new year (neither do I…LOL). It was written on 27 th November! I had been working on the small store room project in the cellar spending around four hours down there. I had been trying to patch up the ceiling with new plasterboard where I could with the small amount of board I had in stock. I didn’t have enough plasterboard to complete the ceiling so some would have to be purchased before that could happen. I also fitted some more small lengths of timber in preparation for fixing the plywood covering. This is how far I got (last three pictures) and though it doesn’t look much it was fiddly enough to take up the time.

Picture three shows the frame I made beneath the wet room drain above it. It will have a removable cover fixed to it. In the same picture the grey coloured pipe, part of the central heating system, will be boxed-in. Pictures three, four and five show the small areas of plasterboard I was able to fit. The first two pictures show areas I wasn’t able to cover because I had no more plasterboard. By the time you are reading this that work should be complete and hopefully much more. At lunch time I called the supplier from whom I had purchased the pebbles for the garden lawn feature as we had been waiting many weeks for them to deliver. I was informed that they would deliver them the next day. That begs the question how long did they have them in stock and when would they have informed us had we not contacted them? Hopefully then by the time you read this that project should be completed also.

Shirley Anne