Filling holes

Jun 20, 2018

I’m making good the preparation before the decorator arrives. Photo didn’t really show it but there were gaps between the uneven walls and the new picture rail and some damage to plaster when the old rail was removed. I filled the gaps as well as I could with decorators caulk that I believe can be painted over.

Electrical fixes

Mar 24, 2018

A rather painful prelude but the electricians Neil and Steve (there are decent, hard working, honest ones in this world), put right some wrongs. Earth bonding the water pipes anyone? How about a few less junction boxes and connectors? Want someone to pull a cable through a narrow conduit? They are your men. Some improvements included moving the light switch around the lounge door so the door can be hung the other way round, replacing the rubbish florescent light fittings in the bathroom with LEDs and installing a light under the stairs.

Saw <=> keys

Keys <=> Money

Let’s see if it works out.


Pah! Lies, lies.

Wot no builder

Feb 15, 2018

Tools all over the place. This week was the big clear up. Except boiler problems at “the other place”. And problems with builders in another flat. and another thing … and another thing … Bloody incompetent, dishonest tradesmen.

Extractor fan above oven is now fixed. Took it out. Reaffixed a plug. Plugged it in the the mains. Coaxed the power tester into life. A few cables to the fan housing had power. No power to fan motor or light. Turned the fan housing around. Oh. There’s a switch underneath ….

Tinnitus in my right ear getting more noticeable. “Uncomfortable” right upper molar. GP on phone is sure everything “fine”. Dentist tomorrow for quarterly descaling – is the pain of that descaler (zzz, zzz, whuzz, screech,owww) really worth it or should I set a new trend in brown teeth? Must cut down on tea. Phoned up ENT clinic. Where’s my appointment for hearing aids? I’ve been waiting three months. I’m sure this chap didn’t have to wait in line. Trousered. The Sun has a way of changing nouns into verbs that borders on the poetic. Grumpy? Moi? The most important lesson to teach the young is you don’t have to take it or put up with it but you have to accept the consequences of your actions. It’s a two-way street. Don’t complain, do nothing and hope that nanny will make it all better. “I live for today”. What defeatist twaddle. In the modern argot, believe you have some agency, get a vision, work towards it and understand when you challenge those with power they won’t accept it meekly.

Regarding the remaining plastering, I phoned “Big Steve” who said he was going to “pay a visit” to him-who-must-not-be-named. I said there was no need to go all Sicilian but he might want to put someone to cover the back fence.

Twilight Tango on Sunday. An oasis of civility.

New year clear up

Jan 1, 2018

The hallway ceiling is boarded.

Ready for plasterer tomorrow.

No avoiding today cleaning the kitchen and trying to cover some old paint rework with stain block.

Ceiling ..

Dec 26, 2017

What ceiling?

Ah there it is

All under control.

Kitchen 2017-12-23

Dec 23, 2017

Gas hob is attached. However, some of the burners take a long time to stay ignited. If I let go of the gas tap within a few seconds of ignition, the gas supply to some burners shuts off. Surely the gas burner should only require me to hold the gas tap open for a “few” seconds. Maybe this is a thermocouple fault? I have emailed the supplier explaining the problem. Tedious.


Kitchen 2017-12-16

Dec 16, 2017

Work tops on, sink fitted, tiling pretty much done.

To do: level the floor, floor vinyl, tiling grout, fit gas hob, connect up extractors, stain block on old paint work.

Worktops cut but not fixed.

Sink and hob to be fitted.


Kitchen Day 3

Dec 6, 2017

day 3 stitch