Construction (36)

Sunday April 24 Prep Talk My brother Gordon is a painter. He tells me: everyone thinks painting is easy, but it’s the preparation that takes time and skill to get right. I didn’t fill the nail holes before we whitewashed the ceiling, or sand the plywood: I didn’t see the need. My brother thought I…

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Thursday March 3, Sunday March 20 Delegate They say delegation is the sign of a good leader. That, or people get other people to do the things they don’t want to do themselves. Greg the builder wasn’t too keen to tackle the galvanized edge strip for the plaster – it was a kind of important…

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Bricklaying

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Thursday February 18, Friday February 19 Timing I had been been trying to get Trent the bricklayer back for a while. A couple of times he was available but I wasn’t – or didn’t have enough clean bricks ready for him. Other times I was organised but Trent was busy. Eventually the stars aligned and…

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Monday February 1 Keeping it in the family It’s handy having a brother as a painter. Gordon gave the cement sheet two coats of clear sealer, first cutting in the edges with a brush and then using a roller. This work was done a couple of months earlier – well before the cover strips went…

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Tuesday December 22 My Kitchen Rules Kitchens have become a centerpiece of many new homes. The advent of open-plan living has made the kitchen more visible than it historically was. Think of a separate room, tucked away behind a door, maybe even with a hatch to serve from – somewhere a housewife or servant would…

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Thursday November 19, Friday December 4 / Monday December 7, Monday January 25 Pack ’em in See the previous post about ‘Putting up the Ceiling’ for an explanation about the role that insulation plays in keeping a house warm in winter and cool in summer. For insulation to be effective it has to block all…

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Friday November 13, Thursday November 19, Friday December 11, Wednesday December 16 Give us a break Most of the lining (both wall and ceiling) in 60k House is 9mm plywood. Ply was selected because it is durable, beautiful and I mistakenly believed it would be comparable in cost to finished plasterboard. As it turns out…

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Friday November 13, Sunday November 15, Friday December 4, Tuesday December 22 Behind the walls While the walls and ceiling were still accessible, before the lining went on, both Alan the electrician and also Ian the plumber came to run their wires and pipes. This was the last chance to add taps or power points…

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Friday October 30, Tuesday November 10, Thursday December 17 / Friday December 18 What next? The order in which we have built or finished particular components has mostly been determined by what has been needed next: I promised my guests a working toilet for the birthday party in November, so the toilet had to have…

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Monday October 19 / Tuesday October 20, Friday October 23 Flushed away This post is about the not so glamorous but oh so important topic of dealing with the stuff that gets flushed down the toilet. If you’re close enough to connect to town sewer then happy days – hook it up, flush and forget.…

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