September 11, 2006
September 10, 2006
The that finished at 2pm, I got my packet of Jaffa cakes and had 10 minutes of rest before I went out for the warm up again.
The B team game kicked off at 2.30pm and near the end I got cramp, but again we won this 1-0. So I could be he first to get 6 points in one day!!!
Back to the house and the final coats of the stairs!
September 09, 2006
Took about 1hour to get through the block but then I hit one of the studs in the wall so had to cut around this also.
Eventually got a 4" sewage pipe in for the vent.
Then had to drill a section out for the vent from the machine, pain in the head all this.
Took me near the whole day to finish this job.
Got another coat on the stairs and one coat on the back bedroom door.
Off home about 8pm.
September 04, 2006
5th - No training so finished off the remaining 15 spindles and gave a coat to the steps
6th - Varnish varnish varnish!!! cat slow but it has to be done
7th - varnish stairs after training
8th - Varnish stairs and saddles, finally getting there now with this, pulled ship at about 12.30am. Varnishing near the end at the weekend.
September 03, 2006
September 02, 2006
September 01, 2006
August 28, 2006
August 27, 2006
When I had that done I decided to put in another double socket upstairs in the attic for the 8 way TV distribution box so that I can install the aerial and distribute the tv signal to the other rooms.
Signal when taken upstairs is fine but not great downstairs.
Off home at about 12pm, feeling crap but ready to watch the Mayo match,
August 26, 2006
Aidan can again to finish and test the alarm. I had to wired in a double socket for Eircom to install the dish for the phone.
It needs a power supply beside the phone lines so I had to wire into the back of an exisitng double socket. I had to run upstairs then to run CAT5 cable from the power point to the gable where the dish will be.
I also had a match so dad came over and we set out 4" solids on each of the corners where the container will be. The container is 8ft by 20ft.
Off to the match, I was not feeling the best before it, lacking energy but played anyway.
August 25, 2006
Siobhan was here again, we wanted to hang the curtains in our room to see they looked good. I finished the flooring in the room upstairs.
We then decided to start cleaning up the saw room, must have been a bag of saw dust! Also a lot of waste timber, so I cut this up on the saw and we moved all boxes of firewood into the spare bedroom upstairs,
The dust was killing herself and we headed off at 10pm, I have work to do for Stevie on the system I am helping him develop.
August 24, 2006
Once all the flooring has been done the saw can be taken down from the "saw room" and Siobhan can have it back as a bedroom.
I started flooring the room and due to 2 V shaped angles in the room it was akward but managed to get 1/2 of the room done. Aidan was also here to put the alarm working but mainly to test all the PIRs.
August 23, 2006
August 22, 2006
August 21, 2006
I had to go to McHales and pick out a container, 1800 cash which is a good price for a container which is in good condition,
Back to the house, the lads had buried the gas pipe from the house under the paths, had to try and dig it out!!
August 20, 2006
It tooks us a good 2 hours to move it all, the back to the othe gable to move all the scaffolding and boards, again another hour but that was that!!
There is just 2 piles of slates to move now with the straps and the digger.
We also built up some of the blocks into a neat pile,
August 19, 2006
This meant panic stations as he wants to start the paths on Monday.
With a truck load of blocks, slates, timber, scaffolding up against the house it all needs to be moved. The table and chairs and the tumble dryer both arrived today.
Had to head into town to get the large 22" grate and fret, had to made in Dineens and ordered through Heiton Buckleys. But feck me the one they make is 26" Have to go back with it.
GOt back to the house and started to move stuff out of the bedroom/tool room up stair stairs so that it can be put int he container and I can floor that room also.
Liam started the leveling about 4pm, Dad came over to give me a hand, but with me having a match @6pm it was going to leave it tight.
Liam gave us a hand with the bucket to shift about 250 blocks in 20 minutes, but that is the main thing to move.
Dad stayed on and moved the timber and other stuff.
I am working @5am in the morning so will have to head over after that to move the rest of the stuff, will be slow but it has to be done. All going well there will be a big change outside next weeked.
It is really dragging on but I think I can see light at the end of the tunnel!!!
August 18, 2006
August 16, 2006
August 15, 2006
August 14, 2006
August 13, 2006
August 12, 2006
I needed to move all the bags to the gable, ended up there were 110 bags!! Could not belive it. I rang Burkes again and he said it would be more like 235 euro for the lot.
He then rang me back and said he could collect today.
I ran into town to get a mirror for the wardrobe, a 48" by 17" is 35 euro. Bit more expensive that I expected.
Back to the house and I gave an undercoat to the cupboards in the utility, slow job.
Burkes arrived and we loaded up 1.5 tons of rubbish, cost us 300 euro, more that I expected but it is gone now!
So back inside to watch the GAA, then back into give a first coat of the final color to the cupboards. AGain it took the guts of 2 hours.
Off at 8pm to give DAmien a life home.
August 11, 2006
We decided that in order to allow us to recycle as much as we can we split up the shelves to hold 6 containers, for glass, paper, tins, etc etc.
This has now changed the whole utility room, now need to put in the rack for the washing machine and tumble dryer!!
Marie and Siobhan were there to clean up the bedroom and ensuite and try and get rid of the mounds of dust that has built up.
I finished the shelving in the cupboards and started to gather all cardboard together for the recylcing run.
I contacted Burkes bags to see if they would do a run to collect the bags of rubbish at the back of the house, about 40 bags. Said it would be about 150 euro.
I have to go and count them to see.
August 10, 2006
I have to talk to Sean as he had to co-ordinate with them;
Dad was over again and he was doing some shelving in the utility.
I got another coat on 5 more doors. so down now to about 5 doors to finish, with 2 of them up on 3 coats.
August 09, 2006
August 08, 2006
He asked put up the skirting in the front room. Another great load of jobs done.
I continued on with my varnishing to 5 of the doors. I am of course giving the door 2 more coats than I intended but it leaves them clean, tough and like a mirror.
Was talking to Sean, he hopes to arrive next week to finish the ground work. Mick my engineer is due to arrive this week to sign off the house.
August 07, 2006
Then onto the match which we won 3-0.
Dad and John were over to do the door and frame for the utility room, then the walk-in wardrobe shelves. 2 great jobs done.
Myself and Siobhan assembled our bed and took all the wrappers off furniture.
August 06, 2006
August 05, 2006
Had to get the wardrobe railings, 4 4ft lenghts. Also I got paint to blend in the unit in the utility room, I gave Albany a piece of wood with the color of our kitchen,
the put in under a scanner and created the paint for me.
I had to go to a funeral so headed off early.
August 04, 2006
August 03, 2006
August 02, 2006
July 31, 2006
July 30, 2006
July 29, 2006
I also purchased some bulbs for the wall lights and put them in, poor design on the to be honest.Then it was onto varnishing the architraves, before I left I gave all the timber in the closet an undercoat ready to be finished in the morning.I had to head over to my mother in law to sand and varnish the front of bath for her, gave it 6 coats with a 20 minute drying interval, 2 coats at a time.Got home about 8.30 - also have match tomorrow for the C team, short on a keeper.
July 28, 2006
One job which had to be done was the Island hood/extractor fan.This was an unknown to me as I had thought I had bought this as a vented less extractor but soon discovered it was not.#I had to work out exactly how to put it up, then had to drill a hole for the vent hose, get into the active and feed it out to the soffit vents.
There is a need to fix a holder to the ceiling, fix the vent to it, then there are brackets which grip the hood and are screwed onto the holder. Once I had figured it out by 11.30pm I had it all up bar the glass hood which was at home.Busted tired, but great to get it out of the way.
July 27, 2006
July 26, 2006
July 25, 2006
July 24, 2006
July 23, 2006
July 22, 2006
Got a few things in heiton buckleys then back to the house.I started to do the final cut in on the landing but Shane arrived and waited for over an hour so I then decided to start shelving the hot press.Headed off at 4pm as we were off to a Boceilli concert in Galway
July 21, 2006
July 20, 2006
July 19, 2006
July 18, 2006
July 17, 2006
Off into get pin nails to put in the glass in the dining room doors. Had to pick up the 4 panes of glass from Lawless, 140 euro.Then back to the house but I had to leave again as it was hitting 28 degrees out the back and almost as much inside!! So back to help my da paint the school walls, time to top up Sunday "Tan"!!!
July 16, 2006
July 15, 2006
July 14, 2006
July 13, 2006
July 12, 2006
July 11, 2006
July 10, 2006
July 09, 2006
July 08, 2006
A sore head on me today, bit too much wine out for dinner last nite, throw in a few Guinness and Red bull and it was a disaster.Up at 8am, got a breakfast sandwich and it took another hour for me to wake up,The rain had started but I needed to get out to move all the stuff from around the house for the lads to put in the footpaths.
Dad came over but since Sean had not apppeared with the digger it was akward to move.Sean arrived over and he told us that the ground was not high enough and that we would have to move back all the stuff!!We called it a day as we had to go to a birthday party.
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July 07, 2006
July 06, 2006
July 05, 2006
July 04, 2006
July 03, 2006
He also bought in a load of timber to make shelves for the closet, hot press etc.I was at work until 8pm, mental busy and no time for anything, had a busting migraine also so had to head.
July 02, 2006
Headed off to the match and drew in what seemed to be serious temperatures, was with the C team so I am not as pushed at winning the league with them as the B team.Back to the house and I decided to test drive the power showers!!!
I said since they were all cleaned up and hot water was there, what the hell!! Reminded me of a hotel shower with the power of it!Back to the boards and skirting, final coats and they are ready for Dad to tackle tomorrow.I decided it was time to also sand and varnish the skirting in the 2 bathrooms. Headed off at 7.30pm
July 01, 2006
June 30, 2006
June 29, 2006
June 28, 2006
June 27, 2006
June 26, 2006
June 25, 2006
That took me 2 hours to do and pile up all the timber. All tanalised timbers so worth keeping.I moved into the hall again and worked away until 6pm. I have now left it with 3 lines to do.
June 24, 2006
It took a good while to get the timber laid out and by then Brian had arrived to commission the Geothermal and sign off the system.Dad arrived over and we decided we would start and dismantle the timber panels at the side of the house, as they were in the way.
So with nail bar and hammers we got stuck into it and after 3 hours we had 2 of the panels done.Was 6 bells so Dad headed off and I moved inside to continue the timber. Also timbered into the closet so that was done also.There are 20 lines of timber to go down and I had 10 done by the time I left @ 10.30. A long day but the work is getting done.
June 23, 2006
June 22, 2006
June 21, 2006
June 20, 2006
Training at 7 so went to it and went back to house, took down the skirting and labelled it, swept and hoovered the floor and started mixing. I was very suprised that it took all 5 bags and just about had enough but it should do the job now.I also purchased 4 wall lights on the internet, got them for 40 euro a piece.
June 19, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 17, 2006
Using the stiff underlay as a template and cutting around the stone to get the exact shapes and angles.Pieces were taking me 20 minutes to cut around the hearth alone!So I got the 6 bags of leveller and was back in time for John. After the guided tour of progress we decided to work together and get the sitting room pulled and with one measuring installing and the other cutting and gluing we put in the final 11 lines in 2 hours.
Delighted to get it done so fast.
A bit ahead of myself now.Dad was over and he put up all the skirting in the back bedroom downstairs and filled the screws. The screws we were using and were useless were not threaded to the head and this meant that we had trouble driving the screw in.John had other screws with a full thread and they worked a treat.Myself and John decided to move the chop saw into this room and clean up the dining room. With the skirting off and numbered and the room hoovered I started with the leveller. It took 3.5 bags of leveller.
So I will start flooring that in the morning. I have a match at 12pm so that will break up the day.When I had that done I decided I would make a start on sanding and varnishing the skirting in the sitting and dining room. At least it will mean that we can put up the skirtingin these rooms.After a long day and my legs falling off I headed about 8.30
June 16, 2006
Then back to the house, aim this weekend is to get the sitting room floored. It was going to be extremly difficult due to the corner fireplace with the semi circular hearth so as you can imagine the cut are on a jagged stone curve!The self levelling cement had dried but it was not a great finish, not sure if it was down to the cheaper brand levelling compound or not.
Also a tip if u are using this stuff, tape around the edges between the floor and insulation as there were some gaps betweens ours which the leveller flowed into!! So a bit of masking tape will stop this and keep the floor level.I started the floor about 7pm, I knew it was going to be slow but by the time I left @ 11.30 I had 7 lines completed and was 1/2 way around the hearth.
With the dormer window and its angles it made it even more difficult to close the gaps between the joints and get leverage but a nail bar aided in this.At least its a start and all going well tomorrow evening it will be finished.
June 15, 2006
June 14, 2006
Took down the skirting all around and hoovered out.He headed off again and I went into the back bedroom and steel wooled the skirting and gave it it's final coat of varnish. Took the TV with the German match on it upstairs to the main bedroom.Time to started finally putting in place the skirting. Slow job and with a stud finder(which cost 70 euro but is shi*TTTE!!!) and a drill with a small bit to find studs I on;y managed to get 5 pieces in place before my battery died a death!Off home about 11 again.
June 13, 2006
June 12, 2006
June 11, 2006
Time to finish the landing flooring, this was a pain in the arse and took me near 4 hours to finish!! Siobhan came over with some food and I sat and watched the match and then steel wooled and varnished all the skirting again.At 5 I moved downstairs to the bedroom, worked out the cuts and withing 2 hours I had 10 lines done in the room which was excellent. The only problem was that I smashed the knocking block!!
June 10, 2006
Then off into Arrow to pick up some self levelling cement @ 20 euro per 25kg bag.Back to the house, Siobhan was over so we took down the skirting in the bedroom, labelled it and then she cleaned up the floor. I headed out and started sanding the beam. Took me an hour once I figured out how to put on the sandpaper!!I does look well thought. I then headed up stairs to have a bit of lunch and also the watch the soccer.
While I was up there I also decided to put up the frosted contact on the window Sean asked up to blank out as it was looking down on their sitting room. In order to watch the match I then decided to sand and varnish the skirting off our bedroom and hall.Off downstairs again and got stuck into levelling.
The mix is mixed very watery so that it can flow over the room and it is encouraged into corners and sides with a steel float. It took all the bags I had bought but it means I can start that room tomorrow.Off home about 7 as I had to go to Larrys mams anniversary mass.
June 09, 2006
June 07, 2006
June 06, 2006
June 01, 2006
May 31, 2006
I manged to get what I wanted to do done so that was great.In the morning I went to Precison Engineering and gave them the measurements for the splashback and the frame around the glass blocks.Eircom rang me and they have decided that they will now put a pole on our site, 500 euro saved!!
May 30, 2006
The jam of the door is one angle, the wall in the room is another angle and the wall in the hall was the opposite angle!!With me 2 boards into the halll I was happy out, packed it up at 11.30 again
May 29, 2006
May 28, 2006
May 27, 2006
May 26, 2006
May 25, 2006
May 23, 2006
May 22, 2006
With a dormer and chimney breast in the room it was going to be difficult.I managed to get only 3 lines done!! Had to take skirting down around the areas which I had to floor, then lay down the underlay.
May 21, 2006
May 19, 2006
May 18, 2006
May 17, 2006
May 16, 2006
May 13, 2006
Had to go to heiton buckleys to get some stuff, while there I spotted they had steel frets, but only in 18" and we need a 21" so I said I would get it to see if it would do the job! It didn't!
Then onto FloorWorld to get a roll of the Underfloor specific underlay. 120 euro a roll which is costly.
Then out to Hursts to change the taps and basin. Back into CT electric to see if I could get lights to recess into the stairs, a bit of a shock @ 40 euro each!!
Off back to the house and got stuck into the front door and frame to stain it. Bleeding slow job, took me 4 hours to give it all 2 good coats!!!!
Also measured up the stairs for ceiling boards and trims,
Off home, Larrys wedding tomorrow so have to get the nails done!! :)
May 12, 2006
May 11, 2006
May 10, 2006
May 09, 2006
We watched the match waited for the traffic and then headed off down at 12am for London. Got into the cot @ 3am all ready for a 6.45am start to get the plane back!!
I managed to get a mate of my brother in law to do the stairs. He will be there tomorrow at 3pm to start.
May 08, 2006
May 07, 2006
May 06, 2006
May 05, 2006
May 04, 2006
Our Ensuite Bathroom
Pics Of The Landing, half done!!
Downstairs, glass blocks & corner bath
Downstairs - Border detail,
that fecking exposed side of the glass block!!
Sun Room floor
Upstairs Bathroom 2
May 03, 2006
May 02, 2006
May 01, 2006
After that the dining room needed to be cut in on the final coats, got that done too so the smaller jobs are getting done! On last count I think there were 70 or so tasks left to do!!!
April 30, 2006
April 29, 2006
I managed to get the main bathroom upstairs walls grouted and then down to the wet room mosaic to grout and wash that,
Once I finished that I moved onto the Sun room and managed to get 3/4 of it done before I headed off to Castlebar to get some stuff and see if I could get the brushed stainless steel splashback for the island.
After the match I needed to get Siobhans car serviced and cleaned for the NCT. Also needed to change the plates on my own hearse and get the Focus tightened and service ready to be sold.
April 28, 2006
So a wasted journey. I decided to finish the tiling in the main bathroom upstairs, the 2 boxes were as slow as hell and the cuts on the slant of the ceiling.!! It was 11pm when I pulled out.
April 27, 2006
So this changed my evening slightly, no training tonite. I had to get the floor in the bathroom upstairs tiled, a lot of pressure but it had to be done. What this meant was that the plumber would be able to install the sanitary ware in all bathrooms!
I had to get onto Wes in Hursts to make sure that they had the sanitary ware, so off to Cbar nice and early in the morning to make sure I get the stuff delivered to the house.
The 2 boxes and the couple of slanted cuts to do and that is that.
Dad was over varnishing and he also gave the work top its first coat of stain.
April 24, 2006
April 23, 2006
With the 2 boxes on the walls it was a pain in the arse to end up with the right cuts.
I also had to removed the trims on the boxes as them walls were not plastered.
Managed to get 1 small wall and 3/4 of the big wall done as with the slants on the ceilings it takes a bit of trimming on the tiles.
April 22, 2006
I managed to get to the house for 11am and got stuck into the sun rooms floor. It all went fairly handy and by the time herself and dad arrived over I had over 1/2 done.
I needed to get the metal trim to divide the timber and tile and house the timber flooring so Siobhan headed off to get it, came back with the wrong one and had to head over again!
They also reckoned that the underlay was the wrong one, so we may need to change it.
I checked all the tiles in the kitchen and took up the boost one. I then finished off the sun room and then started to put back down the tiles in the kitchen, a good days work.
April 21, 2006
Plan tomorrow is to start the sun room and complete it over the 2 days.
April 20, 2006
April 19, 2006
April 18, 2006
April 14, 2006
I decided to ensure each tile was level as it is the main bathroom and that the cuts on the edges and end would be even.
It toook me until near 12am but I got it all tiled. Now to grout that floor and put in the mosaic flooring around the wet area of the shower.
April 13, 2006
April 12, 2006
April 11, 2006
April 10, 2006
April 07, 2006
April 06, 2006
April 05, 2006
We went to Right price tiles and have now picked out the tiles for the sun room and bathroom upstairs, so have to measure up
Also paid off Skye furniture for all that was delivered. I did no work as I had a busting headache.
April 04, 2006
I continued with the tiling in the bathroom, brining all walls down to the ground and completing one wall fully. So down to 3 walls now left to do.
April 02, 2006
Very adward around the glass blocks and also the cuts around the windows. I had a match thrown in during the middle of the day.
We are looking at about 3/4 done but I am quickly running out of tiles.
April 01, 2006
The the bath and windows need to be cut right. Cut outs in the middle of tiles for the shower feed and head.
I have just over 1/2 done now. I order another 6 yards of tiles. Siobhan and dad were over working away.
I headed off at about 10pm badly tired! Another busy day tomorrow and a match!
March 31, 2006
We were initally tiling only 3 walls but made a decision to do all walls then, I was short on tiles and borders so will have to order more tomorrow.
I manged to get a nice part done, headed off home @ 12.30am with a busy weekend ahead.
March 30, 2006
March 29, 2006
March 28, 2006
March 27, 2006
Dad was over filling and finishing the window boards. I gave the ceiling in the SunRoom a final coat.
Plumbers finally arrived, plumbed up one bath in the main bathroom so that is done at least!
March 26, 2006
March 23, 2006
March 22, 2006
March 21, 2006
March 20, 2006
Today I found out that the government will be offering a 25% grant to alternative heat projects from March 27th!!! We are no eligible supposidly!!
March 19, 2006
March 18, 2006
Said I should clean up the kitchen as it was a mess so set to sweeping and moving stuff into the one store room.
Dad was over, Siobhan was over Sanding and Noreen and Paul were over with the kiddies, but in the end I managed to get the ceiling in the sitting room and main bathroom finished.
Then there was a bit of touching up to finish in the sitting room but for some unknown reason they did not give us the same mix!!
Had to go out to dinner for Siobhans sisters real party!!!
March 17, 2006
I think I must have turned it off about 5 times but in the end said feck it and stayed in the cot.
We headed for dinner into the Castlecourt and got a great suprise to see all my family and theirs waiting for us, it was a suprise 30th birthday party for me!
So I spent the day with them all, had a good drink and a laugh, great for the health and mighty to have a full day off.
March 16, 2006
I pulled ship about 12am, going out tomorrow for Siobhans sisters birthday so will have to be over early in the morning.
March 15, 2006
March 13, 2006
Dad was over and continued with the skirting
We had to clean up a room upstairs to allow us to bring the chop saw and table up.
I also started to fill in around the sockets which the lads replaced. Also a couple of recess lights leaking light so I wanted to fix these.
March 12, 2006
10am meet in Castlebar & off we went, after 90 minutes, much slogging, a couple of lucky saves and a something pulled behind my knee we came home with a 1-0 win. Great start.
Siobhan said to meet in the house about 1pm but with Celtic A playing in last 16 of FAI Junior cup final I said I would head and look @ some of it.
With my knee badly sore I decided to pull ship and not work on the house for one nite!!!! HEaded to Jonny Cash instead, excellent film
March 11, 2006
I had to cut in again the final coat as I was not happy and then managed to give the walls 2 coats which I was delighted with.
I had to go to town to get some stuff for Brendan to do the stairs, got back and decided it was time to build the final 6 glass blocks.
Got them done, in the mean time a mate of mine Aidan Hughes who works for ScreenGuard arrived to look at the house for the alarm, he was over for an hour.
Dad arrived and herself and they both set to work. There was some niggly bits to sand around the windows, recess lights and that so I worked away at them.
Headed off home about 8, long day over!
March 10, 2006
So then the pressure was on me to give the ceiling of the landing 2 coats of white, cut in the ceiling, give the walls 2 coats of the final color and cut that in too, put up the final recess light and paint 2 coats around the velux.
I had "scaffolding" to put up which consisted of putting up a H frame, put 2 scaffoling boards from it onto the stairs, screw that in, attach one of the trestle to the boards on the H frame, screw them onto the boards and run 2 boards ontot he landing, then put the 2 steps on top of that!!
As you can imagine it was hairy to say the least up on it!!
Siobhan was over and began to start sanding the doors. Dad had the skirting in the hall done which looks mighty
I got the 2 coats of white done, the area around the velux painted and the cut in done for the final coats, it was 1am when I finished to headed off home.
March 09, 2006
No sign of plumber, a week later and still no word out of him!!
I rang Brendan and asked him if he coulod come to us to give us a hand with the stairs, he hoped to come on next Monday.
Dad was there again contining with the skirting and architrave, it is really taking shape on that account.
March 08, 2006
March 07, 2006
I got the charger for the Dewalt drill I bought in the US so at least we have a decent screwdriver now!!
March 06, 2006
March 05, 2006
Brian was there showing a number of people the heating system and Siobhan was there sanding the door.
After spending time talking to both and with Gerry ?& Emmett out to show me his new A4 I fianlly got around to tiling around the box in the wall!!
Cleared out the floor, swept it up and left it ready to tile.
March 04, 2006
Also need a tenon saw for cutting the bottoms of the architraves, will save us have to take them down again. Also a punch for putting away the nails so that that we could varnish them
In the end it was almost 11am when I got there, Shane was there to collect some stuff, after he left I tried to start the tiling but the electrician came so I was a while talking to him!
Then he needed to put in a fan in the ensuite so I lost time there, Dad arrived then and Siobhan. Dad continued with the door and Siobhan did a bit more painting.
Brian the spark arrived and we wired up the oven and went through all that had to be done.
Eventually I managed to start and get one wall completed, moved onto another wall which had the cuts for the shower control, the shower head & the door,
I got that wall done, so one `1/2 wall left now to do tomorrow.
March 03, 2006
Dad and Siobhan were over when I got there, herself was there to repaint the utility.
Dad continue with fixcing up the door and architrave.
I did another wall of the ensuite, should have it finished tomorrow all going well.
March 02, 2006
March 01, 2006
February 28, 2006
February 27, 2006
February 26, 2006
February 25, 2006
I had to go to Hursts to get the blocks and I also had to call out to Shane for some adhesive and a tile cutter, got back to the house for 12.30
The floor around the wetroom needed to be rose so I did that with 2 buckets of sand and cement mix.
Dad was over and we brought the bath upstairs, we did some checking it out and realised that with the spa motor etc that we would leave it to the plumber to do it.
Siobhan came and did the final coat in our bedroom, dad worked and did the architrave in the ensuite so that I could get tiling.
I measured up the ensuite to make sure that all cuts and borders would fit in correctly.
February 24, 2006
I was stuck at work until 8.30 with issues to fix, Siobhan was off today and decided to tackle the 2nd undercoat in the hall.
I got to the house, had a cup of coffee and worked away, I built another 3 rows of glass block, only another 2 rows to go now but I have to get some more blocks and spacers.
Headed off about 11.
February 23, 2006
February 22, 2006
February 21, 2006
February 20, 2006
I decided to paint the kitchen around the units, this needed to be final coated. The ceiling needs another coat so will have to do that and finish the cutting ins.
February 19, 2006
I then started work at the grouting of the kitchen tiles, Dad, John G & Siobhan arrived over and they were at the skirting and painting the landing.
It took me until 7pm to grout, clean, touch up, clean, re clean, then clean down the worktop, clean the tiles again!!! But at least they are done now!!!
February 18, 2006
I started to finish off around the windows for the kitchen tiles, cutting trim and that until I realised I had run short, great not!!! I had to remeasure the bathroom downstairs and I headed off into town to Tubsntiles to get extra trim and finalise the order.
I also went to Castlebar toolhire to get a hand plane, chisels, sliding bevel and bits.
I called into a filling station for lunch and got 20 minutes of the game but had to head again. I got back to the house and then headed to training. Suffering badly with shin splints so the hard ground was killing me, but 1.5 hours of astro was a bit easier!!
I got back to the house @ and Dad was there with Siobhan, herself was painting the landing, not happy with the color, darker orange than what we expected. MYself and Dad got stuck into the glass panels in the door frame, at least it looks a hell of a lot better.
They headed off about six and I continued with the trims around the windows, had a bit to eat and set to the glass blocks, was not sure if I would face the same issues again.
The mix for these has to be right, then you have to make sure that the blocks are plumb and level each and every way, I put a metal strip screwed to the wall and through the blocks for extra support, I only did 5 blocks and pointed these in 4 hours!!!! Talk about been slow!!
I headed off home about 10,30pm, busted tired!!
February 17, 2006
We did go to TubnTiles to get our tiles picked out, got the ensuite and main bathroom done. I picked up the glass in the morning from Lawless, the 4 double glazed side panels were 140 notes, but the leading in them is identical to the door.
February 16, 2006
I sweet FA on the tiling, wrecked!
I rang Lawless today, glass for front door frame is ready.
I also rang TileSavers and nearly lost it, it seems they still don't know when the tiles will be ready, 4 deadlines and no tiles so I pulled the plug on it all, cannot be fuking people about,
Soo off to tile picking again, splendid since I lost the yardage measurements of all the rooms!!!!
February 14, 2006
I was buckled in the evening after doing the papers so did not intend to hang around too long but I had to move the packs of timber to allow dad to get into the access door in the landing.
I then started at the tiling, down now to the 2 windows now to tile ~and then grout the lot.
February 13, 2006
So he then decided to continue with the access doors, managed to get the one in the main bedroom and ensuite done.
I arrived and continued with the tiling of the kitchen, down now to one side of the window and around the 2 windows. Heat is a killer in the house now!
Esb came out and replaced the metre with a dual day/night meter
February 12, 2006
Headed to the house at 12 and went at the tiling in the kitchen again. Had Siobhans Dad, sister, brother in law and Nephew and Dad & John called in to look at the kitchen
Siobhan got stuck into painting the first coat on the wall where the new door was put on.
February 11, 2006
Had to go to Tubs and tiles to pick up the kitchen tile. I got to the house about 12.30, hard to get motivated but the house is so warm it is great.
I decided to start tiling the kitchen walls, dad was over to setup the radial arm saw which I bought on Ebay. He also wanted to get the trapdoor in the attic and also get the roof space access doors closed up. He mad all of these out of a sheet of MDF with a bit of architrave for trim.
Siobhan was over also to get the kitchen first coat finished but we were working around each other which was not great.
I had a match at 6:15 against Westport United so had to head off early, we won 4-1 which was grand.
February 10, 2006
February 09, 2006
February 08, 2006
I refilled the lights which I had pre filled, the filler is excellent and before it all dried I went back with a steel float and water and smoothed it off.
February 06, 2006
I rang the ESB about the meter and they will send someone out during the week.
I decided to try and finish off as many of the lights as I could, also had to fill the large hole left when the lads moved the emergency light. It took me near 4 hours to fill the holes that needed filling and the others needed to be cut flat with a painters knife and then sanded.
The gypsum filler I got was much better than the polyfiller, finishes much better.
February 05, 2006
Went to the house for 11am, the job I had done with the skimming the night before actually worked and it meant the 2 lights I had skimmed around looked spot on, I fired on a coat of paint and it did a great job.
I then decided to take this route with them all, there were 3 new holes to fill and 21 others to fill around. I spent the day at this.
Siobhan was over and painted the first coat of the kitchen, it looks well.
It took me until 5pm to get all the lights filled but they will need to be sanded and possibly a small skim put on some of them, at least it looks like an annoying task is coming to an end.
February 04, 2006
I decided it was time to do some work on the front door, it had not been sealed so I got out my tin of sealer and gave it and the door frame a coat of sealer. There was also a gap at the bottom of the frame so I filled this with mastic.
The dehumidifier is working away full time, it is pulling out maybe 2 litres of water a day, once the heat goes on I am sure this will be a help.
I went to tubs and tile and got us our kitchen tiles, only 3 sq yards so it was relatively cheap. Main tiles are not in until Wednesday.
Siobhan and Dad came over, Dad had over with him the wet saw for the tiling, the radial arm saw and the double oven.
We got the oven in place for the lads to wire up.
I also started at the recess lights holes, still not happy with them so I decided to make up a light skim and plaster over it
Siobhan taped around the windows of the kitchen so that I could under coat them. We are aiming to begin painting the final coat tomorrow.
I also checked the main meter and sure enough there is only one, have to get onto them in the ESB to sort it out,
January 31, 2006
January 30, 2006
I did not wait long, I took measurements off all the windows and went online for the prices.
I decided to take down all the glass blocks and get some advice.
January 29, 2006
So I then decided to starting sanding around window, doors, ceilings etc etc, pain of a job but it has to be done.
Siobhan was over and did a bit of painting, her mam & 2 sisters came for a guided tour so 3pm was not coming along too long.
January 28, 2006
We went to Skye furniture first to get the bed and chest of drawers in the sale, 15% off.
Got to the house for 12, great sunny day. Intend to get the glass blocks built today, but I had 3 visitors which between them all took up near 2.5 hours!
Mick was over for a look at the house but as he said himself the details are on the blog so that is handy. That site for the LCD tv is www.Katronics.de
I had another Mick from across the road over and then Vinny and young Adam came over for a look. Siobhan got some tiles and testers for the kitchen. we had a few sarnies before we tried some tiles, it is hard to match up the kitchen, worktop, walls and black windows, still a great headache!
Actually for Marks sake I who said I put up the wrong name, meet him at the wedding last weekend and then again last nite in Galway, his name is Mark Jackson and he did or timber frame kit erecting!! Sorry Mark!!
I managed to get started on the glass blocks but it is a pain in the arse, had to leave each block lenght ways and width ways and then point between them, only managed 12 blocks, I know useless!!
So tomorrow I might get more done.!!
Plumber has all the house plumbed up for the water but has not connected it outside!!
Spark will be back Monday to finish off.
Geo Brian rang me and said that there was an issue with the pump but he will be back Tuesday.
It is funny now with the lights on in the house, you forget, so long used to having a lead and bulb that I forgot I had lights outside and in!!
Also the door bell works! It is a great buzz when you get to this stage.
January 27, 2006
January 25, 2006
Brian was there working
Nick called over for a look at the house, changed a bit since he was last here!
United on the old TV so off to look at it!!
January 24, 2006
Dad rang me, he was talking to Sean and he asked if we could move the 3 bales of blocks away from the front to allow him get in with the machine.
I got to the house and took in the glass blocks. Siobhan arrived for a while to do some cleaning up and to admire the kitchen ;)
I managed to get the 132 blocks moved out of the way.
Did sweet feck all after that.
January 23, 2006
I got tot he house to clean up the kitchen, Brian and John were there 2nd fixing the electric, manged to get our first lights on, great buzz.
January 22, 2006
January 21, 2006
January 20, 2006
I eventually got Siobhan out to the house and suprised her with the new kitchen.
A few pics of the kitchen, needs to be cleaned up and 2 doors are missing either side of the window.
January 19, 2006
I rang Peter about getting the water hooked up so that Brian could setup the heat pump. I then rang Brian2 to see if we were ready for kick off next Thursday. seems we still are.
Rang Paul to see if he got to the house ok, he did so I let him away with it. He told me he needed the dishwasher on site so that meant a 32 mile round trip home to get the dishwasher, then back over again with it,.
I arrived back at 8pm, Paul was still there and I was very suprised with the work he had done, had all the floor and wall units done, pelmit done, work top finished, doors hung, all in 10 hours! Unreal but hey he is the pro!!
I must say it is money well spent.
Spent a while talkin to a fellow boards and self builder Steven. Learned a bit more about air vents in our house, or lack of them!! My fault!
Brian the spark was still sick but intends to set us up on Saturday.
The next 2 weeks are vital, it could mean we have water, electric and heat in the house. Time will tell!
John had the wall plastered too so we wait 2 weeks, paint it and then put up the stairs, even though i think it maybe longer as I want to totally tile all upstairs first.
January 18, 2006
So I have to get the plans to him for 9am.
I did not go near the house today as United were on the box and my dad is out and home so headed for the heat!
January 17, 2006
Got a hold of John, he will be over this evening to check what has to be done.
Heat pump not due now until Thursday week.
Regina and Tommy arrived about 7 with the doors, one was damaged so they took it back. Doors look nice.
John called over about 8, was in the middle of painting, went through what had to be done, he hopes to tackle it before weekend.
I painted the 2nd coat of the main bedroom upstairs, a bit of touching up to do around edges, ceiling and sockets.
Headed off about 10, totally fupped now with this flu, might have to pay a visit to the doc.
January 16, 2006
I am now seriously considering getting Thomas to install the kitchen, without dads help I will not be able to do it on my own.
Tried ringing John to get him to plaster inside the door but no dice.
Moved up to the front bedroom upstairs and painted the 2nd coat of the final coat. Want to start ticking off each room as regards painting now.
January 15, 2006
Did not raise my head until 12! Headed over and put up the plasterboard around the door. Said I would try and sand down the recess light holes. Then it was time for a clean up in the hall, brutal after all the sanding, planing etc.
I headed off again at 4.30, a big indian feed to look forward too!!
January 14, 2006
I got the door area ready and cleared up for Brendan and we set at it when he came. We had to make sure the hinges were ok, which they were.
The door needed planing on the top of and side but it closed a dream. We then had to take some off the bottom so that it would close ok.
We then put down the draft excluder and the lock and keeper, all in all it took us 3 hours, way more work to it than I expected but when you are a carpenter he made it look much easier!
There is 4 glass panels in the timber door frame, I do not yet have the double glazed glass so I had to cut out 4 panels of timber to pin them.
I have to cut out the plaseter board for it and put it up around the door and it will be ready for skimming, excellent, have to get onto John now.
January 13, 2006
I had one glass block to put in, the reason I left one was to see how strong and solid the other were with this FIXIT adhesive. It was spot on.
I decided to pain the final coat in the back bedroom upstairs, Siobhan had the walls done but not the ceiling so I scooted around it with the roller and painted the ceiling and gave the walls their second coat.
During my work I had an idea about the door, a neighbour of ours had offered to do some work when I had fixed their PC one nite, so I rang him and he said he would be over in the morning.
Headed off about 9.30
January 12, 2006
I had all the measurements worked out for the new order, decided to go with a different tile for the ensuite now and use the London Marfil in the two bathrooms when they come in.
So i left in the order and Shane rang me later on, the order was going to be 300 euro more now as the border tiles were dearer so we left it. Have to wait for the other tiles
Decided to go back training tonite, soccer at 10pm on the Astro so I decided to head home and get some dinner into me.
January 11, 2006
Have to rethink what we will do.
Home to work out measurements and ideas again!
January 10, 2006
I arrived at the site about 7pm, still have this flu but will hammer ahead anyway. I decided to complete the glass blocks in the ensuite wall and then paint around the edges of our bedroom.
Took me 2 hours to rap it up!
January 09, 2006
He is not happy at all!! BUt what can be done
I had a busting migraine so did not get near the house, I rang ESB, still no cert, I got back onto the spark to send it in AGAIN!
He is not happy at all!! BUt what can be done
I had a busting migraine so did not get near the house, I rang ESB, still no cert, I got back onto the spark to send it in AGAIN!
January 08, 2006
I finished off putting on the trim on the timber ceiling.
I then moved into the sitting room and attempted to try and get the holes from the recess lights to look ok but this is harder than I expected!
Too me about 1hour to do the work, then I decided to move into the main bedroom and start installing the glass blocks in the wall, said I would do 6 blocks today and 6 again as they were been built one on top of the other.
Again took maybe an hour, have a rapid set glue which I used to set them, have to add a timber trim later on.
It was time to measure the 2 bathrooms and sun room for tiles and trim, have it all measured up so hopefully it will be spot on.
Went home about 2om as it was killing cold and my throat was at me,
January 07, 2006
I also picked up the trims for the ceiling in the sun room.
HAd to head to Castlebar tool hire and got 3mm drill bit to drill the screws for the hinges.
I manged to get to the house about 12am, got my hands on a bottle of special mix for the cough...
With motivation levels at an all time low I started to sand the ceiling in the sun room, got the "mouse" sander, it looks better now. It was as well to paint around the edges before I starting putting on the edging,
Herself came over, also got the cold so it was not a great idea, She decided to start to undercoat the final room in the house. In fairness the house it moving along nicely, but it is a lot of small steps.
I moved into the sitting room and go my angle grinder to sand the recess light holes, this is really tunrining into a nightmare but hopefully it will be sorted.
Had Marie and Emmet out for a look and once they had gone I decided to start and put on the trim, herself headed off home to get the dinner.
Trim was easy enough to do, had a mitre box so that helped with the angles, I left about 3 small sections to do, each lenght is 8ft long (costs about 8 euro per lenght).
Headed about 6 thirty or so.
January 06, 2006
They had a real issue that it seemed the frame was off! ~So that was there biggest issue, when I got to the house they had the frame in, Dad was not in the fred west of humour, Beaumont rang and told him that there might be a bed for him on Sunday, but to ring at 1pm!! What sort of
health service have we got, they expect someone to drive for 4 hours, then to be told there is no bed!! Give us a break
We got the hinges cut out and the door up but then the 2 battery screw drivers we had ran out, then two of the screws in the hinges we cut not get out and they broke!!
Soo in the end the door was just put up and pinned in place. This is going to delay us again but what can be done. Dad hopes to be able to get back to it in a week.
January 05, 2006
I decided I would finish off the little bit of tiling inside the door in the utility room, the cracked tile inside the door also had to be replaced, I would have gone lu la if I left it!
I then also put down some of the tiles at the back of the utility room, area will never be seen but the heatpump and cylinder still need a levelish area!
Off home now to cough and splutter!!
January 04, 2006
January 03, 2006
January 02, 2006
Damien was with me so we headed off about 10am. After the first 2 lines I soon realised that I was going to run out of rapid set so I went to TileSavers and got 4 bags, costs a bomb, 50 quid a bag!!
It took us near on 4 hours to do 4 lines, don't really know why but it was a killer to do!!
Moved onto the utility room and it too was a dog to tile, ended up using every single tile, also I cracked one tile inside the door with the diamond blade on the angle grinder so not impressed!!
Gerry and Emma were out and Larry and his dad called so that spent some time.
But it was great to get that done, at least we can now progress to installing the kitchen.
One thing that i was thinking of last nite was how much the self build completly consumes your thoughts and life, I even forgot to go to a funneral of a local man, something usuallly I would have done.
99% of things are put aside as you set targets on the house, it is gas really, something that self builder will understand.
January 01, 2006
Dying again today with the flu, but I had to pull more of the floor, we were due for dinner in Siobhans parents house at 2pm so I had 4 hours to do as much as I could
I managed to get 4 more lines done so 13 down, 4 to do!!! The floor is relatively level, but there are a few areas which need more adhesive but at least the back is broke on it!!