Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wet weather work

I was so tempted to call this post "Wet Work" after one of the funniest scenes in the movie Horrible Bosses. A brilliant movie by the way and I always love watching it after a crappy day at work to cheer me up.

Anyway, back on topic. We have some jobs that we need to get done that we save for rainy days when we can't get outside. Some of that Dave did this in this yucky 'flashback to winter' week we are having experiencing.

He demolished the gutters from the back of the old part of the house:
Old gutter coming down

Then he removed some extra timber from the old pergola that was just hanging around doing nothing.

See that white timber. Oh I can see my Mum sitting inside. She was here for 3 days but just left.
 Then tonight he put new straight studs alongside the old hardwood studs that we part of the existing house. This is the back of the bathroom.
New studs
We got a delivery of more weatherboards yesterday too.
New weatherboards. Let's hope not too many are split this time.
It is kinda nice to be doing some work on the lower level for a change.

Still wish we could get the floor fixed up. Poor Sammy fell through a hole 2 days ago and it was lucky he only got a bruise on his shin.

While this weather is wicked, I am doing some spring cleaning inside. I cleared out two kitchen utensil drawers and Andrews sock/accessory drawer. Feels so cleansing.


Saturday, 13 September 2014

In goes, the windows

(I must credit the title of this post to my 7 year old son, Andrew. Thanks for you contribution buddy.)

I woke up yesterday morning, pretty excited about the prospect of the largest window going in that night. The day was looking even better when the plumber eventually showed up to finish the roof and some down pipes. Hooray!

So on Friday night, Dean and Dave moved this big windows from down the sideway and installed it:
Dean and Dave after installing it
From the outside during the daytime

From the inside
 Last night they also flexed their muscles and put the ramp to good use. They hauled three large windows and one small window upstairs.

And she's up!
I guess now we can dismantle it.

This morning, Dave prepped all the window frames and windows ready to go in. While he did that I painted the outside of the last one that needed painting. The other thing I did today was to put the window film on the first window we put in last week.
Not the best but as it is only temporary (ie to pass the inspection) I am not too fussed. That window doesn't overlook anyones house so is just a silly thing our architect did.
First attempt at window film

From the outside
But the most exciting part is the installation of two of the upstairs windows. Actually it is probably on par with the installation of the big one downstairs.

Doing the trimming

The three windows installed

Window friend (joke for inbetweeners fans)

Of course they need to all be painted still, but they are IN!!!

Now our sideway is much tidier as is the lower level. Feels good.


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Time to "ramp" it up

Look what we built.

We thought,who needs a staircase when you can have a slide/ramp.

Well not quite. Dave and I were trying to figure out how on earth we would get those hug window upstairs without a crane. So he dismantled the painting bench and used the materials to build a ramp so we can slide the windows up. Gee I hope it works.

Hopefully our mate Dean is coming by on Friday after work to help us put the biggest windows in.Lucky that one is downstairs and undercover so I don't need to paint it first.

Now the tricky part; to keep the kids away from the ramp. I know if I were a kid I'd have a ball playing on it.