Nine days ago I drove to Birmingham to do some work on a house we own there. The main task was to make the ceiling of the utility room more presentable. I had intended to do that, and some other small jobs, and return home at the weekend, three or so days later.
I finally got back home this evening. A job which, no doubt, would have occupied a builder for a day or less - and which would have been finished - took me more than a week.
This is what it looked like before:
Here are some of the materials: a pile of cladding on the floor and some insulation. I decided that stuffing rock wool insulation in the gap would be easier and cheaper than using Celotex. (Actually, I didn't cost up the Celotex).
Ben helped at the start ...
But, at last, it was beginning to take shape.
I have huge respect for boat fitters, and I'm counting James and Amy of MB Willow among them. At least I was working with (reasonably) straight edges and not too many fiddly bits.
It was nearly headfirst by both of us! - The Ashby is a lovely canal from end to end, almost all of it is rural with plenty of moorings available. But, and this is a big but, the upper part from S...
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