22 February: Snowing and 0.7C. We went to bed early last night, knowing that a thick goose down duvet supplied the warmth our heating system couldn’t. No heat. No hot water. No boiler. No wonder. The central heating system had an airlock caused by draining and moving various radiators from point A to point B. Perhaps we should have expected problems – the radiators banged like firecrackers and then …. nothing.
But all’s well now. Andy-the-Builder had the system up and running again within an hour of his arrival. We now know how to bleed a gravity-feed heating system and reset the boiler if it packs up again. Note however we’re getting a new boiler in a few weeks, so knowing how to reset the old one won’t help a tinkliepoo if the new one packs-up.
Plastic sheets were taped in the hallway to keep the dusty mess of demolishing plaster walls ‘some what’ contained and confined from the rest of the house. By lunchtime, all the plasterboard was removed and just timber frames remained. I grabbed my camera and shot a few pictures through the plastic sheets. By afternoon tea break, the timber frames were gone, steel supports held the ceiling in place, and the plastic sheeting came down. Daylight flooded the dining room and kitchen, and amazingly it wasn’t even sunny – it was grey and dull and sort-of-snowing. The light spilled from the back of house, through the dining room, down the hallway and right toward the front of the house. Heaven.
We have one small problem that requires a fix. Our house has less than expected space between the ceiling and the upstairs flooring, so this means that the steel lintel will be visible by a few inches from the ceiling. That’s not the problem. I can live with that. The problem is the lintel might hang down a bit where a cupboard should be fitted, so a bit of clever carpentry is needed. We’ll hear Andy’s thoughts on this Monday morning.
No work this weekend. Andy-the-Builder takes off weekend unless he’s behind schedule. So far he’s well ahead of schedule. Here are two photos: Before and today.
Have a lovely weekend, friends, and see you on Monday! xx