Monthly Archives: July 2011

Down, down, down and out

Finally, the scaffolding came down! Ben booked the scaffolding for 9 weeks and I’m very proud of him for getting everything done that he needed to within that time-frame. He was even a bit ahead of himself and they were … Continue reading

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Laugh like a drain…pipe

Last job before the scaffolding could come down – fitting the drainpipes. Fortunately, Bradfords is in Ilminster, so Ben and his dad didn’t have too far to walk carrying them…but it was far enough. The pictures look like a slap-stick … Continue reading

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Underfloor heating

This is an aspect that Ben has done himself. All the parts were provided by Eco HomeTech, complete with the problems mentioned previously. Ben and his dad managed to find solutions to the problems, part of which involved cutting the … Continue reading

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Whitewashed

Ben and his dad did a great job on painting the entire house. They worked really hard finishing it over 3 days. But I did lend a hand, thanks to Nana babysitting a sleeping baby. It was so absorbing and … Continue reading

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Plumbing

I know that some people are desperate for an update on the outside of the house, but I’m going to keep you hanging on a little bit longer – a) because the photos haven’t been uploaded from the cameras b) … Continue reading

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Welfare facilities

One of the things that a good self-builder should do is provide some “welfare facilities”. We’re not obliged to fulfil the Health & Safety rules – e.g. displaying signs telling people to wear hard hats – but some workmen are … Continue reading

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For love nor money

On Monday morning – Ben Robinson’s last day with us – Alice and I got a phone call: “Track down some brown and earth cable. Somerset doesn’t seem to know it exists.” And as I started the phone calls, I … Continue reading

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