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Another year...another room


MikeGrahamT21

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Having not had the best of years health wise this year, which has unfortunately made the decision for me that someone else will have to build the side extension, i thought i'd get a bit more work done, but rather than the norm of a room taking me 3 days tops, i've spent weeks on this one, slowly picking it apart and now putting it back together (admittedly it is the biggest area of the bungalow). This is the last room which needed everything out, so I can finally say goodbye to woodwormed timbers (and this one didn't disappoint).

 

This one was quite a bigger task than some others, as I've reopened the chimney breast, which I'm going to board out and put my AV receiving, and bluray/tv box, and in a few weeks when i've had a rest, i've got an acoustic partition to install which will cut sound down between mine and my next door neighbour.

 

Heres how far i've got up to now...

 

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This was a before after i'd taken the fireplace out (to be relocated into the to be built dining room) and opened up the chimney breast

 

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Discovered a LOT of soot, one of the owners must have had a coal open fire at some point, so cleared as much off as I could and washed it all down. Will put a tube from under the floor into the chimney stack to provide a ventilation source, chimney pot is capped, but has ventilation built in.

 

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This room is probably the worst for rubbish out of them all, so a good clean out...

 

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Quick re-wire, and new joists in place...

 

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Base layer 20mm insulation...

 

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And topped up...

 

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The top layer was re-used from what was down, hence it being a bit worse for wear, but the 20mm layer is well sealed below. Some of the bits have popped back up a little from when i foamed them, but i couldn't move at this point my back had totally gone, so will sort it out when i do the next stage.

 

Next to do is airtight membrane, and then the chipboard back down which was taken up. The floor in the chimney area will be formed when i've done the main floor, life without a TV is slightly boring lol! So yeah more to follow when i can actually move again and do the work 

 

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Looks good.


And best of luck with the health.

 

I've had so much treatment in the last 2 years that I've just asked for the latest (nasal polyp) to be put on hold for a year.

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sorry to hear about your back, hope it recovers soon, same issue that I have.

 

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1 minute ago, Ferdinand said:

Looks good.


And best of luck with the health.

 

I've had so much treatment in the last 2 years that I've just asked for the latest (nasal polyp) to be put on hold for a year.

 

Thanks, i'm currently in the queue waiting for a Neurology appointment at the moment, been on with it all since January, and not really any further aside from a physio telling me that i have a problem somewhere in my nervous system. Don't blame you for wanting a break, sometimes it gets a bit much, i'm dreading all the appointments to be honest!

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Oh just to mention also, just in case you think im losing my marbles (which is probably 75% true anyway!), the radiator pipes are in the right place, i was going to move the radiator to where its hung at the moment, but changed my mind, and decided to leave it on the wall more for storage as its full of water to prevent it rusting, so it will be moving when i've replastered the wall under the window.

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Presume you'll be getting a new telly? Won't that one on the wall be full of dust and soot?

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5 minutes ago, Onoff said:

Presume you'll be getting a new telly? Won't that one on the wall be full of dust and soot?

 

I'll give it a clean out before it gets fired up again ? 13 years old and still going strong that thing, just with 2 new capcitors soldered in 4 years ago. I've had the dust sheet over it while i've been making mega mess

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21 minutes ago, MikeGrahamT21 said:

 

Thanks, i'm currently in the queue waiting for a Neurology appointment at the moment, been on with it all since January, and not really any further aside from a physio telling me that i have a problem somewhere in my nervous system. Don't blame you for wanting a break, sometimes it gets a bit much, i'm dreading all the appointments to be honest!

I've had multiple operations on mine, and it was slightly better for a couple of years, but now I have the 'wobbles' again.

Last time that happened one of the internal rods had become lose.

Doing the physio stuff at the moment as they are the ones who have to refer me to the hospital.

 

Good luck with your appointment, when you get it.

 

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1 minute ago, LSB said:

I've had multiple operations on mine, and it was slightly better for a couple of years, but now I have the 'wobbles' again.

Last time that happened one of the internal rods had become lose.

Doing the physio stuff at the moment as they are the ones who have to refer me to the hospital.

 

Good luck with your appointment, when you get it.

 

Thanks, hope all goes well for you too.

 

Really interesting that you say about the wobbles, as I have got increasingly unsteady on my feet/legs these days, forever wobbling and even fell for the first time ever earlier this year and smash my head on concrete. I guess i'll find out at some point. Sick of waking up in the night with completely dead arms even if im not laid on them, another symptom of whatever is going on.

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Had an hour or two after work doing a bit more today, up to the cutting stage next so will leave that for tomorrow afternoon while I’m off work.

 

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I seriously take my hat off to you mate, a great job under very difficult circumstances, I hope all is well with your tests and future health. You must be very proud ? 

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On 31/08/2021 at 11:28, MikeGrahamT21 said:

Thanks, hope all goes well for you too.

 

Really interesting that you say about the wobbles, as I have got increasingly unsteady on my feet/legs these days, forever wobbling and even fell for the first time ever earlier this year and smash my head on concrete. I guess i'll find out at some point. Sick of waking up in the night with completely dead arms even if im not laid on them, another symptom of whatever is going on.

this sounds like a trapped nerve in your neck, you should try getting one of those triangular pillows using by mothers with babies and sleep at a different angle.  Just to see if it makes any difference.  Or, of course, it could be those hours of playing squash that's making your arms dead.

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10 hours ago, joe90 said:

I seriously take my hat off to you mate, a great job under very difficult circumstances, I hope all is well with your tests and future health. You must be very proud ? 

 

Thanks mate, its been a proper struggle but i'll be damned if its going to stop me getting this bungalow to where i wanted it to be all those years ago when i first learnt about passive house (not that it will be a passive house, but you know). Can't wait til its all done, sit down on the sofa with a decent film on ?

 

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2 minutes ago, LSB said:

this sounds like a trapped nerve in your neck, you should try getting one of those triangular pillows using by mothers with babies and sleep at a different angle.  Just to see if it makes any difference.  Or, of course, it could be those hours of playing squash that's making your arms dead.

 

lol, i wish i could blame playing squash, at least it would be a good reason for it. I feel like theres something not quite right around my neck, or maybe more the top of my back, difficult to describe really. With any luck the hospital may do some scans. Will give a few things a try out and see what difference it makes, thanks for the suggestion

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it doesn't make for a good married life, but after my accident I slept for a year in a single electric bed with the back up so I didn't sleep flat and with the bit behind my knees bent.

All from my consultants suggestion not to lie flat.  Granted my damage was lumbar not neck or upper back.

 

Do anything you can to get comfortable and sleep, that helps so much.

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@MikeGrahamT21 have you tried a chiropractor, I had a back injury and after visiting one it felt like it had been given a service, oiled and greased and no longer stiff.

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1 hour ago, joe90 said:

@MikeGrahamT21 have you tried a chiropractor, I had a back injury and after visiting one it felt like it had been given a service, oiled and greased and no longer stiff.

 

I've heard good and bad about chiropractors. I was lucky and the guy is a magician!

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1 hour ago, Onoff said:

 

I've heard good and bad about chiropractors. I was lucky and the guy is a magician!

Then go by recommendation (very much like builders).

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13 hours ago, LSB said:

it doesn't make for a good married life, but after my accident I slept for a year in a single electric bed with the back up so I didn't sleep flat and with the bit behind my knees bent.

All from my consultants suggestion not to lie flat.  Granted my damage was lumbar not neck or upper back.

 

Do anything you can to get comfortable and sleep, that helps so much.

 

Sleeping definitely isn't a problem, thats my respite, and i sleep an awful lot these days, the bed is definitely my most comfortable place.

 

12 hours ago, joe90 said:

@MikeGrahamT21 have you tried a chiropractor, I had a back injury and after visiting one it felt like it had been given a service, oiled and greased and no longer stiff.

 

I haven't even thought about it to be honest, but not a bad idea at all, will see who is in the local area

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Main floor practically done, just two tiny boards to put down but I’ve ran out of screws ?

 

also taken the window board off ready to repair the wall, just need to stick a bit of wood to support the window from the outside whilst I do it. This window is getting replaced when the extension gets built with a flat window.

 

more importantly I’ve got the TV hooked back up!

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