Oh no – Mr Cock up has been to call


In case you were worried following the last post, I did get my essays in on time, so can now return my focus to the continuing work at Plas, but only for another couple of days before we switch to being in the cafe over the Christmas week. We will take a big jigsaw in with us, to give us all something to do whilst we are chatting and relaxing with our guests.

Below you can see one of the last stages on floor 3 as I install the architrave around one of the doors.

So not some weird exercise programme…

Flushed with the success of installing architrave, I then turned my hand to first ‘knotting’ and then priming all the skirting and architrave on floor 3…

Not a rictus smile – just a photo taking whilst I was chatting with Mike.


So much, so positive. Now I fear I must start our confession. Whilst I was doing all this painting, Mike was working on the electrics. Last week he connected all the wires to their relevant positions in the consumer unit, and today he was focusing on the other ends of the cables. Whilst in the loft, he was trying to connect a light cable, and tugged on it just a tad too hard…

When he got downstairs, he found that the unexpected ease with which he had been able to manoeuvre this wire was possibly – no, definitely – due to the fact that he had pulled the wire clean out of the socket box.

At this point, I imagine anyone familiar with this building lark sucking through their teeth and shaking their heads in sad recognition that we are but amateurs at this game…which is, of course, quite true. To give Mike his credit, he had planned to fit the socket cover earlier, so had straightened out the knot at the wall end…but then got distracted by something and went into the loft to finish whatever magic he was doing first.

There followed a three-way discussion with Tim (who arrived for the Christmas festivities yesterday) about what to do next. Long story short – you can see where we have cut two small holes (!) in the newly painted wall. Because the wall contained insulated matting, we couldn’t just poke the wire unaided back in place, as it kept getting tangled up in the matting. So we cut two holes, each one slightly above the noggins so that we could manhandle (actually woman-handle) a spare piece of earth cable back from the loft through each noggin and back into the socket box. as this earth cable was stiffer than the cable we needed to replace.

Having done this, we taped the ‘real’ wire to the earth wire and, very gingerly, pulled it through into place, and then discarded the earth cable.

Phew!

So this shot is here as a pathetic attempt to distract you from our tale above. You can see that the architrave has been primed, and the cable dangling in sight is due to be put where it really belongs any minute now.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year!

Family will be arriving over the next few days so we are unlikely to do much more on the building so, in case I don’t have more news before Tuesday. we hope you have a lovely Christmas.

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