A New Start #3: Utility Room (12-08-2010)

Blog entry by Tikka posted 08-12-2010 05:27 PM 20987 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Not too interesting today, just finishing off the demolition – now the chimney is completely removed – it is surprising how much material is in a chimney.


The photograph now shows how much useable space we have gained.

The old toilet caused some concern, this was just a small hole in the floor – or at least I though – there was some water in the hole so I decided to pump this out, before filling in the void with rubble. Well 1 hour passed ant water was still coming out, I estimated that over 1000 litres (260 gallons).

When I became brave enough, I held my breath and put my head inside the hole, with the help of a small torch, I discovered it was not such a small hall (something along the lines of St. Paul’s Cathedral of holes).


The void is under most of the yellow & Red Tiles towards the door entrance. I will investigate this tomorrow and open the hole up to ensure it is filled correctly, before capping it with concrete.

By the way I borrowed a 1000W SDS drill with hammer action only to try it out on the remaining demolition today – I wish I had this yesterday – If you have some demo work to do, I would defiantly recommend using a 3-function SDS – it saves a a lot of time and sore muscles.

Well that was the mornings work – in the afternoon, we had a specialist visit regarding the rising damp problem in the kitchen and utility room, well 2 hours went by then we received the shock (not the mount of work to be done, I already had guessed that) – the price is WOW, but there again it is understandable, as the rep was driving a new BMW 5 series.

That’s it for today -tomorrow filling the hole I am going to make

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posted 08-12-2010 06:41 PM

Nice looking demo work. I’m so cheap, thast’s why I learned to do it all myself.

I’m of the opinion that there are idoits doing some of this work, so, I should be smart enough to figure it out and same myself lots of money.

-- Retired in Delaware

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