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Old 04-12-2012, 04:30 AM   #46
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Old 04-14-2012, 04:31 AM   #47
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The stormwater system is complete. I had a couple hours free this afternoon so I called in to take pics; I have a big mess to clean up as time permits. I started cutting up & stacking my big heap of firewood ready for when I install my new woodburner, which arrived earlier in the week, I just need to go and collect it.
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:26 AM   #48
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I have now had the electrics connected, just waiting on the power co. to do their inspection, install the meter and fit the pole fuses etc. While the electrician had everything apart, I took the opportunity to re-route the main supply cable inside the wall, which required removing a few boards so I could drill through the wooden angle brace that had prevented pulling the cable through the wall when the house was re-wired sometime in the past; no more ugly pvc conduit run down the wall.
I have also prepared and painted much of the extensions' outside walls, I wanted to get this done before it gets too cold for paint to dry in areas that don't get much sun. The house will get a full paint job this coming summer; I just want to protect the new timber until then. Most of the firewood is cut up now, I just need to stack the rest of it. The stacked wood is covered with a sheet of poly so it'll be dry when I want to use it.
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:37 AM   #49
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Its not everyday you get to watch new power lines getting strung with a helicopter! This is the view from what will be my front lawn.
There was a lot of resistance from the locals to the construction of these new pylons and transmission lines. They are far enough away to not be overly obtrusive from my place; if they had been closer like half the distance away, I would have kicked up a stink about them. Some of the new pylons are like 70 metres high!
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Old 05-28-2012, 04:21 AM   #50
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I have spent 2 more weekends working around the house, my parents also put in a day's work a couple of weekends ago; among other things, they paved in front of the garage with a stack of bricks I had, moved some of the dirt that was on the driveway, and cleaned up inside the house; a lot of dust got everywhere inside during the lifting and transporting of the house. The same day, one of my brother's friends installed the sectional door in the workshop. Unfortunately, some vital parts are missing, so i'll have to contact the manufacturer this week to get them so that the install can be finished.
I have also paved the storage area beside and behind the workshop, using a big stack of secondhand pavers I had kept for this very purpose, and moved most of the roofing materials that were stacked in odd corners of the section into this area. Its great to no longer have pallets of tiles in front of the carport! This job wasn't finished when the last pics were taken, the wet weather arrived & I didn't want to get the camera wet! - I carried on & finished the job.
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:52 AM   #51
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The pavers look great!
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Old 06-07-2012, 04:51 AM   #52
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Last weekend was a 3 day one (Queen's Birthday), and Tuesday's weather was crap, so I got to spend 4 days working on the place. I have drywalled the laundry & toilet wall where I replaced the window, also the adjacent bedroom wall where the window used to be. My new broom cupboard is complete aside from paint and whatever shelves etc I decide to fit. I have done the ceiling with recycled rimu tg&v panelling that I guess must be something like 90 years old; that will look great once I strip the paint from the few painted boards, clean & finish them. My brother installed the 2 downlights and relocated the alarm keypad from the lounge to beside the laundry door, since thats the door that I use most now. I just need trim, stopping, paint, and refinish the floor, then I can call this area finished! I am enjoying this project again now that I see real progress with everything I do.
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:26 AM   #53
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At long last, I have a decent amount of roof work in my local area, so any spare time I have gets spent working on/around the house, or training at the local kendo club! Over the last 3 weeks I have:
cleaned up the mess left by the drainlayers out back,
cut up the remaining firewood,
installed barge board, fascia & refitted the old spouting on the addition,
done all the drywall stopping,
done quite a bit of tidying out the front,
and lined one wall of the shop with plywood.

My uncle is doing major remodelling of his home, including replacing his kitchen. I've always admired his solid macrocarpa kitchen, so when I heard it was getting replaced, I was quick to claim it for my own place! Its in pieces all over the house at the moment, thats a project to start once I finish all that is half done now! The last pic is the kitchen before it got taken apart.
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:41 AM   #54
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I got rained off at work on Thursday last week, so I spent the day making a box for the firewood, cut up and stacked half a dozen pallets that had accumulated over the last few weeks, and installed the siding on the front of the shop. Over the weekend, I completed the flashings around all of the shop windows, completed the skylight flashings, and sheathed the front gable, ready for cedar shingles.
My brother completed the installation of the sectional door, having that functional sure makes life easier, and the shop is now weatherproof apart from needing sealant down the sides of the windows and in the old nail holes in the wall sheets.
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:50 PM   #55
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I've spent the last 3 or 4 weekends sorting out and shifting stuff out of storage and into my workshop. Still a lot of organising to do there! This weekend, I pulled apart and insulated the exterior wall in the living room. There's no building wrap in a house this old, so I stapled some in between the studs, figuring it will help the insulation do its job better.
My brother relocated a power point that needed shifting because it was where my new wood burner will be installed. I have also mounted the TV aerial mast and the satellite dish, ready for my brother to wire it all up next weekend. Then it'll be ready for drywall. Here's a pic of the wall as it stands now, sorry about the bad quality, had a flat camera battery (again!) so had to use my phone.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:09 AM   #56
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The living room wall is now drywalled, I also have pics of the wall before drywall, and the aerials installed. Now that the nice spring weather is here, I am back into the outside jobs. I spent last weekend clearing out the overgrown vegetation on what will become my front lawn; I had totally forgotten how much rock was stockpiled there, must have been at least 40 wheelbarrow loads! I have also constructed a retaining wall, from broken concrete slabs, where the section slopes down in the corner. The lawn will still slope, but it'll be a gentle slope now. I've also fitted the wood storage racks in the shop, which I made over various evenings during the last few weeks. They're full already, gotta do something with all that timber!
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:15 AM   #57
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Its been very windy, not nice for doing outside jobs today, so I got on with finishing the back wall of the workshop. Roughed in the wiring, lined with plywood, and undercoated. So that's all the walls in the shop done, aside from top coating this one, and painting a couple of corners that have got stuff stacked in the way of!
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Old 10-14-2012, 01:25 AM   #58
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This weekend's projects were, strip the wallpaper & do the drywall stopping in the corner where the woodburner will go; that area is ready for its final skim coat once the compound is dry - and install the cedar shingles on the carport gable end. I'd bought some shingles for this, however before it got done, I got a contract to install a large cedar roof, which I finished on Friday; so I had an extra pack of good shingles and a big pile of offcuts and narrow shingles as well. So I have plenty left over to do something else around my property sometime. I had time left at the end of the day, so fitted the barge flashing on the laundry in place of the temporary one.
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:54 AM   #59
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I am continuing with landscaping the front yard, yesterday I cleared along the front of the house and installed some timber to keep the soil from going under the house once the yard is leveled. Finished mid-afternoon, went over to the local Kendo club's training.
Today, I transplanted all the shrubs and ferns from the area that will become the new turning bay, and dismantled the old steps in front of the shed. The risers were made with Allan blocks, which I thought were no longer available in NZ... until early last week - I noticed a wall being built at what used to be a mushroom farm just a couple mins' drive from my place (building visible in background of first pic). My enquiry at the local concrete products place revealed that they have recently bought the rights to this product in NZ; the old mushroom place is now the manufacturing plant for the blocks... very handy indeed! There was an old path made of thick, reinforced concrete slabs running through the garden; breaking those up is heavy work best taken in small doses; I have broken up 5 of them, there's at least another 6 to go!
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:53 AM   #60
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During the christmas holidays, I leveled the front lawn, reshaped & edged the drive, and built the deck outside the living room. Having the Allan block plant just down the road proved handy when, while building a new step in front of my old ww2 army hut, I needed some more of the capping blocks.
I even transplanted a palm tree that was in the wrong place. One of my first jobs out of school was at a company that did this quite a bit... I knew that skill would come in handy again one day!
Before Christmas, I stained the shingles on the front of the carport, and completed the porch ceiling.
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