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Re-wire complete…and breathe.

In Ceilings, Electrics, Workmen and Trade on June 9, 2012 at 12:02 am

The Re-Wire

Well, last time I wrote there were cable ties holding wires to the ceiling and everything was going pretty smoothly. Those more experienced than me will no doubt nod sagely when I say that since then there have been highs and lows, squeals of delight and tears of frustration. I am coming to the conclusion that combined with lots of forward planning and extremely clear instructions to workers, it’s all about being the tortoise. Slow and steady.

On the upside, close-ups of wires make for interesting photos:

Wires in their most beautiful form

We now have false ceilings 3″ below the origional ceilings. It turns out that the floor are not completely solid concrete, but nonetheless they did require this slightly alternative approach to rewiring as there is a thick layer of concrete, then an air-gap with occasional concrete beams, then some terracotta-y sub stance and then some ceiling. So whilst there is a gap between floor and ceiling, there’s not really any way of getting cables to where you want them once you’ve got them into the cavity.  Along the way we found old chimney flu’s we didn’t know existed..

Unexplained holes

…and had some huge horrible looking channels put into the walls, which our long suffering parents have now cleaned and re-painted (they offered):

Ugly channels and fuse box

Here’s our shiny new ceilings:

Plastered ceilings


Oh yeah, and we got a new boiler too. Interestingly, British Gas turned out to be the best value and incredibly good too.

New boiler from British Gas

Bathroom next…owards and water-wards…




Wiring going in

In Ceilings, Electrics, Workmen and Trade on May 16, 2012 at 11:17 am

The Drey is awash with electricians, false ceiling installers, plasterers and gas engineers. Needless to say, this means no electricity (no internet) and no water. So, all I can bring you at the moment is this:


Partition wall gone

In Building, Ceilings, Kitchen, Walls, Workmen and Trade on May 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Well, it’s gone from this:

Dining room with half-wall

Dining room with half-wall

To this:

Dining room minus partition

Which means some of this:

Plastering  and 

but less of these:

The wooden beams from the kitchen ceiling