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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…