Blessed St Antony, Patron Saint of Inexperienced Lady Builders

Antony, who is hands-down the biggest contributor of skilled labour to this project, came round and did a big pile of plumbing for me, so that not only do we have running cold water to the house now (albeit from a length of plastic pipe danging from the ceiling) we also have running “hot” water from a tank which may or may not ever get above room temperature depending on whether this heater manages to heat it… jury seems to be out.

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Antony spent a couple of half days doing a sterling job with all the pipe-work. I did a bit of fitting copper pipes and was on hand to block leaks when we accidentally started filling the system without having blocked off the drainage point. Oops.

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I also got on with insulating above the windows, including finally moving the scaffolding across the gap. Finished that bit today and have started moving around the rest of the roof, so as to make it not silly to heat the place.

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Antony, left to his own devices, came up with this amazing maze of copper.

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So, having turned on the water and nothing was leaking (the third time) I build a big fire in the masonry heater.

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And two or three hours later the bench was toasty warm.

anna

It is now hard to keep from sitting on it all day instead of working.

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But I’m going to try to get all the insulation in by next weekend so we can tidy up, get some sofas and a coffee table out and play house in there over Christmas.

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