However I have not been idle, My good buddy Kelly, often mentioned in this blog asked me round for a little advice and then asked if I could re-plaster a ceiling for him. This turned out to be a dodgy request, as yes I could plaster the ceiling but the fact that the ceiling bowed down into the room a good 8 inches I suspected worse than a loose plaster board. On closer inspection it turned out that the plaster boards actually were holding said ceiling up. All the floor joists had suffered a serious case of wet rot!!
So the plastering work ended up being some very major building work, and a week has been spent stripping out floor joists, ceiling boards, floor boards and very dodgy stud walls. To add to this Kelly has designs on the entire attic space being converted into a large Man cave. Now me being an ex builder the work is not a challenge entirely, but the fact the property is a Victorian town house of 4 floors and the work in on floors 3 + 4 is when you cant get a skip on site and everything has to go down on a bucket and rope out of the window it becomes more of a challenge.
Progress has been good and tomorrow should see the first ceiling back in place. I have learnt a lot about building from Kelly, who has being researching the viability of deckchair building. So far this week he has perfected the technique of mixing mortar whilst remaining seated. Has managed to notch 9 x 5 meter long joists while seated. In fact his skill at finding time to sit down is astounding, and he can find a seat without problem in a room so dusty you cant see across it, but sure enough once the dust has started to settle he can be found seated in his favourite chair.
However He makes an excellent cuppa and as he will testify I can drink a lot of tea!!!