Saturday, November 7, 2009

Demonstrating amazing ability to balance scaffolding on head.
Demonstrating amazing ability to paint things I can't reach.
Demonstrating amazing ability to hire professionals to install roller doors.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Installing windows

Now that the carpenter has finished, things have slowed considerably. I've started to (slowly) fit the windows. All the lower level ones are in. Now to plan a barbeque with the largest and strongest people we know to help get the upstairs windows...upstairs!

Bet you can't guess what happened here?! One small slip with a hammer, one giant bill from the glaziers.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Mezzanine railings and veranda ceiling lining

The carpenter put up these railings just to to be safe and get passed the council inspection. I wanted him to just do frames like wall frames but he's tried to pretty them up a bit by putting the horizontal timber on the outside of the verticals. It does look nice but it means more work later on because eventually we want to cover them in either Gyprock or Miniorb. Also want to make a bridge from one mezzanine to the other so we only need one ladder up.

And besides a couple of little things that he's forgotten, that's it for the carpenter. Guess things'll be slowing down now!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Where for art thou...carpenter?

This is a little balcony arrangement the carpenter set up so he could get the weatherboards on the higher sections without having to get scaffolding.

Here's a little hint of how cute it's gonna look when it's finished.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

More Painting

Here I am demonstrating my great affinity with heights!

Sunday, August 9, 2009


Getting some paint on the higher boards before they go up.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Ta-daa...a roof!

Mad Bastards!!

Don't think there's any safety concerns here then! 7m up, leaning out, no harness. It's all fun and games till someone's head cracks like an egg on the concrete! Still, as long as we get a roof eh?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Final shots of the roofless garage

With any luck the Colourbond roof and guttering will arrive tomorrow. So as long as it doesn't rain the roof will be on by the end of this week or early next.
Then the weatherboards will arrive, some of which Wife and I will paint before they go up, to make things easier later.
The windows should arrive on Thursday. I get to put them in after the carpenter's done the weatherboards.
Then we have to organise the sparky to install the 2 million power points we want.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Battens up!

The carpenters have promised to use safety harnesses when they put the corrugated iron (tin, colourbond, whatever you want to call it) on (even though they're carpenters not roofers). Apparently safety isn't an issue when they're balancing on a few bits of timber 7m above the concrete to put battens up...that's different somehow!?

The shock was too much for some.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Size isn't everything... but it is something!

Gawd, it's gettin' big!!!
Not quite waterproof yet...

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The steel beam goes up

This is a 7m long beam we had engineered. The original plans had a timber post holding up the left mezzanine floor which would have got in the way and annoyed us greatly! As far as I could find out the beam weighs about 35 kg per meter. The carpenter and his mate got this 245 kg lump down the driveway on the little black trolley you can just see in the foreground, then lifted it into place with a manual hoist.