Saturday, 21 May 2011

Two more projects completed

This morning we were up fairly early because we wanted to get some more jobs done.  Adrian headed into Rugby for a few bits of shopping, while I started work on the bathroom floor, beginning with a good scrub and dry.  Here's the 'Before' picture.

We'd had some discussion about where to lay the first tile.  It's a very small room with lots of odd angles, thanks to the cupboard across the corner, and it was never going to be a straightforward job.  We decided that the middle of the door was as good a place as any.

Those three tiles are the only whole tiles in the room; all the others needed trimming, some in very odd shapes.  I used bits of card to act as templates.  The good thing with tiles is that if you make a mistake you can have another go; it's not like that with a big sheet of vinyl.

By the time I was finished, the shower room looked a lot better.  The whole job had taken just over two hours.

Meanwhile, Adrian had come back from town and had connected up the macerator loo with the new 6mm cable we ran through the boat yesterday.  We both stood well back as he flicked the switch, but nothing went bang.  At first hearing, the macerator motor didn't sound any more powerful than before, but after a couple of flushes we think it probably does work better.  We'll only really know when we use it "in anger", as it were.

We left Brinklow mid morning (by car) with plans for a canal-related lunch stop.  We arrived at Thrupp about an hour later, and had a lovely ploughman's at Annie's Tea Rooms

Afterwards, we walked along the towpath towards Shipton while eating ice creams, then went back and introduced ourselves to Bones.  In spite of sharing the pages of Canal Boat for years, this was the first time we'd actually met.  Maffi came along too, so we met him as well.  It was a lovely warm afternoon, and we could have hung around for ages.  But we needed to get back as I've got work tomorrow and I need to make a start on writing up yesterday's boat test.


Lesley NB Caxton said...

A job well done Sir!

Peter said...

Brinklow to Thrupp in one hour? - presumably by car (and not by boat as I first thought!)

Jill and Graham said...

Floor looks great - 2 hours is impressive

MortimerBones said...

Thank you for coming by - it was great to meet you and I look forward to you coming again in the summer. I agree with Matilda Rose -and the floor really transformed the room! Magic!

Brian and Diana on NB Harnser said...

If you are still not happy wth the speed it goes try measuring the voltage at the motor terminals while it is running, you could have a problem elsewhere in the circuit like the breaker.

Anonymous said...

That floor looks great and I'm very impressed that you've finished two projects already :-)

Sue, nb Indigo Dream