Final lap …


Today the new flooring goes down. We are having a laminate floor put on top of the old floor in the conservatory. In a marked contrast the the “Sparks” that came yesterday, there has been a lot of ‘tut tut‘, ‘Oh dear‘, ‘That’s not good‘ and a fair amount of head shaking! I hadn’t realised when the boss came to give us a quote, what a misery he was. The guy with him seems a lot more laid back, with ‘Don’t worry, we can fix it‘ attitude. I’m not sure how difficult the job can be. He is an expert and, according to his van a “Which Trusted Trader”!

Anyway, they were here when the said the would be, so we shall see how it goes.

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So, we are just over 2 hours in, and the skirting is 90% done. We still have the head shaking and tutting, but I think they are getting there. Problem has been that when the patio door was removed, it left a gap in the floor which was more or less bare brickwork. Trying to level the floor has been quite a task.

The boss has just ‘nipped back to base’ to get something that they need. I would have thought they should have everything basic, so it must be something special for this job. But hey, what do I know.

He’s back now, with the comment ‘Some people just moan about anything’. The colour of pots and kettles sprung to mind. They are now having a ‘tea and chat’ break, so I’ve now idea how long this is going to take.

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Lunch break is now over and the floor laying has begun. This going a lot faster than the previous 4 hours! Although both are now on their 4th cuppa!

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It looks like they are almost done. That will make it 7½ hours in total or about 5 hours if you take out the chat/drink/lunch time. It looks good though and it means that we now have a room we can use all year round, instead of just the warm days in middle of summer.

All done … for now


Apart from a bit of snagging on Monday, the main bulk of the work is complete. Eldest lad is going to help me do the painting, but the plasterers said we can’t start until middle of next week. So it will have to be the walls under the windows that we do first.

The main snagging point is that a couple of the windows seem to be wrong. The opener on two of the frames open from left to right, whereas the rest open from right to left. I don’t think it should be much of a problem to fix, but it does look odd.

I’ve asked for the 3rd and 4th of March as leave, so that should give me a week, before the guy comes to do the flooring. What? Didn’t I mention that? Mrs H decided that she wanted the floor recovering with laminate flooring. He comes on the 9th March and Mrs H thinks it will only take one day to do. I can’t see it myself, as he is going to put new skirting in as well.