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Time to install the water tank

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Third, and last, attic space

We’ve just had a little rain here ‘up north’, not enough but thankfully not too much.  I understand from the general weather forecast that the south and west in the UK is about to have a deluge; not good.

A dry tale
plans for a water tank, but no water

Over the last day and a half most of the village has had no water supply and here I am, set on doing my next mini task of building the water tank!  Unfortunately the river is so low I don’t think I could have scooped up a bucket or two for the essentials.

I’d been putting off this min-ing job as there was so many other things needing attention and had allocated today to get at it as it were – I am such a sucker for a timetable.

It’s an unfortunate coincidence that the water had ceased to run here just as I was determined to at last give the tank building a go.  Stupidly refusing to be totally deterred, I’ve ended up being wasteful of baby wipes instead of water using them to clean my hands and have been reusing brushes and everything else whenever possible.  At the end I stood the brushes and bits of sponge in approximately half an egg cup of the water that we had been hoarding over the last 24 hours or so from the hot water cistern .

Where is this third space?

It’s directly above the boys’ bedroom.

The door we’re looking through, its wall and bit of floor are attached to the slice of house and the bits of other attic we can just about make out are the wireless room and bit of its ceiling and the very edge of the space that houses the stirrup pump and broken jack-in-the-box.

Tank and room

I’ve gone for a galvanised and riveted tank something like this image from a reclamation site.

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Not got any water effect left that hasn’t gone solid so have just order some to ‘pour’ over the false bottom to give a water level. Must remember to insert the ballcock before pouring the water effect.
Still got the supporting framework to make, and all the plumbing to add but this is it so far, rivets, rust and all 🙂

On the real world domestic water front, we have been very lucky and the engineers were able to fix the pumping equipment early this afternoon (bore hole supply) and we now have running water once more.

Box room or room box

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Lots of bits done but a little hard to describe.

In the belief that it would make more sense if I work from the end result here is one of the more complete bits I’ve been working on.

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The first attic space, the one with the wardrobe and wireless, has a bit chopped off because of the slice of house.
This remaining section I’ve sort of dedicated to memorabilia, such as ration books, helmets and the no longer needed cot.

The riddle goes as follows

Now, one could say that this is what used to be described as a box room but, because I’ve still got an itch to be able to get at some of the hard-wired electrics, I’ve also made it as a slot in room box.  I chose this way of doing it rather than creating a removable section in the roof slope to get access.

The slot-in spot

Once I’ve checked again and doubled checked once more, I’m heading towards sticking down the roof slope over it, hoping to get it to match the half of front slope already in place.

Between times, if my never won’t let me glue down that piece of roof yet, I’ve the other attic space, through the doorway, to decorate and dress.  Plenty to nibble on.

A spot of decorating for a change

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Using the throw it at the wall and see if sticks method

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In the attics there are two spaces that have a wall to the outside – in fact it’s where next door ought to be.
Definitely a cause of penetrating and adventitious damp (possibly cold running water?)

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I wonder how far this water is going to descend.

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Hesitantly trying out the ‘lid’ on the room. There are beams to be added yet supporting that lining board beneath the tiles.
Some of that end wall is probably an odds and ends storage with a bit of furniture thrown in for good measure, I would imagine.

And a nibble at the next one

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Got held up a little this week due to life and the other things so not a lot to show and tell.

Starting on the next attic bay

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Colour shading in pastels on cardboard door number three

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Open cardboard door with view through to corridor and steps up to back room.

Card or wood for door?

I’m still trying to find a use for the doors I made four plus years ago when I started out and was too frightened to make anything else.  They are wood and, of their basic kind, they are nice doors but, having already made two card ones for this part of the house, the wood ones look out of place, so it was back to card for the third door and the others go back into storage 😦

Wall building from scraps

The wall the new door lives in is 3 mm card but I’ve now got more odd shaped bits than whole sheets and I have been reclaiming some of it.  I’ve found to-date that piecing together bits makes for a surprisingly strong and rigid structure when glued and sandwiched between outer layers.  I use thin card painted the chosen colour as facing on both sides of these ‘jigsaw’ walls and compress them under weights.  It all takes more drying time but I can report that if I have to cut into them when dry I have found them incredibly tough and strong.

I’ll try to put aside the foolish things of life and get down to work to make a better report next time 😉