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Waiting on the postman

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We were lucky, we now have water to the village, but still no real rain.  I suspect that is the same for most of us in the UK at the moment.

What I don’t have yet are some of the items needed to be able to trot on with the present mini tasks.  But it’s getting there, that is the project and hopefully also the parcels of goodies.

The water tank and plumbing

Over done the detail a bit, do you reckon?  Most certainly made siting it in place a contortionist’s delight 😀

The rest of the space and where it is

Either the house inhabitants are big water users or the tank looks over-sized because we don’t usually view one at the same time as beds, chairs and other the other bits of life’s furniture and dressings.

As you can see, this storage space is at the top of one of the inner faces from where the slice has been removed.  On the left we can just about make out the girl’s bedroom and the beginning of the entrance hallway below it.

Tomorrow, with luck, the water effect may arrive, then, once that’s set enough, the tank can finally be wrestled into place.

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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.

Doorway needs a door

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and I couldn’t leave the lighting alone

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Still making doors by a sandwich process with some form of card in the centre and paint and cladding on the faces.
I do like the door knobs to sit opposite each other, but with the door structure being fairly thin, that can be awkward as most pre-made knobs have useful necks on them for inserting in the door surface I presume, but they are too long to put opposite to each other.  If I surface mount them they never stay on, not even with a bit of a pin in them.  I find it easier to chop it off and fit the knob closer to the surface.  I make a small hole through the door and insert a sequin pin in one of the knobs to go through.

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Then I chop the pin to suitable length and stick the other knob on the pin that sticks through – just the same as with a real door with spindle. And I glue the whole lot. The card and cladding make for a bit of a rough door, I know but it does a job until I can muster a better finish.

Was moving on

Couldn’t get the mind off what would need doing to boost the first attic space lighting so, as getting nowhere with everything else, I turned attention to that and dragged out an LED light from the stored electrics that are squirreled away.  It’s a ceiling light from Heidi Ott but if you invert it you can get something else, possibly.

How safe is an oil lamp do you reckon?

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Given it a booster step on the middle section of the wrecked dressing table, it looks OK when off, though perhaps a bit bright when lit. Something to work from perhaps

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It lights that back wall nicely; I’ll see how it goes