Flushing your central heating system - simple & something you really should do!

If you have a gravity fed, open-vented heating system with a feed & expansion tank located in your loft, flushing the system is a simple but…


House Refurb - building a raised timber deck

Following on from the last post covering the clean up & demolition of an old wooden summerhouse, this one looks at what happened next... I should…


Back To The House - Sorting out the garden

  I should probably start by stating that I'm definitely not a builder, structural engineer, or to that matter; carpenter. Building anything out…


House catchup - apologies for the silence, life got a whole lot busier!

As mentioned elsewhere, this blog has recently been moved off the elderly Wordpress platform to a shiny new blogging engine called Ghost. Ghost is a…


Replace radiator valve without draining system

Replacing radiator valves without draining your central heating system is something that can be achieved with a few simple additional tools (bungs),…


Domestic Central Heating System Wiring Diagrams; C, W, Y & S Plans

After trawling through some older posts on here to tidy up images & content following the recent relaunch of my site, I thought it might be…


Challenge of the day; new radiator without draining the system down

Haven't posted for a while (been somewhat busy!) so thought I'd share this briefly as a guide. We've been putting the finishing touches to a bedroom,…


Dining room; next stop, painting....

After a tedious couple of weeks, the transformation of our old kitchen into a dining room is nearly complete. Aside from needing to hang a couple of…


Finished product.... A distinct improvement on this morning

Here's the finished product. Still very much a Land Rover but now carrying around distinctly less land!!


The "Dining Room" is gradually taking shape

Progress is happening - sloooowwwwlllly... Framing for the boiler box-work is complete and a door's been hung. The flooring, skirting &…


Getting there part 2; how hard can it be to find stuff that matches laminate in colour?

The new dining room is really taking shape now, and it's finally beginning to look like a completed room rather than a building site. As the floor…


Getting there... Plaster dry & floor [mostly] down

Feels like progress.. Got home to find that we'd gone from grey vinyl tiles to a nearly finished new floor in the space of a day! The cat's a…


Transformation underway.. A new room takes shape

After a couple of days of plastering, we finally have what looks like a room taking shape. Waiting for new plaster to dry always seems to be such a…


Old kitchen - plasterwork day one!

And so it begins. The plasterer's been busy today, cleaning everything up to the point of being able to start plastering, and then cracking on with…


Old kitchen - the original plumbing's last stand

Before the room can be plastered next week, the original plumbing that previously served the kitchen sink & appliances needed to be removed –…


Today's challenge.... rewire a central heating system... !

Update: If you're looking for a C Plan or similar central heating wiring diagram, click here! One of things we noted when we first moved in was that…


Old kitchen... Progress!

Today saw the start of work to transform our house’s original kitchen into what will hopefully end up being a dining room / additional reception…


Old kitchen, the home straight

The time has come for the old kitchen to finally be renovated, and converted into a finished room. Lots to do as ever over the next few days &…


Finished Garden; in the sun

Just to finish off the last post, here's a picture of the nearly finished front garden; snapped in this morning's sun.


Garden round 2

With another day of brilliant weather upon us we took the opportunity to tidy up & plant the rest of the front borders. The day started off with…