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When the washing machine man said it might take as long as until Monday to get the new belt for the broken washing machine we sort of expected them to be in touch to arrange a time by Monday at the latest for the refitting of a washing machine belt. I've been idly wandering the web today, and I've discovered that slim washing machines that fit into stupidly positioned areas of a bathroom are now more common than they were two years ago, and also much cheaper. They have until the end of Monday to contact me if they want to get their £115 service charge, and if it doesn't happen I'm going to throw more money at the hassle and just get the damn thing replaced. For £230 I can get a brand new machine with good reviews delivered on a next-day delivery option. I hope by Wednesday night to be able to perform the amazing feat of washing clothes at home.

Plumber's coming to fix the bath taps the same day.

I am spending money on home maintenance. I seem to be a grown-up. This would be easier if I were a richer grown-up. Ah well.
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"What's this weird stuff under my foot?" I wondered as I stepped into the kitchen. Granted, we haven't swept the floor in a couple of weeks but they felt like incredibly big crumbs and they were right in the middle of the floor. I stepped closer to the counter to find that there were even more of them there, so I stepped back and switched on the light. My original plan had been to wander to the fridge, grab a cold drink and go back to the living room without touching the light, but now I was curious.

All over the floor were tiny little chunks of clear and black glass, almost cuboid in shape, like safety glass is. At first I thought that somehow one of our glass placemats had been swept off the table and shattered but it would have to be a very large one. So what else could shower glass all over the kitchen? I looked up.

"Um. How come our oven door has exploded?" I asked Tobes, carefully stepping back off the chunks of glass, reasoning that bare feet weren't a good plan for the kitchen.

We heard nothing, saw nothing. An hour ago the cooker was intact. It hasn't been used in two days. For some reason, though, it's simply exploded everywhere this evening. I guess it must be the hot weather but it's a mystery. If it had happened in the day I could understand it better - light could have been concentrated through the patio door onto the oven door causing a magnifying glass effect during the day. That, I suppose, would have the potential to make glass explode. Maybe. But it was dark and in a room with nobody in it to disturb anything and it just spontaneously threw glass everywhere. That's a bit dangerous, really, innit?

So now we have to figure out how to get that fixed, what it will cost, and whether the contents insurance is worth invoking. Hey... maybe it's under warranty. Time to dig through paperwork tomorrow. *sigh*
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"What's this weird stuff under my foot?" I wondered as I stepped into the kitchen. Granted, we haven't swept the floor in a couple of weeks but they felt like incredibly big crumbs and they were right in the middle of the floor. I stepped closer to the counter to find that there were even more of them there, so I stepped back and switched on the light. My original plan had been to wander to the fridge, grab a cold drink and go back to the living room without touching the light, but now I was curious.

All over the floor were tiny little chunks of clear and black glass, almost cuboid in shape, like safety glass is. At first I thought that somehow one of our glass placemats had been swept off the table and shattered but it would have to be a very large one. So what else could shower glass all over the kitchen? I looked up.

"Um. How come our oven door has exploded?" I asked Tobes, carefully stepping back off the chunks of glass, reasoning that bare feet weren't a good plan for the kitchen.

We heard nothing, saw nothing. An hour ago the cooker was intact. It hasn't been used in two days. For some reason, though, it's simply exploded everywhere this evening. I guess it must be the hot weather but it's a mystery. If it had happened in the day I could understand it better - light could have been concentrated through the patio door onto the oven door causing a magnifying glass effect during the day. That, I suppose, would have the potential to make glass explode. Maybe. But it was dark and in a room with nobody in it to disturb anything and it just spontaneously threw glass everywhere. That's a bit dangerous, really, innit?

So now we have to figure out how to get that fixed, what it will cost, and whether the contents insurance is worth invoking. Hey... maybe it's under warranty. Time to dig through paperwork tomorrow. *sigh*
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May. 12th, 2002 04:29 pm

Well...

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Now I know why the previous owners didn't bother to take their lawnmower with them.

I took it out of the shed and the handle dropped off. I secured the handle and plugged it in and it went zzzzZZZZZzzzz but nothing moved so I unplugged it and looked at the underneath and realised that it was pretty well rusted into place.
I managed to move the blades a bit, trapping my thumb in the process, but also in the process realised they are about as sharp as a plank of wood. So I think I need a new lawnmower.

If only I'd realised this sooner. We could have raced it last week!
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I want to do the housewarming thing. Only I feel horribly inexperienced in this kind of stuff and I'm not quite sure where to start. I've never thrown a party. Ever.

So far the plan is a very vague "Maybe I could have a barbecue in August". So taking that as a starting point, help me out, here. Would you come to a barbecue one weekend in Peterborough? Would it make a difference to you if I offered crash space? I can comfortably put up about five people (double bed, double bottom bunk, single upper bunk), more as the comfort decreases (sofa, floorspace). There is a B&B at the end of the road that we could also make use of. Does this sound like a good plan? If not what would you recommend?
Apr. 26th, 2002 10:43 pm

Furniture

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It's hard to dismantle a wardrobe when the answer to "What's holding it together?" seems to be "Magic". But I did it. And I dragged the bits upstairs and rebuilt the wardrobe.

Then I built half a bed, came downstairs and put the living room furniture into place. Then I returned to building the bed. Right now it's awaiting the rest of a drawer and a headboard before it can be considered a complete bed.

My house looks like cardboard city and I'm utterly knackered. What am I going to do with all these bits of boxes? The dustbin was full three days ago!

Also, apparantly, kicking a hammer by accident when you have nothing on your feet makes the end of your toe fall off. It hurts.

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Okay, so the furniture arrived. One problem. The wardrobe won't go up the stairs. I'm assured that it comes apart easily and has the same fixings as the computer cupboard I build on Monday. If it doesn't I can send it back. So the nice non-flatpack item of furniture needs to be turned into flatpack furniture before I can make use of it. Typical...

And then there's the two beds to build. I'm going to be busy...

UPDATE:

Okay, it's upstairs. However, I haven't quite decided whether "it" is my wardrobe or a pile of firewood.
Apr. 24th, 2002 08:39 am

A Noise

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I go to bed at around 11.30pm now. By midnight I'm asleep. My neighbours, it turns out, are quite noisy. I think there are two unruly teens next door. There are a lot of kids around the neighbourhood hanging out on bikes and scooters, playing with footballs and the like during the early evenings. By 11, though, it's all quiet and I fall asleep easily in the silence at 11.30pm.

At 1am last night there was a nosie that woke me up. It was a single loud click. It sounded (to me, in my paranoid state) like the sound you would get if you pulled down a door handle then let go so it sprang back into place. I was immediately awake and checking at the windows. There didn't seem to be anybody around, front or back.

Interesting that it should happen at exactly 1am. Perhaps something in the house switches over at that time. I thought perhaps the video I left running had reached the end and ejected itself. No. I'm not aware of anything the heating is supposed to do at 1am. I wondered whether the bag of rubbish hung inside the bathroom cabinet had fallen. No. So I still don't know what it was. Five minutes of investigation and I was ready to go back to bed. I'm going to wonder what that was for a long time, though.
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Yo all those who guessed at one item - congratulations! You win. No prizes, sadly, I've been far too busy building my one bit of furniture to go shopping for prizes. I only bashed one finger with the hammer and only have four odd bits of wood left over wondering where they were once destined to live.

I knew it was too good to be true when Argos ammended my order for me. You see, this began as my fault. I ordered my seven items, but picked one incorrectly from the catalogue. I noticed the price was lower as it was rung up on the till so I checked the receipt when I got home. Going back in I was assured that there would be no problems with the substitution item being put in with the main order.

So when Mr Argos turns up on the doorstep with only the computer cupboard under his arm this morning, I'm not impressed. Especially since I've been up since 7.30am and it's nearly midday when he gets here and I realise when he says that's all he has that I'm going to have to deal with the horrors of customer support and I'm going to have to drag the mattress back into my room and turn it back into a bed and I'm going to have to take another of my annual leave days and waste it sitting around at home... But customer support were very helpful, considering. In fact, they pinched items from other people's orders to put on my list so I could get a delivery this week. Now I just have to confirm I can get another day off this week with work...

So it's not been the best of days, but at least I have a cupboard with a computer in it.

[Poll #29333]
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Well the nap last night turned into an early night. I was more tired than I realised. However, I was up at 6.30am this morning ready to attack the house once again with my tidying-up hat on. I'm sure the fact that what I'm actually doing by 8am is sitting at the computer indicates something but at this point I don't care to consider quite what. And you shouldn't, either.
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Apr. 20th, 2002 05:52 pm

Shelf

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Okay, so I had a bathroom/kitchen/water related disaster, but I'm told it should all dry out without further intervention so I'm going to try to forget about it, save for fixing the leaky tap area.

Meanwhile, though, in my first foray into the world of DIY I have successfully put up a shelf! It's not perfect, I haven't figured out what to put on it yet, but it's a shelf and it's on my dining room wall and I put it there. With a drill and everything. Impressive, huh?
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It could have at least waited until I was done unpacking...

Previously on LiveJournal I said "Bath or shower? Bath. But my hot tap doesn't work!"

I just found out how much it doesn't work. That nasty spluttering made as the water started to drip along the tap and collect on the edges of the bath and around the taps where the shampoo sits? Well, it wasn't just collecting there, it was dripping down to below, too. There's a concerning bulge in my kitchen ceiling now. I've torn the side off the bath to see what's underneath, only to find I can't get at it easily because of the way the bathroom mods have been done. I've managed to establish that it is just the hot tap failure that caused the problem rather than there being a leaking pipe or something similarly nasty lurking in there. I have shower sealant. I was going to use it. Then I realised I bought the damn stuff in a form that requires a sealant gun. A gun which, no doubt you've guessed, I don't have.

Plus there's the question of the puddle that is apparantly sitting on top of my kitchen ceiling. Will that dry up and go away by itself? Or do I have to somehow get to it and mop it up? Cos getting into the corresponding part of the bathroom will NOT be easy without ripping out the bathroom unit which in itself is a scary and difficult task. I know better than to touch the ceiling and have it collapse on me but at this stage I'm not quite sure what to do beyond avoiding using the hot tap on the bath. Not difficult to avoid since I'd already given up on it - but Natalie was fighting with it to bath Denver during the week and I had tried a few times to run a bath so I guess the water has collected but I didn't notice the damage until now. My parents had a similar problem with water leaks so I tried phoning them - no answer.

Any advice, anyone? Will the puddle dry up and go away by itself or do I have to dismantle my bathroom and rip up floorboards?

I'm not having a good day.
Apr. 17th, 2002 01:34 pm

Deliveries

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I have a fridge and a washing machine now. A bed would be nice, but I can wait.

I also have non-card-meter electricity which is a relief as they only put the new meter in this morning and we were down to less than 50p.

There are still heaps of things everywhere that need tidying and the mail is starting to mount up and some of it needs responses and I have the whole change-of-address issue to address and... ah, who cares? I've got a house!
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My new house rocks.*

NTL don't.

I've come into work for a rest.

*Not literally. Foundations are stable.
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My new house rocks.*

NTL don't.

I've come into work for a rest.

*Not literally. Foundations are stable.
Apr. 10th, 2002 03:21 pm

Not so Bah

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I got another call from Keith. He says the NTL bods are going to install the swep-T tomorrow so my appointment may still be okay. Yay!

Plus my solicitor called to confirm the release of the keys (previously she was unavailable so I talked to the Estate Agents who confirmed).

These phonecalls are just playing with my emotions. Fiends!
Apr. 10th, 2002 02:24 pm

Yay!

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I'm a home owner!

And I owe the bank rather a lot of money.

The estate agents have permission to release the keys to me and I can go in and collect them whenever I want to. Huzzah!
Apr. 10th, 2002 02:24 pm

Yay!

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I'm a home owner!

And I owe the bank rather a lot of money.

The estate agents have permission to release the keys to me and I can go in and collect them whenever I want to. Huzzah!
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After about fifteen minutes on hold I got through to NTL and booked a date for them to come out and install. Actually, no, after 15 minutes on hold they told me they had routed me through to the London offices because I was calling from London and put me on hold again to talk to people in Peterborough. But the upshot was the same.

They're supposed to be coming on the afternoon of my moving day. I think maybe that was a bad plan. I think I should have told them to come the following Monday - but I didn't want to take an extra day off work and I'm not sure whether my sister will be coming down to stay, yet. The plan is to make orders with various people who deliver things (mostly Argos) and find out when they will be bringing said things - then get my sister to stay for a week or so which means that I can go to work and not use up my holiday days. Natalie is a single mother and doesn't have a job and she's happy to do this. Well, she would be - she gets to watch my cable TV and play on the internet all day while she's there! It will be good to see her again - more so to see Denver who is coming up to a year old, now.

So maybe we'll be organised enough to be into the house and have the TV and video set up for cable to be plugged into by the time the engineer arrives (any time between 12 and 5, apparantly). And maybe we won't. But I can alway re-book it.
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Mar. 28th, 2002 11:40 am

My House

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For those who may care for more detail, here is some info on my house. Bear in mind it is written in estate-agent-speak and may require some translation.

Description: This well maintained modern terrace home benefits from gas central heating and double glazing. The accommodation briefly comprises: entrance hallway, kitchen/diner, lounge, first floor landing, three bedrooms, bathroom and separate w.c. Outside there is a rear garden.

Storm canopy with tiled slates. UPVC double glazed door through to:

Entrance hallway:
Stairs to first floor with understairs storage space and cupboard. Double radiator. Textured ceiling. Alarm sensor to corner.

Kitchen/diner: 17'10 x 10'0 approx.
Refitted range of medium oak effect base, drawer and eye level units with tiled worktop surfaces to compliment. One and a quarter bowl sink unit with mixer tap. Tiled splashbacks. Built in carousel under worktops. Built in electric single oven and fitted four ring gas hob. Plumbing for automatic washing machine. Breakfast bar to middle. UPVC double glazed window to front aspect. UPVC double glazed French doors to rear aspect. Two double radiators. Air vent to side wall. Alarm sensor to corner. Dado rail. Tiled flooring. Two central ceiling lights. Coving to textured ceiling. Archway through to:

Lounge: 13'10 x 11'10 approx.
UPVC double glazed window to rear aspect. Double radiator. Television point. Telephone point. Dado rail. Picture rail. Coving to textured ceiling.

First floor landing:
UPVC double glazed window to front aspect. Built in airing cupboard housing wall mounted gas central heating boiler (combination boiler). Smoke detector (linked to central station). Textured ceiling. Loft access.

Bedroom 1: 11'10 x 10'10 approx.
UPVC double glazed window to rear aspect. Single radiator. Coving to textured ceiling.

Bedroom 2: 11'10 x 6'7 approx.
UPVC double glazed window to rear aspect. Single radiator. Textured ceiling.

Bedroom 3: 11'10 x 6'0 approx.
UPVC double glazed window to rear aspect. Double radiator. Textured ceiling.

Bathroom:
Two piece suite comprising panelled bath with wall mounted shower and screen, vanity wash hand basin. Ceramic tiled splashbacks. UPVC double glazed frosted window to front aspect. Single radiator. Textured ceiling.

W.C:
Comprising low level w.c. UPVC double glazed frosted window to front aspect. Textured ceiling.

Outside:
The rear garden is laid to lawn with mature shrubs and flower beds. Rockery to one side. Paved patio area. Timber storage shed. Brick built wall to one side. Enclosed by timber fencing with gated side access.

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