Catch up…

Just thought, seems i’ve missed a couple of things from recent blog activity. First one is the saga of the warping hardwood door on the offshot, it’s been complained about but to no avail. We fitted the new door back in june some time, almost immediately it was spotted that the thing was warped and that because of this the weather seal may well be breached. So of I trot to see my good friend Frazer at the builders merchants, who in turn contacted the supplier, XL joinery. Out came a guy from the company (when yours truly was at the cloud factory) and he inspected the door. In a nutshell he said it was fitted badly and that due to the lack of a weather strip on the base of the door, this is where the water is penetrating the door, thus causing the door to warp.
I say, fecking bullsh1t… For one, we have a seal on the door, although it’s fitted opposite to a conventional fashion it does work and is not noticeable… Pretty obvious. He couldn’t see it, even with his special mirror. Secondly the damp is coming from the top, where the door is actually out of shape and not fitting the XL joinery door frame. To cap it all and to prove to myself that the door had not picked moisture up, it was taken off, had the treatment sanded from the base and side then tested with a moisture meter

image

The sure-fire way to check your meter is to test yourself for moisture, sweaty pinkys.

image

So as you see the meter tests out correctly.

image

And on that score, the timber tests out at being dry. And that’s the so-called wet bit.
Once treated again with 3 coats of exterior grade saddolin wood stain, the heavy fecker was put back on its hinges. tomorrow, armed with this post, i’m of to see Frazer.
AN IMPROMPTU DAY OUT…
Thursday last, the day before i started back making clouds, we took an impromptu trip out for a pub lunch. Ended up at the carts bog, a lovely old pub that a friend of mine used to own.
http://www.cartsbog.co.uk/
Two Guinness
image

And a bog pie later,
image

It was time to walk it off
image
We headed on to staward peel
http://www.castleuk.net/castle_lists_north/87/stawardpele.htm and the gorge that the river aln runs through
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Banks_%26_Staward_Gorge
A smashing spot for a hike
image

With some lovely scenery
image

image

SATURDAYS ACCIDENT…
There seemed to be an inordinate amount of sirens heading out-of-town during my afternoon with the cloud people. The ambulance station is just over the road from the factory and the fire and police are just over the Tyne bridge.
A helicopter was overhead at some stage during the afternoon, but what type of chopper alludes me.
Maybe all this action was for this..
image

This is a four-foot deep gouge in the verge on a bad section of the republics highway. On the other side was last weeks disaster
image

And both of these are just days old and only yards away from earlier excursions. Two more artics and a crane totally upside down.
Yesterday I commented on a post in lifeattheendoftheroad

http://lifeattheendoftheroad.wordpress.com/

where I mentioned about passing places, now you see why you don’t pull of the road around here, it’s bottomless.
Well that’s me all loaded up and ready for this couple of days off, one hot water cylinder to fit and fuel for the flail mower…image

Advertisements