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For sure.

I will pay for repairs and redecorating as my expectation of the insurance company is Zero.
I do a bit of insurance work. Generally that roof repair unless caused by a storm (which you say it wasn't) is down to you, but the internal repairs would be down to the insurer....they will pay for the damage to be repaired but won't pay to repair the cause if its just general wear and tear.

You then of course have to way up whether its worth the excess and uplifted premiums for the damage...probably not if you're fairly handy or have handy people around you:)
 

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Going completely off topic but;

Grizz, thanks for posting about Kerbed Wheels on MCE, took the 911 there for all 4 to be refurbished. They took the car in next day (Wednesday) and collected it Friday afternoon. Great job on the wheels and caps plus great price all in. Now just need the rain to stop to give the rest of it a good clean!

Hope you get the house sorted ASAP mate.
 

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Going completely off topic but;

Grizz, thanks for posting about Kerbed Wheels on MCE, took the 911 there for all 4 to be refurbished. They took the car in next day (Wednesday) and collected it Friday afternoon. Great job on the wheels and caps plus great price all in. Now just need the rain to stop to give the rest of it a good clean!

Hope you get the house sorted ASAP mate.
A pleasure mate.

glad you liked what they do as well as the price.

Took Friday off as mentioned, also went out in the truck to fetch a long passage carpet runner for Craigs wife, new, unused (the carpet)

Started chatting to the sellers husband as you do, turns put he has a 1963 registered VW Beach Buggy (for sale like all things in life)

He used to be a Land Rover guy for many years, short story long, he sold me a screen for £10.00 which I gave to @GlenAnderson who was popping down on Sunday to drop off a windscreen for me to use on the Rezin Rockit, as well as some signs from @Forkliftfred whom he bought an engine from.

Into the truck it went, along with the passage runner.



Saturday afternoon I started on another distraction that has been years in the want/planning.

An arch over the bottom of the driveway that once overgrown will help create a visual line and block the line of sight down to the garage, looking from the street.

Basic idea, just to get the feel for what it will look like.

Ot should be 8’2” tall on the underside, with a pair of 15” trellises front and rear that will be removable, either by unhooking from clips, or unscrewing if it seems to need extra stability.

Not at all like this by the way.



Measured out.



Hedge carefully cut back to create a recess, so that actual drive is not compromised for when cars or trucks come to the bottom. Also allowing the caravan to be removed.



18” deep holes dug both sides for the small holding foundations on the uprights.



After that, my back asked me to slow down, so I started a fire instead…….

You know what happened next of course.

Both current lodgers were in, So Sally and I decided a BBQ was a perfect way to spend the late afternoon.

Drinks, Pretzels, chat…….



Fire, food.



Served.



Happy, all of us, it was a good meal, music and alcohol.

David the Electrical engineering managers wife and kids are in Vietnam, last saw them February last year, that must suck.
Interestingly, he mostly works in Saudi Arabia, Emirates and other places where alcohol is less used, and as a habit does not use alcohol.

Anthony is a retired Royal Engineers RSM who runs his own training company. t2p.co.uk

David may stay a year for his full contract, or if Saudi Arabia and the rest opens up, he may go back there sooner, Anthony is sorting his life and could be here for an indeterminate time.

In the mean time, the are good company.



Sunday was Bootfair and a bit of together time with Sally, making stuff.

More later.
 

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So a few little things along the way.

Cleaned up Craigs hatchet a bit.

From this.



To this.


Via some of this.



Also added a 50p bootfair handle to the cast aluminium head mate Andy cast two years ago.





Done.



In other news, my local village has a secret person who is crocheting toppers for post boxes and bollards.

It is proving really popular, and people are leaving them in place, which is great to see.



Anthony my one current lodger has a business to print stuff, like emergency bags, T-shirts etc.

He offered to print me a pic of the S10 on canvas.

Brought these samples back Monday night.

I need to frame the canvas next.



Last night he brought home an even bigger print.



Pretty chuffed with these.

Just need to frame and stretch them now.
 

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Sunday was a good day to spend time with Sally who wanted to make gifts for her three best friends.

Blue Tit nesting “boxes”

I have two nesting boxes that have breeding pairs returning every year.

These are obviously not boxes in the traditional sense, but they should attract birds.

I made her do some of the helping, which really did pi$$ her off a bit, especially when my camera comes out, she hates cameras.

Also she does not have the technique or force to drive those screws into the oak that I used, despite pilot holes being drilled.

So I calculated, measured and cut for three boxes and then assembled them one at a time.




The tea pots were getting glued down with some special magical glue.




Different sizes, as thats how you buy from the bootfair, they come at around £2.00 each.



Progress.



Lids glues down on the front porches.

The front doors need to be painted pastel colours after gluing into place





Sunday evening @GlenAnderson popped in to drop off some signs from @Forkliftfred and the front screen from his Land Rover.

Glen took the screen I got last week and went home as it was raining and his day had been a long one.



Screen for the Rezin Rockit



Weekend suddenly over again.
 

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Remember that spoiler I bought a few weeks ago?

A random pic sent to my by a friend.


Tongue in cheek.


 

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From various previous conversations I have come to the conclusion that all brands have a following.

Nilfisk came up repeatedly as a brand to considder due to its construction and parts used.


I have had a B&Q brand machine for over 10 years that I really liked.

Taken all the abuse it deserved being used for 8 hrs a day, three days a year and loads inbetween over the years.

The lance has stopped its circular motion last year as well as the hose to trigger and lance connection failing.

Spec as per photo below.

I am 1.83m tall and need a decent length lance.

Mostly used on concrete and paving but also greasy car parts.

What is the current 2021 opinions on them?


Anyone got a deal/dealer/code/weblink to save me any cash compared to RRP ?

I am not loyal.

Thanks.



93db noise.


 

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Busy weekend, working on the arch over the driveway.

Because of my back, progress is slow, but amazingly, the amount of work I did on Saturday and Sunday was way more than any day in the last three months.

Osteopath and gentle exercise by walking 2km most days, seems to have allowed some recovery.

I will do the archway write up in one when it is completed. I have one more piece to build and mount, along with the day job.

Saturday Sally painted the nesting teapot doors, a nice shade of yellow.



Resulting in a nice finish after she waxed all the wood twice with a nice beeswax based wood treatment.

Her friends should be happy.

You will note that one is missing a lid.

Sunday bootfair it was on the list of stuff to find, a lid.




Sunday bootfair was minimal, possibly 15% of its usual size, due to threatening rain.


I only got to spend £2.20

20p for a broken sugar bowl, which donated its lid for box no 3

And £1.00 each for a bag of steel wire staples, and yes, we still use them.

Also a bag of random sized split pins for £1.00 which was great, gain as our older cars, especially American stuff, still uses split pins.



Happy with the result of the 20p lid.



Also went out in the truck to go looking for some cement, but two hardware stores had zero stock.

Imdid manage to spend £168.00 on a large electrical pressure cleaner.

If it lasts s well as the last one did, I will be very happy.







Created a nice obstruction to pi$$ off speeding freaks that do 50+ mph in the 30 zone in front of my place, a small win.

Before reversing the truck back down the drive.




And suddenly the weekend was over again.

But pleased with what I got done.

And driving the truck.
 

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So a quick photodump.

The idea was to create a arch for the garden to the right to grow into and over so that it partly camouflages and draws attention away from the garden.

Recycled timber was free.

Screws expensive, cement overpriced, and paint paid for before.

The rest mostly labour and using stuff paid for before.

Total cost, probably under £80.00


You saw the 450mm deep holes go down before.




I decided to sandwich two beams per post. Cut to length and screwed securely.



Test fit.





I also used some of the blackened sections to create a ladder for each side.



Painted, thanks to Sally carrying on with the paint while I built no 2.



On Sunday Sally worked, so I placed the uprights in the holes, alone, my back is recovering its strength, though the damage is permanent, I am moving easier and better every day compared to three months ago.



NextI made a set of cross beams up. The front gets a wide one tomcreate the illusion of size and sheer bulk, spindly would not work.



Next up , squaring and levelling it all out, then anchoring in position.



Followed by cross beams.



This was followed by screwing into position the individual cross pieces, as the whole lot would have been to big, heavy and unwieldy to put up alone.



I knew I wanted to have a front section hanging down, but removable for when the welding caravan gets removed finally.

So mocked up with a piece of trellis fencing, just to help visualisation.

Realised it needed to be a bit shorter.



Final height.



I tried to get some cement to mix for the foundations and neither B&Q, nor Wickes or Homebase had any.

Went to my local village hardware store on Monday afternoon………

No cement, but had some bags of “Post Mix” at £10.00 per 20kg bag.

Trust me, not impressed, but little choice, so I paid my £40.00 for the convenience.



Tuesday afternoon I also decided to try out my new pressure cleaner.

NVH is bad, trigger is stiff, no lock on it, oscillating head does a weird thing where it goes through frequencies that seem to change the effect.

Not sure it is worth the money at £168.00 vs the £110.00 model.





My fig tree, propagated last year has produced one fig, pretty chuffed with that.


 

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Next job was to make the lower valence up.

Again, made as I went along.

Cut first, measure second.



All of this has been a pain to do solo, as it is high, the ladder is uninspiring, and I worry about my back letting me down, well crashing me to thw floor really.



The whole morning there was a Robin keeping me company, chatting and making an angry noise, I guess he has a nest somewhere nearby.



These should ensure I can dismantle the valence later, to remove the caravan with ease.



Once squared up and screwed together, it was time for the post-crete to -be added to the holes, along with a load of water to set it off.



Done.



Followed by some decorations





I also cleared the excess wood off the drive, in under the carport.

And put up some road signs, andmy battle weary Stars n Stripes.




Later on the Robin was sitting atop the structure, singing away merrily.



Went to bed at 12,30 and by 04.10 the night was over.

Not ideal, but at least I took yesterday and today off work.

Sunrise was nice.





My weekend is here, loads of clearing up to do today, and maybe mounting the dentists light under the carport too.
 

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One for Craig, along with the Coke trucks and a small beach buggy.

He is a VW aircooled and Coke guy of course.



A nice carved wooden cat for mate Kevins new courtyard garden



And for myself a set of license plates for my collection.

No idea where they are from.



So total haul included.

Wooden picture frame, unused £1.00
Wooden blue star £1.00
Wooden carved cat £2.50
60’s Beach Buggy £4.00
Three toy cars £1.00
4 teapots, to be used as Blue Tit nests £1.00 each
vintage Porcelain bathroom light pull £3.00
License plates £2.00 of both.
Three Poppy scarves unused, for £1.00
Half a box of gutter bolts for a cart iron bench build £2.50




The rest of today was spent clearing out the carport, followed by sorting out Mickeys and my communal lumber into size, type and length, clearing the shared alleyway about 80%

There are still two pallets worth of aerated breeze blocks that we need to find a new home for in the alleyway though.

Once done, I want to build some decent shelving and support doe all the wood to be stored, giving me back the carport for the Rezin Rockit build.

Decent weekend, almost over.
 

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Advertising this thing all over the internet.

So it will be first to collect from my place near Rochester, Kent ME3 post code area, near Allhallows, gets it.

If you feel you want to pay for it, a rattle can of red gloss will be fine, or else you can have my biccies and tea,

I will not get around to doing it, Need the space, thanks to @CraigRK for giving it to me in early 2019 but now it has to go.

Craig has a V5 to go with it.

My plan was Post Apocalyptic Mad Max style thing, a bit like the Honda Ruckus/Zoomer.

You can think RR’s GATHERING Campground transport.

There are some plastics as well.

Collection only, and sooner than later or it gets scrapped.

PM please if you are interested. (Did I mention, FIRST TO COLLECT gets it)


Just parking these photos here till I hear from someone.


So we got to having what was left of the scooter, out into the sunshine.



Of course needed to try it on for size.

Lowrider.



Normal



Raised bars, legs forward.



Of course, an idea, STEAMPUNK ?



Dragged it toward Prozac, wheels locked up.



 

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Some of you may remember the gokart chassis I bought a while ago.

Barstool racer is the objective

Not shortened as is traditional but full length with a small pickup bed over the motor.

So how many horses should I look for in a motor.

No need to be a rip snorting turbo NOS driven nutter mobile.

But needs to be reasonably capable of drawing around 150kg around a field.


I see Briggs and Stratton motors on rotovators with 3.5 hp and bigger on other stuff.


Go on…….


Don’t kill me.
 

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Some of you may remember the gokart chassis I bought a while ago.

Barstool racer is the objective

Not shortened as is traditional but full length with a small pickup bed over the motor.

So how many horses should I look for in a motor.

No need to be a rip snorting turbo NOS driven nutter mobile.

But needs to be reasonably capable of drawing around 150kg around a field.


I see Briggs and Stratton motors on rotovators with 3.5 hp and bigger on other stuff.


Go on…….


Don’t kill me.
interesting :) I'll keep an eye on this ;)
 

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interesting :) I'll keep an eye on this ;)
Eventually it will get done.


Been a while.

Lucky the truck is patient and loyal.

Loads happening, nothing related to the C10 though.

And it may be a while still.

However, after my back really screwing my life up for a year and stopping all progress on all projects, it seems to be on the mend very slowly.

It will not heal in the conventional way, but with a bit of clever use of planning, leverage etc, it is allowing me to do some stuff.

The Rezin Rockit, GoKart and a few other things are all awaiting their turn.

As is usual here, my first stop when restarting my life, is to take stock of stuff.

So a clear up and clear out was in order.

The scooter I got from Craig in 2019 found a new name on its V5c when I gave that away.

Followed by clearing out two pallets of breeze blocks, given to mate Neil. Amazing how fast stuff moves when you give it away.




So on Tuesday Neil came with his Transit van and his 13 year old grandson, to whom I had offered the Italjet Scooter. Harley had thought it over and decided he would rather build a car for when he is 17 which is a wise move. So the scooter went onto FB Marketplace and was gone, collected and ownership changed in less than an hour.

We loaded all the blocks in.

As far as it could go, so Harley and I carried the blocks through, and Neil packed them, his back is also knackered.

Nearly 150 of them.




I tried to make him take some more stuff but he declined mHarley took a very good office chair that was surplus for his own bedroom.

Walking around looking at the C10 and other stuff, Neil asked what next, so I said a new pair of fenders needed to be bought and imported……

He looked at the old ones, blasted and primed and said that if I got some patch panels, he would give them a go at repairing.

Of course I had the panels and rear supports for years.

So as a “Trade” he took the fenders away and will be welding them up for me.





Pretty good result, even though not planned at all.

Next job was clearing more of the alleyway in order to build some storage space for all the lumber in the carport.

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Up at 05.00 (old age, sore body, restless mind) showered, shaved, mug of tea, quick scan of internet etc.

Down at the bootfair by 6.15 and field was already full, with the line down the side of the exit route being filled with vendors.

Actually not a lot for me, but still had a nice few hours and home before 09.00 for brekkie.



Total haul.

Smalls.



Glazed plant pot £2.00
3/4 of 12 liter fence paint £3.00 and a nice chat.
Firemans helmet, unused, with working speaker £1.00
Another teapot £1.00
Aluminium drain downpipe corner and a gate slider £2.00
King Dick 50p
Metal sign 50p for shed.
4x VW Beetle/Baja’s £1.00
Union Jack Mini - Free
Small tools all for £2.00 from nice seller with teapot.
Includes Oil filter chain spanner, vintage pliers, multi-tool for closed boxes, two very flat spanners, two beautiful vintage drill bits, rawlplug tool (punch) 3 micro drillbits, 2x tyre pressure gauges.

So that was the haul, not big but nice to be out and the fence paint alone makes up for the rest.


More random reports later.

Hot out today.
 

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Monday morning.

Yesterday was a hot one. I cut my one side hedge and half of Mickeys yesterday. Not clever on a hot day, but needed to get it done.


The last week had been a flurry of random, but focussed action.

Lucky the Chevy truck is patient and loyal.

Loads happening, nothing related to the C10 though.

And it may be a while still.

However, after my back really screwing my life up for a year and stopping all progress on all projects, it seems to be on the mend very slowly.

It will not heal in the conventional way, but with a bit of clever use of planning, leverage etc, it is allowing me to do some stuff.

The Rezin Rockit, GoKart and a few other things are all awaiting their turn.

As is usual here, my first stop when restarting my life, is to take stock of stuff.

So a clear up and clear out was in order.

The scooter I got from Craig in 2019 found a new name on its V5c when I gave that away.

Followed by clearing out two pallets of breeze blocks, given to mate Neil. Amazing how fast stuff moves when you give it away.




So on Tuesday Neil came with his Transit van and his 13 year old grandson, to whom I had offered the Italjet Scooter. Harley had thought it over and decided he would rather build a car for when he is 17 which is a wise move. So the scooter went onto FB Marketplace and was gone, collected and ownership changed in less than an hour.

We loaded all the blocks in.

As far as it could go, so Harley and I carried the blocks through, and Neil packed them, his back is also knackered.

Nearly 150 of them.




I tried to make him take some more stuff but he declined mHarley took a very good office chair that was surplus for his own bedroom.

Walking around looking at the C10 and other stuff, Neil asked what next, so I said a new pair of fenders needed to be bought and imported……

He looked at the old ones, blasted and primed and said that if I got some patch panels, he would give them a go at repairing.

Of course I had the panels and rear supports for years.

So as a “Favour Trade” he took the fenders away and will be welding them up for me.





Pretty good result, even though not planned at all, life has it’s own way of keeping the books balanced I guess.

Next job was clearing more of the alleyway in order to build some storage space for all the lumber in the carport.

New pressure washer worked well, I cleaned the walls (they are not sealed against the garage wall, and a leak in the gutter, blus some weather and rain getting through there, plus all rain off the garage and carport actually flowing down the alleyway and out the back to the farm had left moss on the walls on both sides, of course the spray ends up on the roofing too, so I ended up cleaning all four sides of the alleyway

These plus more needed to be processed.



Before cleaning on Tuesday evening after work



After.

I also discovered 5 sheets of nasty/cheap Chinese packing crate ply, all badly rotten on the bottom edge, so stripped all the rot back with the pressure cleaner, as well as both the front and rears.

Then let it all dry, and cut the sheets down to remove the rot, as they had a job waiting too.



I took Friday as a leave day in order for Mickey and I to be able to knock out the shelving and racks.

Starting at 8.30 we worked nonstop, just grabbing tea and sodas through the day, finishing by 4.30pm

This included feeding a 45 gallon drum incinerator all day with so much of the offcast bits, and wood found to be damaged over the years.

I also have a havit of using the worst bits first and then the better. Mickey loves using the bigger longer, pretty bits, so it was bit of a job to stop him grabbing the best bits first, but he got my motivation quickly enough.

These upright posts are around £10.00 each if you buy them, they came from a deck that was lifted and you can see, undamaged, the rest if the wood, likewise.

We used a load of turbo screws, and the 120mm hex head decking screws used in the heavy stuff was all rescued from the deck that was dismantled by Mick.

So a lot of this between us, and with multiple tools, we could both measure, cut and fit.









Two cement mixers tucked into their custom space.

All the shelving was planned around the mixers that are bulky and also an aluminium table frame Mick wanted to incorporate as another dry working space outside, as it saves on getting the driveway/garage/carport full of dust and sawdust.

So this was Friday afternoon 4.30 and Mick was off to the pub for a well deserved pint.




Saturday morning by 08.00, Sally was here and the three of us started packing the wood from the carport into the racks and shelves.

I have an ability to visualise and calculate in space, which neither Mickey nor Sally can do, and in fact she was stressing.

By 11.00 all the wood, some steel etc was out of the carport.



Mick was already working at the table making a trellis for his sunny corner at the house.

Made me grin that he was straight onto using the work table, which has 45mm planks and a sheet of ply on it.

Packed.



And the carport filled with toys that all need motors and transmissions found and fitted






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