After installing the pipes, power and waste water it is now time to make put the walls backup so that the laundry, bathroom and kitchen are separate rooms once again. Just a reminder of the plan:
Starting with the wall between the new laundry and bedroom 3 I added waterproof villa-board in vertical sheets, drilling holes for the power and water outlets before affixing to the stud using stud glue and screw. It was important measure carefully so that when the board went on it fitted exactly over the delivered services. This was particularly important for the waste-water which has very little tolerance if I get it wrong.
The power points low on the wall are for the washer and drier which will go under the bench, and the two up near the ceiling are for appliances to plug in. In this photo the circuit isn’t live, but i have attached the power points to prevent the wire falling back inside the wall, and also because leaving any wires bare is a potential hazard if for some reason the power is restored unexpectedly. The loose cable to the side is because I will pick up the power here for the new wall that will be built at this point, once the power is where I need it to be, the cable gets secured to the stud using cable clips.
Where the old chimney was removed, I framed up a wall using 90mm x 45mm treated pine stud, and then also applied sheeting to those walls. The chimney left a large hole in the ground which I filled with cement.
Once the sheet was in place I then gave the walls a quick base coat of paint designed for wet areas which would protect the sheets. I then spent some time in the roof adding some new lighting. The lights I used were LED down-lights which put out a heap of light and are only $15 each. They also don’t get hot and are more efficient than traditional lighting. The switch for the light will be just inside the new door.
I also added a ceiling fan over the location the sinks will go. Originally I wanted to put the ceiling fan in the center of the room, however the framing in the ceiling didn’t allow for this.
My youngest brother Ed had come to visit and unfortunately for him I put him to work with me. It was now time to fix the gaping hole in the roof where the chimney was, which up until this time had just be covered by a tarp.
To fix the roof all I needed to do is acquire two new sheets of corrugated iron and install them under the flashing and over the top of the hole in the roof. I sent Ed up onto the roof with some roofing screws and set him to work securing the new sheets. Within a few minutes I heard him yelling to “turn off the gas”, he had hit a gas pipe, not once, not twice but in three separate locations!
The only gas appliance in the house is the oven, which is just attached to a gas bottle that sits outside under the eves. Whoever had run the gas line had just pushed it up under the peak of the corrugated iron sheet, and in the process of removing some screws to install the new sheet the gas pipe moved across to the next peak so was right under where the screws went back in. Fixing the gas pipe was similar to how the plumbing was done for the water, except that I had to use a flared compression fitting which invoiced flaring the pipe. I’ll post about how to do this this later.
Another backwards step
Once the roof was completed I returned inside to find that the tap I had installed for the washing machine was leaking. The compression fitting inside the wall had come loose as the tap was installed. I had to cut a hole in the villa-board to access the fitting and fix it up again. Annoying, but fixable. I also removed the remaining tiles from the room, ready for the next bit, a new slab floor.
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