Creating a temporary kitchen

As we will be moving in pretty soon, there are a couple of essentials that need to be arranged. Next to a toilet and a shower, a kitchen is also pretty handy, so we can eat other things as grilled food.

In the garage we stored the old electrical furnace and an old refrigerator, which would come in handy. They needed some cleaning, so we took them out of the garage and went on with it. While Mattias was cleaning the furnace, I put together the countertop with cabinet and 2 drawers

Start of the shower

After two days of rest (apart from having the sewer system inspected) my back was getting a bit better. In the morning I guided a group through old town. After that I took a little nap in the sun on the trampoline, which turned out to be very nice for my back. Mo came over with a nice lunch and then we collected the parts for the shower cabin.

I spend the entire afternoon cleaning the parts and figuring out how I all the hoses and plugs needed to be connected. You always take to little pictures and set to little markings when you take things apart. But I think I got it pretty much connected correctly. We’ll see when it is done and I will connect it to the water pipes.

The toilet and a kitchen sink

A second day of this week, which is good to make some meters, as next week we will start moving in. My back was protesting from all the digging of last weekend, so I looked for some lighter tasks. I first wanted to make a sink in the kitchen so it would be easier to tap some water when we would need it in other parts of the house.

I took apart the old kitchenette that came with the house. The siphon was broken, so I needed a new one, but it was a good start. In between Uve suggested I would insulate the roof behind the radiator he was going to place, as afterward it would be very hard to reach it.

Before that we went to get some stuff at some store. At ABC I found an even better connector for the toilet then the one I already bought and Uve showed me a specialist store for plumbing supplies and the factory store of bakery.

Then I put in the insulation, build the sink and reconnected the toilet. This time all went well, so I could drill the holes and connect the pot to the floor and install the seat, which turned out to be a fancy slow closing one. Yay, we have a working toilet

Finally the sewer connection

After a lot of preparing, paperwork and waiting today is the day. I will finally connect the sewer system. I started by measuring why I missed the connection under the pavement and as expected I was a few degrees off in both directions. After I adjusted the angle I pretty soon had light on the other end of the tunnel.

After placing the bottoms of the inspection puts I found out I drilled the hole to deep, so I adjusted that. All in all a lot of work to make sure the pipes had the right decline. I put in the foundation stones and made the grevel bed and then I was ready to put the vertical pipes.

With the sewer system in place I started on the toilet. After I got it basically done, Mo had dinner ready. After that I found out the connection to the sewer was leaking, so I disconnected it again and decided tomorrow would be as good a day as any other.

Shopping and digging

The morning started with a surprise. Espak was closed as it is a public holiday. I decided to drive home past K-Rauta to see if they might be open and we where in luck and it turned out they had the stuff we needed. As tomorrow is another public holiday we decided to pick a toilet as well, so we would not run out of work.

Back home we found out we forgot grout for the tile floor. So we went to ABC, who was just closing earlier. On the way there I joked if Mo wanted blue or red grout, but when we got there it turned out the did have about all colours of the rainbow including sparkles.

Back home again, I started digging, after a while I found an old gold bucket, unfortunately it was empty. When I got deep enough, I tried to drill under the pavement, but I had just missed the connection. Tomorrow another try!

As some friends where in town who wanted to meet up, we decided to have a little barbecue party. A pretty good end of a day of hard physical work.

The bathroom floor

Saturday I started pretty late, the plan was to put in the floor. I made all the tiles to fit and when I was done Mo was coming over to have lunch and then we started to put in the tiles. Voldermar had saved us at least an hour by getting some more glue from the other end of town.

Unlike the hallway, the bathroom took way less glue, so now I guess we will have glue left over. Oh well.

At the end of the afternoon we went to ABC to get materials for the outside sewer, but they did not have all the parts we needed, so I guess we’ll stop at Espak tomorrow as they are closed already.

Boiler electricity and toilet wall

Uve said he would like to put a small switchboard for the boiler and the pumps, 1 x 10A and 3 x 6A, so I arranged a wire for the switchboard. This was a small task so after that I put in the door frame and wall for the toilet. Suddenly it is not the end of the hallway anymore, but an actual toilet. I also connected the switch and the light.

Boiler, radiator and odd jobs

I got to the house pretty early today as Uve, the heater guy, would get here with the radiators and chimney pipes he got in Latvia yesterday. Including driving there and the time it takes it still saved me 500 euro, so why not.

After we unloaded his car, we planned what part of the plan would be done first and then Uve started installing the first radiator. While I was finishing a lot of smaller things like closing door openings and putting in the last plaster plates.

As there was a planned power outage we scheduled that time to pick up the boiler from the factory. It was nice to see the place where the boiler was coming from and at the end of the day, the first radiator was also a nice view!

A place for the pellet heater

Where a few days ago I still had a few weeks before the pellet heater would be delivered, now all of a sudden it was already available, that means I have the make sure the are tiles on the place where it needs to stand.

Earlier I had been puzzling with the tiles in the bathroom, but I was not very satisfied with the result, as by keeping an exact straight line with the tiles in the hallway (my null) the tiles in the bathroom just did not look good. I tried a different approach and soon saw that this was the way to go. So I laid the tiles in very precise, to get the right measurement for the location of the tiles in the wash- and heating room and glued in those tiles. Just in time as tomorrow we will pick up the heater.