Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker
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Flat update

Ok, so the pipe has been replaced and everything's been put back together and painted.  It looks great.

This leaves two things:
1) A bit of crumbling concrete on the outside.  This is being inspected next week to see how much work it'll take to fix.
2) Replacing the carpet in that room, as Julie's asthma isn't too fond of spore-laden carpets.

The insurance is covering the floor, and the cheque is in the post (presumably to be eaten by polar bears on the way to me).  However, we'd quite like to get wooden flooring put down rather than carpet.  But....

The boiler is dying.  And by dying, I mean it hasn't worked in two days now for heating.  It's fine for hot water, but the heating is giving up the ghost.  It's an old boiler, and not a good make when it was originally bought 15 years ago.  And it's noisy, goes out intermittently, and frankly needs to be thrown away.  Oh, and the radiators are all full of rubbish and need to be flushed.

Flushing them is part of installing a new radiator anyway, so it makes sense to get that all done in one go.  But I don't want to put down the flooring until after the flushing takes place, in case it causes a pipe to explode - which wouldn't surprise me, given the quality of work that's generally been done on the flat.

So the remaining work seems to be:
1) Get new boiler installed in the kitchen (which is a much better place for it to be anyway).  This means that the flooring in there needs to be replaced.
2) Replace the flooring in the kitchen and the now-sorted bedroom.  And probably the study, as I've hated that carpet since I moved in.  And possibly the hall, as the floorboards there are _shit_ and it's cheaper to get them all replaced at once.
3) HAVE A NICE FUCKING FLAT FOR US TO LIVE IN.
4) Spend all our time there, as that's our money gone for the year.  Oh, and that includes my bonus that I won't get until March.  If I don't get it, then expect me to be selling my kidneys on ebay.
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