Most daft thing I did was to spend hours artexing a ceiling after patching a
hole in it, then a week later painting the ceiling, eeeking out the paint to
finish the job, the I goes in attic to turn off water and slips of joist,
taking half the bloody ceiling down
That was an entertaining read, Mark
At least this is all happening *before* decorating.
A few suggestions.
- IIRC, from earlier photos, the roof tank was a galvanised steel one.
If you need to cut it up to remove it through the hatch, e.g. with an
angle grinder, do take great care and have water on hand in case of
sparks. Ideally use a different way to remove the tank.
- While the system is apart like this, find the water supplier stop
tap, turn it off and replace the inside stop tap.
- Get rid of any gate valves - they always sieze IME. Replace with
lever ball valves - these are also full bore but much better made and
not subject to the same problem.
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Thanks for the tips, the hose - I wasn't putting that water anywhere
near my mouth. ;-)
I've stripped the old fibreboard insulation off the tank, had thought
about the anglegrinder but I'm running out of t-shirts from the sparks
already, got some new metal blades for the jigsaw after it coped with
the radiators so trying that first.
I think I've seen the stop tap outside on the pavement.
The valve with the wheel was pretty funny at the time, little a Laurel
and Hardy or Norman Wisdom when I hit that and it snapped off...
Oh and I've made myself a mental note to not add that extra bit of
cement when mixing concrete in future after having to remove some I
did last year to put in the new gate posts.
The way to do it then is coil the hose up an submerge the whole thing in
the tank, ensuring that all the air is expelled. Then plug one end with
a cork or other suitable object, leave the open end in the tank, route
the hose as required, then remove the bung and /voila/!
Once was clearing the bottle trap under a sink at work (it was clogged
with little plastic coffee stirers) when a kitchen worker said "hi",
handed me the bucket I'd asked for, stepped over my legs, and proceeded
to turn on the taps to swill some cups.
Martin Angove (it's Cornish for "Smith") - ARM/Digital SA110 RPC
See the Aber Valley -- http://www.tridwr.demon.co.uk/abervalley.html
I turned everything on but for some reason it didn't work as I'd
assumed it would.
I swear to myself a lot, like when I dried all the floor under the
leaking toilet overflow prior to replacing the floorboards, flushed
the toilet and it overflowed again. Fixed that problem, no top on the
cistern so the ballcock arm is covered in bits of old plaster and
artex making it too heavy so the water wasn't cutting off as it
I think I swore worst when I was stood at one side of the room
intercepting the jet of water from the hole I'd just made in the tank.
Ahh... jets of water reminds me.
Scenario: aged 18 at parent's house, parents out. Winter, room seems
cold, top of radiator cold, so decide it needs bleeding. Get bleed key,
keep turning, but no air comes out, suddenly key (and bleed valve) shoot
across room. Boiling hot, black water gushes from radiator, mop with
hankie. Can't reach valve without letting black water on new carpet, sit
there for two hours with (alternate) thumbs over bleed tap.
Amazing I ever took up DIY really.
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