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HomeTordinoConversion • March 2017

February 2017

3rd March 2017

My wood arrived. It didn't look that much till I had to start bringing it aboard. The wooden beams of 6.7m long were heavy. With the two of us we managed to lower them in the hold. Sadly enough it was raining the whole morning while we were loading the wood.

I build the frame for the reading room in the afternoon. It seems easy, but over 1000 screws were used to connect the beams together.

4th March 2017

While my father was putting insulation between the beams, I screwed and glued the sheets of wood on the beams. After two days of work, I felt every muscle in my body. I was broken, but happy with the result!

5th March 2017

I finished the floor and started building one wall. A few neighbours came for a drink. Late in the evening, I painted the floor to protect it from possible water leaks or dirt that could come during the rest of the conversion.

7th March 2017

It wasn't raining today. I had a few hours left, so I managed to paint another few areas in the hold. By the time the wheelhouse will be arriving, the hold needs to be painted, or at least the area behind it.

9th March 2017

I managed to get a set of portholes. They are looking good, but I wouldn't want to use them anymore for their original purpose. They will serve in the Library room as decoration. The intention, for the Library room, is to recreate the feeling of a cargo hold that was converted as a houseboat. Fake wooden hatches and portholes to make it look more traditional.

11th March 2017

Earlier this week I found an ad on a second hand website for doors. It was a separation of two living rooms in an old house. Three door panels with glass. The price was right and bought them. Transport had to be done carefully since it was carved glass. While I was at this persons home, he had some more doors for sale. I bought another one so the Library Room aboard will have four doors with the same glass.

It took me more then one hour to unload them aboard. These doors are extremely heavy and I had to lower them slowly in the hold.

12th March 2017

My parents came to help painting. Once they were busy, I continued with the wooden frame in the Library room, drilling holes, bolting wood and gluing sheets of plywood. I went to all the neighbours in the street asking if there would be an issue if I put a crane on Friday, blocking the road behind their houses.

Friends from London came to my ship in the afternoon. We had a drink and sat outside. Spring is coming!

13th March 2017

Planning is important. This evening I had a small meeting with the craning company. I wanted to make sure they understood what my plans were and if the ground was strong enough for the weight and pressure of their crane. Communication through mail is one thing, but talking to each other and showing photos makes it totally different.

15th March 2017

Time to be constructive again. I built the back wall for the Library room and mounted a heavy beam to the ceiling. This will server as support for the fake wooden hatches. It took me some time to lift an 80kg beam by myself. I'm happy the frame was holding the beam. I've strengthened the frame in the meantime to have no accidents.

16th March 2017

While I had to order a crane for the wheelhouse, it came to mind to order my toilet unit as well. This means I only had to order a crane once. I drove to Temse to have a look for these units. I found one at the right price and ordered it. They could still deliver it the next day, which was perfect. Talking about good service!

I drove to the yard where the wheelhouse was stored. I did some extra measuring to make sure it would fit on the transport. The cabin was 8cm longer then expected, but this was not a major issue to my driver.

Most of the afternoon, I was painting the hold to clear my mind and stop worrying whether everything would work out as planned.

17th March 2017

Getting up early, driving to the yard, loading a wheelhouse, driving back and waiting for the crane and the toilet unit to arrive. This is briefly explained what happened today.


Putting the wheelhouse on the trailer


Lowering the wheelhouse in the ship


Lowering the wheelhouse in the ship


Lowering the wheelhouse in the ship


Lowering the old lifeboat in the ship


Lowering the toilet unit in the ship

18th March 2017

Still recovering from yesterday, I didn't do that much today. Finished a bit of framing in the hold and helped a friend in Bruges fixing his wheelhouse.


How the Library unit is looking at the moment

 


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