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HomeConversion • September 2010

September 2010

What happened in August 2006?

1st September 2010: Kitchen

I removed the kitchen in the back accommodation. WHile I had the intention to reuse the furniture in the front, I had to cut it down to get it out of the wheelhouse. The wood was partly rotten as well so it will have one last use: a hot winter night for one person.

A few moments before the job started

3th September 2010: Sanding

Sanding the back accommodation is about the only job I'm doing at the moment.

The old furniture, this I will keep

4th September 2010: A bit of this and a bit of that...

By the end of the year I wish to have finished the inside of the back accommodation. Every time I start a job I notice something else needs to be done as well. Today was one of these days where I sanded in the back accommodation, did a part of the deck, worked in the front area and cleaned the back deck.

Kitchen in the morning

Kitchen in the evening

The current situation is: Kitchen completely removed, as well as most of the chipboard and half of the room being sanded. The bed has partly been rebuilt in the back (removed in December 2008 to make an office space).

The gang board on the canal side needs to be done for 60% I did a few meters, but there was just a little to much wind.

The front cabin is ready for painting, but I don't find any time to do so.

In the late evening, I spent some time cleaning the bilges of the Frantsis and putting some more oil to prevent it from rusting.

5th September 2010: Cleaning

Yesterday I was to tired to clean the mess I made during the day. The longer you wait to remove dust from the metal the harder it sticks to it.

13th September 2010: Old furniture

15th September 2010: Stairs

On Monday I had removed the stairs of the back accommodation to get my furniture out or at least to attempt to get it out.

I was totally forgotten the stair was still in the bathroom so I felt over a meter deep; straight in the back accommodation. Luckily I didn't break a single thing. I mentioned it on my facebook page as a joke,but it really heart!

16th September 2010:

17th September 2010: How a barge works

Still not able to do much, my back and right leg are killing me totally.

18th September 2010: Cleaning and painting

In the morning I removed all the useless stuff from the back accommodation, the paneling I wanted to keep, furniture and tools that were no longer required.

The side was degreased and painted.

In the afternoon I cleaned some bilges from the Frantsis and put some oil on them so they are better preserved for the winter. I made a little floor and put the wood from my back accommodation in it. That's the good thing about owning two barges. You can always use one as storage.

I went shopping for some wood and tools. I want to make a frame as quick as possible so I get my first impression on how much space that will be available once I'm finished insulating the sides.

25th September 2010: Ikea

The back accommodation will be rented out. So I need new furniture, modern pieces. Together with my girlfriend I went to Ikea to have a look at their stuff.

26th September 2010: Painting / insulating

The remaining parts of the blank metal were painted. I insulated the walls in the afternoon. The roof panels of the wheelhouse are in a very bad condition. I removed the top layer, and put in new wood. The lists around it need to be sanded down before I'll put them back.

New layer of wood in the wheelhouse.

27th September 2010: Walls

I started building the walls for the bathroom. I have a camera gain, my girlfriend is borrowing hers. This means there will be pictures on the website again!

The first new wall in the back accommodation

28th September 2010: Ross Leopard

The bar of the Ross Leopard was open one last time. This boat, once a famous night club in London, is a Grimsby built deep sea trawler. She was moored in Ostend for several years and is now heading to the scrapyard.

I have only known the ship after it's glorious period, but never the less I had a great time and met several great people, of which I still can call them real friends!

29th September 2010: Cutting out the floor

I cut out the shower area in the back accommodation. The bathroom, where once the kitchen was has a standing height of 1,80 meters. That is not enough for a shower, so I'll lower the floor in the bathroom. Since there are a few ribs, the grease pump and the gearbox, I had to carefully choose the area where I could put the shower.

In the evening I went eating at the neighbours.

>> October 2010

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