Month: March 2017 - page 2

Tordino – Frame for the Library and painting

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!

Tordino – Doors

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.

Tordino – Portholes

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.

Tordino – Painting

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.

Tordino – Floor finished

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.

Tordino – Wood delivered

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 Library room in the afternoon. It seems easy, but over 1000 screws were used to connect the beams together.