Week 85-89 : floors, painting, stair and more snow

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Margaret sanding chestnut parquet in guest bedroom before sealing it.

Margaret sanding chestnut parquet in guest bedroom before sealing it.
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Preparation for newel post in hall...

Preparation for newel post in hall...
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...in oak, mortised ...

...in oak, mortised ...
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...fitted with a chestut handrail...

...fitted with a chestut handrail...
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...and an oak framed panel of toughened glass.

...and an oak framed panel of toughened glass.
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A drama one morning after lighting the fire - suddenly a joint between copper and plastic pipes ruptured and the boiler overheated dangerously.

A drama one morning after lighting the fire - suddenly a joint between copper and plastic pipes ruptured and the boiler overheated dangerously.
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The plumber came instantly, rejoined the pipes and was baffled why they failed. Added some safety devices and agreed to pay for a new thermostat which had evaporated.

The plumber came instantly, rejoined the pipes and was baffled why they failed. Added some safety devices and agreed to pay for a new thermostat which had evaporated.
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The best floor in the house after sealing.

The best floor in the house after sealing.
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The finished shower in the 'sous sol' after a lot of hard work cleaning the tiles and mosaic.

The finished shower in the 'sous sol' after a lot of hard work cleaning the tiles and mosaic.
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Then it snowed again for the fourth time this winter !

Then it snowed again for the fourth time this winter !
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...but no difficulty in keeping warm even with the Godin awaiting a new thermostat. A consequence of the boiler crisis is the smoke staining above the fire, which had to be emptied of burning logs in a hurry. But it can be easily cleaned.

...but no difficulty in keeping warm even with the Godin awaiting a new thermostat. A consequence of the boiler crisis is the smoke staining above the fire, which had to be emptied of burning logs in a hurry. But it can be easily cleaned.
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In the kitchen instead of wall cupboard units we are having open shelves as in our present kitchen.

In the kitchen instead of wall cupboard units we are having open shelves as in our present kitchen.
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The hall cupboard doors fitted.

The hall cupboard doors fitted.
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When the weather improved I collected the oak for the main staircase from the sawmill, and cut and planed it on a machine belonging to a friend.

When the weather improved I collected the oak for the main staircase from the sawmill, and cut and planed it on a machine belonging to a friend.
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The first staircase support fixed to the wall.

The first staircase support fixed to the wall.
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The treads and risers will be supported at the wall and hung at the other ends from the oak ballusters (see next installment).

The treads and risers will be supported at the wall and hung at the other ends from the oak ballusters (see next installment).