Painting, wallpaper-ing, some basic electrics: that’s not too hard. But there are three tasks that are harder or more elaborate:
Today was the day. Beautiful weather with the promise of a rain-less evening so that it wouldn’t be too bad if I didn’t finish it today.
I started by tearing out the sideboards:
Then a lot of tries to find the two magic screws that held together the window inside its casing. With Annie’s help I got it out.
Then I could remove the casing. I first had to remove two lines of roof tiles. Handy: I got help from my daughter that took all the tiles that I handed down from the roof and stacked them. Saved lots of time. Then I figured out that the casing was actually only resting on the other roof tiles without any additional wooden bracing or so below it. A couple of zinc strips held it in place:
I removed the strips and took out the window casing. Then it I had the room to do some real measurements instead of the raw ones that I had been using: yes, the new window didn’t fit exactly. It was higher! It might sound a bit silly, but there are only a few basic roof window sizes and virtually every manufacturer (at least here in the Netherlands) seems to use exactly the same sizes. So I picked the one that matched the width, but that was a bit higher than what I’d figured from measuring the inside. I guessed that there was some extra room on the outside (as all those windows are measured on the outside).
Well, apparently I was wrong. So I had to accommodate the extra height. It was tight as there wasn’t as much space between the main girders as I wished. In the end I got the hole big enough and put in two girders to hang the new window casing from.
With help from Arjan I hung in the casing for the first time and noticed it didn’t have enough room at the top, so I’d need to take off a couple of extra centimetes from several small cross-girders. Arjan loaned me his small circular saw as that seemed much handier than the one I was using, especially in that location. But it was 21:00, which is my worst-case personal limit on making lots of building noise, so I called it a day. I’ll do the final modifications tomorrow.
So I left the house with an open roof. But it sure felt good that I got that far in just an afternoon and an evening of work!
My name is Reinout van Rees and I work a lot with Python (programming language) and Django (website framework). I live in The Netherlands and I'm happily married to Annie van Rees-Kooiman.
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