I’ve started on converting my oil storeroom into a work room. The earth floor has been replaced with concrete and next up was replacing the Perspex sheet I’d put in a few years ago to block the hole in the wall, with a real window. I didn’t want to go upwards as there was already a lintel there and I didn't want to go down as the hole in the wall is only a couple of feet off the ground as it is. Eventually I found a window of the right depth that tipped inwards rather than swing open. It was however wider than the original hole.
No problem, I thought; I’ll just get out my trusty angle grinder and cut through the concrete blocks. After an hour I stopped and assessed how far I’d got. The cutter disc had been glowing red and I’d donned my hard hat to protect my head from the hot pieces of disc and brick that were flying about. I was also wearing goggles and had my arms protected too. I had only managed to cut a groove of about a millimetre or two depth on each side! This was going to take ages.
Enter knights in shining armour, both male and female. Friends said, “we have a proper stone-cutting angle grinder” and what’s more, B said he would do the cutting as well. I’m really pleased he did as I’m not convinced I would have had the strength to control the cutter safely.
Even with the proper cutter it took a good hour to cut through; goodness knows what had been done to these concrete blocks, I think they must have been designed to be bomb proof.
But before long the window was in place and the foam filling in the gaps was left to set.
Next day I trimmed away the excess foam and am now cementing in the gaps. Outside there is a bit more work to do as the edges and windowsill need rebuilding. This will take a little while as I can only do it in the morning before the sun gets there and it also needs to be built up. I think I’m going to need to rig up some shuttering but at least I can get on with the inside here it is cool enough to work.
So next up, I will be learning how to apply doublage – plaster and polystyrene panels.