Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Moving Along

Yesterday the ‘wheelie’ bin was emptied.  This enabled me to place a layer of turf removed from the back lawn in the bottom to act as a cushion for the remainder of the brick and tile rubble in the bath.  With the bath now empty I was able to remove it.  My technique was to cut round holes in the wall  corners using a 90mm hole saw and then cut between the holes and the front edge of the bath using the reciprocating saw.  The bath was made of fibreglass so I used a wood blade.  The base of the bath was embedded in mortar forming a strong bond.  However by using a length of 4x2 timber I was able to break the bond and remove the bath.


I started to break up the mortar and brick base with a cold chisel and hammer before realising all I was going to do was create more rubble.  Better to pause until the wheelie bin is emptied next Sunday.  There is approximately another four wheelie bin loads of rubble to be removed before I start on the wall and floor tiles.

The Australia Post courier arrive with one of our recent orders.


The LPG hot water heater.  It’s labelled “Not to be used inside”.  That won’t concern us as it will be used with the camper trailer outdoor shower.

I purchased the cheapest heater I could find knowing it will only be used when camping.  The first thing I need to do is make a box to store and transport it.  I’m going to kept the polystyrene packaging which will hopefully minimise the potential for the heater to be damaged whilst travelling in the trailer.


The heater came with a flexible gas hose and regulator along with a shower rose and hose.  The shower rose has an On/Off switch and the heater only operates when water is running through it so I should be able to turn the heater on and off using the shower rose.  This should reduce water wastage.

We kept the spare 12V water pump from Waiouru.  I remember thinking “If you are going to live on a boat, make sure you have an easily accessible replacement pump, because something critical like the pump will fail at the most inconvenient time”  Well having a spare meant the main pump never failed. Smile 

I’m going to use the pump to provide water to the shower.  The water source will be a 20 plastic litre jerry can.  There’s another job waiting to be done… making a box for the pump!




Davidss said...

Please be aware that some electric showers allow the cold water to run through the system for several seconds to cool the heating element and tank. Its true they don't have separate controls for water flow.
It might still be worth just checking the instructions to see if yours has the same feature.


Brian and Diana on NB Harnser http://nbharnser.blogspot.com said...

you put your bins out the night before collection like in the UK, if so when its dark just go and put a bit in the other bins in the area

Judith nb Serena said...

When we used to take the kids caravaning we didn't have a built in shower so bought a portable one similar to a garden pressure spray. It took 1 kettle of boiling water and 2 of cold to get a more than adequate shower. You seem to be finding yourself plenty of jobs to do.
Judith nb Serena

Tom and Jan said...

David yes I've already checked that in the instructions and will also be doing a trial before attempting a real shower.

Judith you're like my brother being part of the "pull the bucket up the tree" group. I'm looking for something more sophisticated (but cheap)

Brian I'd never be so unscrupulous as to use others bins. OK....I'm far too intelligent to mention such action on social media :-)

Marilyn, nb Waka Huia said...

Tom, this morning I spoke with the wheelie bin man who came to replace our bin which didn't get emptied on Monday - David had rung and found out that they had delivered the wrong bin when we returned from the UK and resumed the service - who knew that a weekly bin has a red lid and a fortnightly bin has a blue lid?
Anyway, the guy told me he would only be able to take our filled blue lidded bin today (and leave a red lidded one in its place) if he could lift said blue lidded bin into his van. He told me that the bins have a weight limit of 80kg - not just for the bin, but for the lifting arms fitted on the truck.
Happy ending - blue lidded bin and contents weighed far less than 80kgs and he could lift it into the van.
Note for you: Make sure the concrete rubble weighs less than 80kg or you'll be left with a bin to empty yourself.

Cheers, Marilyn

Tom and Jan said...

Marilyn that's why the project is taking a long time. Even then we hide behind the curtain watching to see if the truck rolls when the arm grabs our bin :-)