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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Wednesday 10 December 2014

It's a wonder we weren't surrounded by fire engines!

Having successfully removed all the tiles we found the walls to be in a terrible state, what with the dried on adhesive and all that, and every bit had to be removed before we could even contemplate putting the vinyl on top. So out comes another drill complete with sanding disc! Now these discs are usually about an inch thick and on the back wall it ground the disc down in no time. So another trip to Screwfix to replace it so that Ian could finish the job. (Good job Screwfix is only a couple of mile away)

Ian was merrily sanding away when suddenly both our fire alarms went off! Ian was completely oblivious to the high pitched chirping and I had to hammer on the bathroom door to grab his attention. Out he pops and the hall immediately fills with smoke. Turns out the disc is doing a great job in removing the adhesive but was also making it very hot. No danger of it catching fire thankfully, even though it was against a wooden wall. Became a real nuisance as the smoke escaped over the top and sides of the door and filled all of the boat. Even contemplated about going for another walk but instead opened all the doors, side hatch, (what little I could) Houdini as far as it would go 'cause we have a wooden double glazed unit over it, ( stops condensation dripping down Ian's neck first thing in the morning) all the windows and front cratch. Then as it got colder in FS, on went the extra layers and I sat it out freezing my soaks off while writing cards and wrapping presents!
With working boat Bath next to us this is as far as the side hatch doors could open.

Meat mallet kept the Houdini open a crack

Difficult to see but room had a smoke haze about it.

Escaping out the windows

So worth all the effort. Walls smooth and ready for the vinyl
It's all coming along quite nicely and I should have photos of the small partition wall removal tomorrow, as well as the possible placing of the shower tray. Now getting sooooo excited. Smiley

Forgot to show you the raffle prize we won at the Big band do. It is beautifully painted watering can and we would love to know if anyone has any ideas on who decorated it. The initial at the bottom looks like an H so if anyone can help I would be ever so grateful. Ta ever so.

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