So today Hub and I started a job that we have been putting off for AGES. We live in a ground-floor flat and storage has been a challenge from the start. Then we discovered there was space underneath the flat, so we had a door put in and now we can put things like gardening stuff and paint tins down there
Then we noticed something. The back of the flat gets the sun all afternoon and so the rooms are usually nice and warm. The lounge on the front, which doesn’t have a door into the corridor, is much colder and we were finding we were putting on the heating last year just to get warm in that room.
Two-pronged attack called for. Recently a Very Nice Plumber came and fitted thermostatic valves on our radiators, which means we can have some on – in the room where we’re sitting – but don’t have to heat the whole flat.
And also, we decided to insulate the basement, underneath the living room floor …
So we had lots of discussions with people about it – how to do it? – because of course we have to find a way of fastening the insulation UP to the beams under the floor. All sorts of weird and wonderful things were suggested and we got some quotes too … which were – but after all, I don’t blame people – it’s no fun crawling about underneath in a dark cramped space where there’s no room to stand upright
So in the end we decided to do it ourselves. And we’ve done half the job this morning. And our backs are absolutely KILLING us. I’ve tried crouching, kneeling, bending and lying … in-between staggering outside just so I can straighten up and groan … and I think I’ve cracked it. If I use Hub’s archaeology kneeler thing, and sit on it, then it’s the least uncomfortable way of getting the insulation stapled on to the beams above our heads, and the tape in place which fastens down the overlap between one sheet and the next.
What I really fancy is one of those things with wheels that mechanics use to lie on, then they can slide under cars and tinker with engines
Can’t say we’re looking forward to doing the other half … :no:
BUT. We Shall Prevail …