Robin's "Roof" Page - updated at 1415 BST (1315z GMT) on Monday 17th August 2020
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Don't forget what Robin & June's priorities are: June likes her tennis and Robin likes minimum hassle and spending time with Grumpy Old Men :-)
Raj Bansal from Sunninghill village, with June, our Project Manager, a rainbow, and the roof to be done behind.
Jobs needed: 1) Plumbing (Done nicely and quickly by The Heating Surgeon) 2) French Door (Done nicely but slowly by Direct Glazing) 3) Roof Windows (QUOTES NEEDED ASAP), 4) Repair Roof, Ceiling, etc. (QUOTES NEEDED ASAP). Robin would like (3) and (4) to be one contract. No leaks and to last 30 years please :-)
Click on pictures to enlarge: Flat roof on rear extention in February 2018. Then photos in February 2018, after last year's work on French door and Garden .
The first contract(s)* will be the replacement of the window in Michelle's (spare) bedroom by a suitable glass French door. e.g. Model 155252 from Wickes 1.49m wide at 500 pounds seen above. Central heating plumbing was modified first: move the radiator to wall on left. See photos.
There were some immediate benefits, like easy access to the flat roof, instead of up a wobbly stepladder. This makes the major, seperate, contract* work more straightforward.
The main contract* will be replacement of the old, conventional tarmac-felt flat roof, with one with modern materials, chosen to last. One or two Lantern Windows will be added, to provide light and nice views from the kitchen. Wiring changes will be needed in the kitchen, for lights currently where the lantern windows will go.
Careful consideration should be given in choice of standard roof window products, with regard to details such as supporting strength of the existing wood joists, and availability, if needed, of the old RSJ over what was the original kitchen window, before the extention. A simple use of mirrors could greatly increase the width and depth of view of sky and surroundings. Use CAD here ? Or bits of string ? :-)
Water drainage will be the existing run to the corner and down pipe. A simple means of draining water from the sloping roof down pipe, to the water butt will be done. Currently this is a length of garden hose, stuffed up the PVC down pipe, sealed with some foam.
The whole area of flat roof, will be covered in decking - although astroturf could be a better solution: less weight and lower cost. This is for a few plant pots and relaxation. e.g. Robin supervising June doing gardening below :-)
* all contracts fixed price, and by someone who I know where they live ;-)
Robin was delighted to see Richie's web site "Contact" page included the address "The Stables, West End Lane, Warfield, Berkshire RG42 5RH".
On Wednesday 22nd July 2020, they easily found his location, not far from where Robin and his Grumpy old friends, flew model aircraft with video cameras, years before drones. e.g. "Cabbage Hill" and "Keith's Farm Shop". See Robin's Hobby page, and Drone pages, for pictures and aerial videos like these below :-)
Snoopy 2012 Atlantic Attempt on BBCTV ... the full 2012 story fimed by us ... "Aerial Video 2003" - how Snoopy did it then, filmed from a fixed wing aircraft :-)
But that's "off topic", so back to what's happening on our flat roof work :-)
Richie knows that June, as the Project Manager has to do everything, including payments for materials, on completion, etc.
It also means providing coffee, snacks, and maybe entertainment for the Team. But Robin is happy for June to delegate that ;-)
The excellent quick delivery of the two rooflights, was on the same day as our local "Last of the Summer Wine" Pub Lunch, for four Grumpy Old Men, then coffee and cakes with three of their grumpy ( not so old ) women. June also had tennis first thing. Here are some CCTV pictures to tell the story. Tap or click on them to enlarge :-)
Hi ! I'm Robin Lovelock, and little has changed on this "Contact" page for many years, other than the recent photo of me on the left. I'm a "Grumpy Old Man", born in 1947, and always pleased to get your email.
I like to start conversations with an exchange of emails, so we both know a little about each other, before we speak on the telephone or face-to-face. In the past 20+ years that I've been doing this, I've built up a huge network of friends in over 150 countries. Over 10,000 of these have used my GPS Software. So, wherever you are in the World, I may know someone within walking distance of you :-)
I retired over 10 years ago, but still help those who use my GPS Software. However, in recent years, many who contact me are interested in my Snoopy's Robot Boat hobby, or "doing good" related to my charity interests, such as NHSCare.info in the UK, or even one or more topics on Grumpy page. I prefer direct email communication, and not via social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
To e-mail me, click on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. My emails are received by the desktop PC in my Study. I do NOT have a smartphone :-) I often hear emails coming in, so you may get a quick reply. Where possible, please contact me, Robin, by e-mail before making a 'phone call. You may contact June or myself on +44 1344 620775 - between 0800 and 2030 UK time, any day of the working week. If you are lucky, you may also catch us in at the weekend. If another member of the family or an answer-machine takes your call, please leave your name, reason for calling, country, and a telephone number. When away from home and office, Robin is contactable on mobile +44 7736 353404. If you 'phone, please be prepared to give your e-mail address, so I can pick up the conversation where it left off.
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