House build up date

I have been busy doing lots of little bits that were not big enough for a single post but mostly involved lots of tedious sanding.

The laundry bench is all oiled.

Callum’s door is painted just waiting  to add a couple of coats of clear. I used Aquacote which took some getting used too. This top coat is sprayed and gave a very nice finish. I knew I did that aircraft spray painting course years ago for a reason. Very high gloss. It drys so hard it can be cut and polished. It is a boat paint so good practice for F&S Custom Perfomance Boats. It is British racing green.

The sink is leak tested. Oo shiny chrome.

This is the drain for the kitchen sink. I couldn’t have cut that hole better if I had measured it. Not having a slab makes plumbing a dream.

I fixed the area above the kitchen door that didn’t line up with the ceiling.



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Doug Maloney mallet 

Doug Maloney Made this wonderful mallet. I love it when form and function unite as it does here. It fits the hand beautifully and the balance is spot on. Stan said that it was too cool to hit anything with. Well it is but that didn’t stop me and after belting a one inch Barr Quarton chisel into some merbau to cut some notches it looked as good as the day it was made. 

Here it is next to my Garland rawhide 44oz split head mallet which is a beast. 

Fits my hand perfectly. But then I am missing a few bits. 

A match made in heaven



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Pantry floor tiled

Last week with the help of Dave the famous/infamous jerky maker from Canberra the tiles went on the floor in the pantry. The walk in pantry is 2400mm x 3200mm which negates the need for under bench cupboards. Our fridge and freezer will go in here also. The rack shelving will be on wheels to make cleaning as easy as possible. 



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Finishing the island bench

 Last week I started finishing the trim on the island bench. I sanded to 120 grit as per the instructions from Livos Australia with Abranet and then applied their counter too oil. I find abranet gives a better finish than paper abrasives. I had spent a lot of time trying to match the wood filler to the colour of the karri and thought I had nailed it but when I applied the oil it stuck out like dogs balls. Livos recommended that next time to apply a little water first to see what it will look like when oiled.  The good thing is with the oil it is easy to fix blemishes that appear. It is just a matter of sanding and re oiling which is very easy to do. The oiled surface is very tactile. Just lovely to run your hand along. I will burnish the surface in between coats with Festool Vlies on my sander which is like a very fine scotch brite. 



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More power, more power, more power, more power. 

Yesterday Stan and I wired up the new solar panels. Today we made over 20kWh😀

Now we have a pair of Midnite Solar Classic controllers. 

Both the pos and neg lines have breakers in Midnite Solar combiners. All the solar gear was supplied by Jennie at Independent Power NZ who are awesome to deal with. 

Today despite using lots of power tools building the batteries hardly got off float. 

Very exciting. 



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All the flashing on

After a big day by DOD, Stan and I. The house is fully dressed and sparrow proof now with all the flashings on. 

The western side. 

The north side or front of the house. 

The eastern side. 

Working at height on that narrow strip was not as much fun as it looks😐 

The purpose of this hole is to let light into the lounge. 

DOD checking out the progress. 

The rail was to minimise the risk of a sudden stop on reaching the ground. 

Got to love visual progress👍👍



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Spicy Lentil Dahl

Jo got this recipe from BBC goodfood and it is the best ever, number one, all time greatest Dahl. Even Stan who doesn’t like Dahl said it was good. We generally have it with boiled eggs. 

Pic from tinternet. 


1 tablespoon sesame oil, 

1 cup chopped onion

2 cloves of garlic chopped

1 tablespoon chopped ginger

4 cups of water or stock

1 cup dried red lentils

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon coriander 

1 teaspoon tumeric

1/4 teaspoon cardamom

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoon tomato paste


Soften the garlic, onion, and ginger in heated oil

Add water or stock, lentils, spices and salt. Bring to a low boil and simmer for 20 min until lentils are soft and tender. 

Stir in tomato paste and cook until desire consistency is reached – up to you. 

Garnish with something green and yogurt. 

Beautiful I could eat this for breaky, lunch and dinner. 



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