Category Archives: Builder

  1. Gotcha – Stopped that leak!

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    Sunday 31 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Ok, hands up who’s ever owned a house and had a leaky ceiling at some point or other? Most of …
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  2. Between floors…

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    Saturday 26 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    In between the floors of the farmhouse are these huge air bricks. Encased within steel cages and covered in concrete, …
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  3. Drilling for water

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    Tuesday 09 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Twenty-four hours a day, for seven days… that’s how long it took to drill our artesian well. Before that, we …
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  4. Stumped

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    Tuesday 02 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Seem a long nine or so years since we first moved village, and took on the land that later became the farm …
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  5. Working a Coal Furnace

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    Tuesday 20 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Unless the family is at home all day and/or it’s also darned cold outside, the heating is only run at …
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  6. Having a Dirty Old Day ! (part two)

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    Saturday 17 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This is the second of a very strange couple of posts to share some of the less salubrious aspects of rural life; which on balance …
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  7. Having a Dirty Old Day ! (part one)

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    Wednesday 14 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Having introduced you to our dear friend,”Terrance the Termodinamik“, our lovely big coal furnace, I also mentioned my monthly ‘dirty …
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  8. Home Heat

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    Sunday 11 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    When it comes to heating our home, we are slightly off the beaten track. There is no mains piped natural …
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  9. Autumn chores time

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    Tuesday 30 September, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    In the few days before our first rains hit this week, I was busy outside preparing the house to successfully …
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  10. A Door To Nowhere

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    Tuesday 06 May, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    You know how it is, some jobs stay firmly sat ‘on a to-do list’ for eternity and beyond. Well, no …
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  11. The Big Eucalyptus

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    Saturday 19 April, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    The old olive tree was not the only tree to be made a ‘feature’ of; we also had a large …
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  12. Slap It On

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    Saturday 15 March, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Decent workmanship is hard to come by, we all know that; whether by first hand experience at cash wasted on …
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  13. The Old Olive Tree

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    Monday 10 March, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    When we first acquired the land it was like a jungle. Not much had been done for years and the …
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  14. Roofing Spike

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    Thursday 13 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Following on from Spike The Welder, we now have Roofing Spike, lol.. 🙂 Once the roofing support had been constructed, …
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  15. Spike The Welder

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    Thursday 06 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Over the years I’ve had a go at many building type jobs around the house and here on the farm – …
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  16. Man Cave

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    Thursday 09 January, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Every guy needs a Man Cave! I put this out there as a statement, not a question, in order to …
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  17. My Coffee Lounge

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    Friday 06 December, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    This is where I have my morning mug of coffee. After felling some big fir trees, Aunty Spike ordered a …
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  18. DIY Greenhouse: Spikey Style

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    Thursday 05 December, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    Like most things in life, I find if you scratch your head and think about something long enough, you can …
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  19. Buy An Old House: Brilliant Idea!

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    Wednesday 27 November, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    I was Googleerizing a bit this morning, on that Google Maps thingymajig, you know, looking up old places I’ve lived …
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  20. And The Answer Is…

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    Sunday 24 November, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    Yes, yes… the ANSWER to yesterday’s teaser… A few good guesses guys; some of which got pretty close to working …
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  21. Mosaic Moments

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    Thursday 05 September, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    Just because I love it… This is the mosaic marble circle we used for our main lower floor balcony. It was a …
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  22. Bygone Days of Failed DIY

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    Wednesday 17 July, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    This episode also takes place in that old heap of a house already the subject of a couple of other …
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  23. Brain Reversal

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    Tuesday 09 July, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    Over the past 30 years, I have had a go at quite a diverse pile of handyman jobs. Now whether …
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  24. Rocks… 150 tonnes of them!

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    Monday 24 June, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    We all seek utopia in some form or another, all searching for that little slice of heaven on earth. In …
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  25. “Oh, do drop in”

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    Friday 21 June, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    The first house that I ‘bought’ was in February 1993. Having completed my worldly wanderings, having got married, having landed …
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