Robin's "Roof" ( & Kitchen ) Page - updated at 1215 UK (1215z GMT/UT/GPS time) on Saturday 27th February 2021.
The roof was done nicely in August 2020, then wiring in December, so next it's plastering, new kitchen, then lots more :-)
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Robin claims that some of his friends, and work-mates over the years, are crazier than he. We all have our "crosses to bear", be it recent bereavement, physical health, addiction, or stigma resulting from mental health problems. Sometimes many things overlap, such as helping friends, making new ones, or doing work in the Garden . Or watching it being done :-)
We've had a minor roof leak, since Storm Christof hit us on Wednesday 20th January. In heavy rain, water drips in from near the corner of our kitchen table - caught nicely by a bowl on the floor :-) I'd left an answerphone message on Richie's 'phone at 1355z, and Richie soon called back. He gave me the sensible advice, not to try sealing the suspect joint, seen here in the photo, marked by our youngest daughter's favourite mug :-) Tap or Click on pictures to enlarge. We would obviously need to wait for dry weather, and that has only been here a few days. Looking at the roof window more closely, it's possible that water is getting in there, not helped by the lack of slope. I see that water seems to coming OUT of the felting joint, where I had assumed it was getting in. Writing this on a Saturday, so will email his wife Debbie, then send him a text. She may, like June, be the boss in their household, and will decide his priority work, particularly at the weekend. Richie knows, he, or one of his guys, will be made most welcome, with coffee or drink, Covid19 or not. Their nice place in Bracknell is near where June & Robin's Ferranti workmates had lunchtime beers in 1970 :-) Bentley, the "Guard Cat" from Paul & Paula's opposite, on sentry duty on our old Kitchen window sill. Who put "One Shot" in a "water" squirter ?
18th December 2020: Robin and June Lovelock, where they eat in their Kitchen, ready to enjoy Christmas. e.g. much better light, and ready for plastering.
18th December 2020: June Lovelock, in her Kitchen, ready to enjoy Christmas with family, including cooking the Christmas Dinner :-)
Earlier in December:
We were waiting for a quote for that untidy wiring, despite asking guys several months ago.
Then plastering would be done, and THEN the new kitchen :-)
Gary Carter, who has done the work on our three cars for years, came with his son Bert to work on my car. That amusing video on the right :-) When Gary knew our problem getting a wiring quote, he returned with his mate Paul from Hemel Hemstead - and June and I soon knew he was the guy for the job - a bit like Richie for doing the roof: no Bullshit :-)
Friday 11th December 2020: Good news on the wiring: June and Robin had made a 'phone call to Gary, as they left Wicks, asking for advice about what sounded like something caught under the car: not urgent. Robin then got a 'phone call a few minutes later : Paul will be coming to us to do it next Monday morning 14th December. We all laughed when he said Gary "had given him a kick up the backside" :-)
Also good news, for June getting her new kitchen, probably all completed in March or April 2021.
Here's Paul McDermid, after completing the wiring work, brilliantly. He then fixed the kitchen sink leak ! More about Paul in due course :-)
The Kitchen itself: June had made an appointment for Jason for 1000 Friday 11th December 2020 at Wicks Kitchens in Bracknell. She had a look round the showroom, and pointed out to Robin what she wanted, with him filming carefully, so not as to see others. Then June had her 30 minute session with Jason, with Robin just clarifying things, such as layout, timescale, particularly the contract term details. Robin let June be "in the driving seat" on everything ;-) The result was that we will go in during the January Sales, on 8th January 2021. She will look at the 3D images, etc, and any fine detail of changes, before one of us signs the contract. This is despite the terms of business, compared with what Robin had wrongly understood on 4th December. The three other Kitchen vendors, that June had done a similar CAD Computer Aided Design process with, had followed by a visit by the fitters to be contacted by the Kitchen Vendor. They would quote their preperation and installation work to the Kitchen Vendor, who would then give us a firm fixed price quote to us, by email and/or paper, with attached CAD 3D design images. Terms were typically a firm fixed price contract, with a deposit, then full payment at the after completion.
Robin and June were delighted with how Jason had worked with us, within the constraints of how Wicks Kitchens do business. Robin smiled when he realised how different Wicks Kitchens terms were, compared with The three other Kitchen suppliers we'd had quotes from, years ago. Their fitters had typically marked up the price by 10,000 GBP, just for levelling of the floor. This had eventually been done by Michelle and Robin, within a few days. Michelle had done all the hard work, with Robin levelling the floor with just a few hours of his time. All in an earlier Newsletter :-)
Robin is sure we will not be disappointed since he has useful "friends of friends" including, TV, Press, and the owner(s) of Wicks and Travis-Perkins. If there were problems, it will be a "learning experience" for everyone. But he is sure there will not be problems :-)
4th December 2020:
June with Jason Compagno*, Design Consultant, from
, measuring up before they give us a quote for a new Kitchen.
* Sicilian roots ? See
A biker with a Harley ? Robin's dad Len Lovelock had a Brough Superior ! Bikes and pubs used to help us older folk. See NHSCare.infp . Enough off-topic. * Super Salesman ? :-)
Robin with Richie after finishing work at about 1330 on Monday 24th August 2020. Difficult work of two roof lights done in just a morning's hard work ! :-)
Thursday 27/8/2020: Major Work Done ! Richie paid. Condensation in rooflights ?; BT cable and Hosereel broken; Electrical, then Plastering work, still to be done by others :-)
Raj Bansal from Sunninghill village, with June, our Project Manager, a rainbow, and the roof to be done behind, in July 2020.
From 2013 Christmas Newsletter : "June wanted a new kitchen. We don't know why, since it was new in 1981. Her new kitchen is just like the old one ".
Most of the work was done by Michelle: ripping out all the original kitchen; waiting for dad to level the floor and let it dry; then putting it all back again - just as it was before ! :-)
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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