Narrowboat Ezri – The Littleborough Chronicles – The Refit- Carpets

You would think that with all the refit jobs I have given myself to do and the fact a few are taking longer that I thought, I would get my head down and work them one at a time one, but the more I look around Ezri was a paint, I can see how the little things can be improved, that’s how and why Ezri now has carpet. I had been thinking about some kind of floor covering but just the odd car mat or rug here and there to stop the mess from the towpaths being walked though.
But all the ones I saw would have to cut up to fit and in the case of the car mat there would only be black/grey colour scheme to pick from, So one quick trip to a carpet warehouse and I brought a carpet end roll which will not only cover the steps both front and back but also the space were I keep the tool and dragon box.


Setting a carpet in Ezri’s is just one huge jigsaw, nothing on her is a straight line even if they look and feel like it, so it very much a case of finding the best line you can and measuring from that point, then turning the carpet roll over and with a stick of chalk draw the lines needed.
To carry on the idea of light and space though Ezri, as I painted the rest of the walls my Dad did the three steps down which now kept in place with double sided tape. I am going to paint the wood trim a little darker blue that walls to tie the whole thing together.


Narrowboat Ezri – The Littleborough Chronicles – The Refit- Colouring The World

I have the whole left hand side of Ezri painted out, from behind her fire place down past the two windows. And with the smaller paint brush I was able to paint around, though and a little over the plate rack which I stuck so I would had to brake it to take it down. So after the paint was dry and because the paint was water base I was able wipe away the extra, but I will go over it again once all the painting is done.
Now we come to the inside of the cupboard even with the lights it was still to dark to use at night, so I gave that a coat of blue and being careful not paint the blackboard.
The painting takes time not because I am slow but because it hard to reach inside the cupboard, as I did this my dad fixed the bathroom cupboard so when I open its not going to fall apart, not only did he do that but I finally got him to take down the wood doors which has made Ezri look bigger, has given me a lot more room and space to put up more lights.


We come back to the bilge pump once again, it make it work all that needs to happen is we wire it up but the pump would just run and run, so just like the one in the shower a switch is needed only this time a waterproof one, not only that but the pump has to flat on Ezri’s hull to work in the right way, finding some thing to attach the pump to will take a little time and it has to done before the wiring takes place.
Now if I am going to paint Ezri’s cabin I may as well paint out the shower room, as Dad had been working in the room he said that if got another brush and bathroom paint he would paint out the shower room.


Like I said before painting takes time, I have found that most of the area needs a least two coats, not only that but with two people working in Ezri I have to be careful were I paint as my dad needs to be able to move around without getting full of blue, yet having said that he has painted himself a few times.
To change the subject at the back of my mind is want happens next I know at the end of the month I will have to move but as things are I don’t have the option to retrace Ezri journey back to Hebden so it looks as if forward it only way to go.

Narrowboat Ezri – The Littleborough Chronicles – The Refit- Pumps, Brushes and New Handles

In my tin ash bucket now sits the old broken bilge pump, which my dad removed after a little bit of banging and clanging as I painted the rest of Ezri’s left hand side wall.
Unlike the one in the shower room this pump didn’t work, at first that sounded like huge task water on the inside of a boat hull in the wrong place is taken very seriously, so after bailing out the bilge water and trying to make the one work without success there was nothing for it but to remove it and look for a new one.
The internet came in very handy in explaining what kind of pump I would need and how to install one, there are a lot fancy priced ones and it even turned out that I could use the kind of model I have in the shower room but those are three figure sums of money. I didn’t buy a cheep one because I want the pump to last a long time. What I did was go to Gael Force web page were I found one that would work and for a good price, which in less than 24 hours came all the way from Inverness Scotland.


Like I said before painting on Ezri is a little difficult that just throwing a dust sheet over stuff and slopping the paint on the walls, it take a little planing yes I start by covering Ezri but then even before I start the paint I put the unopened tin into a bucket so if Ezri moves about the paint will stay in one place and not spread all over her wood floor, you also have to be careful when the brush touches the walls you have away from yourself so if you slip you don’t end up putting your hands, head or feet in paint. The paint I am using is a water based so most mistake can be wiped out with means of bathroom wipe. With all of the things I have left up, there now little areas that my big brush can’t fit into so I had to get smaller brush to paint above the rails and into the corners but yet it looks like I will need an even smaller brush for the plate-rack and as you can see the form window frames almost match colour, also I put new handle on the blackboard which works very well


Now I have made to sound as if I have left my dad with all the hard work but with Ezri being the size she is there is very little room for two people to work in the same space let alone on the same job but when start on the doors we be taking one each

Narrowboat Ezri – The Littleborough Chronicles – The Refit – Halfway There

Two jobs done and three to go. Ok its more like two jobs fully complete and one half way started, lets take a look the completed jobs first.
Even having the right tools doesn’t always make job a simple one, the light to see is needed to like I said before all the job was it putting in a switch so the shower pump is controlled.
Sitting on the floor in the semi dark of the small room is hard to see the two black wires and put them into the brass links of the switch, and when the wires are just that little bit big to fit the hole it can get a little frustrating.
Yet even with a second light source the job was made even with the shadows being cast in the wrong place making it harder to see not only for me to but my dad to, but in the end we did make the switch work and pump pump.
The second completed job is the blackboard after painting the cupboard door a second time the next task was to prime it which meant drawing with chalk on the dry paint, I could only find cheep chalk which meant it broke also as soon as I drew something, but the board works so no more forgetting moving days.
So we get to the not so completed job the painting, after picking two colours which will make Ezri brighter inside it was time start.
Now there two ways to do this take everything that not fixed down (curtain rails, wood box and the bed) on Ezri out cover want remains and then paint, or just cover everything and move paint tin around Ezri carefully and slowly changing size of the brush needed.
And as my dad worked on the switch I started to use the second method and so far its worked, starting at the back of the fire place and around the window, I started there so if I need to light the fire later I can do. I still don’t know if I am going to paint Ezri’s roof yet.
The other job are the doors which I want can wait a little bit of the nicer weather.


Narrowboat Ezri – The Littleborough Chronicles- The Refit- Watching Paint Dry.

Now it may not sound the most exciting thing to do, but watching paint dry was really one of the jobs I had to do on Ezri this week.
But I getting a little a head of myself so let me take you back to this time last week, my Uncle Andrew came to help remeasure the wood for the doors and help with a few other solutions, the best one being around the small port hole widows using blue Styrofoam to stop the heat loss.
Things would take a few days to get together, but there were a few jobs I could get on with in mean time, the first being the shower room pump switch, working out which colour paints work best, painting the chalkboard door and a little bit of engine maintenance.
Taking the easiest job first, the maintenance which meant pouring antifreeze/coolant into the engine and then running it for a few minutes, I have done this a few times only those times with pure water so I quick read of engine manual was done to make sure I got the right mix.
The next job was the shower pump, being be low the water line the used water in the just sits at the bottom of the tray, so you have pump it out, now I have a working pump and two ends of wire put the two the ends together to pump works, and that fine but of two things, the pump will be always on and second water and electricity. So a switch is needed, I have the switch I was already to but it in but I don’t the right tools just yet so that will have to wait.
Now we come to the fun colour, I have wrote before about my plan for this so it was time for action I used something called Dulux Visualizer which lets you paint which lifting a finger or spending any money over a few hours choose fours colours which looked as if they would work, Even then I didn’t really think they would work so went and brought four test pots and paint for the blackboard.
Now with everything together in place all that was left to do was it put the blue foam into the window gap and paint, two of the colours I picked have worked and the blackboard needs one more coat so all in all a very good few days.