Thursday, 27 August 2015

Holy Cow!

I wish this was at the office...they seem to have tweaked my home broadband though!

Now, I know that followers in, shall we say, less remote areas or those with this new-fangled Fibre malarkey may think that 1.95Mbps is painfully slow, but let me tell you this. Fibre hasn't quite made it this far west yet, and when you are almost 3 miles from the exchange on ADSL with all overhead lines running pole to pole through trees and fields, this is as good as it's technically possible to get, and a vast improvement on the 0.5Mbps we have been used to!

Sunday, 23 August 2015

More Minor Progress

Not much to report as I've been working all last week.

Cabinet door handles procured and fitted and a pin-board up in the office. I also have the phone installed finally...I've multiplexed the phone and network down the same CAT5 cable from the Manor to the office. 

Sunday, 16 August 2015

The Long Awaited Delivery

Ordered back in June, my delivery from B&Q arrived this week. Shiny new kitchen cabinet doors.

Worth the wait. They look superb!

Thursday, 13 August 2015

What's Doing?

I've not seen the office for a week. I've been working on an eco-build over at Llanafan.

I've never done dry-lining or ceilings before. I think I'm getting the hang of it.

Energy saving advice: Insulate, insulate, and then insulate some more. 

Floor poured. The whole downstairs has underfloor heating.

The entire roof space apart from the area over the balcony has been insulated to a depth of 300mm with lagging made from spun plastic milk bottles.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Getting Moving

Well, things are looking up. Great week down at the hospital and they were obviously pleased with me as they have offered me another two weeks work. This morning, my plans were rearranged a little as BT finally sent an engineer capable of addressing my unreliable broadband and crackly phone lines.

So, now I have faster, more stable broadband with much improved ping times and a phone line I can actually hear calls on above the 50Hz electric hum. Ok, so I no longer have three working extensions, but that's a job for slow time. The BT Master socket with built-in filters and separate DSL and phone is in the front room right next to the computer and is also fibre-ready for when Infinity lands in the village.

While the BT engineer was here, there was another knock at the door. My landlord is also a builder and he popped round to see if I was available for a bit of labouring work next week. Deep joy - my next three weeks gainfully employed. Unfortunately, that restricts my van time a little. Ah'll pay the bills.