Today my alarm went off at 03:15 and I duly readied myself for another day. I had to go into the office first and the security guard had decided to go walk about, 10 minutes later I was filing paperwork and collecting materials, finally getting on the road for 04:20.
First call was to fuel up and get myself a coffee, fuel was no problem, but the coffee machine was being put through its automated cleaning process, oh well.
Back on the road I made very good time until I hit some traffic on the M1 southbound the overhead signs were telling us of long delays from junction 11 to 9, this rose to 12 to 9 in a very short time.
I know the country and seldom use a sat nav, so decided to do a short cut I remembered from years ago, I came off at junction 13 and crossed country to the A1. Last time I used this road it was a single carraigeway, now its a brand new dual carraigeway hippee I thought.
Getting onto the A1 south no problem getting above 30mph different story. I think I did about 30 mile at a snails pace.
Anyway weather and traffic aside I finally got to Lewisham at around 09:40. A workmate decided to stay with the M1 and arrived an hour and half behind me, by which time I had visited the local cafe, and had a full english.
If anyone is around the Lewisham area I would highly reccomend Maggies, you can choose from around 12 or more items plus endless tea or coffee for £5.95.
Anyway back to the job in hand, we were called back to do some snagging, for my part the client wanted some extra downlights, cut the holes and found the major structural beam holding the ceiling up, downlight here is not going to happen. I did tell them before I cut out the hole!!
I find that most of the time I end up being a sort of handyman, and ended up fixing leaks and re-doing some copper pipework, including fixing a washing machine tap to a 15mm copper pipe, simply because the engineer who fits the reverse osmosis machine is not covered by his insurance to fit one?
Anyway decided to call it a day at 17:30, and head for my hotel, I will deal with all the flack in the morning.
I am hoping to provide some pictures to go with this blog but that will have to wait until next week.
Monday I started off from the office and haad to go via Northwich to carry out a little snag job which took all of 10 minutes to complete, a cup of coffee and a few fare wells and it was on the road again to London.
The job entails ripping out 1 exisiting surgery and building two surgeries in a semi detached house.
Ripping out is the easy part kill the supplies and just go at it with brut force. By the end of Monday we had almost filled a skip and had the majority of the downstairs ripped out.
Tuesday, the main job after rip out was to get all the plans out and mark up the proposed layout, not bad usually but in this instance the client liked to change her mind and when walls have to be erected, lintels installed and steel RCJ's installed it was a nightmare getting everything finalised.
Wednesday, first job for me was to lay in the cables for the surgeries, I always use radial circuits in 4mm dependiing on the runs, both surgeries are with 7m of the distribution board. Along with the radial circuits I lay in a 16mm earth cable that will attach to the earth reference bar inside each surgery. As well as the electrical supplies at the moment I am the only one with any plumbing skills and had to install the services for the chairs, this involved two seperate suction pipes and associated wastes, plus air and water to the chairs.
Thursday, finally finished the services to the chairs and then lay in the control wires for the suction motors and power to the chairs, all services are under floor, it is a wooden floor with a void so access via the meter cupboard was helpful, however I prefer concrete floors to be honest, then its just a case of making a service channel. The cables for the chair come out behind the cabinets, then fixed into position on the wall in conduit leaving 1m tails for final connection.
Friday, this morning I started to lay in the bonding for the chairs using 6mm earth cable again this is to connect into the ERB within the surgery. Had a clean up and headed off home just before dinner.
Next week I will take some pictures, its not glamorous work by any means but should give an insight into what I do day in and day out.
Well yet another week away in London, last week I was in Lewisham this week in Bromley. I am staying in the same hotel so not too bad there, but I do miss the comforts of home.
This weeks work is going to be a tight slog, a full rip out and some temp supplies to install, most of the previous wiring looks like its been done by some bloke down the pub. Hopefully I will take some pics and do a stage by stage project.
I thought I would start a little blog of my own, today I am getting ready for my next week away working in Lewisham and a week staying in another hotel.
I am working on a private dental suite this week, the money this guy has spent is ridiculous.
For sidewinder, no HTMo,s required for this one but the new section of the regulations still apply as would MEIGaN.