Stukadoor begonnen

on maandag 05 mei 2008 - 12:06:38 | by Niels
De stukadoor is inmiddels druk bezig. Afgelopen vrijdag had ik vrij en was de stukadoor bij me om dee eerste muurtjes te stuken. Wat knapt dat op zeg een gladde witte muur . Als eerste was de keuken aan de beurt zodat we dan de keuken weer terug kunnen plaatsen. Mooi hoor zo. Alleen jammer dat op plekken waar de keuken komt niet gestuct word omdat het toch achter de keuken verdwijnt. Niet nodig maar het misstaat wel zonder keuken nu .
Verder zijn ze aan de gang gegaan in de bijkeuken en de slaapkamer. Daar worden de muren glad zodat ik ze zelf kan verven of behangen. Eindelijk die zalm en paarse kleur weg van een aantal muren. Ook de muur in de bijkeuken is weer enigszinds stevig te noemen. Nadat ik het oude stukwerk eraf gehaald had(het viel er bijna vanzelf af) kon je er niet meer tegenaan leunen. Je zag dan de hele muur indeuken. Nu er weer een goeie stuclaag op zit aan aan kant is het al stukken beter. Hij beweegt nu al nauwelijks meer. Als de andere kant ook gestukt is kan je het weer een echte muur noemen.

Het laminaat in de kamer is inmiddels ook verdwenen(dit was aanhanger nummer 3 die naar de stort ging). Het bleek toch wel beschadigd te zijn ondanks het karton wat we neer gelegd hadden. Aangezien in de slaapkamer het laminaat ook al verdwenen was besloten om het ook in de woonkamer eruit te halen en er een mooie nieuwe vloer in te leggen. Maar eerst zal de stukadoor dan klaar moeten zijn en moet er ook geverfd zijn. We zijn dus nog niet klaar maar schot komt er wel in zo met de stukadoor !

Slaapkamermuur gestukt...
Slaapkamermuur gestukt...
Bijkeukenmuur gestukt en weer stevig...
Keuken deels gestukt...
Woonkamer stuk gereed en laminaatloos.
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Stukadoor

on dinsdag 22 april 2008 - 16:58:01 | by Niels
Stukadoors zijn langsgeweest om een offerte te maken om mijn hele appartement te stuken. Wat een geld... Maar vast en zeker de moeite waard. Binnenkort alles precies uitzoeken en dan gaan ze over 2 weken al aan de gang. Begin Juni komen de eerste meubels dus dan moet alles klaar zijn. Een eind komt in zicht maar nog lang niet klaar.

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Plafond

on vrijdag 04 april 2008 - 15:30:07 | by Niels
Gisteravond in mijn huisje wezen kijken en daar hadden de mannen van JP goed werk gedaan. Het was al bijna af ook. Alleen een klein stukje van de hal moet nog en de kleine kamer/bijkeuken. Jammer dat je niets meer ziet val al het leidingwerk want er heeft veel werk in gezeten. Gelukkig knapt het wel al op zo. Hieronder nog wat (bewogen) foto's.

Gang met half plafond
Slaapkamer met plafond
Studeerkamer met plafond
woonkamer met plafond

Zaterdag gaan we eens niet bij mij aan de gang. Ik ga met Bram de keuken van Dennis inbouwen. Even een generale repetitie voor mijn keuken

P.S. Najib, Arie en Silvester we komen er aan

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Plafond kan dicht

on maandag 31 maart 2008 - 11:29:38 | by Niels
Afgelopen weekend weer druk bezig geweest. De taak van afgelopen zaterdag was alles af te krijgen zodat het plafond dicht kan met gipsplaten. Het was een flinke klus voor 1 zaterdag maar het is af . Al het leidingwerk ligt op het plafond inclusief vernieuwde elektriciteit, warm- en koudwaterleiding en cv leidingen. Alle leidingen zijn ook zo goed als mogelijk geisoleerd en het wandje tussen de woonkamen en de kleine kamer/bijkeuken is afgemaakt, geisoleerd en gipsplaten er tegenaan gezet. Zondag nog het restantje moeten doen(speakerdraadjes, laatste stukje leidingwerk isoleren) en nog even opgeruimd.

Foto's van zaterdagavond:
Gang
Leidingwerk gang
Slaapkamer
Studeerkamer
Woonkamer

Waarschijnlijk wordt van de week het plafond dichtgemaakt met gipsplaatjes. Dan kunnen we verder met de voorberedingen treffen voor de stucadoor. Weer een keer naar de vuilstort(het balkon staat vol ), al het elektriciteits werk verder aansluiten, contactdozen vastzetten, plintjes weghalen, laminaat bekijken en opnieuw met karton bekleden enz. Genoeg te doen dus nog maar gelukkig zien we wel resultaat nu.

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Work & Witness Grenada 2008

on woensdag 05 maart 2008 - 20:22:11 | by Niels
Dit bericht is in het engels i.v.m. de meelezende amerikanen.

Day 1 - Sunday(10 Feb)
I started my journey on the 10th of february. I was supposed to be on Grenada on the 8th but all the planes were fully booked so the first possible day to arrive on Grenada was Sunday. I had to leave home very early in the morning. My alarm was set for 4:00 AM becasue I had to be at the airport at 5:00 AM. The first flight of today was to London and took me only an hour. Then came the big one... A 9 hour flight from London to Antigua. I wasn't able to book a seat near the exits so I was afraid I wouldn't have enough room for my legs. But it fit quite well so that wasn't a big problem(as long as the person in front of me didn't lowered the back of his chair). After that flight the last one to Grenada. This flight was with LIAT. When I told my aunt I was flying LIAT, she told me that this airline wasn't the most dependable one because they would often have delays and even cancellations. But when the flight was boarding exactly at the expected time I thought she exaggerated it a bit. Unfortunately not... When we all were seated they told us a board computer was not working correctly and we had to leave the airplane. After half an hour the problem was fixed and we left for Grenada. I arrived around nine local time. Maurits, Gemma, Alicia and John were there waiting for me. We left to go to our guest house where I met some other members of the team. I went almost straight to bed because I was tired after the 22 hour trip and work would start at 6:30 the next morning.

Day 2 - Monday(11 Feb)
After breakfast we went to the job site. When we were leaving, Alicia was at the door warning us that if we would forget our water bottles we had to do the dishes after work. Bongo, our trusty bus driver, and Maurits, who still sometimes had to be reminded he had to drive on the left side, took us to the job site. After a quick tour around the site we started work. My main task was the "bucket brigade". As we were pouring the complete first floor, all ingredients of the concrete had to go upstairs to be mixed and poured. For one load of concrete a bucket of cement, two buckets of sands and two buckets of gravel were needed. These buckets needed to go to the first floor where they would be mixed together and then poured on the floor. On the first day we started pouring the beams that were ready to be poured. Others went on to complete the bamboo supports underneath the first floor and to complete covering the sides of the first floor with plywood so the concrete pouring could go on.

When we got back to the guest house the ladies were there to hear all the stories of our first day(especially mine about how I got to know Jack and how to avoid his "orders" ). They were also very busy during the day: doing laundry and cooking dinner. Every evening they cooked a wonderfull diner to strengthen our bodies. After diner I almost immediately went to bed because I was still tired from the trip and the hard work we had been doing today.

Picture day 2

Day 3 - Tuesday(12 Feb)
I was convinced I would not be able to get out of bed because of sore muscles. In my daily job I never do any hard physical labour so after yesterday that had to be. Suprisingly that was not the case. I got up and after a shower I didn't feel anything. It is said that after 48 hours sore muscles are the worst so I would probably get the sore muscles tomorrow.
Today we were going to poure more beams and the first part of the floor. Jack and the other guys mixing the concrete kept us working hard.
After lunch I was ready to go full steam ahead. Well I was but the ladder which we had to take to get to the mixers wasn't. The step of the ladder broke when I was going up with a bag of concrete weiging 42.5 kg(94 pounds) on my shoulder. I fell through 2 steps of the ladder straight up with the bag of concrete still on my shoulder. Amazingly I wasn't hurt. Except my pinky was bruized but that was all. I was able to continue the work without any big problems. Truely a miracle after a fall from 2 meters (6.5 feet) with the extra weight! We continued pouring during the day and we got a good part of the floor done.
After dinner I went to the balcony because everybody said the view was beautiful from there at night. I did and the view was very nice indeed. The only thing was I didn't see was Billy sitting there in the dark. So when he said hi to me, he scared the hell out of me.

Picture day 3
Picture day 3

Day 4 - Wednesday(13 Feb)
I woke up knowing for sure the sore muscles had to be there. But when I slowly tried to lift my leg I didn't feel any pain. The only thing I felt was my sore pinky from yesterdays fall. It didn't hurt but I could feel it. My other finger was now turning purple as well but no bad pains.
After arriving on the job site the truck came to deliver more bags of cement. Today a load of 50 bags . We were going to continue pouring the concrete for the floor. We were running low on sand so after the cement the truck came again to deliver sand. The truckdriver had some trouble backing up the truck and he got stuck on a small wall on the side of the road. This is when we could teach John another dutch word: "Ramptoerist" (disaster tourist). The truck needed to be unloaded manually but after that we could continue the work on the floor.

Picture day 4
Picture day 4

Day 5 - Thursday(14 Feb)
Again 50 bags of cement for today... I thought that I wasn't that tired this morning and that I at least could keep up a few hours of working on the bucket brigade. Wrong again... After two minutes of work I was feeling just as tired as I was at the end of last day. But we managed to keep going and today was almost a record day. We managed to mix 54 bags of cement. Only a few less than yesterday.
Like every day we had lunch in the church, prepared by Billy. Lunch included left overs from yesterdays diner and this mornings breakfast. But I didn't look forward to lunch for the food... I liked lunch the best because we could go out of the sun a bit and rest. We finished the complete middle part of the floor today.
I completely forgot it was Valentines day today. But when we got back at the guest house we were reminded that it was. The dining room was completely decorated and Jessica send us Valentines day cards.

Day 6 - Friday(15 Feb)
The last day! We were exhausted and therefore glad that it was the last day. The rumour was that we were going to have a relaxed day of cleaning up the job site and that we were not going to pour any cement. That hope soon went up in smoke because the truck delivered another 40 bags of cement and the bucket brigade went full speed ahead again(based on best effort ) The back part of the first floor was ready to be poured and we decided to go for it. Because it was one part the whole thing had to be poured today. The 40 bags were almost gone but we needed just a few more. So Bongo was asked to get another 6 bags of cement. That did the job. at the end of the day the complete floor that could be poured was poured. I think accomplishing that was a great job!

The numbers:
Total bags of cement: 226
Total weight of cement: 9605 kg / 21179 lb

Total buckets lifted: 3105
Total weight lifted: 46575 kg / 102698 lb
Total loads of concrete: 621

Unfortunately no numbers on how much plywood was used, how much laundry the women had done or how mauch food was cooked...

When we were almost done the NYI meeting started. William demonstrated his cup stacking skills and the other kids tried some cup stacking themselves after the demo of the pro.

Picture day 6

Day 7 - Saturday(16 Feb)
Today was our day off . We were able to choose what we would like to do during the day. My schedule for today was to join the short island tour, have lunch at a nice restaurant at hte beach and after that to go to another beach to snorkel.

Bongo would take us on the tour. First we would go to Laura's spice garden. Only thing was that it was closed when we arrived there . We decided to go to the Annandale Falls instead. The little park that was created around the falls was beautifull and so was the waterfall. There was also a wild monkey present which was very used to humans and an expert in grabbing food from everybody. And if there was no food present it just lay down on your lap. That was exactly the thing that happened to Jessica and Gemma.
After the visit to the waterfall we went to Fort George in St. George's. It had a beautifull view over St. George's.

After the tour we were going to lunch in a very nice restaurant "The Aquarium". Its location was very nice. Right at the beach. The food was also very good and we had a very nice time there.

In the afternoon Maurits, Esther, John and me were going to the beach. Esther asked around which beach was supposed to be the best location for snorkelling. The location was "the Morne Rouge Beach". Well the beach was beautifull, the water very nice only the snorkelling was a bit disappointing. Not much to be seen (even John was nowhere to be seen at one time but that was because he decided to go for a swim across the bay ). But we had fun and it was nice.

In the evening we all sat down together to tell eachother our stories of how we experienced the time before and the trip itself. What most stories had in common that almost everybody had one or more reasons not to go. Whether it was because of low health, lack of funds etc. But no one had any regrets of going and everyone had a wonderful time. Including me of course.

Day 8 - Sunday(17 Feb)
Today was sunday so we were going to church this morning. But before we went to church it was time for the official group foto. Brian and William already left yesterday so the group wasn't complete anymore. Good thing we took another group picture at the restaurant yesterday.
It was a nice sunday morning service but not like I imagined it would be. A member of the church was baptized and one guy was in church again for the first time in 16 years because he saw some people who came from all over the world, working in Grenada on a church.
After church we went back to the guest house because we would have to pack our bags because we were leaving very early in the morning.

Day 9+(18 Feb - 3 Mar)
This was the last day of the work and witness trip But the first day of my relaxation holiday. I was leaving Grenada and going to Saba to visit my aunt and do some diving and resting after the exhausting trip to Grenada. My aunt has been living on Saba for over 16 years and I was staying at her house which has a great view!

I would like to thank everybody for this wonderfull trip. Especially Jack and Joyce for organizing the whole trip. I pray that Joyce will get well soon. I really felt that God was there watching over us. So many things could go wrong but (almost) nothing did. I thank God for his blessings and hope to see everybody from the team again. Maybe next year?

All my pictures of the Grenada trip can be viewed here.
The pictures I have from Maurits & Esther are available here.
The (mostly underwater) pics of my trip to Saba can be viewed here.

All pics are resized. If you want a specific picture in full size let me know and I'll send it to you.

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Thuis!

on woensdag 05 maart 2008 - 11:39:12 | by Niels
We zijn er weer! Na een week ontzettend hard werken en daarna 2 heerlijke weken uitrusten ben ik weer terug en weer hard aan het werk. Aan een verslag wordt gewerkt.

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Vakantie

on zaterdag 09 februari 2008 - 17:56:14 | by Niels
Terwijl de verbouwing nog in zijn volle hevigheid bezig is, piep ik er lekker tussenuit voor ruim 3 weken. De eerste week naar Grenada om mee te helpen een kerk te bouwen. Daarna door naar Saba om even bij Jet op bezoek te gaan. En natuurlijk om te duiken!

Tot 5 maart maar dan!

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Klussen!

on maandag 04 februari 2008 - 21:11:55 | by Niels
We zijn inmiddels een maand verder. Dacht ik eerst niets te doen aan de keuken kan je nu zien dat hij er helemaal uit is en inmiddels gevuld is met troep. Dat wordt weer een aanhangertje richting de milieustraat...

Plafonds in de woonkamer en de gang zijn eruit. Een weekje voordat ik lekker op vakantie naar Grenada en Saba ga. Zie de foto's hieronder.

Image: Woonkamer
Image: Schouw - weg
Image: Slaapkamer - onaangetast
Image: Woonkamer
Image: Studeerkamer - onaangetast
Image: Gang
Image: Keuken
Image: Plafond woonkamer

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Huis gekocht!

on vrijdag 29 juni 2007 - 11:48:12 | by Niels
Ik heb eindelijk een huisje gekocht. Althans een appartement. Het adres is Plataanweg 23 te Zaandijk.

Op de 2e verdieping van dit kleinschalige complex in het rustige “Oud Zaandijk’’ hebben wij een HEERLIJK VIERKAMERAPPARTEMENT MET EIGEN BERGING in de verkoop. Het appartement heeft een ruim balkon op het westen met uitzicht richting het groen. Voornaam is de centrale ligging ten opzichte van het N.S.-station, uitvalswegen, winkels en scholen. Één van de slaapkamers is bij de living te betrekken.

Indeling:
Begane gr.: entree, hal, gesloten keuken in hoekopstelling, kastenkamer (3e slaapkamer), badkamer, toilet, slaapkamer met balkon en wasmachine opstelling, ruime living met toegang tot het balkon, 2e slaapkamer aan galerijkant.

Diversen:
Bouwj. 1960 - Inhoud 195m3 - Woonopp. 70 m2 - Deels kunststof kozijnen - Actieve en positieve VVE - Servicekosten €102 p/mnd - Verwarming middels gaskachel, warmwater middels geiser - Eigen berging in het souterrain.


Image: badkamer
Image: buiten achter
Image: buiten voor
Image: keuken
Image: slaapkamer
Image: studeerkamer
Image: uitzicht
Image: woonkamer
Image: woonkamer 2

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