Breaking out a fireplace part III - Plastering done!steemCreated with Sketch.

in building •  5 months ago 

This was meant to be separate posts but my progress was so slow I thought it may as well be one. Now keep in mind I have no training in plastering or rendering, all I know I learnt by trial and error.

To start off with I bought two 25 kilogram bags of river sand and five kilograms of cement. I ran out of cement in no time at all.

Moreover, the cement I bought was some ultra fast setting cement, so I had very little time to work the plaster before it would start setting. This was a pain and led to a really bad finish.

The fact that I have not plastered in years also did not help. Here you can see the results of my efforts. It does not look good at all.

I ran out of that cement pretty quickly, so asked my wife to buy more, this time a 25 kilogram bag. The hardware store unfortunately sold her refractory cement. I noticed as I was taking it out of the car, my wife did not as someone else helped her and put the bag into the car for her.

Well, the city is not exactly close, so I decided to work with what I had, if it did not work then I would have to just buy another bag. My haste stems from the fact that I am doing the bulk of the work after hours, so any delay basically sets me back a day.

As you can see in the above 2 photo's it seemed to actually work pretty well.

It was still not great and I put that down to the sand. I managed to work through the 2 bags I had bought earlier. Again my wife went to buy the supplies for me whilst I was at work. The sand she bought from a local hardware supplier had a much finer aggregate. More sand and less pebbles.

With the new sand and the darker cement I finally managed a finish that I felt was good enough. I had enough time to work it, and still go back and integrate the multiple batches that I had applied.

Nearing the end, getting the new cement and the old to match has proven difficult as the old plaster is quite uneven and rough. I blended it as best I can.

There are still some ugly patches, these will be hidden by the stove though. If it is really bad once painted I will make an attempt at fixing it though.

A few closer pictures of the wall. What remains now is to paint and patch some tiles in the gap left by the fireplace. I will take a photo of the tiles and try get a box that at least matches the existing tiles closely.

At least the bulk of the hard work has been done. I am looking forward to slapping some paint on it, once the plaster has had a few days to dry though.

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Hi @shaunmza, as a delegator to MAP Rewarder, you have received an airdrop of new MAPR tokens. Please read this new post, MAP Rewarder: Launch of MAPR Token - Airdrop to Delegators, that explains further on how the MAPR token has been designed and how future rewards will be distributed.
Enjoy the airdrop! I know it looks modest, but the tokens are actually worth something!

How do I see the value of the airdrop? I looked on Steem Engine at my history, but don't see it there?

Yeah, use the browser's search function; near the bottom of that page.
You have about 8.55 MAPR in total now.
You should also see it if you click the history of the MAPR tokens in your wallet - then you won't see everyone else.
It will be a transfer from @accelerator.

Did you mean the airdrop of 4 days ago? That needs a little more digging if you can't see it in SE.
use the browser search to find your name.

Ok, I misunderstood, I thought the airdrop happened today. I can see the airdrop of a few days ago.

Thanks for that :)

I guess it's a choice of words. I assume an airdrop is something that lands in my wallet for no apparent reason! The test airdrop of 4 days ago was just under 10% of weekly profits, so not bad. The distribution of rewards happened yesterday.

It may take a while for delegators to see that if they sell at my market price they will end up with the same STEEM as in the old transfers. Looks like most are holding out for a higher price of MAPR - which was the whole idea of compounding the capital.

On second thoughts, you're right, I should put a date in those auto-comments so those getting them late won't be confused. I get it now.

I switch them off once I see someone has received a comment, but some could be weeks later.