A day of finishing things off, and starting the fibres.
Sleepy. Waiting in the van, outside Tony's house.
First up, we moved all the stuff from the main room, into Simon's room.
A few final touches to skirting boards...
The parental unit kindly helping out again. :> Kitchen done now, apart from the skirting boards...
The frame for holding the ceiling is totally complete. The floor is cleared. Iain just arrived (not pictured) and has started messing about with the electrical stuff, such as this until-recently overhead light which is halfway plucked from its socket. Need to get a power supply sorted for the light, colourwheel and LEDs.
Good to go.
Here's the fibres. Not yet fully out of their packaging...
Notice how it needs 2 power cables?
One powers the light itself, along with the fan to keep it cool.
The other powers the colour wheel - a sort of wheel of different semi-transparent acrylic lenses, to make the stars change from blue, to red, to green, to orange, to white... etc..
Turning the colour wheel power off means that the fibres are always shining the same colour. Turning it back on means they will cycle colours.
So we need to source power from this light socket, which will be ripped out to make room.
Anyone have any bright ideas how we would do that? :>
Thankfully Iain has the mad skillz.
In the mean time, Tony bangs on some blocks.
Iain did a great job, this was going to be a big obstacle for us which he sorted out completely in less than an hour. :>
Two power cables emerge from where the light socket was...
One of the cables travels over to the nearby rail, and into a pull cord...
This will be to toggle the colour wheel on or off.
Did a few bits and pieces while we were waiting for Iain to finish up.
Removed the toilet roll holder and the towel rail from the bathroom, and removed the massive gloops of white paint that the previous owners left on it.
Moved the fridge/freezer back to its normal position, now that the paint is dry.
Time to get the first panel through, and tack the light into the roughly the right position (so we can get a good idea what length of fibres to use for each hole).
Oh, and I whapped this door stop into Simon's room also. I'm sure you're fascinated.
The light is tacked up, with the fibres trailing down.
Cool huh :>
The first panel has been populated with fibres.
But try as we might, we couldn't get the panel onto the roof with just the two of us (everyone else had left by this point).
Tony began constructing a deadman to help us lever the thing up into position.
...and, not to give too much away, he finished it.
But we still couldn't get the panel up with just us two.
So after a while we had to give up, and organise a bigger team for the following day.