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Entry number 11

This is the plastic roof of a recent job that I did for someone. The roof was leaking quite badly; as you can see, the plastic roofing sheet has popped out of its joint. This likely happened in high wind. The trouble with plastic: it has to be cut deliberately short, to allow it space to expand when it gets warm in direct sunlight. If you don't cut it short, it will expand and crack if there's not enough space for it.

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To fix the problem, I simply cleaned off the roof panel with soapy water, and them dried it off. Then, using a window glass sucker handle, I was able to lift the panel slightly, and gently push it back into the joint. I then ran a bead of good quality clear sealant/adhesive along the joint, and gently smoothed it into the joint using an old expired debit card.

Next time the panel expands, it will expand in the other direction, into the other joint: when it contracts again, it won't get any smaller than it already is, so will hopefully remain watertight.

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Entry Number 10. It's been a busy few months both at work and at home. Especially in the garden. Not only did I have great success growing tomatoes and cucumbers outside on a wicking bed (more about what that is will follow), I proved someone wrong in Texas who told me that you can't grow cayenne pepper outside in the UK climate. Oh yes you can!

Work wise, I've been up to all kinds of things. I've done a lot of end of tenancy cleaning and carpet shampooing, as far north as Medway, as far south as Folkestone. I've rebuilt tongue and groove doors, replaced window glass and remade window frames for a 17th century house. I've repaired collapsed dining room chairs. I've remade fallen kitchen cabinets. I've painted walls and ceilings: in fact, I expect to be painting an entire 2 bedroom house next month (ceilings, walls, woodwork and radiators).

I've met lots of great people asking the way, and many of them call me back to do other work. It's the months since I started doing this full-time, and I'm heading in the right direction.

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Entry Number 9. Service Your Sofa. All too often, people throw out perfectly good sofas, spending unnecessary amounts of money on new furniture, which by design, is worn out by the end of the two year guarantee. In little more than one minute, I can show you how to make your sofa feel like new, for a fraction of the cost of a new one.

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