Toilet floor number 2 came under the hammer this weekend. This time I had recovered some strength from the previous attempt and got my technique back. This floor cam up in about half the time. With the floor now clear of tiles, concrete and bitumen I could now see that the wall was indeed connected to the floor. My original thoughts re poor build were incorrect. I should have known that this ship is engineered to last.
Dave has now been engaged to fit the portholes (remaining 6) and to do the cutting of the toilet pan stands and the wall base. That should not take long. With this done I can return to putting up the wall frames.
It had been wondering why the bitumen had been under the concrete. It turns out its the only way to stop the steel sweating. Dave informed me that the reason it is put down is that water will still be present between the concerete and steel floor if laid direct and it will slowly rot through. So they put down bitumen to protect the steel. Useful advice as I have several floors to lay.
Off to find some bitumen!
The second job of the weekend was another bash at the front locker (to be master bedroom). The ceiling is (no joke) about an inch thick ply. Why? Probably to protect from blast as it was a storage locker no doubt for substances that might explode if it catches fire. But as with all of the ship, the woodwork is fixed using 3 inch screws minimum which are screwed into the inch thick ply with the heads about 5 mm under the surface and then filled with filler and then painted. Lots and Lots of them. So you have to look carefully for the slightly different texture under the paint to spot where the screws are and then dig. 45 mins to remove one ceiling panel. 2 more to do. then all the walls.
Then Dave can come in and cut it all out.
At least he will have somewhere dry to work over winter.