Winter will be coming soon and with it comes the rain that Betsy is not fond of at the moment. My ever helpful husband Rob kindly hooked Betsy up and moved her into the shed ready for the next stage of her renovation.
I need to clean all of the rust off from all of the metal bits underneath (what are they called?) and was wondering how I was going manage that. A kind friend pointed out that it would be easier to acess if I took the floor out and worked from above. Problem solved, thank you Bowen.
However today when I went to start working on the floor, I realised I would not reach the ceiling (which also needs to come out) if I took the floor out.
It is obvious I really don’t know what I am doing, but I think I will muddle through it ok.
First of all I decide to take out the fly screens. I notice that the frames for the screens are in good condition, so hopefully I will only need to replace the mesh. This was a quick, easy job.
Now for the ceiling. The middle section that has the hatch in it needs to be removed as it has suffered a bit of weather damage. I start by taking the strips off that cover the joins. Then I remove the middle section quite easily. I anxiously inspect the ceiling batons for rot. To my relief I find that they are very solid. I also see that there will be enough room to put some insulation in the roof area between the aluminium roof top and the ceiling when it is replaced. I am wondering where I will find this nice ridged board.
I decide that I want to insulate the whole ceiling. So I carefully start to remove the other two sections of ceiling. If I can save them I will only need to buy a piece of board for the centre section. Unfortunately it was not meant to be. The board was glued onto the ceiling batons in some sections and cracked as I tried to remove it. I did a pretty good job on it. Haha. I won’t have to worry about trying to find a matching piece now. I have decided that I will see if I can find some pressed tin, for the ceiling, I think that will look lovely.
Whenever I show someone inside Betsy they say, ‘it’s going to be a big job’. Just think about one job at a time I tell myself , otherwise I would probably run a mile. I have enjoyed it so far and I can really imagine how my little travelling studio will look when it is completed. I have a few other ideas for her too, I will reveal them if they work out. Thank you for checking out my ‘Bringing Betsy Back’ blog. I hope you are enjoying reading about her restoration.