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to wait till my husband goes away and then bang a hole in the ceiling?

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GrendelsMum Wed 22-Jul-09 19:32:56


My DH has gone away on holiday and I'm banging a hole in the ceiling to see what's on the other side.


It's quite tiring though.

(In case anyone's wondering why, I want to raise the ceiling by 6 inches or so so my husband can stand up in the room without his head touching the ceiling, and I want to see if there are any exciting beams up there. My excuse is that the conservation officer came round today and told me to have a look on the ohter side of the ceiling)

DesperateHousewifeToo Wed 22-Jul-09 19:43:20


Are you wearing a hard hat and goggles?

Does dh know what you planned or is he in for a surprise? grin

Confuzzeled Wed 22-Jul-09 19:49:38

I can't believe you bought a house in which your dh can't stand up grin

nymphadora Wed 22-Jul-09 20:05:59

What is the room? Is he using it as an excuse not to go in it?

I love demoliting walls and ceilingsgrin

GrendelsMum Wed 22-Jul-09 20:32:29

DH is in for a lovely, lovely surprise when he comes home grin

FabBakerGirlIsBack Wed 22-Jul-09 20:36:40

why has he gone on holiday on his own?

DesperateHousewifeToo Wed 22-Jul-09 21:15:31

Are you just going to make the one head-sized hole for him to stand in? grin

If it is in the kitchen, do it over the oven/washing machine/sinkwink

ABetaDad Wed 22-Jul-09 21:20:49

Forget the ceiling, I want to know how he wangled a why he is going on holiday on his own?

DesperateHousewifeToo Wed 22-Jul-09 21:25:50

He probably needs to straighten his cricked neckgrin

SoupDragon Wed 22-Jul-09 21:39:11

Would the beams not be seen if you lifted a floorboard in the room above?

SecretNinjaChipmunk Wed 22-Jul-09 21:43:54

you're strange but i like your style. buying a house your dp can't stand up in, ace.

crankytwanky Wed 22-Jul-09 22:32:16

Where's the fun in that, soupdragon?

That's the kind of sensible, common sense answer I would never in a million years have thought of.blush

SoupDragon Wed 22-Jul-09 22:39:16

True, it is less fun but also less messy and much less hard work.

Rollergirl1 Wed 22-Jul-09 22:40:46

Waiting till your hubby is away to bang your hole? YABU grin

GrendelsMum Thu 23-Jul-09 13:35:40

Rollergirl1 - I like your thought process. That would give him a lovely surprise grin

It was DH who chose the house, so if he can't stand up in it, that's his problem. And he can stand up in most of it. Who needs to stand up, anyway?

And from the practical angle, there isn't a room above, and there's no access to that bit of loft (well, there is now, of course), so I was thoroughly reasonable to make a hole in the ceiling, and even more reasonable to do it while drinking a glass of wine.


He's not gone on holiday on his own - he's gone with his mum grin. I was invited to participate in the cycle-fest that is following the Tour de France, but felt I would rather do radical DIY unhindered.

MayorNaze Thu 23-Jul-09 13:46:41

i do stuff like this blush

i have not bashed holes in ceilings...but i do dig up entire lawns, decorate radically, that kind of thing...

is oddly liberating (even more oddly so as my dh is wonderful and we have a great realtionship!!) grin

SoupDragon Thu 23-Jul-09 15:52:48

so, you made the hole... were there nice beams of a scruffy set of joists, some old Christmas decorations and a nest of mice?

Confuzzeled Thu 23-Jul-09 21:14:26

Please tell us you found beams and it was worth it.

DesperateHousewifeToo Fri 24-Jul-09 18:06:36


Are you madly re-plastering before your dh gets home so he never needs to know?

or are you still pulling down more of the ceilng?

GrendelsMum Sun 26-Jul-09 10:08:01


No mice, Christmas decorations, or scruffy joists.

Nice set of 17th century beams and lime plastered walls.

Plus a wasp's nest - disused I hope. I thought for a horrible minute there was also a bat roosting which would totally scupper renovations, but zooming in on the camera shows it was just a bit of bunched up roofing felt.

I've put a little pic up in my profile if anyone's interested.

My husband phoned back from a particularly enjoyable day in the south of France and I broke the news to him - "cool," he said.

NormaSknockers Sun 26-Jul-09 10:31:18

This thread has really had my chuckling, loving your style grin

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