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(YET) Another plumbing job at home!!

Woke up on Sunday to find the floor near the W.C all wet!

Turns out that water was overflowing out of the “overflow pipe” inside the WC because the float-valve mechanism to stop the water flow once it had filled was not working (some crack in the plastic casing and also, washer did not look good). So, time to apply my plumbing skills again …

First, get and install the replacement part:

The blue gadget is  the float-valve thingey that stops the water from flowing in once a certain water level is reached ... costs about $14

The blue gadget is the float-valve thingey that stops the water from flowing in once a certain water level is reached … costs about $14

However, things did not work out 100% as another leak appeared elsewhere ..

leak appeared from the right hand upper corner flexible hose join, a drop of water can be seen on the lowest level of the flexible hose.

leak appeared from the right hand upper corner flexible hose join, a drop of water can be seen on the lowest level of the flexible hose.

So, for one more day, we lived with this imperfect repair job and caught the water leaking using a pail. The problem was that this old flexible hose also needed replacement, but I could not loosen the join where the leak occurred as it caused some other part to turn (namely, where the stop valve joined with the water outlet coming out from the wall

to loosen the flexible hose seen in this image, from the stop valve (the part with red handle), I had to have a bigger spanner to hold on to the stop valve, as I turned the nut on the flexible hose ...

to loosen the flexible hose seen in this image, from the stop valve (the part with red handle), I had to have a bigger spanner to hold on to the stop valve, as I turned the nut on the flexible hose …)

And so, to do this job required a bigger spanner than what I had at home (to prevent the stop valve from turning) 😦

But thanks to my dad (who has all sorts of tools that I can borrow from, including a bigger spanner), I finally managed to get it perfectly water-tight after spending another $7 to buy a new flexible hose and installing it!!

 new flexible hose installed, leak stopped!!

new flexible hose installed, leak stopped!!

One thing for improvement though is how to make the flexible hose look nice instead of all twisted like above?? But will live with it for now … it can be quite “dangerous” to try and make adjustments as the parts of the piping concealed in the wall may start to leak if it is turned “accidentally”. Those doing small plumbing repair jobs at home must remember:

1) must hold on to the parts that can turn, but should not be turning, as you try to loosen or tighten some other joint

2) to use white tape for a good water seal, the direction of winding the white tape on the screw threaded part must be correct for it to be effective (basically, it must follow the direction that the nut will turn as it is being tightened).

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Three Trees Three Times …

Recently, Mr Ang (Tiong Baru painting class teacher) got us to try drawing three (overlapping) trees …

Three trees

Three trees

I did it three times to finally get a good idea of how to get the overlap right (first attempt the centre-most tree was too heavy, while second attempt the two trees at the side were too “strong” as I made the leaves too “heavy” i.e. dense).

By sheer coincidence, my first ever ink painting when I started lessons almost exactly two years ago (in July 2013) was also one with three trees:

my first painting

my first painting

Luckily, it looks like there is some improvement over the two years 🙂 !!

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The Three “Fars” 高远 深远 平远

Into the third instalment of lessons for Chinese Ink Painting at LaSalle College of the Arts and we are doing “landscape” type scenes! 🙂

First lesson was on city and street-scapes and Mr Lim basically did a “kampong scene” (he reckons it would take too much time to show city or street scene). I modified his demo piece to come up with this:

Kampong scene ... details of the boy doing jetty jump and the lady hanging clothes in next two photos.

Kampong scene … details of the boy doing jetty jump and the lady hanging clothes in next two photos.

Girl hanging clothes

Girl hanging clothes

jetty jump!

jetty jump!

another try at kampong scene ...

another try at kampong scene …

The next three sessions were on “the three fars” – high far, deep far, and flat far (haha, sounds weird in English, so here’s the Chinese version 高远,深远, 平远) – which basically means seeing the peaks getting higher and higher, or looking deep down, or seeing layers but in a more horizontal view, respectively. The class got to see how he handles his colours when doing the landscapes. It seems to be not a traditional approach, so it was rather interesting!! Here is what I ended up with after trying it out:

used a version of Mr Lim's handouts to do this ... not sure what

used a version of Mr Lim’s handouts to do this … not sure what “far” is this though as it looks to be a combo 🙂

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deep far (looking into valley), some serious erosion happening!!

deep far

deep far (with two people on valley floor)

Finally, this piece done last night … (on same day as the class but done at home). To get the “natural looking lines”, the paper crumpling” method was taught to us. This is when the paper was creased so that the lines created are then lightly touched with black ink to give the mountain and valley scene, and then paper was made wet before applying colours …

flat far 平远

flat far 平远

Quite a dramatic scene, wouldn’t mind going to visit a place like that!! 🙂

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“Fun with Pottery Class”@NAFA

After 8 weeks of lessons from 12 May to 30 Jun 2015, our (free SG50) pottery class ended yesterday 😦

It was a very good introduction for all who signed up to learn some basic techniques for working with clay and to turn them into aesthetic or functional pieces,

the pieces I collected after glazing them the week before (in lesson 7)

the pieces I collected yesterday after glazing them the week before (in lesson 7)

under the very capable instructor Alvin

Alvin helping to make some cups by "throwing" for one of my classmates during the last lesson ...

Alvin helping to make some cups by “throwing” for one of my classmates during the last lesson …

and assisted by his lovely young assistant Chloe.

yup, that's Chloe (obviously too young looking to be  one of the age 50 and over participants, haha!!)

yup, that’s Chloe (obviously too young looking to be one of the age 50 and over participants, haha!!)

Here’s a view of the class doing glazing yesterday:

the class glazing their pieces ...

the class glazing their pieces …

Really must thank NAFA and the instructors for a very good job of having the course!! In particular, Alvin’s approach was really good as he allowed each one of us to exercise our creativity by introducing just sufficient details about the techniques (i.e. pinching, slab, coiling, throwing, glazing) and then letting the participants “just do it”.

The variety of work produced by the class was really interesting in my view, and as for myself, I am quite pleased with the works produced this time! 🙂 (especially the slab work piece, the textured coiling piece, and the functional one for my brushes)

slab work + pinching

slab work + pinching

coiling technique, and with varying texture

coiling technique, and with varying texture

just nice to hold my brushes!!

just nice to hold my brushes!!

Looking forward to collecting the rest of the pieces in 2 weeks time (these are the ones done using “throwing” and were glazed yesterday)

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