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The Big Build - Aberystwyth

Nick Knowles heads to Aberystwyth where he attempts to turn a builder's house from a building site into a home, enlisting the help of his friends and family and local trades.


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Welcome to DIY SOS - The Big Build.

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This week, coming to you from just outside Aberystwyth.

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The boys are not only taking on the complete renovation of a house...

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It's probably two weeks work, to be done in two days.

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..but they're battling Arctic weather conditions too.

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I've just spoke to the big company who's delivering all the building materials.

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They won't send a lorry up here.

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You may have heard the expression "it never rains but it pours",

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but for the couple we're here to help,

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it hasn't been so much a pour down as a deluge of bad luck.

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I just want to be able to help Mum.

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It is one of the biggest builds we've ever attempted.

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We have ten days to do it, and it is bone-chillingly cold.

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Can we do it? I tell you what, we'll give it a flipping good go.

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Because this is DIY SOS - The Big Build!

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When Mike and Lynn moved to their cottage in the Welsh hills,

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they hoped for a quiet life with their animals.

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Well, the original plan was we was going to move out here and retire - that was the original plan.

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We're home people. A holiday is being at home.

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And even though they haven't got much in the way of money, they share their home with several rescue dogs.

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Just animal mad.

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It doesn't really matter whether it's dogs... Dogs are my favourite.

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I love cats, horses, chickens, anything that's got two legs, four legs, and with feathers or fur.

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Four years ago, Lynn's son-in-law Rob got ill with MS and needed to use a wheelchair.

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This meant Rob and Alyson had to move out of their house.

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As Mike was a builder, he decided to construct them a disabled-access house next door,

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so the family could be on hand to look after each other.

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Mike worked like a Trojan on this house.

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-12 hours a day. Seven days a week.

-Probably, and the rest sometimes.

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Yeah. Not even one day did, you know, anybody help him.

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He did it all himself.

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They needed a helping hand, otherwise you don't know what...

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where would they have gone?

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Mike's back-breaking work over the next two years, building the extension for Rob and Alyson

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meant his own house was turned into a building site.

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It is a home, but it's not a home, you know.

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We're sort of, we're part way there, but we're a long way from being finished.

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We moved in in December,

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and Mike then said he was going to have a month off before he went back

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to start work on their own house, and then disaster struck.

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Well, the headaches,

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they started, oh,

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about 18 months prior to

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me being admitted to hospital.

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You'd be going along, driving along, and you'd go down a hole in the road

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and he would suddenly scream at me,

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because obviously going down the hole made his head hurt,

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but I didn't think anything of it,

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I used to say, "Don't moan," kind of, but they got worse and worse and worse, and then...

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Don't cry, Michael.

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Go on. I'm all right.

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It was two years ago that the doctors found a brain tumour.

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The diagnosis is obviously it's cancer.

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But you know, but where it is they've taken out as much as they can take.

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There's not a lot they can tell me, and even

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if I ask them they can't tell me, because they don't know themselves.

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Mike's condition means paramedics are called regularly to help him, and they can't negotiate

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the building site upstairs, so he's forced to sleep in the front hallway, behind a sheet.

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It's cruelly ironic that a man who's built so many homes for people can't now sort out his own.

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Like most builders, Mike was self-employed.

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The brain tumour means no work, and that means no money.

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Mike and Lynn have been left living in terrible conditions,

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but Mike's not really one for giving up or complaining.

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I'm coming!

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Rome wasn't built in a day.

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You've got what you've got.

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You know, it's no good sitting down and saying, "Oh well, I've got cancer, I'll pack in,"

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you know, because that don't do anybody any good.

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It's just been a hard time for us all.

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I just want to be able to help Mum,

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I do.

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I want to give her something back.

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I hope people can see how much they've done for us, and, you know, how it's changed our lives.

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We're hoping that DIY SOS can change their lives.

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I know they will. I do.

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Right, Mike needs our help.

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We've got a job to do here.

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'I'm a little bit worried, because on the drive up here

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'the weather around Aberystwyth has turned really, really nasty.' Hello?

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'Let's have a look round.' Needs a bit doing to it, doesn't it?

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-Just a little bit.

-Kitchen's a bit of a mess.

-Yes.

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Bathroom's a bit of a mess back there. And this is...

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well, this is the extension.

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This is the extension to the extension of the extension, yes.

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-Which you built, did you?

-Yes.

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-Along with the house next door?

-Yes.

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-So you've been busy. You've actually done quite a lot already.

-Oh, yeah.

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Just the brain tumour that I didn't know I'd got,

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and then that, that was found, and since then I've been able to do...

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-Well, I haven't been able to do anything, as such, on the building work.

-It's difficult to know...

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You work in the building trade and you've been a builder all your life,

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which is a very active, physical way of making a living,

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so it must come hard to you, that to suddenly find

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yourself in this situation, where you can't get out and just do what you've done every day of your life.

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Well, it's hard for me,

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but it's more hard for Lynn, I think, because, you know,

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touch wood, I won't, but if I was, was to drop dead, you know,

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how would Lynn carry on with this?

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You know, there's no way she could carry on and finish it off,

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because she's not, she hasn't got the physical strength to do it.

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'That's what we're here for, but the weather's turned bad.'

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I mean, really bad. Remember this?

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-Snow showers...

-Snow.

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The earliest widespread snowfall for 17 years has begun to grip many parts of the UK.

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First of all, the heavy snow's just started here in Caerphilly.

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Across Wales, well, the worst of the snow initially was in North and West Wales.

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It's going to be staying cold at least, I'd say, for the next ten

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days, so with the cold persisting, get used to seeing more of these.

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This is a severe weather warning.

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The boys are already feeling the effects of the weather.

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They're trying to do the two-mile drive up an icy hill to get the tools to the house.

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This is a bit of a climb up. The roads are a bit icy.

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I can get up here because I'm a four-wheel drive, but the boys are behind me in a van.

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We've got two vans full of tools coming up behind us, and it's not looking very good,

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and I've got to keep moving, because if I get stuck and they stop, they're not going to get up here at all.

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Normally at this stage, I'd be asking you to leave and we'd get the team in and start building.

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I'm going to have a chat with the lads and see what we think.

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We don't want to disappoint you.

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-By the same token we don't want to do half a job, so...

-No.

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Our dilemma is that if we start bashing this house apart and the weather stops us finishing the job,

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Mike and Lynn will be left with a home even less habitable.

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We've got to decide if it's even possible to get the work done in these terrible conditions.

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Well, I've just spoke to the big company who's delivering

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the building materials, and they won't send a lorry up here.

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If trades can't get up, materials can't be delivered, you know how tight it is when we do these anyway.

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Here's someone that's come to help and he can't get up here either.

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The weather's getting worse and closing in, it's making harder.

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The trades are finding it harder to get up the hill. Some are making it, some aren't.

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We're going to have to make a decision whether we're going to continue with this or not.

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We know some of the trades can't join us

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because they can't get out their own villages.

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It's pretty rough out in the countryside, is it?

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The main roads get gritted, the actual main road into

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Aberystwyth gets gritted, but for the rest of the time, no.

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The roads are so bad you've got to drive through Caerphilly.

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'That's a terrible joke. We've got no time for jokes. We've got to make a decision.'

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How much of the job can we do if we start?

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If we can't get materials up here, you know,

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and we can't get the trades here, we can only do half the job, can't we?

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You might get three, four days into it and find out that you've bitten

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off more that you can chew and you can't put it right.

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This is just crazy, we cannot leave them with half a house.

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What is the weather situation? You know, is it going in worse?

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More snow towards the end of the week.

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It's going to get colder.

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We set out to achieve something and we're not going to do it, and that's letting us

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-down and letting the family down.

-If we start now, we're here now.

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If we start today, because we've got no materials, all we can do is start demolition.

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Then let's start demolition. Mike and Lynn need the house sorted, so let's get on with it.

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Me, Jules and Matt are taking that down to get at the doorway, to knock it through to widen it.

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That's our plan.

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We've packed Mike and Lynn off and we just have to hope that

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the weather holds or improves, preferably, so we can get this done.

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There's such a lot to do.

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The two-storey cottage needs a complete overhaul.

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Upstairs we need to create two bedrooms and give them a much-needed bathroom.

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Downstairs the space needs to be completely redesigned and the floor levelled throughout.

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-Shall we start at the front door?

-Are we changing that?

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We're going to block this up and change it and put a new window in here.

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-Where is the front door going to be?

-On the side of the house.

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-Take this centre wall out here.

-Right.

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-Remove this original staircase.

-Yes.

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We're going to have a new staircase round at the back.

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This is going to be a huge living room once the dividing wall is down.

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In here, in the bathroom, we're going to reconfigure that.

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There's going to be a washing machine and tumble dryer and shower in there.

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-MOCKING NORTHERN IRISH ACCENT:

-A shower? Is there going to be a mirror?

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-A mirror and a shower?

-Right...

-Right.

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-What was that?

-Oh!

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Bill, what's happening?

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-Has he started already?

-He's started. The electrics are on the go.

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-And then this?

-On the other side of this there is a kitchen.

-Yes.

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Which we're going to rip out and put a new kitchen in.

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This floor's all lumpy. How are you going to do it?

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A self-levelling compound?

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No, we're going to put a sand and cement screed in, so the guys

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are going to hand-mix it because we couldn't get anything

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delivered, because the company that makes liquid screed had to close down because of the temperatures.

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So now we're going to have to do it by hand.

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All the changes we're having to make because of the weather and

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transport actually are making everything slower.

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What's the turnout this morning? Six or seven?

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We've got six or seven. Not bad. We need 35.

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But six or seven is a start.

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You can only start with a start, can't you?

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I hope there's a finish.

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-Oh, this is lovely, isn't it?

-Nice, that, isn't it?

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This wall, are we keeping that?

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It was going to be dot and dab, but it's a nice feature, isn't it?

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It is pretty. The top of it's ugly, but this is beautiful.

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It would be nice to keep some of that, wouldn't it?

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The top of you is ugly, and we've kept you.

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And up there, just when Mike got ill, one of the last jobs he was doing was all these beams here.

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They have to be bolted together. They've got to have a load of bolts put through them.

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The rest of the building has to be insulated

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-all the way through.

-It's huge, though, it goes way back.

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It's massive.

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You know, it's almost 1,000 square feet of insulation.

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Even if we had a full complement of people, we'd be hard pushed to get this done in the next nine days.

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But with something like this you just need to start and keep going.

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Outside, Jules and Matt have cracked on demolishing the lean-to.

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We need to knock it down to make room for the new front door.

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-He's like a human JCB, isn't he?

-He is.

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How is it going to go from here?

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-Bow the wall in, which will, in turn, drop the roof down.

-Then its own weight will bring it down.

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-Can I ask you another question?

-Yes.

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Are you wearing that hat correctly or is that the shape of your head?

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That's the shape of my head. What's the matter with it?

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You look like you've got a pointy head.

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I had a policeman knock on the door the other day.

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He said, "It looks like your wife's been in an accident."

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I said, "Yeah, but she's got a lovely personality."

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He's only joking - his other half's lovely!

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This lean-to, on the other hand, is proving to be a bit more disagreeable.

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Do you know what we could do now?

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Go in the field with a lump of four-by-two and give that wall a push with a bit of wood.

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It's not going to work.

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Go on, son!

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Ah! It turns out Mike's better at building things than we are at knocking them down.

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That's just wedged.

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From one old thing that goes on endlessly to another.

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But he's got his hands full with this job and he wants us all to know about it.

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Well, the three of us, cos I've got two good

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sparks from Ed, what we're doing is stripping out all the cables in the old house.

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So, yeah, we are going to be very busy in the next few days.

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Are you surviving working with him?

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-No.

-Seriously, tell me, because the people have a go at us for picking on him.

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Tell people what he's like to work with. Honestly, go on.

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-He's a good laugh.

-No.

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-Yeah.

-Really?

-You're missing out.

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-You should work more often with him, to be honest.

-I've had 11 years of working with him.

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But you need to be an electrician to actually understand the same craic.

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You've paid him, haven't you?

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-You've paid him to say that.

-He hasn't slipped you any money?

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-No.

-And you like him?

-Yeah.

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-Blimey!

-Of course they like me, I'm a likeable person.

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I'm the most likeablest person in these shoes.

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No, really, he is likeable.

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If you like that kind of thing.

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Downstairs, the kitchen and day room are going to be made open-plan,

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so the floor needs to be levelled.

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In here Gareth is starting to lay the screed.

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Pete's outside mixing this up, which is a screed, which is a coarse sand.

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What we need, really, to work with any wet fluids with cement in it,

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the temperature has to be two degrees and rising for stuff to set.

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So basically, for that chemical reaction in the cement to work,

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it has to be two degrees and rising through the day.

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That's unfortunate, cos inside it's below two degrees and outside it's below freezing.

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And they're having issues with the sand.

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Our poor old screeders are struggling. That sand is frozen.

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It's like concrete.

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It's that cold and frozen.

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What are we going to do? Because we need to get that down tonight

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so it's got half a chance of going off in a few days.

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A bit of Arctic weather is not going to stop us, though.

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Luckily, inside the house we've got our own little Irish hot-air machine.

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That's a good sign - two degrees and rising. 2.6. I'm happy with that.

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It's roasting in here!

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What you're seeing here is an epic battle - man versus wood.

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The wood's winning.

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-Wahey!

-Well done, Matthew.

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That worked all right, didn't it?

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It's another day, a chance to make another dollar.

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Not really, because we are doing it for free. But you get the drift.

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We don't care about the cold because the road is clear, which means people can come to work.

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And we've got some deliveries.

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Though not without some difficulty.

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It's still well below zero.

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I'm nice and warm, all dressed up.

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I've got my gloves, hat, coat, waterproofs on. I've got my long johns on as well.

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Yeah. Do you want to see my long johns?

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-No. No, we don't.

-They're very nice.

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Don't! Don't unzip. I forbid you.

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Don't! Oh, really!

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That's the sort of gear you need when you're working out in these extreme conditions.

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It's not the cold weather, by the way, that caused him to look like that.

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The house is already giving us a headache,

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but if there's one designer up to the challenge of soothing our fevered brows, it's Julia Kendall.

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Julia's an old friend of DIY SOS, and no matter what we throw at her, she's almost never lost her cool.

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I don't have any symbols for gas.

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-I don't have the time.

-I say "almost never".

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She's got a proven track record at transforming old country ruins into cosy cottage chic.

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And she's a dab hand at turning the dilapidated into the desirable.

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In fact, some people have said she's quite desirable herself.

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So in here, obviously, this is our kitchen space.

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The main thing is we're going to take this wall down

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so that it's an open, flowing space, which will be lovely.

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Lynn's big on practicality, so she doesn't want anything that she can't keep easily clean.

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And again, with all the dogs in the house, it makes sense.

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But she really likes traditional styling, so we're going to be using a lot of her old furniture.

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Right.

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We have arrived in Lynn's bedroom.

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-Right.

-Which is going to be a lovely room.

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A nice big space up here.

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-This is going to be Toile de Jouy in here.

-So where's the bed going to go?

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-The bed's going to go on this wall here.

-Right.

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It's going to be very, very pretty-pretty in here.

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Despite the fact that she's a very practical, down-to-earth girl

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she likes really pretty sort of pink, flowery...

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-Does she?

-Yeah.

-I would never have said that.

-I know. It's funny, isn't it?

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What does Toile de Jouy mean?

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Toile is a fabric wallpaper from the Toile region of France, and it's quite intricate designs.

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It goes back to about the 1800s or so.

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And it's going to be really pretty. Very girly, very pink.

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Nice. OK, that's lovely.

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And then next door we've got Mike's bedroom.

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Mike really loves his gardening.

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He loves growing herbs and he's really into the whole botanical thing, so I've got

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a botanical theme going in there, in a masculine way.

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So Julia's got ten rooms to decorate from start to finish in only nine days. Right.

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So there's a lot to do. It's huge.

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Yeah, it is mammoth.

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It is going to be a beautiful house when it's done.

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Well, it's going to be a finished home.

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And we'll just have to do the best that we can with it.

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She's very good. You know, we need to swamp his house with people.

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The trouble is the trades that have offered to help us

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have been snowed in and can't get here.

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It's minus four, and the roads have iced up again.

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I'll tell you what this job is reminding me of a bit - the Marie Celeste.

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That's what it's like.

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To be helpful, I thought I'd start insulating.

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-OK.

-Yeah?

-Yeah.

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So, you've just got to show me what we've got to do.

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It can't be hard, can it, surely?

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How do you move these things around?

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-Mind that cable.

-Shut up!

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-You're doing well, mind.

-Oh, no, see, I've gone off track now.

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Go on, go away.

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-She's very good, you know.

-Oh, no, see, I'm miles out now.

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She's not very good, you know.

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Oh, come on!

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Right, here we go. Oh, please fit.

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Right, I take it all back. It clearly is rocket science.

0:20:510:20:54

There's a van. I can hear a van! I can hear a van!

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-We've got a tradesman.

-One?

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One.

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-Just in time, because Jules and Matt can smell a...

-Rat!

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Yeah, I was going to say that.

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Ready? Coming out? No.

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There's a hole under there, so if they are going to be in there

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they will be right in the middle, Jules.

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I have a strong phobia of rats.

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Rat!

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-It's a dead one.

-Eurgh, how could you pick it up?

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Cos it's not living.

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-Jules, this has actually got big teeth, this one.

-Do you like rats?

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-I know what I would like.

-What?

-I'd like some tradesmen.

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-Yeah.

-Or labourers, anything. There's one person here today and it's day two of the job.

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Normally, we'd have, how many today? We'd have 30 people.

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-Today we've got one.

-Oh!

-It will be fine.

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Just keep chipping away. They'll turn up.

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I love it when you back me up and you're positive.

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-100%. 100%.

-We'll do it.

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Yeah.

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We need to do something about this.

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There's sure to be lots of people round here who'd help if only they knew about it.

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RADIO JINGLE

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If you're in the area and you could give us a couple of days

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to come down and help out, we would honestly appreciate it.

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And we'll promise to feed you and make lots of tea for you, which is pretty much what all builders want.

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Well, that and one other thing, but we can't provide that!

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'Definitely. Thank you very much, Nick.

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'If you want to help out on DIY SOS...'

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And do you know what? It only worked!

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Look! People!

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Loads of them!

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Them boys have just driven from Leicester to come and help their dad help us. How cool's that?

0:22:400:22:45

-Glad to have them here?

-Aye, it's good.

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-A bit emotional?

-Yeah. Very tearful now.

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Yeah, I'm not sure he's telling the truth there.

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Upstairs it's looking more promising. Now Julia's got more help it's starting to take shape.

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She's a happy bunny. She's got a gun in her hand and there's loads of men around.

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What woman wouldn't be happy in that situation?

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I'm having a lovely time this afternoon.

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There's several lovely lads getting it all lidded up

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and sorted out this afternoon.

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The insulation is nearly done and, as you can see, it's starting to be transformed.

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It's like a miracle, isn't it?

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And the transformation is going on downstairs too.

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Open-plan is the name of the game and watch it take place in front of your very eyes. Ready? Look at this.

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Yep, the wall dividing the living room's down, and Julia's showing the boys how it's done.

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She's started demolishing the dividing wall in the kitchen.

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It's good fun. I do enjoy this bit. That's very good fun.

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Do you want another cup of tea, Jules?

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-That would be lovely.

-Unbelievable!

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-She's a big, strapping girl, that one, isn't she?

-No, she's tiny and svelte.

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-They're being helpful, really. They've fitted the new front door.

-Fascinating.

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From fascinating to weird.

0:24:050:24:07

Yeah, this morning, this is quite worrying.

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It felt like a big hill to climb, but now we're getting there. It's good.

0:24:110:24:15

-It's good.

-And we've got half a chance of meeting our next deadline in the build.

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The plasterers are here the day after tomorrow, and the way we are

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going, I think a good day today and another day tomorrow, we'll pretty much be ready for them.

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That's where we want to be, anyway.

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There is a lot of plaster going in this house.

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It's probably two weeks' work to be done in two days. Bottom line, Mike and Lynn need it.

0:24:330:24:39

They've had a right old rough time of it.

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Let's get them in. Let's get them in.

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Strolling through the blizzard are neighbours Colin and Jackie.

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Hello.

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'They know how hard the last two years have been for Mike and Lynn.'

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-How are you, darling?

-All right.

-'They are worried for their future.'

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If anything happens to Mike, Lynn's never going to be able to

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finish it on her own. Never. And we've seen her struggle.

0:25:000:25:03

They've been doing the roof, and the tarpaulin blew off in the storm and she got water pouring in the kitchen.

0:25:030:25:09

-Lynn was up on the roof herself, wasn't she?

-Yeah.

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It seems a stupid question to ask, but if we actually do manage to sort

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the cottage out for them, more of a weight off his mind really than...

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Well, I think it's a weight off both of their minds, isn't it, really,

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but I think Mike is worried if anything happens to him what he's going to leave Lynn with.

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That's the biggest... I think for him to be able to be positive

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and fight the battle, he's got to be at rest, mentally at rest.

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So, no matter how hard the conditions, we'll keep going.

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We'll just keep chipping away and hoping things improve.

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Only they don't. They get worse.

0:25:480:25:51

The weather was looking lovely and it's just gone absolutely bananas.

0:25:510:25:55

And this all happened about an hour ago and it's lying really thick and fast.

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We've got to get all the deliveries, all the plasterers, all the joiners, all the tools up here tomorrow.

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We need them here tomorrow if we've got any chance of completing this job.

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Hello there.

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Hello?

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You can't make it tomorrow?

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Two plasterers down.

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Snowed in already.

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It might be better in the morning.

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This is probably the most monumental catastrophe that happened all week since we've been here.

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We are stuck outside the tea shed.

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The key and the lock have frozen.

0:26:420:26:45

We've got an urn in there bubbling away.

0:26:470:26:50

They've put the urn on a timer switch so I think it's definitely worked this morning.

0:26:500:26:55

Looks like a small fire.

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Forget the snow, forget the ice,

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-we can't get in and get a cup of tea.

-We can.

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Thank you very much.

0:27:120:27:14

-All right, strike that.

-Nothing else matters.

0:27:140:27:16

This isn't the biggest crisis we've had all week. Thank you, Nina.

0:27:160:27:21

It's funny with the British. Put a cup of tea inside them, they can take on the world.

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And despite the freezing conditions, we've got 20 trades here today. 20!

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Though they haven't had an easy time getting here, to be fair.

0:27:290:27:34

I heard you had a bit of a run-in?

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I was coming down the hill and I put it into first gear cos it's

0:27:350:27:39

started sliding, so I just went into the side.

0:27:390:27:42

Stopped, got out, and then that the car behind me come down, crashed straight into me.

0:27:420:27:48

Wrote my car off.

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But you were all right.

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That's what counts. It's only a bit of metal on four wheels.

0:27:520:27:56

And so he walked here to lend us a hand.

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Chris has got a football team's worth of help today.

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Back through the rain.

0:28:020:28:03

Morning, gentlemen. Thank you very much for turning up.

0:28:080:28:10

We've got two days to make it OK. Go for it. Thank you very much.

0:28:100:28:15

Hardly Henry V, was it? Anyway, better get mixing.

0:28:150:28:19

We've got more than 5,000 square feet of walls to plaster.

0:28:190:28:23

It's lovely.

0:28:230:28:25

Downstairs the living space has been opened up in both the front room and the kitchen.

0:28:250:28:30

Upstairs there are now two bedrooms, one bathroom

0:28:330:28:36

and an enormous hallway all in need of pink stuff on the walls.

0:28:360:28:40

Chris will do it with his team.

0:28:400:28:42

But next door in Alyson's house, Mark's found the latest victim of the weather.

0:28:440:28:48

There's no water. We could do with that working.

0:28:510:28:53

If we can't mix plasters and stuff, this could be a bit of a disaster.

0:28:530:28:57

There is a spring, apparently,

0:28:570:29:00

which is used to feed the animals and chickens.

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RUNNING WATER

0:29:040:29:05

I hear water.

0:29:050:29:07

Running water.

0:29:070:29:08

Oh, look! There you go.

0:29:080:29:11

So that hasn't frozen up. We have to mix up with the spring water.

0:29:110:29:14

-That's hilarious.

-It's not that funny.

0:29:140:29:17

In fact, it's not funny at all. Do you know how many buckets of water we're going to have to collect?

0:29:170:29:23

Hundreds!

0:29:230:29:25

Well, it will be fresh. It might just have a bit of cow manure,

0:29:250:29:28

a few dead rats maybe. All that will be in it, but it will be fine.

0:29:280:29:32

Just make sure you wash your hands before you have something to eat.

0:29:320:29:36

Er, what's he going to wash his hands with, Jules?

0:29:360:29:39

I'm working with idiots, really!

0:29:390:29:41

Luckily, a shed load of more sensible builders are here to help

0:29:410:29:44

and we're hoping we're doing the house the way Mike would have if he hadn't have got ill.

0:29:440:29:49

That's the thing about Mike cos he's been a builder or his life, built houses for everybody else,

0:29:490:29:54

including his daughter and son-in-law, and he's just got to the point where, after all

0:29:540:30:00

the years of promising, he's finally going to do up his own place. Starts on it then he's struck down.

0:30:000:30:04

He's built for all these people all his life.

0:30:040:30:06

Just wants to give something back to his missus, who's put up

0:30:060:30:09

with him never being there, always working on other people's property.

0:30:090:30:13

Makes you think about your about own place. You know, getting stuff done for yourself.

0:30:130:30:16

All right, mate, ease up. The missus will be watching this.

0:30:160:30:19

Well, that's what I'm saying. Claire, have a word.

0:30:190:30:22

Yeah, no, I must get round to that, skimming that ceiling.

0:30:220:30:25

Well, I've been building for 30 years.

0:30:260:30:28

It's nice to give somebody something that's life-changing.

0:30:280:30:33

Why not give a couple of days? It's for a great cause.

0:30:330:30:36

I hope he's happy with what we've done today.

0:30:360:30:40

This is Vicky from the electricians' company.

0:30:400:30:43

-Yes. That's right.

-Providing all the electricians, yeah?

0:30:430:30:45

-Yes, we have, yeah. We only live in the next village down.

-Oh, do you?

0:30:450:30:48

-Yeah.

-Cos you've had a load of guys in here working really hard already. So why did you decide to join in?

0:30:480:30:54

Every now and again you get an opportunity to step forward, Nick, and help somebody.

0:30:540:30:58

We obviously heard about the situation these people were in

0:30:580:31:02

-and we wanted to make a difference to their lives.

-Thank you.

0:31:020:31:05

-I feel like I should give you a hug.

-OK.

0:31:050:31:08

She smells nicer than most builders, you see.

0:31:080:31:10

Also, nice to see the house turning pink.

0:31:100:31:13

How many plasterers does it take to plaster a cottage in just two days?

0:31:160:31:19

Exactly the number we've got in here, because you couldn't fit another one in.

0:31:190:31:23

The plastering is done.

0:31:280:31:30

I'm a few miles away in Aberystwyth, to pick up Lynn from the school where works as a dinner lady.

0:31:360:31:40

And I'm learning some practical Welsh whilst I'm here.

0:31:400:31:44

Hang on, can we broadcast that?

0:31:440:31:46

No, no.

0:31:460:31:48

How's it hanging?

0:31:480:31:50

LAUGHTER

0:31:500:31:52

-All right, actually, thanks very much.

-Are you sure?

0:31:520:31:57

Do you want me to check?

0:31:570:31:59

They're very rude, aren't they? I think they've outdone me.

0:31:590:32:02

Lynn spends all her time looking after Mike, her daughter and her dogs

0:32:060:32:10

and she's had to do all that without a proper home for the past two years.

0:32:100:32:14

How do you function day to day in conditions like that?

0:32:140:32:17

How do you get by?

0:32:170:32:19

You learn to live with it.

0:32:190:32:20

I've lived with a tarpaulin and plastic bags on the roof with buckets catching the water.

0:32:200:32:26

You just learn to live with it.

0:32:260:32:30

I'm that sort of person that I can cope with most things.

0:32:300:32:34

You do get down, but you soon pick yourself back up.

0:32:340:32:38

Have you thought that maybe taking on all these stray dogs,

0:32:380:32:41

and giving them a home, might just be one thing too many?

0:32:410:32:43

No, cos they are what keep me going.

0:32:430:32:45

I think if I hadn't got the dogs I'd have probably given up by now.

0:32:450:32:49

Something you can turn to. You can just say, I'm going out.

0:32:490:32:52

Say to one, two, three of them, come on, we're going,

0:32:520:32:55

and go off for a walk up the mountain and lose yourself.

0:32:550:32:58

So, looking forward, what do you see?

0:32:580:33:02

If we get the house finished for you and you have a house

0:33:020:33:07

with walls, floors, ceilings, electrics, heating, plumbing, things you haven't had -

0:33:070:33:12

how would life change?

0:33:120:33:14

I'll be running around like an idiot!

0:33:160:33:19

I don't know. It'll be brilliant to think

0:33:190:33:22

that it's done.

0:33:220:33:25

And with Mike's illness, for him?

0:33:250:33:27

It will make a difference for him, I'm sure it will.

0:33:270:33:31

The fact that he will have a bedroom and somewhere proper to sleep instead of behind that sheet.

0:33:310:33:36

-Maybe this is where your luck changes.

-Maybe.

0:33:370:33:41

Don't think of that.

0:33:410:33:43

Just wait and see what happens.

0:33:440:33:48

Sometimes you look at people and think they deserve a change of luck.

0:33:480:33:53

We need to make this happen.

0:33:530:33:55

We've got four days left and there's a Welsh mountain to climb.

0:33:580:34:02

And as if there wasn't enough to do in the house, Mark has lined up more work outside.

0:34:020:34:09

We've got the digger here, dig a hole in the ground there so we can pour a concrete pad.

0:34:090:34:12

We are going to build a set of dog kennels on it.

0:34:120:34:15

It's just a little bit something extra because Lynn has got a lot of

0:34:150:34:18

rescue dogs she looks after and puts a lot of energy into.

0:34:180:34:22

It's a pastime, something nice for her to do.

0:34:220:34:25

It's not just any kennels, is it?

0:34:250:34:27

It's a nine-dog, five-star, heated doggy hotel.

0:34:270:34:31

The ground is frozen solid.

0:34:310:34:32

That should be all right, a two-and-a-half ton digger should be able to cut through that all right.

0:34:320:34:36

-Yeah, as soon as they can unlock the digger.

-The lock has frozen.

0:34:360:34:40

Don't worry - order some concrete for the kennel base then.

0:34:400:34:44

So basically all the ready-mix companies

0:34:440:34:47

are frozen and they can't mix concrete.

0:34:470:34:50

Oh, for God's sake, it's all frozen!

0:34:500:34:54

Don't worry, at least we can start digging out the foundations.

0:34:540:34:57

That's not good, is it?

0:34:590:35:01

Plan B, Mark?

0:35:030:35:05

That's hard, isn't it?

0:35:050:35:07

Usually, that would chomp through that.

0:35:070:35:10

Inside the house it's a little bit warmer.

0:35:100:35:12

We've crammed it with heaters to dry all that plaster out.

0:35:120:35:16

The plaster has gone off incredibly well overnight, despite being minus eight last night.

0:35:160:35:23

What a result.

0:35:250:35:26

And our very own Billy's adding some hot air - just don't give him anything to light.

0:35:290:35:33

This is a multi-fuel stove, so you can use coal or wood.

0:35:330:35:37

Are they really economical?

0:35:370:35:39

Yeah, they are very efficient.

0:35:390:35:41

Most wood-burning stoves, they start at about 65% up to about 83% efficient.

0:35:410:35:46

-So really it's an updated open fire, isn't it?

-Yeah.

0:35:460:35:50

On an open fire every £100 worth of fuel you'd put on there, £85 of that goes straight up the chimney.

0:35:500:35:57

-Whereas these...

-It comes out.

0:35:570:35:58

You get about 20% from the chimney.

0:35:580:36:02

-Does every house have to have one of these?

-No.

0:36:020:36:05

Assuming Billy doesn't burn it down, and despite everything the weather

0:36:050:36:09

has thrown at us this week, we've got the shell of a house.

0:36:090:36:12

Now we are looking for the filling.

0:36:120:36:14

-Morning, fellas, have you got a kitchen for me?

-We certainly have.

-Yeah!

0:36:140:36:17

-Big excitement! Big excitement!

-Big '70s dance as well.

-It's starting to get a bit concerning.

0:36:190:36:24

Despite the fact we are making ridiculously good progress, we have still only got... Where are we today?

0:36:240:36:30

Tuesday... Three days before we need to start getting furniture in.

0:36:300:36:35

What's she talking about - there's hardly anything left to do!

0:36:350:36:39

All you've got to do is paint and decorate everything.

0:36:390:36:41

Put skirting boards and doors into every room.

0:36:410:36:44

We've got to fit the whole kitchen in three days.

0:36:440:36:47

Oh, yeah, and we've got to fill in the old front door

0:36:470:36:49

using original stone, so you can't see where it joins.

0:36:490:36:52

But on the upside we've made a breakthrough with the kennels.

0:36:520:36:56

These problems with the frost and stuff and not being able

0:36:560:36:59

to get any concrete, I spoke to the kennel people and they said they are quite happy that we lay it on flags.

0:36:590:37:03

-We just make a level surface for them.

-Yeah.

0:37:030:37:06

Hardcore it. Blind it with sand.

0:37:060:37:08

-Drop the flag straight on to it. They're happy.

-Cool.

0:37:080:37:11

But like everything on this job, it's two steps forward, one step back.

0:37:110:37:16

You see, the sand we need for the kennels isn't looking very sandy.

0:37:160:37:19

Rock solid. And it's not because it's stone,

0:37:210:37:23

it's just sand that's frozen and we can't break it up.

0:37:230:37:27

On you go. Thanks.

0:37:270:37:28

We've got to collect the four tonnes of hard core we need from half a mile away.

0:37:310:37:37

The dogs had better like these kennels - it's turning into a marathon job!

0:37:370:37:41

Everywhere else we are making real progress.

0:37:420:37:45

At the front of the house the guys have turned up to fit the new window.

0:37:450:37:49

Look at the stonework around the side, it's really clever.

0:37:490:37:51

Look at the window here, they've got the stonework, the stonework is the same round here.

0:37:510:37:55

They've cut it off here, look, so it goes into the stonework and it looks exactly the same.

0:37:550:37:59

You'd never know there had been a door here.

0:37:590:38:01

Craftsmanship that is. It's a beautiful job all over the house.

0:38:010:38:04

I'll get some floorboards in.

0:38:060:38:10

So the floor is going in and we are starting to get a bit of paint on the walls.

0:38:100:38:13

This is the bit I love. Pulling it back, pulling it back.

0:38:130:38:17

He is available for pantomime, you know.

0:38:170:38:20

Only one of these guys is actually a decorator.

0:38:200:38:22

With the weather so bad, the local community is

0:38:220:38:25

rallying to help, and we've got an amazing mix of people in here.

0:38:250:38:29

Look at all our decorators.

0:38:290:38:31

And the local postman.

0:38:310:38:33

Hello, mate. How are you?

0:38:330:38:35

-Not too bad.

-What's your name?

-Hugh.

0:38:350:38:37

Hugh came to deliver letters yesterday and realised what we were up to, so he volunteered.

0:38:370:38:42

I notice you've got the old

0:38:420:38:43

B Team T-shirt. The other team.

0:38:430:38:46

When did you get this?

0:38:460:38:48

In 2002 they came round to my father's house. I thought, what goes around comes around.

0:38:480:38:52

I've got a day off today,

0:38:520:38:54

so here I am.

0:38:540:38:55

It's a great thing for anybody who's in Mike's situation to have something done for him.

0:38:570:39:01

I think it's brilliant.

0:39:010:39:03

We've all come today to help Mike and his family.

0:39:030:39:07

How come we've got you guys in here, how come you have volunteered?

0:39:110:39:14

We both work for the National Trust and fair do's to the National Trust,

0:39:140:39:18

they let us come for four days, five days?

0:39:180:39:22

That's really lovely, thanks, guys.

0:39:220:39:24

That's fantastic.

0:39:240:39:26

This is the skirting board factory in here as well.

0:39:260:39:28

160 metres of skirting board in this house.

0:39:280:39:32

As you can see, we've got a production line. Alan over there.

0:39:320:39:35

-All right?

-Yeah, 140 metres to go!

0:39:350:39:39

The kitchen fitter is doing a stellar job all by himself. I just wanted to give you...

0:39:390:39:45

-On behalf of the whole team, give you a group hug.

-Aw.

0:39:450:39:47

I tell you what's been rough, it's been a rough few days, but it is starting to look the part now.

0:39:530:39:58

Once you've got all the wet trays done and someone is starting to

0:39:580:40:02

build a kitchen, it's starting to look like a house, isn't it?

0:40:020:40:05

It has definitely got that feeling of home about it, hasn't it? And the finishing line, which is good.

0:40:050:40:09

We are not there yet, though.

0:40:090:40:12

That pad for the kennel is taking forever.

0:40:120:40:16

But these guys really know how to work.

0:40:160:40:18

Jules is dotting the i's and crossing the t's on the new stairs,

0:40:180:40:22

which is surprising, because he can't spell!

0:40:220:40:25

Explain what you are doing, cos that's really nice.

0:40:250:40:27

Instead of filling it, what you do...

0:40:270:40:30

When you drill the hole,

0:40:300:40:31

you drill out a little crack-sized wooden plug, pop in...

0:40:310:40:37

Tap that in, let it go off for a bit.

0:40:370:40:40

Knock the tops off, plane it and sand it.

0:40:400:40:42

So what it looks like, although you've used wooden screws

0:40:420:40:46

to screw the top piece of wood in,

0:40:460:40:47

-what it looks like is that you've dowelled it in.

-Yes.

0:40:470:40:50

And you can get...

0:40:500:40:52

When you buy your drill bit you can...

0:40:520:40:55

That makes the hole that you put your screw into,

0:40:550:40:58

you can buy an attachment that it goes on to,

0:40:580:41:00

which you can then drill into the wood and it will drill you a little hole.

0:41:000:41:03

-I'll show you the little block of plugs.

-Pop one out,

0:41:030:41:07

-there's your plug.

-Do you want that as a memento?

0:41:070:41:10

Can I keep that?

0:41:100:41:12

I'll put it on the mantelpiece in a glass display case.

0:41:120:41:17

That was like a proper tip, wasn't it?

0:41:170:41:20

But enough of this, there's still tons to do and we are going to have to plug away into the night.

0:41:200:41:24

It's unbelievably dark out in the Welsh countryside here.

0:41:240:41:28

It's minus five, minus six now, but

0:41:280:41:32

the team are still here in the freezing cold, in the dark, and they've all but finished this.

0:41:320:41:39

This lady normally works in a lovely warm, comfortable showroom.

0:41:390:41:43

She's now out in the freezing cold. You must be cold now.

0:41:430:41:47

-Are you not?

-I'm hot.

0:41:470:41:50

It's a different world really, isn't it?

0:41:500:41:52

They breed a different type of person out here.

0:41:520:41:54

-Tougher.

-Tougher?

0:41:540:41:56

-So you are basically saying we are all a bunch of softies.

-Yeah.

-Thanks very much.

0:41:560:41:59

It's going to be a heck of a day tomorrow.

0:41:590:42:03

We've got 24 hours to finish this whole house.

0:42:030:42:05

Morning. Look at this - the pad for the kennels is finished.

0:42:130:42:17

The guys were out here in the freezing cold last night,

0:42:170:42:19

freezing their bits off, but they've got it finished.

0:42:190:42:21

And we've had another break - the weather is a positively tropical five degrees this morning.

0:42:210:42:25

The heat is on in the house, too, cos this needs to be finished today.

0:42:250:42:30

-Cue the designer.

-Finally, finally - wallpapering day!

0:42:300:42:34

Only about three days late. So wallpapering!

0:42:340:42:36

Which wall are you doing, Julia?

0:42:360:42:39

This is our absolutely beautiful wallpaper in here.

0:42:390:42:43

This is Mike's bedroom.

0:42:430:42:45

Pay attention, here comes the science bit.

0:42:460:42:48

When you've got quite a strong pattern, having one feature wall is really good idea.

0:42:480:42:52

Where you've got either a very warm colour or a very saturated colour or

0:42:520:42:56

a busy pattern, when you put that on one surface it has the effect of bringing that surface towards you.

0:42:560:43:01

So if you've got a slightly sort of difficult-shaped room, you can use it

0:43:010:43:05

to reproportion or to draw attention to that one space in the room.

0:43:050:43:09

So it's quite a good little trick, that.

0:43:090:43:11

Not just a pretty gorgeous face, our Julia.

0:43:110:43:15

The kennel's arrived by the way, but that leaves us with a canine conundrum.

0:43:150:43:19

I've been all round the house and all round the building site, I can't

0:43:190:43:22

-find Mark Miller any where.

-I don't know where he is.

-Do you not?

-No.

0:43:220:43:24

I've been looking for you, you fool!

0:43:240:43:26

Trying to find out which way we're going to point it. I say we ought to point the entrance up that way.

0:43:260:43:30

We've just been talking about it.

0:43:300:43:32

We made the pad five metres this way, so that the dogs had a view.

0:43:320:43:37

So the dogs had a view?

0:43:390:43:40

-Yeah.

-Dogs don't care about a view!

0:43:400:43:43

You'd actually sacrifice the warmth for the sake of the view, would you?

0:43:430:43:46

-Listen. If it's cold...

-And to be fair, you're an idiot.

0:43:460:43:48

Some of these dogs are quite intelligent.

0:43:480:43:51

Honest to God, if I woke up in the morning and I saw that, I'd be such a happy puppy.

0:43:510:43:55

Is this the right shape, the pad that we've done, to point it in that direction?

0:43:550:43:59

-It is, yes.

-Then ignore him, he's talking rubbish. Point it in that direction, if you don't mind.

0:43:590:44:02

Yeah? Well, you're a lot bigger than him, so I'd probably go with you.

0:44:020:44:05

-Yeah, but he's nastier.

-Yeah, that doesn't worry me.

-Does it not?

-No.

0:44:050:44:08

-You ever seen a Jack Russell have a go at an Alsatian?

-No.

0:44:080:44:11

HE ROARS

0:44:110:44:12

Very similar.

0:44:120:44:13

So while the kennel goes up,

0:44:150:44:17

inside the house the uphill battle has turned into a downhill sprint.

0:44:170:44:21

Look at this room, all papered out. Carpet already down.

0:44:230:44:26

Pretty much ready.

0:44:260:44:28

That's posh, that, isn't it? Posh cleaners.

0:44:300:44:33

We're just grateful these guys turn up and stick with us, because we could never do it on our own.

0:44:330:44:39

-Never.

-Thank you very much for all your work.

-No problem.

0:44:390:44:42

Little Welsh army, they are.

0:44:420:44:44

And because of them, we've got a house to give back to a couple that richly deserve it.

0:44:440:44:50

Ten days ago, this house was a wreck and a burden on Mike and Lynn.

0:44:560:45:01

Just when they should have been focusing on getting Mike better

0:45:010:45:04

from his brain tumour, they were trapped in a nightmare, with no way out.

0:45:040:45:09

Our lives are on hold because we're getting to the age where really we should be slowing down,

0:45:090:45:15

and it'd just be lovely to have a nice home.

0:45:150:45:19

Nobody's ever done anything for us in all the years we've been together,

0:45:210:45:26

and to actually have somebody come in

0:45:260:45:29

and do, you know, work that I should be doing,

0:45:290:45:33

I know I can't do it, but even so, it's...

0:45:330:45:38

It just doesn't seem real.

0:45:380:45:40

It was almost the job too far for the DIY SOS team.

0:45:440:45:47

If we can't get materials up here, you know, and we can't get the trades here,

0:45:490:45:54

we can only do half the job, can't we?

0:45:540:45:56

But with some incredible and selfless help from the community of Aberystwyth...

0:45:570:46:02

and a lot of Welsh determination...

0:46:020:46:05

..this house has been turned into a haven of peace for Mike and Lynn.

0:46:070:46:11

The living room space has been doubled.

0:46:130:46:16

Julia's created a relaxing and calm room, with tranquil colours,

0:46:180:46:22

and given them a touch of home, using Lynn's own antique furniture.

0:46:220:46:26

Gone is the hallway where Mike was sleeping.

0:46:290:46:32

Now it's a place where he and Lynn can entertain and unwind.

0:46:320:46:37

The kitchen has been transformed from dark and dingy, to bright and new.

0:46:450:46:51

The soft, sunny colours hark to the beautiful Welsh countryside,

0:46:510:46:56

and the room has been opened into the new welcoming day room.

0:46:560:47:00

We've given them a stable door, so Lynn can have the kitchen to herself,

0:47:050:47:09

while the dogs curl up by the real wood fire.

0:47:090:47:11

The gloomy 1960s bathroom is gone, replaced with a modern and practical shower room.

0:47:160:47:22

Upstairs, we have taken an empty space under the rafters,

0:47:280:47:32

and made a luxurious, serene bathroom.

0:47:320:47:35

A peaceful place, to soak away the troubles of the day.

0:47:370:47:41

We've made a sumptuous and cosy bedroom for Lynn, a lavish and inviting room

0:47:410:47:46

where she can shut the door and be as girly as she likes.

0:47:460:47:51

And still have a space for one of her beloved dogs.

0:47:510:47:54

Mike's finally got his own bedroom,

0:47:580:48:00

a masculine and peaceful space.

0:48:000:48:02

Julia's brought Mike's love of nature inside,

0:48:050:48:08

and he's got somewhere he can completely relax and focus on getting better.

0:48:080:48:13

And Lynn's four-legged friends haven't been left out.

0:48:150:48:17

They've got a weather-proof, heated kennel to come home to.

0:48:170:48:22

This house is now a place where Mike and Lynn can focus

0:48:250:48:28

on being happy together and look forward to the future.

0:48:280:48:32

What do you hope for?

0:48:340:48:36

A living room that's proper.

0:48:360:48:40

One big room, that's what we was after.

0:48:400:48:43

Right. Well, we hope we've given you

0:48:430:48:46

what you had in your mind's eye and you hoped for.

0:48:460:48:49

Open your eyes.

0:48:510:48:53

Oh, my God!

0:48:530:48:54

Flipping heck! Look at that mirror!

0:48:580:49:00

(Oh, look at the logs!)

0:49:000:49:02

(Oh, isn't it lovely?)

0:49:050:49:08

-Don't seem the same room, does it?

-No.

0:49:080:49:10

-Oh!

-And it's warm in here.

0:49:100:49:13

The fire's going. Oh, my God!

0:49:130:49:15

-It was... Was it what you sort of envisaged?

-Oh, yeah.

0:49:150:49:18

Better. And I love the colour.

0:49:180:49:21

-It's just too much, isn't it?

-Oh, look.

0:49:210:49:24

SHE SOBS

0:49:240:49:27

It's lovely.

0:49:290:49:32

I love that mirror.

0:49:320:49:34

Where did you find that mirror?

0:49:340:49:36

-It's beautiful.

-Well, that's Julia's genius.

0:49:360:49:39

Oh, it's lovely, that is.

0:49:390:49:40

Oh, and my pictures are up.

0:49:440:49:45

Oh, my gum!

0:49:450:49:47

As a builder yourself, you'd have been a little bit worried about what we were going to do with the place.

0:49:470:49:52

Have we done all right?

0:49:520:49:53

Exceptional.

0:49:530:49:55

Absolutely couldn't ask for anything more.

0:49:550:49:59

No. Even I couldn't have got it up to this standard.

0:49:590:50:03

I'm so glad that front door's gone.

0:50:040:50:07

-Doesn't that look fantastic, now that three window aspect along that side?

-Brilliant, yeah.

0:50:070:50:11

It's a fantastic room, isn't it. Isn't it the most wonderful room?

0:50:110:50:14

Blinking lovely!

0:50:140:50:17

So you're happy with this, are you?

0:50:170:50:19

-More than happy!

-So if we'd come here and sorted this out for you, just this...

0:50:190:50:24

-That would have been...

-That'd have been... I could have,

0:50:240:50:26

yes, because I could have gone out there, done it and then come back into normality in here, couldn't I?

0:50:260:50:31

Yeah? Well, there is a little bathroom, because you wanted a bathroom downstairs, didn't you?

0:50:310:50:35

-Mmm.

-Little bathroom downstairs. You were really worried about the state of the bathroom.

0:50:350:50:38

Oh, God, it was awful. Oh! Flipping heck, Michael!

0:50:380:50:43

Look at that! Oh, isn't it lovely?

0:50:470:50:50

Happy with it?

0:50:500:50:52

-Yeah.

-Downstairs loo, lamps, basin and a beautiful shower.

0:50:520:50:56

Doesn't look like the same place, does it?

0:50:570:51:00

But we haven't stopped there.

0:51:000:51:02

Here we go. You don't have to keep your eyes closed.

0:51:020:51:05

Go on. Have a look.

0:51:050:51:07

Oh, my God.

0:51:100:51:12

Oh, my giddy aunt.

0:51:120:51:14

Oh. It's a different oven!

0:51:140:51:17

Yeah, I thought you'd notice.

0:51:180:51:20

Oh, Michael, it's lovely.

0:51:200:51:22

A beautiful sink, where you can, if you're standing at the sink you can look out over the view.

0:51:220:51:26

No draught.

0:51:260:51:28

Plenty of storage space, plenty of work space.

0:51:280:51:32

New hob, new extractor, new oven.

0:51:320:51:35

-They all work?

-Of course.

0:51:360:51:39

Oh, isn't it lovely?

0:51:410:51:43

-You like it.

-Yeah, love the colour.

0:51:430:51:45

Oh, somebody's taken all the time to sand these beams down.

0:51:470:51:50

Yeah. Hey, listen, you remember the other thing that you said, you wanted to make sure there was...

0:51:500:51:55

Dog free! Look, and I've got a dog...

0:51:550:51:56

So you can lock that while you're doing the cooking and just keep the dogs in there, if you want.

0:51:560:52:00

They're banned from here! They're banned. I think they're banned from everywhere!

0:52:000:52:04

-Oh, my gum.

-And do you remember when you said, when we were in here on that first day when I came up here,

0:52:040:52:09

when the snow was coming down, and I chatted to you in here and you said that you wanted

0:52:090:52:13

-a middle wall taking down, because it's going to look beautiful looking back.

-Yeah.

0:52:130:52:17

What do you think of the view now?

0:52:170:52:18

I think it does.

0:52:180:52:20

I don't think you could get better.

0:52:200:52:22

I mean, you've been waiting such a long time for this, haven't you?

0:52:220:52:25

Oh, yeah. Yeah.

0:52:250:52:27

It's been a good few years since we,

0:52:270:52:31

since we started this.

0:52:310:52:32

-It's lovely.

-What's it like to be stood here in it now?

0:52:320:52:36

As though it's not ours!

0:52:360:52:38

It's a bit overwhelming, to be honest.

0:52:380:52:40

You know, I knew we would get something nice, but not as...

0:52:420:52:45

..not as nice as what it is now.

0:52:470:52:49

This is what you expect to see on the TV.

0:52:490:52:52

It's not what you expect to see in your own house!

0:52:520:52:57

See this thing on my right?

0:52:570:53:00

-Yeah, that's the TV!

-Yeah!

0:53:000:53:02

I'm sorry, but I've just cocked it all up, I know that!

0:53:020:53:07

No, not at all, it's perfectly fine!

0:53:070:53:10

-I'm glad you like it, I'm really glad you like it.

-It's beautiful.

0:53:100:53:13

-Shall we take a look upstairs, then?

-Yeah.

-Come on.

0:53:130:53:16

Do you want to lead ahead?

0:53:160:53:18

It's beautiful.

0:53:200:53:22

Look at that for a bath!

0:53:260:53:27

-It's lovely.

-That's what you call a bath.

0:53:290:53:32

So, space is tight upstairs, so what we decided to do is

0:53:320:53:36

go with a bath upstairs, you've got the shower downstairs.

0:53:360:53:40

Isn't it lovely?

0:53:400:53:41

-And Lynn, this is your room.

-Oh, my God!

0:53:440:53:47

Flipping heck, I can't wait to get in here!

0:53:500:53:52

I can't wait to get in it!

0:53:550:53:57

Two weeks on a lilo!

0:53:570:53:58

A warm bed!

0:53:580:54:00

Oh, it's beautiful.

0:54:000:54:02

And the wallpaper. I love it.

0:54:020:54:05

It's hot in here!

0:54:050:54:07

I shall have to turn the radiator off, I'm not used to heat!

0:54:070:54:10

So has Julia got this right for you?

0:54:100:54:12

She has got it right, definitely.

0:54:120:54:15

-A bit of decadence for you.

-Oh, yeah.

0:54:150:54:17

Oh, it's lovely.

0:54:170:54:20

It's so warm in here.

0:54:200:54:21

Do you want to come and see yours?

0:54:210:54:23

-Do you want to stay here, do you want to come and see his?

-I want to see his, what they've done.

0:54:230:54:27

You've got the fish tank!

0:54:330:54:35

-I'm lost for words!

-Really?

0:54:350:54:38

Yeah. I really am.

0:54:380:54:40

I'm basically speechless.

0:54:430:54:46

So, as a builder yourself, you'll know

0:54:460:54:49

what it's taken to do this.

0:54:490:54:51

In ten days, oh, yeah.

0:54:510:54:53

We can't thank them enough, we really can't.

0:54:540:54:57

What they've done for us here...

0:54:570:55:00

..it's beyond our belief, anyway.

0:55:020:55:05

There's one last person to show.

0:55:050:55:08

It was daughter Alison who wrote to us for help.

0:55:080:55:11

Wow.

0:55:110:55:12

It's amazing.

0:55:150:55:17

Even I'm speechless, and that doesn't happen very often, I can tell you now, Nick!

0:55:180:55:22

It doesn't happen at all!

0:55:220:55:24

I don't know what to say. I just don't know what to say.

0:55:240:55:27

It's just out of this world.

0:55:270:55:30

Just seriously for a moment, I know that you were very worried about the future

0:55:300:55:34

for Lynn, weren't you?

0:55:340:55:36

Has this put your mind to rest?

0:55:360:55:39

-Yes.

-Takes the pressure off a bit, don't it?

0:55:390:55:41

Takes the pressure off a hell of a lot.

0:55:410:55:43

Right, one last thing. Mind yourself on the muddy floor.

0:55:460:55:50

Have a look up.

0:55:500:55:51

Oh, look! Real kennels for them!

0:55:550:55:56

-Brilliant! And they can't dig their way out either!

-No!

0:55:580:56:02

They're lovely.

0:56:020:56:05

Some of the people that have been here for the last ten days,

0:56:050:56:08

working themselves to death in freezing conditions,

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are currently freezing out the front.

0:56:110:56:12

-Would you like to come and say hello?

-Yes!

-Yeah?

-Yeah!

-Come on.

0:56:120:56:15

This is absolutely fantastic.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:56:200:56:23

-Thank you ever so much!

-You're welcome.

0:56:300:56:32

It's been the most amazing response from this lot.

0:56:320:56:35

Thank you ever so much.

0:56:350:56:37

It's not like a house now, it's a proper home.

0:56:370:56:40

SHE SOBS

0:56:400:56:42

She's lived in a barn, basically, for the last 18 months.

0:56:440:56:47

As I said before, it was all because of us that they were in the mess they were in,

0:56:470:56:52

so that's why it's so important that she's got a house now she can live in.

0:56:520:56:58

You may or may not know that Mike is a builder himself, and has done many homes over the years

0:56:580:57:03

for many people, so what do you think of what the guys have done?

0:57:030:57:06

Can't thank you enough.

0:57:070:57:09

Absolutely brilliant.

0:57:090:57:11

Couldn't have done better myself, let's put it that way!

0:57:110:57:16

APPLAUSE

0:57:180:57:20

I can't believe what you've all done for us.

0:57:250:57:29

I never expected it to be a house, to ever get done. I didn't.

0:57:290:57:33

This man here, John, oh, man,

0:57:330:57:37

he's been an absolute trooper, he's been here right from day one.

0:57:370:57:40

And he's taught me how to plaster walls as well, no less!

0:57:400:57:44

-Ooh!

-There you go!

-So if I find a wonky one...!

0:57:440:57:47

-It wasn't me, no!

-I'll know who to blame then, won't I?!

0:57:470:57:52

You're welcome. I'm really happy for you.

0:57:520:57:56

Fantastic.

0:57:560:57:57

-Welcome home.

-Thank you. It's lovely, thank you.

0:57:590:58:02

I helped lay the pavements outside the kennels.

0:58:040:58:08

Brilliant, thank you ever so much!

0:58:080:58:10

I love my kennels!

0:58:100:58:12

I'm all right, Mam, yeah.

0:58:130:58:15

We arrived in a blizzard and we've ended, at least metaphorically, in the sunshine.

0:58:160:58:20

When we arrived and saw this house in the middle of nowhere,

0:58:200:58:23

we thought, "Where's the community here to help out?"

0:58:230:58:25

They are here, tucked away in the valleys

0:58:250:58:27

and hills and round the corners, and they all came out to help.

0:58:270:58:31

Proper working-class heroes.

0:58:310:58:32

Warms the cockles of your heart, doesn't it?

0:58:320:58:34

Even in this weather.

0:58:340:58:36

Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd

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Nick Knowles and the team enlist the help of the local community in Aberystwyth to renovate a home for a builder with a brain tumour. Michael Saunders built an extension onto his house when his son- in-law's MS meant he had to start using a wheelchair. When Michael discovered he had cancer, he was unable to finish his own home and he and his partner were left living in a cold and draughty shell of a house. Battling against terrible weather conditions, Nick and the team head to West Wales to rally friends, family and local trades to help turn Michael's house from a building site into a comfortable home.