Sunday, 3 October 2010

Blessed Stairs

Mr Rooney, our most affable builder, likes to visit us unannounced. And that is just fine with us. It keeps us on our toes (he wears high visibility, so we can see him a mile off).

The purpose of his visit was to deliver RSJs (rolled steel joists) to be used as bearers for our external side staircase landing/deck. Mr Rooney informed us they were salvaged from the Sisters of St Joseph - from their now demolished garage.

He then whisked Jason off to the local Catholic school to pick up some salvaged steel posts, which had been set aside for us, from a Building the Education Revolution project. Another blessed gift.

Mr Rooney and Jason delivering the holy bounty of steel posts.

Apparently they weighed 60 kg a piece and it was an interesting ten minute drive home. They will be perfect to replace the rotting timber posts on our external side staircase.

The steel posts were salvaged shade sail posts.
Image courtesy Mr Rooney.

"Old fashioned RSJs. Top stuff. For free," Mr Rooney said.
Image courtesy Mr Rooney.
Mr Rooney was very good to salvage such excellent building materials from his holy connections. They may as well be re-purposed at our place rather than being scrapped. The added bonus is that our building material outlay will be greatly reduced.

We think it is highly amusing that Mr Rooney is sanctifying the Sow's Ear. Deliberately, it would seem.

I might have to rename the blog St. Fun and VJs.

19 comments:

  1. That is hilarious. Builders are so resourceful aren't they. Can he find you an old wooden crucifix for the front door. Or maybe one of those uncomfortable wooden desk\chair thingys for your home office?

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  2. Did you mean "... most AFORDABLE builder"? Either way, I am pleased to hear that he steals from the local Catholic church.

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  3. Love anything that is salvaged and free is even better. Good work Mr. Rooney.

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  4. Fortunately all the materials were asked for before Mr Rooney took them. The nuns love him and probably said a Hail Mary for him as he drove off with their RSJs.

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  5. Mr Rooney is a bit of a gem!

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  6. I think Mr Rooney is a god-send!

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  7. Mr Rooney, I love you. You have restored my faith in the building industry. I might even build another house now, knowing that your kind are out there. A-M xx

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  8. R-R-R-R Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Rooney. Good man he is!

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  9. Rosary for Rooney! What a good man. Of course the nuns would love him. St Joseph was a carpenter!

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  10. Great builder and love his thought process! It's great when you can salvage building materials, helps so much with the overall cost. I am a newbie blogger and look forward to watching how your renovations develop. Have fun, Lisa

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  11. hes like a mc gyver. good on him... great for you
    go dude
    ~laura

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  12. Some internet posts illustrate a distinct disconnection with reality.

    My affability has limits.

    For example: If someone accused me of being a thief, to my face; they would soon find themselves swilling warm salty water and tonguing the sockets where their teeth used to be.

    A point to ponder, particularly for pasty faced, Pommy, ponces.

    God bless etc.
    Rooney

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  13. It's another Mary MacKillop miracle ;) Gotta love the Joeys. Does the Blessed Rooney do building visits to Ipswich? I pay in good Irish whiskey.

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  14. Bless Mr Rooney, please tell him he now has many bloggie ladies lusting after his services!

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  15. That wouldn't be the Sisters of St Josephs at Nundah would it??? or Wooloowin??
    Anyway..surely 'blessed' RJS's can only be a good thing!

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  16. Gimme an 'R'! A double 'O'! And a 'N' 'E' 'Y'. What do ya get? ROONEY!

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  17. Thanks Julia and jesus. If only those nuns new what you have on your lounge wall, haha, cheers katherine

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  18. Hi Sharon, I know that they are on the north side, so maybe?

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  19. Hey brismod...yeah I went to St Josephs Primary & Corpus Christi at Nundah and there was a convent attached. They also had a convent over in Wooloowin that we had some sort of excursion too...many many years ago now! Good to see building materials being recycled!

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