Cliff talks £5 cellars, bad formulas and plumbing training in latest blog

Cliff Raw is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills and is one of our student bloggers. Here’s Cliff’s latest blog:

Its Math or rather formula and equations that’s been my bug bear this week.

It really gives me a headache and I just can’t help but think “Is it really necessary when we have all the information at our fingertips, as there is an app for everything on your average smartphone?”. Thank goodness I have a box of valves, taps and other various bits and pieces to unblock my mind afterwards.

On another note I have a cellar that I am converting to be my office/study. It was a dark, damp, coal hole and pantry the kind you have when you live in a Victorian sandstone terrace.

I had to remove all the old lime render plus several hundred layers of paint to allow the walls to breathe and dry. I also had to lift and relay the stone floor on a damp proof and insulated floor, just got to let it dry awhile longer and it will be ready for a refit.

The nicest thing about converting the cellar is that it has been very cheap, Only £5 so far as I have used recycled materials which would otherwise have ended up in landfill. –  is a great site to look for recycled building materials.

Next week I find out when my in-house training is happening. Fingers crossed I will not have to wait weeks and weeks as I’m grinding at the bit to get in!

You can read Cliff’s blog at  or follow him on Twitter at

About Train4tradeSkills

Train4TradeSkills offer the only trade training skills courses that combine three great ways to learn, through a unique blend of book based theory, practical workshops and virtual reality PC based training, to help you qualify you as a plumber, electrician or gas engineer. No other learning provider offers our unique way to study, with full tutor support, easy to follow, step by step modules. Once you complete one part of the course and return your work for marking, the next stage of the course automatically follows. It’s as easy as that. It’s fun, it’s easy to follow... and it can be fitted around your existing work and family commitments!

Posted on April 13, 2011, in construction jobs, construction news, plumbing, plumbing courses, plumbing jobs, Plumbing News, train4tradeskills, Train4TradeSkills Bright Sparks and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I am thinking of taking a plumbing course mainly for household repairs, any suggestions?

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