Monday, April 14, 2014

Everyday getting alittle bit more done!!!!

 Pop-up book making corner in my bedroom

 Up to my old trix! loading a whole bunch of crazy crap in my bike trailer and riding around town with my dog!
wood from pallets saved for me @ the jittery Joe's Roaster. These will become the frames to go with the roofing tiles for my ceiling

Me and my long time old friend Bobbie! I met him when I was 16 and he always hollers at me and keeps his eyes out for me

I got these landscaping lights on super sale @ the hardware store. I mounted them in the basement area of the plumbing compartment so that if/when I have to get in there and work all i have to do is turn the lights on!

Nerding out over my plumbing! Do you know how awesome this solid fitting is!!!!! 3/4" ID threaded to 1/2" PEX barb!

1" - 1.5" copper reducers, elbows and Ts for the drain i have to build before i can connect the above floor plumbing to the basement plumbing. I need 3' each of 1' and 1.5' copper pipe

 Making pop-up books, gluing covers..
 My crew
Finished sealing and insulating the basement as far as I can. All that is left now is the area above the axles, which is open until I finish the plumbing. Today I installed the dishwater trays that will be the frames for the storage compartments

Finished sealing and insulating the basement. Today I installed the dishwater trays that will be the frames for the storage compartments

starting to build the wheel wells, using wood frames, covered with ISO boar and them will finish with metal. Port side in progress

Starboard side before.. shot of MC cable wiring
coming from the back of the trailer to the junction boxes in the front.

 junction boxes mounted facing up so that i can easily get at them from inside in the future
 junction boxes
 wood frame on the right, foam board on the left, wheel well in progress
 into the corner, gonna have to cut away some of the siding to make the wheel well bigger
bracket mounted to the frame to receive the exterior lights, holes marked and pre-drilled

Nice shot of the bird going into it's nest!

Butol on the back of the fixture before inserting screws through pre-drilled holes

through bolted to the frame, wires will be joined in the octagon box

 Exterior light! Now that it is installed I can finish insulating the walls!

Starboard side, back exterior light

Port Side lights
I salvaged all the insulation i could from the rolls that got rained/snowed on. They were wet about three inches into the pieces, so I just cut that away. there are two more large bags not pictured. This is mostly R-30 for the ceiling, with a little R-19 for the walls and R-13 to add to the basement. This is all the rest of the insulation I need to finish

I put a few coats of polyurethane on the cherry boar I made to mount the copper bathroom plumbing to. I think it looks nice!

 I made these burlap bags months ago, and am jut now able to install them, now that the sealing/insulation of the basement is completed. There are four of these under the floor storage compartments. The idea behind using fabric bags for the walls is that they wil be somewhat flexible, and if they get a bunch of dirt and crap in them I can juts lift them up and turn them inside out to clean them.. like emptying your pockets! This is not really a priority to finish, but like harvesting low hanging fruit, it is satisfying to have accomplished a project i have been preparing for months.
 The dish washer trays are in, and now I can install the compartment lining, as seen on the right.
I love burlap! These sacks are not actually burlap though, they are plastic made to look like burlap.. that way the won't get moldy!

Cut away the wheel well opening

Recycled burlap sacks for the storage compartment walls.

Yes, I am building my house with duct tape . Juts holding the metal i place while I reverse build the back wheel well wall. There is no way i could get a piece of metal in there behind the tires if i built the wall first.

Duct tape is the jam

Then the foam, had to be cut into four pieces to fit around the bar and floor joists.

Then the wood

looking back

thanks for the creeper Ken Ogletree!

I have taken several of these selfies in my door.. add this one to the collection

And one more!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

3 Months till departure.

This is an update post.
I have been in Canada foir the past 3 onths attending to a medical emergency of my son. I have made commitments to the Minisrty of Children and Family Development and also in the Supreme Court of British Columbia that I will be returning to Gorgia, as of today, and make ready my home on wheels to move across the continent and relocate to British Columbia. This, of course has been my aim all along, to have a home that will provide me the stability I need, will allow the life style I prefer and enable me to live in proximity to my son. There is not the much left to do in order to get my home road worthy: I need to connect the plumbing in the basement to the plumbing above the floor, I need to build the wheels wells and finish enclosing the under-belly, and I want to install the solar panel mounting hard ware to the roof before traveling. I have agreed to be in the pacific north-west with my home no later than the end of June of this year. I have 3 months, which is approximately the same time that I have spent in Canada responding to the crisis involing my son. I pray that no other emergencies will develope during the next 3 months, and that in that time I will be able to marshall the resources, courage, strength and help to accomplish this commitment. I am very thankful that the elements of my life that I have poured my heart and soul into are finally consolidating, and that I have receieved so much help, love and support thus far. I very much hope and pray that by passing through this final phase of my life by this work that tensions and complications of the past can be resolved in a produtive, positive, and resolute way. I pray that on the other side of this time I emerge as a woman who can engage to my fullest extent, to share my love and life with the people I love and who share life with me.
Thank you to everyone who has helped me so much over this most intense, amazing and life changing time; in my life, and in the life of my son. The journey is not yet over, there is still hard, yet good work to do, and the next phase is beginning today. My thoughts and energies are lightened by my thanks and prayers. Peace. Love. Power.
 A Canadian Flag, just in case I forget where I am going
All my worldly goods + construction supplies stacked and packed

Base of operations: 46 square feet

Prayer bells. Pull the tassel to the left while praying

recycled roofing tiles.. good side will be painted and mounted in wooden frames to become ceiling panels

Picture Window

Truck to pull trailer 350 dual axe diesel

Ready to go!

Ready to go for a run and show off his moves!

My guardian angel.... Eddie Mathis. My trailer is parked in the industrial district of town, in between the train tracks and the hi-way.. beside a chicken processing plants and a gravel lot where tractor trailers wait for instructions. Eddie keeps his eye on my, to make sure I am safe. I was away for so long he go really worried. First he went to the storage ladies but they wouldn't tel them where I was. Then he went to the police and has had them keeping a look out for me!

Me and JP Athens Habitat ReStore

Loaded up with crap.. junkin'

House where I got the re-claimed roofing tiles

House where I got the re-claimed roofing tiles

Some of the insulation i bought before I left for Canada got soaked when the traps blew of in a rain storm.

Brown thrasher has made it' nest in the wall.

Sweating together copper

sweating copper plumbing together

hot and cold water service connections

accumulator tanks, hot and cold service for the kitchen

connections to PEX adapters under the bathroom floor

hot and cold bathroom service connections

"Me and my Dog Monkey."
"Me and my Girl"

finished bottom trim, starboard side

finished bottom trim, port side

under belly

jack well trim

jack well trim + vent

 Hobo Kitchen
 Captain's Chair