Sunday, June 28, 2015

Building the ceiling frames

 I have been recovering from a bike vs car encounter, and haven't been able to do much work on my house this month. I am tired of moving the bales of insulation around, and now that the solar racks are installed I can go ahead and build the ceiling panels, put the insulation in and have it all out of the way. Making frames with half lap joints, through pegged with dowels at the corners, and inset panels. I have enough of the embossed metal roofing tiles to do the living room area, so I am working on cleaning them up. I am so grateful for the help I have had holding and cutting the boards, Thank you Mark, and touring cyclists August and Rodigo, who stopped in for a stay while on their cross country journey. Thank you to Jesse and Robert for helping me refurbish the metal tiles!

August and Rodrigo setting off up 441 North.

All the pieces cut, ready to assemble. Using bricks to hold glue joints together.

    TY Robert & Jesse for helping refurbish the metal tiles.
Simultaneously working on grinding the corrosion off the metal tiles, primed the backs with Rustoleum so that they will not corrode from behind..
Through pegging the messy half lap joints
 This is the largest frame, which will run along the port side of the living room. It will have to be finish assembled around the stove pipe,
Priming all the panels with Kilz
 In both the bedrooms there are frames that, when assembled, will not fit through the entrances, so I am putting them together in the rooms. The one in the smallest loft bedroom has to be built up-right inside the only space in which it could move. It is built with an extra vertical rail because the panels that rest in the frame have to be able to fit through the opening.
All the frames were sanded, and chair rail molding held in place while with a nail or two while the glue dried.
 Checking out the shade of blue on the ceiling.

 Put up trim to be able to finish paint the walls before the ceiling panels are installed.
 Paining/priming the loft bedroom walls.

 Caulking the seams where the molding meets the frame.

Painting all the panels for the bedrooms and the tiles for the living room blue.  Using my waitress $KILZ  carrying wet tiles.
All the frames have had two coats of paint put on them, and now the panels are glued into the rabits and held in place with a nail.

 Here we go! Getting the panels installed!
This is what the metal tiles look like in the frames. Not bad, but I decided not worth the extra weight, nor the heat the will be reflected off them in the summer. So they are up for sale on Craig's

A garden of love and flowers, summer time

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Thank you for helping me jack up one side of my house and take the tires off!

Thank you so much to my friend who helped me jack up one side of my house so I could take the tires off. While I was at it to gave a look @ the shackle mounts, which were thread tapped and bolted to the frame, per the instructions on the mounts and best thinking @ the time. I even welded an extra plate to make more steel for the threads to be tapping in though. Over time I see that this was not the best installation because there is some corrosion between the frame and the mounts, and also there is play in joints! It looks as if there is enough wobble to pitch one axle higher than the other. So, This will be just another project for another day: taking the tires off and tack welding the shackle mounts in place.

The trim along the bottom edge of the wheel well, and some extra screws to hold the interior wall metal in place was the whole point of the operation.

I will also probably invest in a smaller set of tires. These were bought almost in a hurry, and was all that was available @ the time in the town i was in. They have done alright for these short moves from place to place, but I think for longer trips i will need a lower profile tire, and also to have the axles welded instead of bolted. I have a tendency to go off road!

Monday, April 27, 2015

$ide Money $trikes Again!

 When I built the plumbing system in my house I had to bite the bullet and buy a very expensive tool, because RV plumbing is a special breed of cat. I also learned how to do it RIGHT! Well, my friend recommended me (THANK YOU!!) to his friend who has been building a food truck. I very much admire and appreciate the courage and fortitude they have been Rocking & Shining as they progressed along with their venture and I wish them all the best success in the future. I am grateful for the opportunity to have just finishing helping do a beautiful and legit job for them! Tool$ & $kill$! Thanks also to our county commissioners for sticking up for food trucks in our local gov't! Our town is ringing business and opportunity to local proffessionals, and it's also great for our local supplies who, (thank goodness), have a reason to carry all the special supplies!