Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Making it happen!

Thanks so much to the fellas @ Saint Udio! I took photos of my rig and the issue to two different RV repair shops to get some good feedback. They both told me to just install taller shackle hangers. So I did some snooping online and found that I need a set of 6 like the tall one in the back of those picture. So I went by my favorite local welding shop and BOOM! They can custom make them for cheaper than I could find online. BUY LOCAL!  can just see it now. soon so soon I will he renting a stick welder, loading it onto the back of a truck, driving to my site and I will weld these new brackets in place, put everything back together and be ready to roll right!

Monday, May 2, 2016

My friend Paula's Tiny Hizzy!

I met my friend Dr. Paula Loniak, veterinarian of Vet to Pet, through a Tiny House meet-up group last June. I was the only person in the group at the time who had a tiny house in the works, but not even a year later my friend has got her project started, and it's looking so great! Go Paula! She has even been going to Mayor and Commission meetings + Planning Commission meetings to talk about zoning regulation changes to accommodate tiny houses! BAM!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Last Wall

 Ha ha! This photo came out upside-down! Well, anyways. I had tried once already to put a piece of paneling up around the last unfinished wall, the curved bathroom wall. But I cracked the first panel I tried to use because I just assumed that it was thin enough to be able to flex around the curve. That was sort of a good thing because I used it to finish the walls and nose compartment in the kitchen. That inspired me to build the cabinet cases, which have made my world a lot nicer and more organized.. but today was the day to finish the initial project: paneling the last wall! So this time I marked and pre-cut the piece to fit, including the hole for the hallway light, and trapped it in a curved position with weights for a day to give it the right shape.
 And then I wedged it into place with some boards and some brute force (what little I have), screwed it to the frame and cut out the openings for the bathroom vent and the loft bedroom foot steps.

 Nice smooth curve! No more catching my clothes on the exposed steel, no more bumping into the insulation and making it fall out...no more paneling to buy (which always means getting a ride to transport it). Trim, caulk, and paint and then it's done!
My friend Ken is coming to visit me tomorrow, and he has been with me through pretty much every phase of boobie-trap my house has been: from jagged edge to tiger pit...so I really want him to be impressed by all the progress I have made, despite bike vs car near death, bone vs waterfall set back, and drunken neighbor antics over the past year!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Fixing the running gear

My friend Randy came over today and, with great patience (seeing as I was pretty nervous at times !!) helped me jack and block my house up. It took 6 hours of work, at a weekend  pace, but none the less, what a generous thing to spend your Sunday doing. Thank you so much Randy! After we got the whole house jacked up, blocked and leveled  we disengaged the shackle mounts from the chassis, letting the axles hang free. They are only attached now via the brake wiring, supported by blocks.. I am glad I left some play in the wires.

 These bolts were not the right kind of hardened bolts needed for such a important job!!! And the shackle mounts need to be welded also, and in the right place!!! The two people who assembled the running gear in an afternoon ( as a surprise for me when I came home from work) really didn't do the best job. They drank beer and put it all together with the idea in mind to really give me a great surprise, and I had not the where-with-all to question anything, or weld the shackle mounts on in place. I guess I am glad that I didn't in the long run because they are not placed right. One of them is a full 1/2" off! Well, time to fix it now so I can move on with my life! Next step, to redesign and install the shackle mounts. Maybe I can make them taller so I won't need smaller tires after all. That would definitely be cheaper, but I would probably have to redesign the hearth inside to lower the wood stove and chimney pipe so it wouldn't be too tall. Problem solving as I go.
and the shackle mounts themselves off.
 The axles totally free.


Friday, April 8, 2016

Flames! Fire in the wood! Box elder cabinet Cases

I have been on a building spree. Fast gratification + cheap project to work on. All I needed was wood glue. Satisfying to get the rough sawn box elder out of the way by building with it. I will have enough to use it for the visible case panels for the upper kitchen cabinets, the bookcase/window seat/desk and the corner office cabinet on the opposite side of the bathroom wall. The rest of the case frames are made from recycled pallets, and the face frames and doors I will make out of cedar.

 Matching kitchen upper cabinets, screwed to the wall
 and then inserted the painting for the back.


 Screwed through the kitchen cabinet frame into the back of the bookcase, which wraps around the picture window.
Such beautiful wood.

 The frames have rabbit joints where the sides and back comes together.
  Pantry cabinet glued, nailed and clamped.
Pantry cabinet installed and with two coats of Danish oil.

Port side kitchen cabinets installed side by side.
Flames in the Sun!
Fire in the wood!
I can't believe the red in the wood.
Case with and with out painting back.
Sun shade and flames in the wood.
 Stick building a knee wall. Panel and case in the clamps, and then fitting the pieces into place.
The case is attached to the floor and the wall with L brackets,


 I just can't get over how beautiful this wood is once the finish is on. 
Light installed.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Lower kitchen cabinets

Now that that ceiling is done I don;t need to get the ladders in here and I can finally start building the kitchen cabinets. Gotta start somewhere! I picked up 11 pallet frames @ a local coffee roaster to use for the case frames. I am comfortable making half lap joints, so I think that is how I am going to continue as I make the case frames.
 I collected many Steve Keene paintings to use for the back panels. This one was too tall, so the caption I glued to the floor. The bottom of the cabinet will be remove-able so I can get to the battery that runs the emergency brakes.

 Cut down the piece of aluminum that I have been using for ages as a cover for the stove, and now it is finally where it was always intended to be! Under the stove!

 I am using pallets from the tops and bottom of can packs from the local coffee roaster. Charlie is saving 11 pallets for me to build out the next two lower cabinet cases: for the kitchen sink and around on either side of the stove.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Kitchen Ceiling

Took some figuring out....but finally!
& painted blue. I really hope the color choice truly helps keep wasps out.
 I cut the end off a recessed lighting cup to make an escutcheon for the hood vent pipe.
Unfinished section of kitchen wall (besides cabinets) Wall shimmed and filled

 Sorry for the sideways view. I screwed a straight edge to the  pieces of box elder I want to use and cut a straight edge, but not parallel, would have lost too much wood.
 Not quit enough to do the whole wall section, but large enough to put hooks into for pots and pans. Seeing this first panel of box elder finished makes me eager to start building the rest of the cabinets!
Kitchen ceiling light installed.