Thursday, January 22, 2015

Home made door hinges

I just got a new transmission put on my mountain/cart hauling bike the other day. I always go to Ben's Bikes!
You can't beat the price of a bike as your primary mode of transportation! $140 for a whole new transmission with all this towing capacity!  And you can't beat the benefits to your back side either! Anyways....I rent shop time on the MIG welder they have in the back, so the other day I made the door hinges I have scavenged the parts for.
After a good scrub with Naval Jelly to take the rust + paint off I cut them down into pieces and order some cast iron barrel hinges from eBay.

 First I tack welded, also in part to see if the bracket pieces were going to split... maybe they were cast steel, which can get very brittle.....also, the welder is run off a long extension cord, so you have to turn the voltage way up! But, all looked god so I made two passes over each side of each joint.
 Even with little move-able objects, I am a good welder. No porosity!

 Hinges for the bedroom door.
 Hinges for the bathroom door. Next step is to prime and paint them, but I am not sure which color yet!

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Next Step in the Dance: Trailer moved sucessfully again!

I have been living comfortably in my little house for a while now. during this little rest I have healed and rejuvenated myself from the pain of losing my son this past summer. having built my home frees me from the struggle to survive. by my actions it is quite obvious that I will use my time constructively to make art and further climate justice . however it is time to install the solar equipment . my house is not finished. In all the time I have taken off and been the Magical Elves have gotten nothing done. I am realizing I have to make drastically different choices about what to do with my time in order to finish my house. I am preparing to move it to a secluded location in which to finish my work . I consult the iching regularly. this morning I drew hexagram 46 - step by step ascension. the line which changes is 6 at the top . " when your path leads you outside of known boundaries, no one can tell you what to do. you have to find your own path, without example , so you need eyes that can see in the dark, a nose that can follow faint scents, feet that can move in slippery terrain, a mind which can imagine the unthinkable, and utter stamina. " having received this direct instruction the hexagram changes to 18 - work on what has been spoiled .

Step one of the moving process was to go to the tag office and get my assigned VIN #. Step two will be to tow it to the quarry, find out the weight of the vehicle, and then go to the State Patrol Office and have the constable inspect it to certify that it complies with federal vehicle standards. He will then sign the form stating that this is so, and that the VIN # plate is affixed, and I will take these forms back to the tag office and get my plate. But, before I make this trip I wanted to make sure that the vehicle is ready for the inspection, and also to prepare the site it will move to after the inspection. I am ready to install the solar equipment, but I have been parked in my friend's yard right in the center of town. It does not seem prudent to continue building, and installing thousands of dollars of high tech electrical equipment out in plain view, so I decided to move to a more secluded rural location in which to finish my work.  I want to have the weight taken and the inspection done before the weight of the solar equipment is added to the structure, seeing as it could feasibly operate with out it. Also, I wanted to tow it around a bit to see how it handles on the road, and see if the roof leaks after being moved. If I need to re-design and re-build the low part of the roof I can do this at the same time I am installing the solar racks.  

 The world has rearranged itself for me. This is the clearing where my house will sit, but there is a hillock of earth that needs to be moved aside and a new road will have to be blazed in order to pull all the way through, so my house will sit with the solar side facing south.
 We have had weeks of rain here in Georgia, and now a few days of dry skies and hard freezes. The ground at my new site can withstand the weight of heavy vehicles. 
 My friend Mark, with his big yellow dump truck helped me buy six tons of gravel to spread over the bare clay that turns to mud when it rains where I am moving to.
 "There is a loose nut behind the wheel!"
 Monkey got to go on his first ride in a dump truck!
 @ the quarry.
Number 5 gravel won't get stuck in my tire treads

 So, the dump truck has a hitch attachment with the 2 5/16th" ball needed for my trailer hitch. It can be adjusted to different heights, which is necessary because I built my house with the hitch a little higher than normal, so not just anybody can roll up and tow my house away!
 There wasn't much clearance between the trailer and the back of the dump truck, but that just meant that the turns couldn't be too tight!
 And, away it goes! Being towed by a big yellow dump truck!
 Moving right along, riding a little low in the front, but just because the hitch ball could have been mounted higher in this case. But, it didn't bottom out in the front along the way!
 In situ, on it's gravel pad.

 The dump truck is turning around the corner of the new road blazed for it to pull through.
And, here I am, in a quiet country setting on a misty morning, surrounded by a moat of mud.
 Time was spent surrounding the gravel pad with mulch, and leveling the trailer.
We jacked up the port side of the axels with 12 ton bottle jacks and built a pad of solid concrete block and wood to raise the port side of the trailer 3". Now the frame is level despite the  rig being parked on a slight hill, and the stabilizer jacks are resting on stumps.
The rear starboard side stabilizer jack was misshapen during it's time in use while parked at my last location, on a somewhat steep down hill slope. We took is off from the bracket which mounted it to the frame, and I will bend it back into shape with a torch and a pair of pliers if the company won't send me a replacement.
Nice to be well situated and ready to keep working! The next stop on the adventure will be to get completely certified! But I have to wait until it stops raining for more than a few days so the ground will have a chance to dry out to a truck can back in to hitch up to my rig and not get stuck!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Okay machine.

I am getting ready to finish the floors, as in , pull up the dry fit together wood, finish each piece on all six sides, cut and Kiltz the sub-floor plywood and then put the pine back in. First though I have to get ready to move completely into my bedroom, and Monkey needs to have his room finished so he has somewhere to be. So, I am testing my order of operations by finishing the floor in his room, and getting the trim work done in my bedroom far enough that I can paint and finish installing the wire rack shelf mounted storage compartments.
 chiseling out the recess for the D-Rings that allow me to open the hatch doors
 Some caulk along the trim

 finishing the sand filter installation, finishing the wall paneling in Monkey's room. getting ready to put the floor in for good and teach myself how to do the main room.

Off-grid toilet info graphic

The most commonly asked ? About my house is "what kind if toilet do you have? ". Here us a handy little off grid toilet info graphic i found in a magazine at the free bin in the library . Essentially i built a version as seen in the right but i added worms to speed decomposition and produce black gold.

 Sorry this one is side-ways