Friday, August 17 2012
(Hobbit-Door-8-17-2012) I know it doesn’t look like much for a grueling day of work. Much of my time was spent in our storage building and the transfigured semi-trailer to art studio. We're happy with the results. By recycling the trailer door as the temporary door between the construction area and our living area we didn't need to buy a pre-hung door and it saved me another trip to town. Anyway as soon as the rest of the trailer is demolished, the door comes out and the full 44 inch by 9 foot tall space will be open, hopefully connecting the new rooms to the old with openness.
(Temp-Door-kitchen-bath-access) We knew the trailer was going to stick into the doorway a little, constricting movement. Near as I can see that is the only negative aspect. There is still nearly two feet of width, plenty of room to get by. Once the next section of trailer is removed and the door removed this space will lead to both the kitchen and bath rooms as well as the two new bedrooms built where the remains of the trailer kitchen and bath are now.
(Temp-Door-kitchen-bath-access-workaround) While the realization that the shower base would not work like my big vision had it; the reality came to me pretty quick: Now I needn't fuss with a crazy wall design. I can simply continue the wall as we're building it, straight across to the north wall. This wall will be inside the utility room with the hot water heater and washing machine, and yes honey somehow I'll get a dryer in there too, maybe not that electric drier, but a gas drier would fit with my goal of someday getting off-grid.
(Temp-Door-kitchen-bath-access-trailer-wall) We're thinking it is time to buy ourselves a modern Skilsaw: Scratch that what we need is a cut-off miter saw, type thing:
I'm waiting for the order to be processed
Hitachi-Miter-saw One of the least expensive saws I found. We're not ready to spend $500 on a saw right now. This one cost $150
Hitachi C10FCH2 10-in Compound Miter Saw with Laser Guide
(August-Gardens-2012-pinks) I'm still thinking this is a snap dragon, not certain. Not a lot of flowers came up from the seeds we planted. Enough stuff grew to make our front gardens quite pleasing
Well here it is Friday, the first week of my modified schedule where I'll be working Monday Tuesday and Friday. Desertgate would prefer Monday Wednesday and Friday for obvious reasons, but that isn't good for me anymore. I need these two sets of consecutive days here for this building project.
This weekend hopefully I can get the rest of the 2X4 studs up so we can start the plumbing. We have two objectives to accomplish before we pour concrete for the floor of the kitchen and bath rooms: One: get the hot water heater drained and moved to the new location in the utility room. This includes figuring out the gas supply. It occurs to me that we may want to hire the gas company to plumb the new room for safety's sake. We could dig down to the line where it comes from the propane tank to a new termination point that will be in a more appropriate location once the rest of the trailer is demolished.
Two: install PEX tubing where it needs to go below the concrete slab back to the old bathroom and kitchen and also to the new lavatory room on the south westerly wall.
I do feel better after a good day of work at home. I cleaned the storage shed, a huge undertaking, as you might imagine. Our storage building is as cluttered as any I've seen. I still need to pull the trigger on tossing out large pieces of my past businesses. I tossed several laser printers yesterday, there are still twenty computers mostly only containing sentimental value, something I don't expect anyone else to understand, but it's very difficult for me to cope with.
I've already done the deed on countless circuit boards. So if you are one of those folks that believe there is a gold mine in circuit boards, come on down and mine our dump, but don't bother me about the details, I've done what I've done. I can't afford to rehash my decisions. Besides there are still 100 VCRs under the semi trailer, feel free to help us immensely and recycle them, just get them out of my hair.
At a certain point in our short time on this earth, we realize that our future is shorter than our past.
We cope with middle age as best we can.
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