Thursday, August 17, 2017

August 2017 Progress

I took a few days vacation last week and drove up to the cabin. It was nice to get away and enjoy the peace and quiet surrounded by woods!

I worked plumbing the soil stack. The hardest part was routing the pipe in a U shape to hook up to the pipe headed out to the septic tank. I kept measuring, cutting pipe, dry fitting everything and marking the correct angles until it was all hooked up. The last piece I installed was the long sweep 90 fitting. I had to cement both ends and then attach it to both connecting pipes before everything hardened.

I traced the outline of my new kitchen sink on the plywood counter and cut out the opening. My jigsaw battery gave out halfway through so I used my handsaw the rest of the way. The double sink fits nicely. I had purchased a plumbing kit to hook up a double sink. I tried it out, but didn't like how it fit. I'll return it and hook up the drains the standard way. I still need to determine the height of the drain pipe above the floor.

I also hooked up my solar panel and charge controller for the first time. It was just a test run, but everything seemed to work well. The charge controller was putting out 14.5 volts to my battery. While my marine battery was charging, I also hooked up my Ryobi battery car charger and charged my power tool batteries. I rested the solar panel against the cabin at night so any deer walking around at night would not step on it. Eventually I will build a stand for the solar panel. I took measurements of the battery and charge controller, so I can build a battery box on the east side of the cabin. I will size the box for 3 batteries, vent it and put 2 inch rigid insulation on the inside of the box.

Each day around 6 pm, I would go down to the lake and cool off from the day's work. I even did some blueberry picking on Friday!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Spring 2017 Progress

Well the snow has melted and the weather is warm, so I am back to work on the cabin.

This is year 3 of building. My goals for this year are to install plumbing, run electrical wiring, install 3 more windows, install the soffit on the south side and insulate the cabin.

In late May, I pumped 300 gallons of water from my well into the water storage tank in the cellar. This was the first time I did this and it worked surprisingly well. I bought a small bilge pump and wired it up to my marine battery. I used 100 feet of potable water hose to run from the well to the tank. It took me about 3 hours to fill the tank. I plan on buying a second IBC tote this fall to bring my capacity up to 600 gallons for dry spells.

This was my first attempt at installing vent and drain piping. Once I got the requirements for vents clear in my mind, I sketched out where the vents would run. I purchased a 2.5 inch and 3.5 inch hole saw to drill the holes in the walls. That was fun! The Ryobi drill kept trying to break my wrist when the hole saw jammed. That drill has a lot of torque!

Cutting the PVC pipe was easy with a miter box and hack saw. I cleaned up the ends and chamfered the ends with a rasp. The cement sets up fast; I only had 5 seconds to align the pipe once I pushed the pieces together. I dry fit each piece of pipe and made alignment marks with a pen so I could realign the fittings properly when I cemented them together. I had to nail down the under-layment in the bathroom before drilling the hole for the toilet flange. Luckily the larger hole saw was just the correct size.

I polyurethaned a piece of plywood and set it where the kitchen counter will eventually go. I'll temporarily install the kitchen sink in this plywood counter.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

YouTube channel for my tiny house

I finally figured out how to create my own channel on YouTube and have added some videos of building progress. It is called Tiny NH House. This is the link:

Tiny NH House

Friday, February 17, 2017

Winter 2017

It has been too cold and there is too much snow to work on the cabin this winter. We have about 30 inches of snow right now. I am pleased that the metal roof sheds the snow so well. Here are some pictures of the cabin in the snow.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

We have light!

I ordered a couple of 12 volt LED bulbs which fit a standard Edison base, from Backwoods Solar. I installed one last weekend and hooked it up to a marine battery. Primitive but it is nice to have light at night. I will definitely get more of these for the lofts and the cellar.

I was able to nail up a good amount of the siding on the end of the cabin. I have been using Cabot stain on it before I nail it up.

It rained one afternoon, so I started to insulate the roof. First I stapled up some screening where the sheathing meets the ridge board, to make sure I don't get any bees making nests inside.

I bought some Styrofoam spacers to make sure I have air flow above the insulation at the eves and then installed a few fiberglass batts.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

More windows installed and first fire in wood stove

The 2 casement windows arrived for the kitchen area recently and I installed them. The front window was easy to install but the window on the side is located directly over the bulkhead door to the basement, so that took more time. I had to build some staging from lumber on site, to stand on while working. After that was built the window installation was easy. I could even place the window on the staging from the inside of the house; I didn't need to push it up a ladder!

I finished staining the rest of the siding for the front of the house and was able to get about 2/3 of it nailed up. I like the natural wood look.

I also made my first fire in the new wood stove. The stove has to be broken in slowly by lighting several small fires first, before making a roaring fire. The stove has good draft and was easy to light.

Here is a view of the interior looking toward the east side of the house. The kitchen will be in the left corner and the bathroom in the right corner.

This is a view toward the west side of the house from the kitchen area. The windows lighten up the inside a lot.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Front door and back windows in.

Making progress; starting to look like something other than a big green box! A few weeks ago my front door was installed and I put in the lock sets. Now I can lock the door and leave some of my stuff inside!

This past weekend, a friend came up with me and we were able to install the rear, south facing windows. I have more light inside and some cross ventilation for warm days. Now that these windows are in, I was able to sleep inside the cabin for the first time, instead of sleeping in the cellar!

I had previously stained some of the pine siding so we were also able to get the siding started on the front of the cabin.