Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha

House update, with pics

SO here we are again. Lots going on in my little cranium, not as much in the physical world. Have some pics of what I have been doing while waiting for my hot water heater to arrive in the mail. IMG_20160110_095716_434 IMG_20160110_095727_027 IMG_20160110_095830_756 IMG_20160110_160709_546 IMG_20160110_160722_117 IMG_20160116_162054_978 IMG_20160116_162117_285I picked up that Bamboo hardwood flooring on discount, but it rocks. Gotta be careful cutting it as splinters from bamboo are flat out EVIL!!!!!! and like metal splinters are daggum hard to see, but you sure as shit know they are there. One little point about building my own counter tops, I get to choose the height! I ain’t a short person and the one issue I have always had with general purpose factory built counters is that they tend to be for shorter people. I ain’t getting any younger, and leaning over a sink to do dishes tends to make me want to not do them. (and my sisters will tell you that is just one more excuse in a long line of excuses over 40+ years, LOL) (heck, why lie, I hate doing dishes,,,,) Anyhoos, long story short, that counter is at 39 ½ inches and makes all my counter work much easier on this abused back. Cooking, prep, dishes, all easier on the old bod. I am still figuring out how I am doing the shelving underneath, but that is all part of the fun. At least now, I have a mostly functional kitchen (hot water hot water hot water, waitin’s on the hot water,,,,) and while I hate doing those dishes, NOW, I can do them as I work, and not have them build up on me. And believe me, in a house this small, one or two meals of dishes looks like I have been lazy for a week. (and part of why I like living small, makes one more honest in chores and storage of things.)
More on that bamboo flooring. It is three layers sandwiched together like a laminate, but all bamboo, not center filler of MSB or some-such like in Pergo flooring. Tough stuff. All the dimensions on the box are in Standard English measurements, but, BUT, the original mill work was done in metric so where you think three layers might be 3/4” it is actually 14mm.(9/16”) and length looks like three feet but is actually one meter. Kinda messed me up because I am used to standard measurements when building and not having to convert over, but once I got going, easy-peasy. Heck, it looks good anyway, and being tough stuff, I know I am not going to have to worry about it for years. I glued all of it together, and to the framing, with TiteBond III which is waterproof once dry, and I used flooring nails and finishing nails to hold it to the 2X4 framing. The fit is tight enough that it tried to flex up once I got that last piece in. A little weight (sleeping dog) and a couple of bench clamps, and all good. Long story short, If’n I ever sell this place and the new owner wants to replace that counter, He/she is going to be cursing my name and all of my hell spawn with language that would make a Marine grunt blush. Someone is going to have to use a sawzall and hope they don’t tear down the house in the process.
At the sink, note there is a second faucet like thing on the right. That is a drinking water tap that is fed through a filter. I decided that route instead of trying to filter all the water in the house. Yes, the water I collect is spring water, but there has been a lot of work done in these hills (logging and Strip mining at one point) and I would rather not risk something percolating into my supply. Washing up in it is fine, drinking it, not so much. As is, I do need to clean my tank frequently and I treat it pretty steadily through the summer months. Not enough to destroy the taste, but enough to keep algae from forming on the walls of the tank. It’s been over a year in place and so far, no odd odors in the tank, just water and a hint of chlorine for a day or two after I treat it. Stinking water is my biggest fear as that would mean starting that whole process over. We have wildlife all over and the chance of something dying up hill from my spring is very real. Don’t know if it will filter out in the rocks or not, but there is always that chance it won’t. Not a good fuzzy feeling thinking about that scenario.

I have a couple of posts in the wings, but seeing how little traffic I have had of late, Holding off. I don’t know if its the time of year, or just general feelings about whats been going on in the IIIper/prepper/militia/conservative/libertarian/ what have you movements. Been watching things and to be honest, I think we are right back where we were when Oblammy took office. Lots of damage done recently and the divisions amongst groups has receded to where it was then. At least that is my opinion from this perspective. I could be wrong, and hopefully am.
Anyway, I have an on demand water heater arriving later this week and I will be installing that on the weekend. I will try to document it in pics as well as I am doing something a little different with the exhaust side of things. I read a couple of reviews where people had the internal pipes freeze and bust and that is NOT covered under the warranty. After reading the reviews though, it sounds like someone just tried to shortcut the system and set themselves up for failure in the process. Either way, I don’t intend on having to deal with that and the setup I plan should act as an airlock against such happening. (I also am NOT located north of the arctic circle and installed the unit in an unheated storage shed, so I just might be going overkill. Either way, the vent is on a windward wall, and I don’t want winter killing my water heater.)

Will post all of that up next sunday sometime.  Y’all take care of yourselves this week.  I’ll be busy.


6 responses

  1. Soffitrat

    You’re going to make someone a good wife one of these days. But you’ll have to marry a tall girl. 🙂 Seriously, that looks great and I know you are enjoying every minute. You deserve it!

    January 17, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    • Yah, I am having fun with it, making it my very own is challenging and that is parr of that reward as well.
      Dunno ’bout that whole wife idea. Kinda like being the hermit. 0tits=0BS so to speak

      January 18, 2016 at 3:27 pm

  2. wonderdawg

    Come a long way Bro, since you, Pickdog and I was sitting under the mesquites watching Voodoo and Rufus sniffing one another up….good to see and as Rat says you deserve it….one of these days hope to meander up that way and portake of the contents of that blue thang sitting on the stove or something with a bit more bite…

    Got my floors finished the last few weeks and for first time hired outside labor to do the deed…dogs have busted their ass a couple times on it,lol….anyhoot, the installer who known for awhile swayed me away from the bamboo for the very reasons you noted…shit is tough to work with due to splinters and razor edges…sides, I liked the hickory look and got it at good price….

    Same here on higher than standard base cabinet heights, even slightly bent over any length has my lower back barking real quick like…you did good grasshopper….and distant future remodeling will be cussing my ole ass, as they were built in place with what I had to work with, but serve me and dawgs purpose for now,lol….

    Not even gonna venture off into politics or world events, except I’m loving what Trump is doing to the media and establishment GOPs….and if he ain’t killed off or can actual get on the ballot, he’s got my vote…least the mfer picks hot wives…

    January 18, 2016 at 4:50 am

    • The pic in my about me was taken the week prior to your visit at Picks place. Yah, been a long strange trip indeed.
      I’ll have the perc going when ya get here and there’s some TN brew laying up as well. Gotta bring the four legged brothers witcha (and tick stuff cuz the little beasts are outta control here)

      January 18, 2016 at 3:31 pm

  3. Nightshift

    Enjoyed the post. Like how the cabin is coming along.

    January 19, 2016 at 3:35 am

  4. Peter

    Know what you mean about the dishes. Took me a long time just now so that I could see the bottom of both sinks.

    January 28, 2016 at 6:42 pm

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