Monthly Archives: April 2016

Bathroom Work Ahead (4/20/2016)

I went up on Wednesday this past week to get a little extra time working on some projects we are trying to wrap up.  Low and behold, my week ended up with talking to company HR departments and some interviews over the phone.  So, all in all, very productive end to the week.

The project I started with was sealing off the bathroom ceiling where we originally had our loft stairs when this was just our entry way.

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This was the opening where we climbed the loft stairs.  We had removed the stairs some time back and now working on finishing up, as much as possible without plumbing, the bathroom.  So, I had to add some joists, across this span, and add the sheathing in the loft, which will one day be an open deck.

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All in all, ok.  I had forgotten the joist hangers I was going to add, but have them on hand and will add  them in next week.  It is already sturdy enough, but I like the ‘overkill’ approach to things.

Next was adding some roof flashing and panels to our new material shed.  After I had gotten as far as the materials let me, because plans never go as we think, I went into town and got some water to top off our compost water tank, which I cleaned and moved for future rain catchment off this new shed roof.
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During the weekend, Sherlaee came up and added the finishing deck paint to our new ‘fudge factory’ shed!
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I will add the final roof panels and gutter this weekend, then work on getting that water added to our tank with any rainfall.

I wanted to add some stability to our rain shed, so I added some 4×4 posts and corner bracing.  This picture doesn’t show the final bracing, but it all turned out pretty good.  Eventually, when we find some free wood slats, we are going to connecting the posts with boards, leaving gaps for the wind to get through.  Should work out great.
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I believe one of the last things I did was finish the framing in the bathroom.  We decided to go with 2×2’s in one wall to give us a little more room.

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I did clean up the light switch thing, and it is much better now, once the framing was done.

Saturday we got started on finishing the bathroom floor.  We went with our plan of 1/2″ foam insulation and 1/2″ plywood, stained with our preferred floor color.

While Sheralee worked on the actual staining and polyurethane layers, I added the plastic and insulation.  The corner that doesn’t have anything will be our shower basin.
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On Sunday, after some final layers of polyurethane, we were able to get the floor put in and things back in place. These pictures kinda give you an idea of how it will look eventually.
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On Sunday, I was also able to finish one bedroom wall framing, and framed out our door way, which we will be installing a barn door this weekend.

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The space above the door header will be the pathway for our pex plumbing in the bathroom.

Since we are going to be dispatching a lot of Junipers this year…I wanted to have a place to store the larger pieces for use this winter.
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I wanted somewhere under some cover.  We had some old pallets laying around and I used those with some back and side walls.  It will work just fine this year.

That was it.  Sheralee really took into cutting down some major trees with her new bow saw, while our chainsaw continues to struggle.  I found out that the cover might have been taken off without the brake fully released….hence not fitting and working as it should.  I will take another look at that this weekend.  We also have more recoil starter issues with our generator, but I think we have another solution…using a drill bit and drill….we can start it without the pull cord…can’t wait to try that this weekend.  The biggest thing this weekend is finishing up the material shed and building our barn door for the bathroom.  That will be awesome!

Until next time!

Compost Material Shed & More (4/15/2016)

Hello All.  Checking in after a productive weekend on the property.  Now, it took us two weeks to make it up as the SouthWest had plenty of rain over the past weekend.  Tried to make it up the previous Friday, but no joy on that one.  Here are some pictures from the drive.

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Yup, that is hail all over the road, between Vegas and Kingman, AZ.  It was crazy!  Saw a car spun out on the side of the road.  The mud on the Jeep was after I tried to make it on the ranch property, nada, no way Jose.  So, a six hour field trip that weekend.  The weather all over was horrendous.

Anyways, made it up this past Friday for a product weekend.  We needed to build a material shed for our compost area.  We have two compost bins, one we add to and the other stored our hay….well, the first one is full and ready to sit for a year before being used.  So, time to use the second one which meant getting the hay out.

This was my drawing in Sketchup:
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I started with the base and worked my way up.
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I think it turned out great.  Basically a 4’x8′ design to make it easier with plywood and OSB.  It stands about 5 feet high and can easily hold two hay bales.

This coming week/weekend I will be adding some roof flashing, fiberglass roof, and gutter system to catch the rainwater to fill the compost water tank.  Very excited about this project.  We will be painting the shed when I am done with the roof.

While this was going on Sheralee assembled our bathroom mirror, which turned out great, and situated our bathroom layout to accommodate the compost toilet, sink, and new shower pan.

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It is going to be awesome!!!!  I hope to add some wall framing in the bathroom soon.

We have decided on a new plan for year 2016, and it is really clearing a lot of trees for pasture acreage.  Very exciting!!!  Stay tuned on new things happening.

April Fools Day was here (4/1/2016)

Made to the ranch Friday, late afternoon, with some guests in tow.  Projects for the weekend were to pull the electrical out of the loft, wire in the bathroom, and build our new bed headboard/bookshelf.

We also had some company with us Sheralee’s daughter and her friend joined us for the weekend.  We really enjoyed the company and it was a good time for all of us.
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Also on the drive in, we saw the Antelope trio again, although this time they were much closer to the road.
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Of course they are only curious for a short while….and then boom…they are off.

Saturday morning we started in on our projects for the weekend.  Mine was to pull all of the electrical wiring, outlets, and switches out of the loft.

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This was s small example of the mess I had.  I finally got it sorted out and put in our wall switches/outlets in the bathroom.  Using the 12v and 120v in the bathroom for lights, an outlet, and I installed a wall fan in the bathroom.
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We are getting there.  We also purchased our future bathroom vanity and just placed it to get a look see.

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You can also see the new and improved Loo, it is blue now. What a great color.  The floor in the bathroom will match the container/bedroom floor, a darker stain.  We will have a wall mirror in there.  The floor won’t be done until we place the shower pan.

The other major project we had going on was Sheralee building our new headboard/bookshelf that will be attached to our bedframe.  It is going to be very cool.  Saturday was spent sanding and staining the wood, shelves.  Then Sunday she assembled the entire structure.

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It is just about done, but man it is cool.  It is going to be exactly what we wanted.  Once it is completely done, I will finish it off by running our 12v reading lights, and the 120v outlets we use to charge our ‘gadgets’! ha.  Can’t wait.

We also made plans on what projects are next.  I have two projects ahead of me, adding a material shed for our compost area.  This will collect rainwater into our compost water tank to use when doing the dooty there.  I am also slowly working on assembling a tool/storage shed closer to our  home, so we can clean out our new container and start the framing there.  Sheralee is going to finish up the book case, and help out with framing in our bedroom container.  This will really help our progress!  Exciting!

Until next time.