Monthly Archives: July 2016

De-Construction Continues (7/8/2016)

Sheralee and I made it to the property just after sunset this past Friday, really with one goal in mind…to remove the 48×36 window that remained in our left.  Turns out, we did a lot more than that and if it weren’t for the damn wind, we would have finished the job.

Saturday morning we got up and got started on removing the siding on the North face of the loft.  This side still had the 48×36 window we want to use in the container, so it needed to come out.

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Once we had the siding off, and that Tyvek house-wrap, we could get work on removing the window.
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Turns out we had used so much spray foam in the loft, this was no easy task, but we marched on.  Eventually the window was removed, safely, and since we had started the process…we moved on to other things.  Starting with the roof panels.
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After we got those removed, Sheralee went to work on all the high siding screws and I removing the lower ones.
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Turns out, that at some point, we created a nice haven to enjoy a cold one.
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Before proceeding on the roof sheathing, the wind had picked up quite a bit with some major gusts.  I had to call it, enough was enough for one day.  We hoped to get up on the roof the next morning before the wind started whipping again.

That night we had some great chicken sausages and corn on the cob…great dinner…and then a great sunset with spectacular stars.
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Sunday morning we woke up, after sleeping in our favorite bed, and wanted to get an early start.  Turns out we probably slept in a little later than normal.  Darn!

Sheralee had bought another hummingbird feeder to hand outside of our newly installed window.  It is perfect.  This sucker is 32oz of hummingbird heaven, and one little guy tried to defend it all day.  Here is landing on the makeshift branches we added.
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Before we got started on the roof sheathing, I had to make some immediate shoe repairs.  I should publish and entire story about how to use tape instead of replacing, hence my gloves
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from last week’s posting.   This time though it was the ‘crafty’ man’s idea on repairing shoes.
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HVAC tape cures all…trust me!  Only 100mph tape works better.  That is duct tape for you non-military people. ha.

It was time to get started.  We did the roof sheathing first, and then attacked our last siding wall.  I tell you what, when start removing the roof and wall sheathing, you start losing stability.  Yikes.  That left framing was swaying pretty good in the afternoon with 20mph winds, which gusts to 34mph.
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Funny story with this last picture.
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It was almost a year ago that my friend John and I spent a weekend at the property constructing this loft. (see here)  I laugh because as Sheralee and I sat in our chairs on a break, looking at this structure, I recalled how last year when it was at this stage of construction I had sent her a picture of this saying “Wow…very exciting”.  I shared this with John last night on the phone, now we are like “Wow…very exciting”, but for the opposite reason! ha.  What goes up, must come down…right?  Good thing is, we have great hopes for all of that material when we do get it down.

We won’t be back up to the property until the last weekend in July, as we are downsizing our living place (moving basically) and getting some daughters situated here and there.  So, until then…enjoy!

New and Rebuilt (7/1/2016)

Happy July!  It is here, whether you like it or not, and with July comes monsoon season in the Southwest.  As you will see later on…it did come down Saturday afternoon.

Glove retirement!  Yes, finally it was to put my faithful leather gloves to rest.  There is only so much duct tape can do.
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Water Pump Rebuild v3
So, we first started the long weekend by arriving early, and attempting more work on the water pump rebuild.  I realized that my previous week’s work, using all 1/2″ PEX wasn’t going to cut it.  Too many 90 degree elbows in the mix and just not enough volume.  I decided to go from the pump to the 3/4″ garden house, but found out that the 1/2″ adapters I bought to come out of the pump didn’t fit right, or thread right.  Luckily I had some spare 1/2″ threaded barbed connectors and could snuggly fit the PEX onto those. Turns out, that was a great idea, yes by Sheralee.  It was coming together, but darkness and the new threads slicing my hand determined it would be finished in the A.M..

Saturday morning when I got back to the pump, it seemed to all flow together.  We ended up with a different mounting, for the pump, and it works much better now.

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The pump idea works great….hopefully for quite a while.

Now came the start of our Saturday projects.  I would start removing siding and the 48″x24″ window, that would be used later in our container.   Sheralee started rebuilding our indoor Loo.

Loo rebuild
Sheralee determined there were a couple drawbacks to our indoor Loo build.  First is that it was large…roughly 44″ or so.  It also had a big material tub that without a lid let the moisture out and drying out the material.  So, she decided to make it smaller, taller, and our material will be stored next to it in a closed lid container.
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Unfortunately, I forgot to grab pictures of it finished…as it wasn’t finished until Sunday.

While  Sheralee worked on the Loo rebuild, I was tearing down some siding from the loft, and removing the 48″x24″ window.  The process went rather quickly, it helps having another container next to it to stand on. ha.

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Well, this was about as far as we got, because around 1:45p the rain came…and boy did it come.  We settled into the bedroom to watch it rain.  Here is a short video I took out of the patio door.


Then I took some follow up pictures.
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What a mess!  Good thing is though, we are very thankful for the rain…because it brings a tankful of water to use!  Love that part.  This pretty much took care of our Saturday.  The rain ended after a couple hours so we were able to get out and enjoy the evening, even with hot food and a good fire.

Sunday brought a sunny morning with some clouds in the afternoon…but no rain.  We clumped around taking care of our projects.  Sheralee wanted to rebuild the bed frame to make it thinner and put it on wheels, making it much easier to move around when making it and working around it.  I started removing the framing and insulation where I was going to cut the window opening.

Bed Rebuild
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What you see in the pictures above is the slimmer bed version, but we opted to go with a straight 2×4 connecting the bed posts, instead of the 4×4 blocks you see here.  The overall height of the bed increased, but man it is nice!

Next came the funnest thing, cutting holes in our container.
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Once the opening was cut out 50 5/8 x 26 5/8.  I framed the opening with 2×4 studs, and then framed the window opening with 2×8’s to account for the depth of the container.
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Then we finally mounted the window, caulked it, flashed it, and spray foamed from the inside.
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Overall, we are so so happy.  This will eventually be our kitchen window with a sink underneath.  We had to compromise on the height of the window and it turns out there are more short people in this world than big birds like me.  So, the window is at the top of my gaze, but I can deal with that.

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I promise to get pictures of the Loo rebuild for next week.

Sunday, we had some visitors around dinner time.  Obviously they were aware we were not having burgers.
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We finished our long weekend with some manual labor. We are going to try and divert water around some areas…well started with that.  Really a test to see what is possible.  By walking around in the rain Saturday, we determined the water will flow wherever we want it too.  What we really need is a back hoe, someday, but until then.  Testing is a must.

I think that is it for this time around.