Bathroom Stuff

I saw a picture online of a toilet paper holder and decided to make one for my house as well as a matching towel rod.

Toilet Paper Holder

Toilet Paper Holder

Towel Rod

Towel Rod

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Induction cook top

I had a busy weekend and the only thing I got done on the house is to install the induction cook top.  It is a single burner with the controls remotely installed in the drawer just under it.  I find I rarely use more than one burner so decided not to use up any more counter top than necessary.  However, I did purchase an additional one burner portable/counter top induction unit.

Induction cook top

Induction cook top

Cook top with remote in drawer

Cook top with remote in drawer

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Kitchen shelves

After a couple of coats of varnish I got some shelves up in the kitchen.

Shelves above the stove top

Shelves above the stove top

Shelf above the sink

Shelf above the sink

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Kitchen Sink & Drains

This morning I cut out the sink hole in the counter and installed the sink, faucet & drain.

Sink installed

Sink installed

Then this afternoon a big, big thank you to Carrie Baker for coming over and helping me rough in all of the drain plumbing under the trailer.  We were short a few fittings which I’ll pick up this week and Sunday we’ll glue it all together and that part will be finished.

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Countertops

Today I went to Lowes and picked up a couple of countertops.  They’re laminates and come in 6′ lengths.  I had to trim them down to a bit over 5′ each and put on the laminate edge trim.  I still need to file down the edge trim but couldn’t find a suitable file.

Next step is to cut out the openings for the sink and stove top, install them and then I can bolt the countertops in place.

Sink side counter

Sink side counter

Stove side counter

Stove side counter

Sink on the counter needing a cut-out for installation.

Sink on the counter needing a cut-out for installation.

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Finish work

I got some more of the finish work done in the past few days.

I varnished the rest of the trim that needed varnish including the shelves over the dining table.

Shelf by dining table

Shelf by dining table

I also painted the chair rail in the living room.

Chair Rail

Chair Rail

Chair Rail

Chair Rail

And I installed a small shelf in the kitchen that I made from the cut-off edge of the pine slab.

Pine slab cut-off shelf

Pine slab cut-off shelf

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Getting close to being done

I have managed to find time here and there to work on the house and have gotten quite a bit done.

I ordered my composting toilet and installed it.  I’d done a lot of research on composting toilets including living in a cabin for two years that had one.  What I found out from my research and talking and/or emailing folks that have them is that the most “odor free” toilets separate solids and liquids.  Based on that I planned on getting a Nature’s Head or Air Head toilet…until I found the Separett toilet (http://www.separett-usa.com/).  It separates solids and liquids but is set up so that you can run the liquids into a septic, grey water system, or other tank or collection system.  It’s a bit more expensive than the other two but after emailing with 3 different users I was sold on it.

I ordered it and it was shipped within 24 hours.  It ships from New Hampshire so I had it the following day.

Toilet in shipping container

Toilet in shipping container

It was very well packed…outer shipping box and an inner box.

Toilet inner shipping box

Toilet inner shipping box

And they provide pretty much everything including a template to drill holes and cut the vent hole.

Top view of packed toilet and template

Top view of packed toilet and template

And fittings and adapters for about anything you can think of including two bug  screens for the outside end of the vent.

Toilet parts and supplies

Toilet parts and supplies

Installation was pretty straight forward.  Position the toilet in the desired location and use the template to drill holes.  Attach the toilet either to the wall or the floor, run the vent line to the outside and run the urine pipe through the wall or floor to connect to whatever you’re going to connect it to.  I only ran into one issue.  I’d placed a 110v outlet behind where I was going to put the toilet.  When I plugged in the vent fan the back of the toilet bumped into the plug sticking out of the outlet and I couldn’t put the toilet back against the wall.  I could have moved the toilet a bit to the right and all would have been fine but I’d already drilled the 3″ vent hole in the wall.  I went and bought a 3′ extension cord that had a “lay flat” plug on the end and all is well.

The vent goes through wall or ceiling to the outside.  I went through the wall into the storage box that I built on the tongue end of my house, used a 90 degree elbow and out the side of the storage box.  The kit provided adapters to convert from the vent pipe provided to standard 3″ PVC drain piping.

Toilet vent pipe in storage box

Toilet vent pipe in storage box

Once out the side of the house there is a small round vent with a bug screen inside.

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All joints were sealed with silicone, also provided with the toilet.  The urine hose is a “rubber like” hose that I dropped through the floor.  There are adapters included so that I can connect it to standard 1 1/2″ drain pipe.

Installed toilet

Installed toilet

Because it is important to keep dry and liquid apart to maintain the odor free environment the manufacturers of these toilets strongly recommend that men pee sitting down.  Not me…way too much trouble and too time consuming.  So instead I installed a dry urinal across from the toilet that will drain into the grey water system.

Urinal

Urinal

While working in the bathroom I also installed an LED ceiling light fixture.

Bathroom ceiling light

Bathroom ceiling light

I also did a bit of the drain plumbing inside…I plumbed the drain for the washer, the bathroom sink and the kitchen sink.

Washer & bathroom sink drain plumbing

Washer & bathroom sink drain plumbing

And, I got the shelving installed and almost completed for the kitchen end of the dining table slab.

Shelves at kitchen end of dining table

Shelves at kitchen end of dining table

I built a small drawer into the shelves.

Shelves with drawer

Shelves with drawer

There’s not a lot left to do.

My friend Carrie is going to come over and give me some help running the drain piping under the trailer so I won’t have to keep crawling under, measuring, crawling out and cutting and crawling back under.

My plumber friend Gary will come over and lead me through the water supply plumbing.  Then I can finish off the little cubby in the bathroom and install mirror, sink, etc.

My son Matt is building me butcher block counter tops.  When those are done I can install them and the kitchen sink.

I have a bit of trim varnishing left to do, paint the chair rail in the living room and a couple of pieces of indoor trim.

I’ll need to get the gas company to come and run lines and hook up gas for the  water heater and the space heater.

I also have a couple of outside trim pieces that need to be cut, painted and installed.

After that I’m worried about what I’m going to do with my extra time.

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Slabs

Friends stopped by  today and helped me move the slabs from the  shop to the house.  They look pretty good but they’re far from perfect…I guess I learned a lot from the process.

I was doing the epoxy pouring in an old goat barn…not a good idea.  There was too much junk floating around in the air. After a pour the slabs looked great but by the next morning the dust and junk had settled and was very evident as bumps in the finish.  I even built a kind of plastic tent around the work area with plastic on the floor in an effort to keep the dust down but no good.

I did have some bubbles that needed to be sanded down and required a second pour.  I discovered that temperature makes a big difference.  One of the days I poured a second coat it was pretty chilly and the epoxy didn’t self level very well leaving high spots where the new coat was.

So in the end, I’ll end up sanding them some to get a smooth, level surface and putting a couple of coats of spar varnish over the epoxy.

Pine dining table slab

Pine dining table slab

Walnut desk slab

Walnut desk slab

Once they’re varnished I can get started building the shelves around them.

I also purchased and installed a shade for my Velux skylight.  There were two choices, a manual venetian blind for about $150 or nice electric room darkening shades for about $350.  I would like to have  had the shades but since the skylight is in the loft and very reachable I surely didn’t need the electric controls and I really didn’t need to spend that much on it so I opted for the cheaper one.

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Some little stuff

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve gotten some smaller stuff done.

My blacksmith friend, John Baker, made me some hooks to attach my loft ladder to the pipe.

Ladder hooks

Ladder hooks

Once I got the ladder mounted I could finish up the storage space above the closet. In this next picture the ladder is in it’s “daytime” stored position.

Storage above closet

Storage above closet

I wanted some color in the bathroom so I used a blue tinted stain on one wall.  I built a small cabinet to hold toilet paper, etc. and two shelves for towels and stuff.

Bathroom cabinet & shelves

Bathroom cabinet & shelves

Bathroom shelves

Bathroom shelves

Also, my daughter Keri offered to make me some curtains so I installed curtain rods on the windows.

Curtain rod

Curtain rod

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Bathroom door

I had a few hours after the Memorial Day festivities and put a second coat of varnish on the closet door and finished and hung the bathroom door.

Bathroom Door

Bathroom Door

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