I got the last coat of varnish on the remaining sliding kitchen cabinet shelves and installed them this afternoon.
I’m waiting for plumbing supplies and for my plumber friend, Gary, to have time to come help me with the water supply plumbing. Also, waiting for my friend Carrie to have time to come help me finish up the drain plumbing. So, while waiting for those two things to happen I’ve been working on some other small stuff.
I like to have my grandkids visit me but I haven’t owned a TV for decades and I know they’ll get bored. So I installed a movie screen. I have a projector that I can put in the storage loft and then we can watch movies on the “big screen”.
With the screen down like this we can sit in the living room and enjoy the movies. When not in use it retracts up and then folds into the wall at the base of the roof.
I also put in an overhead LED light in the sleeping loft. Can’t say I’m thrilled with it but I couldn’t find anything I liked and this cost less than $10 so it will do for now.
In order to make my kitchen cabinets more efficient I wanted to put sliding shelves in. I checked out the kits available at Home Depot but they were all well over $50 per shelf and some of my cabinets I couldn’t find the right size for. So, instead I purchased the drawer slides for about $7.50 each. The wood was all scrap wood left over from other parts of the house project and then a little varnish so for under $10 per shelf I’ve built 5 sliding shelves. I also put in a sliding trash & recycle bin holder.
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.
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.
After a couple of coats of varnish I got some shelves up in the kitchen.
This morning I cut out the sink hole in the counter and installed the sink, faucet & drain.
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.
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.
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.
I also painted the chair rail in the living room.
And I installed a small shelf in the kitchen that I made from the cut-off edge of the pine slab.
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.
It was very well packed…outer shipping box and an inner box.
And they provide pretty much everything including a template to drill holes and cut the vent hole.
And fittings and adapters for about anything you can think of including two bug screens for the outside end of the vent.
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.
Once out the side of the house there is a small round vent with a bug screen inside.
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.
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.
While working in the bathroom I also installed an LED ceiling light fixture.
I also did a bit of the drain plumbing inside…I plumbed the drain for the washer, the bathroom sink and the kitchen sink.
And, I got the shelving installed and almost completed for the kitchen end of the dining table slab.
I built a small drawer into the shelves.
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.
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.
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.