Professional painters of the world, I salute you. Painting for hours at a time is meditative and relaxing, but your shoulders hate you for days.
I’ve decided to hold off showing the inside progress until after most of the basic interior is finished being painted. I don’t feel the need to show half-painted boards. I will post an entry showing the progression, just not individual stages.
Since I’m starting to see an end to this house-building thing (although does an owner-built home ever REALLY get finished?), I’ve decided to list a few of the necessary items I need to purchase. Most other things I will either build or purchase second-hand at a ReStore.
Thetford SmartTote Portable Waste Holding Tank – 12 Gallon, 2-Wheel. Some BLM campsites require a 10-gallon minimum septic tank to stay, and this meets that requirement, as well as fitting into my planned bathroom area. At around $75, it’s also affordable. It’s not the only brand out there, but it has good reviews and Thetford is a well-known brand. This tank has a handle and wheels for portability, but the rear fuel port is right next to where it will go, so I’ll be able to run the hose through it’s door to allow easy dumping at stations. If necessary though, I’ll have the option to remove it and dump it into a toilet, such as at places with no dumping station but with a vault toilet.
Thetford 31651 Aqua-Magic V Toilet, Low / Pedal Flush / Parchment. At $135, it’s not the cheapest option, but it’s not too expensive, and meets requirements. There is a tall version too. I’m going with the low style as the toilet will be placed on a stand that goes over the septic tank.
16 Gallon RV Water Tank. A good size to fit under my kitchen counter, and a good price at $40. If this size doesn’t end up fitting, there are several alternatives that will. I’ve decided at this point to use my current water tank for gray water, and it has it’s own designated spot planned out. In theory, I can run the inlet/outlet hoses through the same hole in the wall as the septic tank hose.
I want a complete solar setup eventually, but for now will have to do without due to financial constraints. Instead, I’ll use battery-operated puck lights under the cabinet in the kitchen, closets and bed area, candles, and natural light. I’ll have to recharge my Kindle and phone at places like coffee shops and libraries, and will only be able to use my very energy-hogging gaming laptop there as well. That’s going to hurt! There is also the possible option for running power from one of my truck’s batteries, but I don’t know what all that involves, or how to keep the RV battery I already have from overcharging. More investigation is needed there. If it’s doable, it’s a great solution for my computer gaming addiction. An example of a solar kit that would work is: Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit for about $200. This particular kit doesn’t include an inverter, so that would need to be purchased separately.
Since my hurt shoulder is hitting back from the painting, I’m taking a couple days off from doing anything that exacerbates the injury. May your own days be free from pain. 🙂