Bad Juju

I know it’s 7 years bad luck when you break a mirror, but what’s the penalty for breaking a window?  Dammit.

So!  Change in plans.  After the shock and horror wore off (could have been minutes, could have been hours ~ time stopped. JK)  I went in search of the new-fangled plastic, double-paned windows I’d purchased for the original TH.  Confronted with using either huge 3′ by 5′ suckers or more reasonable but smaller than I’d wanted windows, I went with a 31″ by 21″.  Now, here’s the thing:  I’d already cut the rough opening in the wall and flashed it, not to mention having to redo the framing.  Nooooo…..

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Rough Opening ready for the large wood window. Yes, that’s copper sheeting.  I was going to put that on all the window openings for a bit of style 🙂

Patching went ok, but now the back of the building doesn’t look nearly as good.  The patch is really obvious right now, and I don’t know if all the caulking and painting necessary will change that.  Plus, water entry is now more of a risk.  Such a bummer!  At least restructuring the framing went quickly.

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Restructured and patched Rough Opening w/o the copper sheeting, as it won’t show in this type of window install.

The upside of this huge change in plans?  Installation was a breeze, and I immediately had an opening window complete with screen.  That was cool. 🙂

Then the snowball effect kicked in.

As I stood there looking out my new window (yay) I contemplated the other two windows that were going in next to it.  No way.  Two old-fashioned (but cool) wood windows inches from a modern plastic window?  Nope.  I looked at the stack of double-paned choices and compared them to the framing already in place.  Nope again.  I just didn’t want to do it.  The single, smaller window surprised me with the amount of light it let in, so right there I decided one was enough.  This decision opened up changing the interior layout I’d planned on, so I spent the night obsessively redrawing plans.  Because of course.  And that wasn’t all, as now that I wasn’t using wood windows in the rear, I got really hesitant to use them in the front…and after checking to make sure double-paned plastic framed windows can safely be installed at an angle I’m going to do that.  So much less light, so much reduction in views.  A hell of a lot easier installation, so little risk of more breakage.

So a lot of changes, a bit of heartbreak, and much work later, here’s what things look like now:

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Framed, flashed and installed.

Before I go, here’s the latest pictures of Leo hanging out in the new place:

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Leo barely fits through the door opening, but likes to look out.

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Leo on the ladder outside. Doesn’t he know not to stand on the top???

 

I’m still working hard on the walls, and painting.  Stay tuned!

Short and Sweet

The brakes on the Beast are fine!  No costly repair!  Merely the belt for the vacuum thingie (it’s a diesel and they have interesting bits) needed replacement.  So relieved!  The mechanic did ask how I managed to stop it…made me laugh.  A one-ton with a heavy load like the build definitely has momentum.  I have enough saved up to pay to have the problem fuel pumped out of the rear tank (water in the diesel turned out to be the cause of the horrible running and stalling) which covers all the mechanical problems.  Thinking I should be knocking on wood or something for saying that.  I celebrated by bleaching my hair again, in preparation for going lavender.

He also asked if I am building a camper or Tiny House.  The other workers wanted to know.   I also had a girl I’d met previously follow me the other day to chat about something ~ I cannot be invisible in this rig!

The picture here is the Original Oliver.  He’s gone now but will never be forgotten.  Best damn cat I’ve ever known.

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My best buddy Oliver, may he rest in peace. Here, he’s hanging out with me while I vacuum out a truck I used to own. He was afraid of nothing.

Anyway, good news should be shared. 🙂

Mother Nature Obliges!

I made up my mind yesterday that today would be “flashing day”, no matter what.  I hoped for only a little rain, but wasn’t holding my breath, given the weather report of rain for the next ten days.  Imagine my happy surprise when I woke up to sun!

It did rain (of course) last night, so even waiting until 10:30 left me with some wet areas to work with.  Still, most were dry.  I used this adhesive which seemed to be perfect for working in such damp conditions, and only needs a minimal amount of time to start setting up…plus has great reviews.  I gooped it on to the back of the well-cleaned old flashing, and also in the corners where the siding comes together, then nailed it up…easy-peasy.  After it was all up, the dry weather continued for 3 1/2 more hours.  According to reviews I’d read, other users had luck with as little as 2 hours of drying time.

The nails don’t look great, but I plan on painting the flashing so they shouldn’t show up after that.  I think that it looks pretty good, better in reality than it looks in these pictures, oddly enough!  Yay!

More Progress!

The rain is back. Not that it was completely gone, but I could do lots of things between the semi-hourly showers.  Now I’m at a point where I need several days (and nights) in a row that are completely dry, and Weatherbug is telling me that’s just not going to happen for at least ten days.  Sigh.
Good news though!  The Beast (my truck) is running well, as long as I only use fuel from the front tank.  I believe the diesel in the back tank has water in it.  I’m going to call my mechanic and see what his estimate for dealing with that is.  I HOPE it’s not much!  I’m going to call tomorrow if I feel brave enough.
Here’s a list of what has gotten done since my last post:
-walled in the area behind the truck cab/under the loft
-installed the rest of the metal roofing
-installed cedar drip edging all around the roof, except for the front slanting portion where the front windows will go
-rebuilt the door casing (it was easy!)
-puttied the old doorknob holes in the door
-cut the hinge grooves with a chisel and hammer (not nearly as difficult as you’d think but a bit time-consuming)
-continued puttying the windows ~ it will be at least another week to get it all done
I’ve thought a lot about what to use for trim on the vertical edges.  Cedar?  Cut strips of the metal siding down and fold into an “L” shape?  Use metal flashing of some sort?   When it started raining this afternoon, I went rooting through my piles of building materials and found a bunch of old metal flashing that was given to me a few years ago.  It came from an old barn, and other than the screw holes and some more of that black gook that was on the metal roofing panels (they were from the same barn), is in great shape.  It’s straight and long and wide ~ perfect for glueing and screwing to the edges.  There’s enough to put on every vertical and semi-vertical edge on the whole structure!
I’ll spend the next week or so while it’s wet out to get the black substance off the flashing.  I also plan on sanding down the door and casing and getting them both painted.  Once they are ready, I can install the door!  I found a product that will make hanging the door easier:  The Quick Door Hanger kit.  It only costs $5, and makes it much easier to ensure the casing is straight so the door works properly.  I could use shims, but honestly, after so much effort with the door, I want a little ease.  Plus, I really want a usable door that opens easily and doesn’t stick or swing shut on it’s own.  🙂
My mood has been good.  I have lots of energy.  All I need is enough time.  Crossing fingers and toes and everything!

Insulation And Roofing

Besides feverishly rewatching Heroes, I’ve gotten back into working on Oliver’s Nest with a vengeance.  The last three days I got all the wool insulation into the walls (minus the missing wall behind the truck cab). It was dusty and my eyes aren’t happy, but it’s all in.  Although easy to work with, by using the provided netting, I still recommend having another pair of hands to move things along faster.  It took me about 8 to 10 hours total, and with help, I think it would take less than half that.  Here’s some pictures showing the progress (wordpress wants them in this order, no matter what I try):

I had to cut and frame the back fuel intake door before putting in the insulation, so that’s another task off the list.

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Back fuel intake door finally cut and framed.

It’s been mostly sunny so I tackled the roof, too.  I laid on plastic, flashed the skylight over that, and then placed the metal roofing panels.  As I still need to insert flashing around the sides, I didn’t screw the panels down.  I’ll be putting in the flashing tomorrow.  The rest of the roof will be harder to cover as I’ll need to cut down the panels.  I envision lots of cuts in my hands come then!  Here’s what I did with the roof today:

Finally, I cut down the door, which was super easy and didn’t take much time at all.  The doorknob holes that were partially cut away obviously needed to be filled so I cut round plugs from the cut-off sections and puttied them in.  I’m sure it will take a few days for them to dry, and will take a few layers to fill completely.  I think this was a good solution to the problem, even though a little messy  .I’m afraid I won’t be able to make it into a dutch door now, as the only place large enough for the new doorknob is where the split would have been.  I’m disappointed but happy I didn’t ruin the door when I cut it, so it’s all right. 🙂

I have a strong feeling of time running out.  All I can do is take the anxiety meds I’m supposed to, and work, and try to think as positively as possible.  And, do my best not to think of all the months wasted by being depressed and hiding in bed.  I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again: Major Depressive Disorder sucks!  At least I’m okay for now, which is all one can hope for.  I’m even happy…I’m enjoying being busy and working on my project again!

Do yourself a favor and try something scary/exciting sometime.  It’s a great feeling and I think it’s good for the soul. 🙂

Progress

I totally support reusing materials, I want to start with that.  But, it’s a LOT more work!


After hours of scraping and sanding and puttying, the old wood windows are now set aside while I wait for the putty to dry.  Seriously, hours.  I think they look pretty good now, and by the fourth window I felt like a glazing master. 🙂  Once the glazing putty is dry, which takes up to two weeks, I’ll fill in the spaces left by the old opening mechanisms with wood putty.  After that is dry, I’ll finally be able to paint and see what I’ve got.  I’m feeling really good about getting back to work.  Too much laying around with the boys, watching Netflix this winter!

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Proton and big Leo hanging out watching Netflix with me

Once the windows were out of the way, I took another look at the metal roofing panels.  I had tried using paint remover to take off the black chunks of old roofing tar/adhesive, which failed.  I never washed that off, and it actually did make it easier to chip off all the gook.  It only took a few days, and some scrapes and cuts (I’ll never learn to wear gloves), and the panels are now ready to be used.  Another task checked off!

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Shiny and clean

Currently, I’m working on the door, which is going to take a lot of work.  Taking off the old paint and sanding isn’t really what’s going to be difficult, it’s cutting the door down to size that I’m not looking forward to.  So dusty, and I’m working indoors due to how wet it is outside…oh the mess that will be made…. I’m definitely wishing I’d just made the door opening larger.  I didn’t because I wanted more wall space inside.  Sigh.  Once this is done, I’ll be happy with the decision, probably, but for now I’m kicking myself.
So, everyone?  Wish for warmer, drier weather for me?  Thanks!

What Is This Blog About, Anyway?

 

I’ve been thinking a lot about my “voice” in this blog.  I know that the typical way to write a blog is to have a focus and a style that defines it so that people who are interested, know what you have to offer.  I planned to chronicle the building of my Tiny House Oliver’s Nest, at least mostly.  The thing is, I also wanted to somehow incorporate my always-present mental health issues, without making them the focus.  I’m not sure I’m succeeding.  The two are such different issues.  But, maybe that’s ok?  I’m a complicated person, so maybe it’s ok that my blog is a complicated place.  After all, even though I hope it’s helpful in some way to even one person out there, it’s mostly for me.   Summed up, this is what I hope for:

If we knew each other’s secrets, what comforts we should find.

John Churton Collins

 

Hiatus

Same old, same old.  Weather is keeping me idle, at least as far as building is concerned.  I’ve been keeping an eye on the tarp, and it’s holding, thank goodness!  So the interior is basically dry for when it warms up and I can glue and otherwise lay stuff down on the roof. 🙂

I have been struggling with my mood disorder for a while now….I do believe the inactivity is contributing to the problem.  It’s a hard road sometimes, isn’t it?

I hope your holiday have been wonderful and will continue to be wonderful.

Take care,

Parker

Is My Phone Dumb, Or Is It Me?

I don’t own a smart phone.  My phone is so bad, I can’t even use the speaker/hands-free option.  So it really shouldn’t surprise me to find out just now that my truck has been ready since FRIDAY.  Yep, the day after I dropped it off.  That’s how awesome my mechanic is.  I finally rang him up this evening for an update, only to find out he’d left a message for me to pick up the Beast days ago.  Sigh.  My phone isn’t telling.  Maybe it IS me….

Dumb blonde?

Dumb blonde? Yeah, I know it’s blue right now.  OR….

The Jenny Blu aka POS phone.

The Jenny Blu aka POS phone.