It Feels Like Forever

Since I last posted.  But, well, the Beast has been in the shop all this time, so except for a little painting on the windows and door trim, I haven’t been able to do anything.  It was frustrating!  But I got it back a couple days ago with a clean bill of health and at the low low cost of $88.  The shop didn’t charge me any labor!  They checked out the whole truck, and said it was in amazingly great shape. 🙂  The fuel tank got emptied and a pump related to it was replaced, they replaced the broken hood hinge, made the “check engine temp” light go off, replaced the vacuum belt that makes the brakes work properly, and looked at EVERYTHING.  I’m so happy!  I’m so relieved!

The first thing I did (besides go do some much-needed grocery shopping) was to give the door a few more coats of paint.  I want to completely finish that before putting on the doorknob.  As I know now the door is working properly even after several weather changes, I felt confident enough to seal it with Reflectix tape before stuffing the gaps with more wool, in preparation for putting up the exterior door trim.  By the end of day tomorrow, hopefully the door will be completely finished.  It feels like a huge step forward.  I sat in the doorway this evening, looking up at the old, beat-up but freshly painted door and frame and just…felt good about things.

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Taping the gap with Reflectix tape.

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Leo came in and hung out with me today. 🙂

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!

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

Not Much To Tell

Winter is coming.  Oliver’s Nest is not even close to being finished, although it’s nearly completely enclosed.  I was sick for a couple weeks, as in REALLY unwell, and mostly stuck in bed.  Lost some unwanted weight, so that’s a positive, right?

I’m at one of those difficult points.  Figuring out the best way to install the opening skylight.  I’m taking the process slowly, trying to tie each step into the next so the whole thing will end up strong, water-proof, and (hopefully) reasonably attractive.  I wish I had a table saw for some of the cuts I’m finding myself needing to do.  Having used one before, I know how handy they are, but they are also very expensive, and it wouldn’t be needed for most of this build.  So…persevering with my circular saw and lots of cursing.  The basic rectangular wooden base that will lift the skylight up off the roof is on, but of course, that’s not enough.  I know I need to figure out flashing (difficult when the roofing solution I’ve come up with can’t be done due to the weather), and I also want to devise a kind of padded bed for the window to rest on.  Hmmm.

I’m thinking about options for that.  Some kind of rigid foam that water can’t damage?  Does that exist?  Rubber “bumpers”?

NOTE:  The above was written a couple weeks ago, and I was so dispirited that I stopped writing and went to bed. Kinda kidding.  The following is from today.

Pretty, huh?  I agree wholeheartedly.  It's also cold and wet.

Pretty, huh? I agree wholeheartedly. It’s also cold and wet.

So much adhesive, everywhere, on everything, including me.

So much adhesive, everywhere, on everything, including me.

For the last couple weeks, the truck’s been covered with a giant, tough tarp which is thankfully keeping water from getting into the structure.  But I can’t let it sit through the entire winter without working on it, right?  So what to do, what to do….OK.  I called the company that makes the liquid rubber I’ve decided to use on the roof and WOOT it can be used in cold, moist weather!  Not hard rain, though, and that’s something that randomly, and often, occurs around here.  I’m going to be keeping a close eye on Weather Bug.  Also, the rubber can be used straight over galvanized aluminum roofing panels, which I have!  More cheers!

So tomorrow, even if it rains, I’m going to be outside working on getting those panels up on the roof (over 11 feet high, great) and deciding on their placement.  I already have the proper screws, so that’s not a concern.  This is a time I”m glad I have a boring, flat square roof. 🙂  Easy to cover with the roofing panels.  They will need to dry before coating ~ towels?  Lots and lots of towels?  Then I’ll cover the whole thing back up and wait for two or more dry days to be predicted, and…Rubber Roofing Crazy-Time will commence!

Please, wish me luck (and dry weather, and not falling off ladders).

Peace, guys 🙂

Still Sick But Did Get More Roof Enclosed Yesterday

The title says it all…and I didn’t feel well enough to take any pictures.  I guess I’ll be working in the cold and wet since it looks like I was sick through the whole last gasp of summer.  Not a pleasing thought, but eventually I’ll be past this stage and (kinda like childbirth) the pain will fade in memory and I’ll mostly remember challenges overcome and the personal touches made that went into making Oliver’s Nest my home sweet home.

I did find the picture showing the diagonal cut:

Here's the before.

Here’s the before.

Framing changes need to be made, but I like the look and now it's more aerodynamic.

Framing changes need to be made, but I like the look and now it’s more aerodynamic.

Interior Shot Of Angled Section

Yesterday I added the necessary framing for this angle portion, and covered it with plywood.

People are starting to take pictures and ask me questions when I’m out and about.  I want to encourage people to build their own Tiny Homes, and at the same time feel awkward about being social.  Fun times!

How To Donate To My Cause (If You Are So Inclined)

A couple of lovely people have spoken to me more than once about giving followers a chance to donate money to me.  I’ve been resistant, but….I’ve decided it won’t hurt to put the information out there, at least I hope not!  What with the Beast needing a little trip to the shop, and my scooter being semi-wrecked, and building Oliver’s Nest, and, you know, life, maybe it’s a good idea.  So, if you wish to donate, please look over at the right-hand side and you will see a Paypal “Donate” button there.

Please don’t feel I am asking you to support me monetarily, this is available only if YOU wish too! 🙂

paypal.me/coffeewitholiver

Be well!

For Lack Of A 2×3….

Oliver’s Nest is this close to having a complete “roof” on it, well, not The Roof, just enough of one to allow easy tarping for any bad weather.  Except for needing a 2×3 for the angled portion in the cabover section, which I need in order to pre-prepare for the second planned skylight.  I could scrounge up enough change to purchase one, but I’m thinking that maybe I should put on another layer of paint, instead.  Also, I need a few more bits and pieces of lumber and plywood, so I feel I should save the gas money for buying it all at once.

I don’t really like to paint.  It’s messy and time-consuming.  So being “forced” to do it is maybe a good thing?  Plus, I can use up a 5 gallon lot of green paint for the under layers, using the gray as the final layer/s (I do NOT want a green house on a red truck.  I am not sorry).  I finally compiled all the painting supplies around this place and I have a ton of it.  Here’s the chance to put it to use!  I hate wasting things, and it’s here…even if I don’t particularly enjoy using it.  There are a lot of rollers, which should make this go faster than the brush I was using before.  I hope. 😉

The kitchen and family rooms are nearly empty.  I ran into a nice group of girls a few days ago who need stuff for their new home.  They happily took piles and piles of things, including nearly all of the Christmas stuff (there was so very much), pet supplies (mostly my mother’s), heaps of kitchen gadgets and dishware, lots picture frames, a bunch of vases, and a wing back chair.  Starting to get a picture of what I was dealing with yet?   It’s starting to feel spacious and … peaceful here.  I admit that some of the stuff that they took

Yeah, yeah, I know.  Gaps.  It's not finished yet. :)  The flashing has been pounded flat to enable the T1-11 and the windows to lay flat on the underlying plywood.

Yeah, yeah, I know. Gaps. It’s not finished yet. 🙂 The flashing has been pounded flat to enable the T1-11 and the windows to lay flat on the underlying plywood.

Doesn't look as weird now.  Can't wait for the two windows and the sheathing to go up!

Doesn’t look as weird now. Can’t wait for the two windows and the sheathing to go up!  The Beast is so tall that my head barely tops the hood. 😀

was mine, and what a relief to have it be gone!  I’m getting close to figuring out what I have room for in O.N. and getting it all organized.  I think I still have too much set aside, but with all this newly-acquired space to work with, I am now able to have it out and see what I really need.  Plus, it’s stuff I really like. 🙂

Frustrated!

I found the saw.  However.  It won’t cut through the thick wood of the second french door, so I can’t access that broken pane to replace it.  It *does* work on the plywood panels, but my extension cord can’t reach to the truck so I can’t use the electric screwdriver/drill to attach them.  Therefore, I’m out of business until the new batteries come in.  And rain is coming….dammit.

I hope today is going better for you than me!

Hard To Post Lately.

Why has it been hard?  Two reasons:  the first is that I was scared off the road on my scooter by a *very* close encounter with a deer and crashed, and the second is my old nemesis, my mood disorder.  I’ve decided to try powering through that, and despite being a bit smooshed from the accident, have gotten a bunch done.  This will be a picture-heavy post because my hand hurts 🙂

Thank goodness for insurance!

Thank goodness for insurance!

The trade-off for light weight is plastic body panels that crack and break easily.

The trade-off for light weight is plastic body panels that crack and break easily.

To keep this post safe for everyone I won't show ALL my damaged bits!

To keep this post safe for everyone I won’t show ALL my damaged bits!

I sprained my ankle and one of my fingers.  Ouch.

I sprained my ankle and one of my fingers. Ouch.

Done, Done, Done!

Front fuel line mod is now Done, Done, Done!

Having something to trace the proper curve really helped.  Freestyle tends to get me into trouble!

Having something to trace the proper curve really helped. Freestyle tends to get me into trouble!

Still to be done is framing for the windows on the rear, and all the very front and roof framing.

Still to be done is framing for the windows on the rear, and all the very front and roof framing.

Tried to get a good picture of my pup but he wouldn't stay still. :)

Tried to get a good picture of my pup Hank but he wouldn’t stay still. 🙂

Tried to get a nice pic of Leo too, but he wanted to head-butt me instead....

Tried to get a nice pic of Leo too, but he wanted to head-butt me instead….

He finally stood still for me!  I love that he keeps me company while I work (and swear, and cry, and finally fist-pump when I get something done).

He finally stood still for me! I love that he keeps me company while I work (and swear, and cry, and finally fist-pump when I get something done).

Prioritizing

In hospitals, it’s called triaging.  Deciding what is the most urgent need, and addressing it first.  That’s what I’m presented with now, taking a long look at my truck and figuring out what needs to be addressed next.

I have enough studs to fully frame the walls of the living space, including the cabover portion.  But.  Due to the weight of the sheathing, I am going to need to attach it to the studs prior to lifting them into place.  On my first build, I learned the hard way that I’m not strong enough to handle full-size plywood panels myself, and ended up cutting them into much smaller pieces in order to hang them.  I don’t want to do that again.  The only way around that is by screwing them into place onto the studs while they are still laying flat on the truck bed.  I can leverage the heavy walls sections up and into position myself, and brace them while I work on the next section.

I don’t have the sheathing yet, though.  It’s expensive.  Plus, there’s a more pressing need that has to be addressed first ~ the fuel tank inlets.  They must be rerouted from the bed to the new sides, and it’s an expensive process.  Unbelievably expensive, in fact, as in $400.  So, I have to wait.  I do have the appointment made for next month so I can reassure myself that progress will be made as soon as possible.

Inconvenient spot to fill your tank, believe me.

Inconvenient spot to fill your tank, believe me.

Why don’t I at least build the wall frames while I wait?  Because once again, the weight issues mean I need to build them on the flat of the bed of the truck, so I can lift them into place.  I can’t simply do it on the ground.  There’s also the issue of access to the fuel inlets where they currently reside, which would be inaccessible if I had a pile of wood framing laying in the way.

So, I will wait.  Bored, frustrated and scared by the time this is taking, but I will wait.

Hope your week goes swimmingly 🙂