Posts Tagged ‘Building Stuff’

Zip Tie Domes – Geodesic Dome Kits

November 21, 2013

Zip Tie Domes – Geodesic Dome Kits.

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Hot Wire Foam Factory

November 20, 2013

Hot Wire Foam Factory.

More Vardo Pictures

March 18, 2012

A few more pictures of building the Vardo.
Starts out on the passengers side with putting the first color coat of paint on. Moves to the drivers side with gluing the foam on, and then caulking it. A shot of the front (tongue end) with the trim added, and one of the back (door end) with a bit more caulking done and a view of the roof with the added wooden stringers and foam going in. One (really dark) shot of the inside showing the 2×2 added around the window to install the insulation around and then moves on to adding the canvas and then putting the seal coat of paint on the drivers side.
Guess I’m getting it done, just seems like it’s taking forever.

New Vardo Pictures

March 17, 2012

Had some questions asked about the Vardo build status so got the camera charged and took a few pictures. Any questions, comments are open.

Thursday done

June 17, 2010

Finally. Or I certainly hope it’s over. Been one of those good/bad days. Got up and did needful things. Headed to work and got a couple of miles down the road and realized my wallet was at home. Went back and got said wallet. Headed into work again. Got there and twas as usual for most of the day. Late afternoon came and went blew over some stuff we had outside, some of which I now have to fix. Got home and twas as usual. Till the power went out and killed the ac. 2 hours later got it going again. Am more than ready for bed, which is coming soon. Hoping tomorrow will be a better day. Till tomorrow folks… 😉

Sunday bits

January 17, 2010

Twas another work day mostly Tweeted so here they be…

Tis a late starting morning. And I be sore all over. Getting too old for these little projects that involve up and down ladders all day.
about 12 hours ago

Put the coffee on the electric stove this morning. Tis perking 5 minutes later. One minute to go till caffeine.
about 12 hours ago

Coffee and Ibuprofen. Breakfast of champions…
about 12 hours ago

Or at least those that have much to do and are too tired and sore to move in the morning… 😦
about 12 hours ago

Ibuprofen is doing it’s thing and my hands are getting to where I can use them again so time to go to work on the bathroom ceiling.
about 11 hours ago

Kinda sorta figured out where and what I am gonna do so gonna go try it and see if it will work. May have to go out and get some of the wet
about 11 hours ago

lumber to finish the job, but guess that will just help the screws go in easier… 😉
about 11 hours ago

Bottom of the wall accessed and cleaned out. Sill board not too rotted after 20+ years. New plate screwed to plastic pipe uprights at base.
about 9 hours ago

Bottom piece of wall upright to screw foam to installed. Next 2 uprights cut and ready to go in. Coffee break required and being taken now.
about 9 hours ago

Have decided to build a platform to put the washer and drier on rather than continue using the cement blocks. Got all the parts cut.
about 9 hours ago

Will put it together as soon as the bottom row of foam is put in. Hopefully just after lunch. Which will be delayed as breakfast was late.
about 9 hours ago

Bit by bit, I think it’s starting to come together. Keep waiting for the other shoe/boulder to drop and require it to all be redone…
about 9 hours ago

Coffee breaks over, time to return to an inverted position.
about 9 hours ago

Lunch break. 3 more uprights to cut and install and then I can start fitting the first of the blueboard panels. Highwire (ladder) work next.
about 8 hours ago

Battery recharge break. Meant to put it on while I ate lunch and forgot it, so now when I’m raring to go it dies and has to be recharged.
about 7 hours ago

All the lower tier (up to 8′) bits along the curved wall are now in place. Was screwing in some end wall (south) belting/nailers whatever
about 7 hours ago

when the battery went dead. Got about 3 of those pieces to go and then get to start fitting the blueboard. Getting closer anyway…
about 7 hours ago

Got the first piece of blueboard in and am gonna have to put another cross piece in. Forgot the blueboard was 9 feet rather than 8. 😦
about 6 hours ago

Shoulda measured it rather than assuming. Has been so long since I bought it I totally forgot it was 9′ outside sheathing.
about 6 hours ago

Oh, well, it’s only time. And another cross piece will make the shell stronger. He says to himself trying to convince self not to be pissed.
about 6 hours ago

First tier is ready to get plastic and then blueboard. Tis about time, too. Taking a break prior to getting the plastic out and starting.
about 5 hours ago

At this rate doesn’t look like it’s all gonna get done tonight. May get far enough along to get the washer and drier back in place. Hope so.
about 5 hours ago

Would really like to get the tub/shower enclosure back in place too but suspect that will have to wait till tomorrow.
about 5 hours ago

Got the plastic up on lower section. First piece of blueboard in place but not screwed in. Getting closer but ain’t gonna get done tonight.
about 4 hours ago

Second piece of blueboard in place. Had to take a break and find more screws. Think I have enough to get the last piece of blueboard up.
about 3 hours ago

Think I am missing a bag of them but have been unable to locate it. Like that’s something new around this black hole…
about 3 hours ago

Got the last piece of blueboard put in. Still need to finish one section of the bottom south wall to be able to get the washer & drier
about 3 hours ago

platform built, put in place and appliances put back in place. Guess that’s next on the list for the evenings entertainment…
about 2 hours ago

Platform built, washer and dryer put into place. Floor and surrounding area kinda rough cleaned. Tis starting to look like living quarters.
about 1 hour ago

Gonna call it a night as far as construction goes. The stuff that needs to be done next is gonna have to be done from a ladder
about 1 hour ago

and I’ve done all of the standing on one of those that my tired old bod will tolerate today. Will start on the fun overhead stuff tomorrow.
about 1 hour ago

And that’s about the size of the day. Hoping to get it finished tomorrow. Or close enough that we can shower again anyway. Changing the shelving and moving the door and all that will be a later project.

Gonna call it a night and try to get it going a bit earlier tomorrow, so till tomorrow… 😉

Twitter bits for Saturday

January 16, 2010

As most of the day has been tweeted will just repost them here.

Got the cedar posts under cover. Also got a pile of recycled 1×4 siding moved just before it started sprinkling. Was hoping to get more in
about 12 hours ago

before it started but this much will get me started on the bathroom. Now if the damn coffee pot will perk so I can wake up…
about 12 hours ago

Course now it looks like that was just a passing shower. If I get coffee before it starts again, will see about dragging more under cover.
about 12 hours ago

Well, by the time coffee was perked and breakfast was eaten the rains came in, so the rest of the wood is wet.
about 11 hours ago

No biggie as I got enough under cover to do most of what I wanted to get done this weekend. Now got to find the energy to get started.
about 11 hours ago

Moved the curtain that closed off the bathroom area to just around the toilet for now. Now to tear out the “ceiling” and put up insulation.
about 10 hours ago

Well just got the last of the plastic down from inside the greenhouse/bathroom roof. Was hoping to do this project in sections but no way.
about 8 hours ago

So the fiberglas tub/shower enclosure is in the “living” room. Have gotten most of the debris removed from the basic demolition.
about 8 hours ago

Now to get on the ladder with the sawsall and see how much of the secondary inside wall I can cut out without bring the roof down on us.
about 8 hours ago

Kinda stabilized the old outside wall. At least enough to hold us over till spring when the whole structure will come down and new go up.
about 7 hours ago

Now to put some temp roof supports in and start hanging plastic and insulation.
about 7 hours ago

Emptied 2 cans of spray foam and got the edge of the roof sealed pretty good. Hate to be using this stuff n then tear it out come spring.
about 6 hours ago

But better to do it now and stay warm and somewhat dry than deal with the mess we had before. Have found and sealed many major air leaks.
about 6 hours ago

I think it’s warmer/less drafty with one layer out there than it was this morning with 2 to 4 layers of blueboard, plastic, n insulation.
about 6 hours ago

Sill piece put in. Piece of cedar that I cut and fitted in place should work to staple and screw to for a few more months as has been there
about 5 hours ago

for several years already without rotting or being eaten by termites. Just attached on both ends now and soon to have a few upright attached
about 5 hours ago

to it to affix the inside wall covering to. Bit by bit tis starting to come together. In a very technoprimitive way… 😉
about 5 hours ago

2 sections (4 ft wide) of insulation up on south wall of bathroom area. Got one 4 ft section to go and area above 8 ft but tis an arch.
about 3 hours ago

Had hoped to be further along by now but with the additional stuff that needed doing I guess we have made reasonable progress.
about 3 hours ago

With all the holes in the fiberglas roofing keep getting dripped on. Got buckets, towels and pans sitting all over the floor to catch leaks.
about 3 hours ago

Think I am gonna call it enough done for the day here in a few. Don’t feel like standing on top of the ladder to try to get the plastic up.
about 3 hours ago

Especially as it’s a 7 ft ladder and the roof/ceiling is 12 ft in the center. And I have had a few brews to help ease the pains.
about 3 hours ago

Thinking tomorrow will be soon enough to get the rest done… 😉
about 3 hours ago

Decided to go another route on the roof section, so got 2 of the cross pieces put in already. Will be quicker and use less material.
41 minutes ago

As well as being easier to take out later this coming spring when I tear all of this out and start building the final structure.
37 minutes ago

And that’s pretty much the day. For now am gonna reload the stove and hit the sack, so till tomorrow… 😉

This and that Thursday

January 14, 2010

Ground outside is still hard frozen. I tried to move a storm window from under a pile of junk and it wouldn’t move. So moved the stuff off the top and then got a rake and removed more of the small stuff and got down to dirt which I had piled up and had fallen over on one side of the window, which was still frozen solid. Hopefully tomorrow it will be thawed. Will see when the day gets here. If not I’ll wait till it does, rather than risk breaking the glass in the window. Wanted to use it in the back porch enclosure. Was gonna work on that a bit but will wait till I can get the window out.

Came in and moved the brick and blocks from the west side of the wood stove. Piled the brick in the floor and restacked the block about 6 inches away from the stove, leaving a corridor between the block and the wall where I could work on the insulation. Cleared the rock and junk from the floor by the wall and got it safe to work in the area. Cut and installed a 2×4 block below the triple wall flue and stapled the plastic up to it.

Got ready to cut the insulation and realized that I had to move the brick out of the floor to measure it out. So spent another while moving and restacking them on the other side of the heater. Cleared the rest of the floor and after measuring all the different areas that needed to be cut realized I had to put in one more board to staple the insulation back together where it went around the flue. Cut that board and installed it, then remeasured everything, laid the insulation out and did the deed. Got Cat down to help hold it away from the hot flue and stapled it into place at the top and got it alined on the left side where there was a adheasive strip on the previous piece and after getting the two sealed together finished pulling it tight and stapling it in place. Fit just fine. Taped the seams with aluminum tape and then added one more piece to the right finishing the wall up. Still have a bit of taping to do on the seams but other than that the insulation on the south room is done! Finally! Spent a bit more time adding some scraps to the floor on corner by the west side of the woodburner platform and filling in the area with rocks. Am going to go to the creek and get some gravel and fill in around them to make a good base for the cob mass for the RMH exhaust to heat.

I have about figured out the pattern of the exhaust flue now. Tis gonna be an interesting bit of piping. Am going to see if I can make the pipe out of old water heater cover metal but suspect I will end up having to just buy woodburner flue pipe. Going to try to use 6″. I think the path will end up being about 36 feet long prior to getting to the vertical portion of the flue. Which is pushing it for 6″ pipe. I may have to go to 8″ and if so it will more than double the cost of the pipe. Will have to lay it out on paper and make sure of the twists and bends prior to committing it to cob.

Made another loaf/pone of cornbread tonight and like it a lot better than the one I did last night. Used the bottom recipe at http://www.thefreshloaf.com/recipes/cornbread with a couple of changes. Put 2 Table spoons of oil in the batter as well as 2 in the pan, and omitted the sugar as this locally grown and ground meal is so sweet by it’s self. Again cooked it in the Roaster oven and at 375 F took about 25 minutes. Twas quite tasty.

Rambled on long enough, so will close for now. Till tomorrow… 😉

YouTube – rocket stove mass heater workshop summary

January 8, 2010

via YouTube – rocket stove mass heater workshop summary.

Quite a good video/explanation of how a rocket stove mass heater is built.  Thanks Paul!

Tuesday on Twitter

December 22, 2009

Another day with most of the stuff posted on twitter so will do the cut and paste thing again.

Found the charger for the Craftsman 18v cordless drill. Got the battery charging now. Need to see if I can get enough good cells from the
about 12 hours ago

Other two bad batteries to make one good one. Coffee perking away on the woodburner and starting to smell good. Getting a late start. 😉
about 12 hours ago

Battery charged right up after a 2 year hiatus and is working fine. Got the rest of the 2×4’s off the walls and started stripping plastic.
about 10 hours ago

Cut some strips of thin plywood to staple the insulation to on the long wall where there are no studs. Put the first bits in and found
about 10 hours ago

An area that needs to be sealed with more than caulk so gonna have to go get some spray foam to fill it and some other large openings to the
about 10 hours ago

Outside that are letting the winter winds in. Back in a bit…
about 10 hours ago

Back from the madness that is Wally World. Survived though there were times I had doubts. Was gonna cut wood this afternoon but too late.
about 6 hours ago

Guess I’ll get on with foaming the worst of the openings. Maybe it’s not too cool for it to expand properly.
about 6 hours ago

Two cans of foam used, seems to be much less air coming in now. Cut up the rest of the turkey and the cats are now and will feast for days.
about 4 hours ago

Guess I will finish removing the plastic from the south wall, pulling the remaining staples, and then put the insulation up.
about 4 hours ago

Then get to do the same thing on the west wall. Ah, forgot the step that goes first I get to move a couple of thousand pounds of rock… 😦
about 4 hours ago

Rocks are piled up around the back of the woodburner. Me is tired. Still need to get staples pulled and insulation up on south wall. 😦
about 3 hours ago

Staples pulled and south wall ready to insulate. Gonna clear the floor in here so I can cut the 6′ x 10′ 5″ and 6′ x 10′ 6″ pieces.
about 2 hours ago

Insulation up. Supper cooked and eaten. Firewood for the evening inside. Woodburner pumping out the BTU’s. Wanting to hit the sack…
12 minutes ago

And that has been it for the day. Am somewhere over the line of being worn out. The ton or so of rocks was the kicker today. Was hoping to get further along with the second leg of the loft but looks like thats gonna have to wait for another day. Most likely (health bits allowing) heading for Calcis tomorrow so am calling it a night, till tomorrow… 😉