So, we found an RV park that would take us, but the stipulation was to get that beast painted. We probably went a little further than expected, but when you're in a skoolie, it can't hurt to look fancy-fresh. After a little local research, we found this to be the best all-around paint to use: … Continue reading New Skin to Birtha NewWorld (Painting the Bus)
So, I heard a "tip" from the country folks. Word is, put an aluminum can in with a hot fire, about once a month, and you'll never have a creosote build-up problem. I tossed one in there a little while ago 'cause it was getting pretty clogged, and I did hear lots of crackling and … Continue reading Creosote remedy, wood stove installation, thimble assembly.
After installing the floor, I took the opportunity to add a little cheery flair in the form of a green stripe. We will eventually get to painting the ceiling a lovely "true turquoise," again, for cheer. Need to break up all these greys! We did both sides, all the way down. It vibes well with … Continue reading Interior paint–its a wonderful thing.
Okay, now its time to start thinking about insulating for winter. First off, the floor is just bare metal. Well, bare metal that we sanded, and painted twice, so its sealed--but still very cold! The first step was figuring out a general plan. What I've decided to do is to insulate with discarded (but clean) … Continue reading Installing our floor in the bus.
Now for a big project. We decided, after we made that huge mess during the freezer dig, that we needed a place to store all the tools, supplies, and other random things. Since the house wasn't an option, and certainly not the horse barn, the only solution was to build a shed. We checked around … Continue reading Time to Build a Shed.
In the winter, we remove the gutters from the edge of the roof because otherwise, the snow will rip them right off of there anyway, and then we must get new gutters (or bend them back into shape so that we can use them again...) Also, as the snow falls off, and melts, it forms … Continue reading Solving the problem of melting snow with a French Drain.
We decided we were quite sick of hauling ice from town every couple of days for the igloo coolers in which we keep our perishables. Mostly, its melon and greens, but we do have some cream cheese and yogurt and, of course, beer, which is enjoyed very much when its ice-cold, and the one drinking … Continue reading Homestead Refrigeration, hand-dug-style!
What's with all this reclaimed wood!?!? Its called old growth forest. I mean, there's nothing left of the original forest, so we may as well use the boards that were made from it. Though weathered, the cedar used for this station is extremely dense, and has very tight grow rings. They don't let 'em get that old anymore... … Continue reading Building knee-up, dip, and pull-up station from reclaimed wood.
Man, its about time to get organized in this steel beast! First, I found a board and reclaimed it. (Its part of upcycling!) This particular board was round on one half, and shaved flat on the other half. I thought it would look "quite nice," precious. I want to put brackets on there securely, so we notched out … Continue reading Installing a pantry shelf in the bus.
Everyone is all crazy about beer and wine--both rather intricate, easily-messed-up processes. Often, the learning curve is steep, with mixed results, unpredictable flavors, and long waiting times (with wine, at least.) Anyone who knows a hobby beer-brewer has probably seen their plethora of equipment as well! Such a costly investment. Now, you can also make … Continue reading Lilac Meade ! ! !