Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Burner crud success


Kind of amazing.  This is the before and after.  Just leave them in a closed bag with a tablespoon of ammonia (it's got to be the fumes) and the next day,  a light brushing with a small metal brush just cleaned them right off.  crazy.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Removed Blackberries, prepped for Raspberries

Of course I forgot to do the 'before' picture, but this is the future spot for two rows of raspberries.  My blackberries got some disease that, while still looking fabulously healthy, they didn't fruit.  So, out they go!  

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Gen challenges - carbon build up

I had to take the diesel gen apart yesterday, to try and figure out how bad the carbon build up was, and how to fix it.  It was bad.   This is the 'head' the top of the gen where the piston hits:

This is the top of the piston, with a copper gasket around it.  

This is the piston head after I spent time cleaning it off.  Here's hoping I didn't screw something up with my cleaning efforts: 

Friday, December 21, 2018

Posts almost up, by spiderweb


After I got the posts up around 6 feet off the floor, I decided to move to a winch system.  Of course, I didn't think this was possible, because I didn't think I had a good anchor point.  And then I realized I could use a giant C clamp and clamp it to the concrete stem wall, creating a loop the winch hook could connect to.  Then I used tons of this flat cloth rope stuff I had just been given by an electrician friend.  (1800 pound strength!) He gave me a full bucket of cut offs from his job site. 

I also tied the joints together as they were going up, because I wanted some flexibility, but I didn't want them to pop apart.  
The last 6 inches to get them into place was tough. I had to jack up the whole ceiling with 3 different jacks at the same time and then really pull the posts into place. 

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

New West Window

Well, I'm getting even worse at taking before and after photos.  Here's all I could find for a picture of the small window on the (left) west side.  This was taken before I even cut the french doors in.  That's a gas grill under a cover, for scale. 

And the new window going in, not yet trimmed up:

From the inside: 

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Lifted Lift

Nothing special to see here...  Turns out the loft ceiling is pretty high up. 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

New Chimney in

Well, I had to move where the wood stove would sit in the cabin.  Where the previous chimney was placed didn't make sense.  In that spot, instead of trying to remove the flashing, I put in one of those tube skylights.  Here is the pipe coming up through the hole, getting the roof brackets put on:

Once I got the cone flashing on (much harder than expected, as it seems the 10" cone is NOT really designed for a 10" double wall pipe) I did the collar and lots of extra goop on all the screws and edges.   You can see the original chimney with the skylight in it in the background.  

The final chimney is straight (I seem to have leaned when taking the photo) and is made up entirely of parts that I already had, or were part of the original chimney.  I might put side brackets on, but this system is already pretty stable.   The bricks nearby are just to hold the shingles down while the roof goop dries. 


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Notchin' to it

Getting ready to put up some beams, working on a long scarf joint. 

That's a lot of wood to remove! 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

A bit of leveling

For whatever reason, the driveway to the east of the cabin is a touch higher than the slab of the building, and then curves down to it... a perfect way to have water flow underneath.

So, out comes the shovel and the rake.  Over a number of days, working now and again until I got bored, I've moved the whole patch downhill.  The neighbor dog seems to approve. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Skylight Super Flashed

So, turns out pictures of each little process of putting in a skylight aren't that interesting, so here's the finished skylight.  I decided to go big on the diverters. They are glued down, but I'm thinking I'll leave the bricks there anyway.   

The roof itself also has a nice view.   I'm hoping that almost all the water that would touch this skylight by flowing down the roof will not even get to it.   

Burner crud success

Kind of amazing.  This is the before and after.  Just leave them in a closed bag with a tablespoon of ammonia (it's got to be the f...