Friday, June 29, 2012

Paint / Wine

In the process of painting the cabin. Lee my neighbor who is a retired painter insisted that I paint the cabin with Oil Based primer before putting a top coat on it. He supplied 5 gallons of the primer so that got done before I finally painted the front (Picture above) with the acrylic paint Bigfoot brought me. I wasn't sure I'd like the color of the paint that Bigfoot brought, but now that I have the front painted I like it very well. Lee also helped prime part of it and Dave Secor did some touch up work on it. In case you can't tell the color is a very pale lime green.

 View from the north east shows the primed side and painted front.

Pay no attention to the two 5 gallon water jugs in this picture. That is just a high octane wine brewer. Decided to try my hand at wine making and it turned out real good. (5 gallons of it)


Where's the rain? I'd always heard these guys come out only before it rains. Not so I guess. This was taken a couple of nights ago after I barely saw it because of the dark.



22 comments:

  1. Thanks Sandy. I guess little steps add up.

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  2. See Tffnguy things are looking up. A little bit of paint and your cabin has a warm and inviting look to it.

    Thanks to Lee and David Secor for lending a hand to their neighbor :-)

    May have to try your wine one of these days!

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  3. MsB, I guess I should have hustled more and gotten it all done because I keep hearing thunder to the north. Looks like there's a small chance of rain for the next couple of days and then going to 40 and then 50%. I think the OSB on the outside is protected now, but the roof isn't coated yet and it does leak some. That sure isn't good for the floor.

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  4. Wow, looking good! You're gonna have a nice snug little cabin by winter :)

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  5. Abby, it isn't snug yet because the roof isn't coated and its raining here as I type this. Was only a 10% chance, but I guess this is one of the rare times it actually rains with that low a percentage. Sure is nice and cool this morning. :) I sure hope to be in it by winter, but only time will tell.

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  6. Rain/Sprinkles lasted maybe 5 minutes and now its clear and humid.

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  7. A house with a roof similar to your cabin's roof.

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  8. Never mind, on closer inspection those are solar panels on the roof of that house.

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  9. Looking real good man. I might have to touch base with you on the wine making thing. Have never tried that and my wife loves her wine. I am more of a beer guy myself. Which is better hot though? Hmm...

    Chris Miller
    Our180.com - One Family's Journey To Finding True Happiness

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  10. Cabin looks great, little by little, you'll get it whipped in time. Glad to hear the neighbors are giving a hand as well.
    Hang in there.

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  11. Chris. Here you go on the wine thing. Texans can legally make 20 gallons at a time, but you can't sell it. You can have some hellacious tasting parties though.

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-your-own-wine/

    SUERTE, I'm hanging.

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  12. Tffnguy

    (captaincrunch again)


    Im still checking your blog everyday. Nice house, one question. Why no windows?

    I guess you to make the house energy effiecent as possible. For myself I would have larger windows to let light in from the east and south (passive solar) and smallers on the north and west.
    I had an idea based on the hurricane shutters on my current house. If I was going to live off grid at some point, on my cabin I would cover the windows with quality painted plywood with hinges to cover the windows from summer sun and the cold wind of winter. In good weather, I would just go outside and open the window covers (painted plywood) and lock them into place so they dont blow around in the wind and get damamaged.
    The hurricane shutters I use really help out greatly blocking summer intense sunlight and cold winter wind.
    One other thing, did you hear of all the power outages due to the storms in the east coast? Living off the grid is hard, but your alot better and in many aspects than grid dependent people.

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  13. CC, I just haven't put the windows in yet, but won't have but three of them. Only one can be opened though. One will be on the north, one on the south and one on the east. single pane windows are only rated at R1 insulation value and two pane are only rated at R2 so they are very inefficient. The ones facing the east and north will be non opening and the one on the south will be opening, but is a small window. I plan to devise some sort of energy efficient ventilation system that will give the full R19 value when not being used and the non opening windows will be 4 pane each raising the R value to R4.

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  14. I would think you would want cross ventilation at the least. Do you have prevailing winds from the SE like we do in Central Texas?

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  15. Even in a much larger house we can get good circulation with just one 12x12 open on each side which can capture and refresh the main rooms with prevailing winds. Obviously when the conditions are right. Also comes in handy for quickly washing the air of cooking odors.

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  16. No prevailing winds here to speak of rj. You never know which way the winds will be blowing. Seems like the most fierce come from the north or south though.

    Not to worry there will be cross ventilation before I'm through, but it won't be windows. It will be some sort of vent system that can be opened in the summer and closed in the winter,but maintain the R19 value when it is closed. (May also have filters to cut down on dust.) As for cooking inside that won't happen much if any. I plan to have an external kitchen sooner or later. The kitchen in the trailer will be used until then. Its way too hot to be cooking in the living area during the summer time.

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  17. Lookin Good, Blessed be the neighbor help.
    The pale lime green doesn't look bad it will mellow out in time.

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  18. Looking really good. I am impressed you're moving right along.

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  19. Denese, I still have a long way to go.

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