Thursday, September 29, 2011

Quick Bathroom Update

 I have been plugging along on the downstairs bathroom and the doors are finished. There is still a little trim painting, but it is mostly finished. It is starting to look more like a real bathroom.
Doors closed.
 We have made some big progress this month. Electrical installed, hole in floor filled, tile installed and grouted, doors fit, finished, and hung.

Doors stored out of the way.
Starting point

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Real Classy Trailer Post

In preparation for moving the trailer to its winter home, I am working on getting it movable. This weekend I put it on jackstands in the driveway and pulled the wheels and hubs to repack the bearings. Surprise, the world's smallest trailer has a giant set of trailer brakes. They have never been used and look in great shape.
 The wheels are a little worse for wear, or not wear. They are pretty rotted on one side from just sitting in one place too long. We thought briefly about replacing them with something more modern until I found out that I can't get replacements. The bearings should be repacked and wheels refinished with new tires this week.
The second bathroom project is moving along but without any interesting pictures. The doors should be finished and in place this week too.

Friday, September 23, 2011

A Momentous Day

Yesterday was a momentous day. We got our first tomato of the season. It has been a pathetic season for the garden. Since the weather turned a little cooler it seems the squirrels have focused on burying nuts and leaving the garden alone. There are loads of green tomatoes on the vines so hopefully we get a few.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Random Weekend Happenings

So last weekend I harvested worm castings and used some to fill up the soil in the citrus orchard. All of a sudden this week random plants have been sprouting from the orchard. It's pretty funny, they look like tomatoes and peppers. I am going to let them go at least until the first real leaves show up to figure it out.

The second bathroom is grouted and the doors have been sanded and are in the middle of finishing. They will end up being walnut to match the table.
The trailer got a new jack in front. It works with the original caster and lets me roll it around pretty easy.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Roe Circle Country Club Concert Series Part 1

Last Friday night was the inaugural concert for the Roe Circle Country Club concert series. David Oakleaf with Tentill Blue came in from Nashville. We managed to get the block party permit and only got the cops called a couple times.

The weather was great and not too cool. We had between 50 and 70 people come out, which was pretty good since there were lots of other things going on that night.
Mark has not moved in yet, but he is painting.

Yes, a car trailer was out stage.

The dude by streetlight. The night before was worked on covering the new streetlight. Only part got covered. The LEDs are way too bright and this week has commenced the complaints.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fruits of Our Labors

Overall it was a very productive Labor Day, at least by the "I can't believe what washed off me in the shower" comments. We grilled out with neighbors, Sam worked on getting flower beds tamed, and I worked on the second bathroom. Since the bathroom picture aren't that exciting, here is a gratuitous trailer shot.

Hey, I said these weren't very exciting but I posted a lot to ensure you that I did in fact work all weekend on this project. First step in turning the furnace nook into a bathroom was building a bulkhead to square up pipes.
Not too bad. There were five pipes/cords that run through this section.

Hey what about one on the other side to hide the electrical. Notice the switch, closer to a bathroom.

We ended up with a three door Johnson hardware sliding door kit. It was a tight fit top and bottom. Since the concrete slopes toward the drain, needless to say the world isn't flat here.

Sunday morning call to Jerad "hey where are you at.... Lowes why?... Stay there I need you to haul some plywood home for me" Three custom fit birch plywood doors later you can't see me pee.

After that on Sunday all I had energy for was filling a big hole with floor leveler.

Monday was for tiling. I hate cutting porcelain tile. But hey, doesn't it look original, that was what we were going for? Now to grout, install door hardware, finish the doors, and build/install a vanity. No problem.

Saturday we did a trial smoke on the egg with a turkey. Never mind my frowning expression, it was delicious.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Labor Day is Coming, Time for Work

The word is that the hot weather is going to break tomorrow and fall will be here. We haven't done much at all this summer on the house. It has been too hot to work outside and too hot to work on any house projects in the garage. We are both looking forward to making some progress on unfinished projects this weekend.

Not much is going to happen with the trailer this fall but I thought some reference pictures would be good. Ours is all original, which at this point means it smells like 50 years of people hanging out in a 10'x6' space. Other than the wings, ours looks just like the original ad, at least on the outside. It originally had the top floor plan. The table and benches are gone so it is a clean slate. We are going to end up modifying it to something like the bottom layout.
Not too bad. Since aluminum doesn't really deteriorate the skin is hiding some very rotten wood.

All of the aluminum Hehr windows and screens are intact and work. I can get restoration parts and these will be back like new.

The screen door frame is in tact and in good shape. Right now it is in easy access mode.

The inside currently resembles a hobo lounge. There is very little to keep in here. Notice the little high window. There is a fold out sleeping shelf for a couple little kids and the window is for ventilation.

The vintage laminate paneling is not going to be replaced. We have lots of work before this is ready for a trip.

Ok, shifting gears to some in-progress projects. This space is currently the furnace nook with a toilet. There used to be blinds you could pull for some (little) privacy. I have been slowly working on turning this into a more true half bath. The project has stalled mostly because of the heat, but I should make some good progress this weekend.

Some solids doors will go on so people on the patio can't watch. Notice the light switch. That was step one. The tile was in pretty bad shape and has all been removed. There is a pretty good dip in the concrete and self-leveling grout will be needed before new tile goes back in. The plumbing is in for a sink.

The tile has been removed and cut to make space for the bottom track of the sliding door system. We got a very nice three track Johnson hardware system. This is a pretty small space and pictures are hard so don't expect them to get any better.

Random picture of the day. An owl was hanging out in front. It just sat and watched us all afternoon.