Friday, September 8, 2017

Top 5 Tiny House Mistakes

Top 5 Tiny House Mistakes

Welcome to another episode from Our Tiny Cabin Project. There comes a time in any project where you reflect on all of the hard work that you’ve done to get where you are. During that process of reflection you realize the things that have gone wrong or could have been done completely different. Charles and I have reached that point and have decided to share our Top 5 Tiny House Mistakes.

1) Not capping the tin roof! When a tin roof is installed on a building, the design creates grooves or tunnel like ridges that create space between the tin roof and the wood under it. We learned real quick that it was a major problem with wasps! The wasps would crawl up the ridges and find the smallest cracks to enter into the cabin. We had several occasions where we went inside only to be greeted by 40+ wasps on the ceiling. To solve this issue, we used spray foam to fill in every ridge and crack. This was extremely time consuming and made a big mess to clean up. If you get a tin roof, opt for the end caps!

2) Not insulating the floors. In the name of saving money, we also opted not to insulate the floors. With our cabin lifted on blocks wind is able to easily pass through under the cabin and create a freezing cold draft, which makes it harder to keep the cabin heated in the winter months. Our solution for this will be to insulate skirting to install around the cabin and block the air flow. This may be no surprise but it would have been cheaper to insulate the floors!

3) Kitchen placement… In our design of the interior, we placed the kitchen and cooking area against the back wall of the cabin. While this may look good, we soon realized that ventilation is a problem as we use unconventional butane and propane powered devices that require ventilation, especially in small areas. We should have built the kitchen near a window, pretty much on the opposite side of our cabin. To fix this problem, well have to install a vent that pushes the air to the outside.

4) The loft! We have a barn style roof which is super cute, but not head space friendly at all! Our mistake was not installing dormers to open up the space and make more head room. The solution? Well that ones a surprise and you'll have to subscribe to our you tube channel and stay tuned to find out!

5) Our choice of solar. When we first started this project, we were not very educated on solar power and thought that the harbor freight 45 watt set up was a great deal. What we found out is that its really only strong enough to push the lights and 1 or 2 small low power devices. Latter on in the project, we purchased the Rynogy 100 watt panels and that have worked great to boost our solar. We will end up purchasing another and bumping up our battery bank with stronger batteries.
Well there you have it! Hopefully you enjoyed this post and it helps you in preventing some of these newbie mistakes.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Dickinson wood stove install in a tiny house part 4: Our first burn!

Dickinson Newport solid fuel heater part 4. In this video Jon and Charles do the final part of the install on their Dickinson stove to make their tiny house one step closer to completely off the grid. Having the ability to utilize the natural resources to heat their tiny home will make the cabin that much more self sufficient in a grid down situation. No longer will they need to rely on propane for heat. Coupled with solar power, wood heat and a soon to be rain water collection system, the cabin is slowly becoming completely self sustainable. After the install was complete, they did a test burn and the chimney was drafting properly and no smoke was present at the cap, which is an indication the stove is burning clean. Eventually, they may add a 1 inch shim behind the stove to knock out what little bit of slant is left in the stack but for now the fire box is working and is pretty amazing for such a small fireplace.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Chad and Falenia's Tiny house delivery!

Chad and Falenia’s tiny house delivery. In this video, Charles and Jon walk around the mountain to help Chad and Falenia launch their own tiny house homestead project. The video starts out with the walk to their property and giving them a morning greeting. Then some work needs to get done clearing the land to make room for their 12’x 40’ tiny house. The tiny house is a shed/cabin conversion into a tiny house, similar to what Jon and Charles are also in the progress of doing. Chad and Falenia have purchased a few acres on top of the same mountain as Jon and Charles and they also plan on being completely off the grid. Their future plans consist of rain water collection system, wood heat, solar power, composting toilet and all around homesteading. Besides the basics that goes along with a subsistence lifestyle they also have plans in the works for a 4 season green house and some live stock. Much more will come as we follow their tiny house journey, which they affectionately named “Our Homestead Project”. When asked what her dreams are Falenia had this to say; “Our dream for the homestead.. We want to build a home and small farm that are fully self-sustaining. A place that will grow and flourish in to a beautiful home that our kids and their families can come to and enjoy. A home that doesn't just take away from our natural resources, but actually gives back to them”.

Monday, August 7, 2017

1 dollar faraday cage VS microwave, EMP protection

In this video, Charles does an experiment testing to see how effective tinfoil and a napkin would be at protecting electronics, in the event of an EMP or solar flare situation.  In contrast, to something as simple a foil and tissue paper, he puts a  long standing preppers myth that a microwave is also an effective barrier for an EMP burst up to a test to see which method would have a higher probability of blacking out your device and increase the chances of keeping it safe. The findings are rather surprising! Also do not for get to subscribe to stay tuned to upcoming content and be sure to enter to win our 1000 subscriber giveaway! 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Metal Detecting my FIRST PERMISSION ever! Using the Garrett Ace 200

It had been a while since I took my detector out for a spin, so I decided to go out on a hunt in rural Missouri to obtain my first permission. After some scary door-knocking, I finally got it! The owner said the main house was at least 125 years old and had three barns and a lake on the property. I used my Garrett Ace 200 metal detector in this video along with a pin pointer, a new hand shovel and a medium size foot shovel. I swung the detector around the barns and an old blacksmith shop and was hitting all of the iron tones, chatter and choppy signals. I found several old iron relics including a possible peace to old horse reins. I did not find any old silver coins or civil war relics and most of what I did find is unknown to me so I encourage you to leave some comments below and let me know your thoughts!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tiny house tour: how to function off grid while building. Mr. Heater Bud...

How to use a coffee percolator: Tiny house life

Welcome to another episode of our tiny cabin project. In this video, Jon shows us how to use a coffee percolator. This is the perfect off the grid solution to making coffee as it requires no electricity or running water. This method can be used when camping or if you are a tiny house owner.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

116 square foot Tiny House tour: Alcohol burning stove: how to

116 square foot tiny house tour. Alcohol burning stove. Ill tell you what fuels can be used as well as tips and tricks on getting the most out of your alcohol stove. Please LIKE and SUBSCRIBE

Monday, July 10, 2017

Chimney adjustment on the tiny house.

In this video Charles and Jon pop down to their tiny house for a day and a half getaway. While there, they decided to adjust the angle of the chimney on their Dickinson solid fuel wood stove. A brief video, but they wanted to keep you guys updated on every detail that brings them closer to completing  their tiny house. To watch the Dickinson install from the beginning check out this video.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

116 sq foot Tiny House tour: Telescopic Loft Ladder review

Forest Park Bass Fishing

Sturgeon Fishing On The Missouri River

Tiny House Appliances: Panda washing machine

Tiny House Tour- New window install!!

Tiny House Tour: Solar crock pot, turtles, guns and special guest star!

Tiny House Tour: the view

Tiny House Tour: Quick overview of the interior thus far

Small Bug out Bag stuffed with a ridiculous amount of gear!

urban trout fishing

Tiny House New Years Weekend!

Tiny House retro! The day we had the cabin shell delivered.