I was annoyed – before buying the new B+ – not to be able to find any pics online of the bottom of the pcb; i needed to know where the micro USB slot is. Here’s a pic for the rest of you, in case you’re wondering.
I haven’t done much on the tiny house this week/weekend. I moved my hammock stand into the front room of the apartment to better enjoy leisure activities such as snuggling with my wife, reading, napping, and the like.
I also stapled up some screen material over all the window ‘holes’ in the tiny house, so I can pull off some of the tarps and get some airflow through – it’s so hot these days, and the tiny house just seems to absorb the heat without any air breezing through it. It’ll be a bit better once I’ve got siding on it (and painted a nice light color that absorbs less sunheat). I ended up just cutting the tarps around where the window holes are, instead of just removing the tarps completely, for the added weather protection I’ll need until the siding is ready to be put up.
So, the little windows are ready to be installed, which means that two walls (the opposite ends) are ready to be sided. Here’s a photo of my tiny house right now:
I pulled down the top corners of those two tarps, and then I commented to Adrienne how seductive my tiny house is trying to be, gettin’ all exposed like that. ;)
I do want to tackle the other little window gap before I start putting up the siding. In that photo, it’s that little white section to the right of the window hole. That’s styrofoam, plugging up the gap. Here’s the view from the inside:
I put the vent fan approximately where it’s to go, but now I’m debating whether or not to build a frame like I have for the ‘regular’ windows. I don’t believe that it’s all that necessary, since I won’t ever be opening it, so I’m leaning towards doing without. Instead, I’m considering building the metal vent for the water heater into this existing space, screwing down the vent fan where it is, and on the outside, just covering it with some aluminum screen mesh and then a vent grille of some kind. The upper part of the water heater vent will be removable for easier cleaning access and such. That clear tube you see in the corner, next to the fan is the vent tube for the plumbing system, that prevents a vacuum suction from forming.
Today I’m leaving work early, I’ll spend some time at the hardware store researching options for building this “vent window”. I might be able to get some siding, too, if I’m lucky.
Here’s my dog.
I’ve finally finished these two little windows. Well, mostly, As I haven’t installed the stops on them yet, but that’s because I haven’t decided if I’m going to use a different weatherseal or not, which may or may not have a different thickness.
Here, have a photo, I’m trying to be artsy here:
I also need to build the clasps for these windows, and I’ve decided I’ll make them with brass rod for simplicity. But, the stops must be installed first. I’m going to mount them in the tiny house so they open swinging outward, but I can’t remember why. It must have been a good reason, though.
Here’s a close-up of the windows, edge-on. This photo was taken with my phone so I can’t vouch for the quality, meaning, if you can’t really make out the details I’m describing, I’m sorry!
I took this to show the style of construction, “sandwich” style, which is only possible because I’m using acrylic instead of glass. The acrylic is bonded to the wood with Polyseamseal, which is still flexible even after drying, to handle expansion and contraction really well. The two wood pieces are held together with the brass screws, and the holes through the acrylic for the brass screws are a bit larger than the screws themselves so the acrylic does not crack during any expansion/contraction. For weatherability, this will all be sealed with paint or urethane, and regularly checked.
Of course, I won’t use this type of construction with the larger windows. I’m sure I’ve said that before, but I’m too lazy to go back and check. This sandwich style window is only possible because I’m building these things super cheaply, and also because they’re so small (I lack the tools to build really nice “traditional” windows this small).
So, I’ve finally got all three of the small windows done, and am ready to install them. Next up, I’m going to get the siding for these two end walls and put it up, install the windows, add window trim, and paint them, and consider these two walls 90% done.
Then, I’ll work on the other tiny window (the water heater vent/shower exhaust fan window), and at the same time I might build the swing-wall frames. I’m planning to dovetail these frames, and reinforce them with wire guy lines.
I’ve decided to wait until all of this is done before tackling the big side windows. I want to take my time and do a really good job on them, so I’d like to get this other stuff out of the way first.
That’s all for now. I’ll close this post with ducklings.
It’s been a busy week at work, we’re moving into a new office building and there’s a lot of stuff to take care of, and a lot of stress to absorb. Between taking care of all the little things and managing all the big things, I haven’t had a lot of motivation once I leave work each day to do anything other than lay down and doze, or be mindlessly entertained. So, I’ve gotten some bits and pieces done, here and there, but I still haven’t finished the little windows.
But, in the process, I’ve come up with some techniques that really increase the accuracy of my cuts (not having a workbench and all) and assembly. Which is really something of a pointless endeavor since I won’t be assembling windows using this method ever again – the larger side windows and the swing walls will be constructed using more traditional methods. But it’s a good learning experience and I feel it’s helping me improve my woodcraft skills a lot, and it’s certainly fun.
I’ve got the second window built, and at this point the window itself is nearly perfect, and fits really well into the frame. I just need to cut the hinge mortises and mount it and then I’ll add the window stops to both frames and they’re ready to go. I’m planning to do that tonight after work, since this may be the last opportunity for decent amount of woodworking time this week/weekend. And, of course, I’ll post a couple of pictures.
This weekend was a bust, I didn’t get much done at all on the tiny house. I built one window, and took my time, as I tried a few techniques to improve the quality of the build, but I haven’t built the second window yet, I just had a lazy weekend overall. So, no photos, no new updates. I’ll throw something up soon, let you all know how it’s coming along.
Saturday was a bust since I was at work for so long. And I got there later than planned, thanks to getting hit by a car. I was on my bike and the driver ran a stop sign and hit my bike, my rear rack is all messed up, but I’m fine.
So, today I built the two small window frames. I decided that a reduction in frame size by 1/4″ in both directions should be adequate, so I started with the existing too-large frame, cutting the horizontals down by 1/4″ and cutting the dovetails down to the required depth. Then I built two new verticals with some spare stock. It went together really well, so I proceeded to build the second frame to the same dimensions.
They both turned out pretty good, and they fit rather well in place, so I’m set to start working on the windows themselves. Need a trip to the hardware store for the bits, but I’m saving that for tomorrow. My sweetheart woke up ill and has been vomiting throughout the day. It seems like a stomach flu, infected by a co-worker on her last day of work at her old job, no less. I’ve been trying my best to keep her comfortable, so keeping the construction work to a minimum today.
Here are the neat-o window frames:
Learning from the previous window, I’m changing my process in places. First, I’m definitely not gluing these frames together until the windows are built, hinges inset properly, and everything works well. I’m also cutting and mounting the panes using a different method which should handle future thermal expansion/contraction better and minimize the risk of cracking. I’ll also slightly decrease the size of the window, since I feel that the first one I built was made too big and I kind of did a crappy job with it.
So, I didn’t get much done this weekend, but I’m really satisfied with what I did do. I feel like I’m getting better at dovetails. I feel like they’re a really simple skill, but so daunting if you don’t have any idea what you’re doing – and it’s no longer daunting at all.
So, this week, I hope to have these two windows completed and in place – and then I’ll build little screens for all three, and remove the tarps from both sides of the tiny house.
With an early day off work yesterday, I was super excited to get home and get some window frames built using my newly-acquired skills with making dovetails. So, I rushed home on my bike (it was only about 95F, so it was an easy ride), cut the stock to length, and dove right into sawing out some dovetails.
I built one complete frame, and it’s nearly perfect! No major mistakes, all the cuts were accurate, and the thing fit together like a dream! Here’s a grainy low-light picture:
Looks great, no? I’m proud of it. Then… I took it out to the tiny house to test fit it, and guess what? It wouldn’t fit. I was so excited to get started sawing and dovetailing that I cut the stock to the dimensions of the window gap as measured (8.5″ x 17″), forgetting to reduce them by a bit to allow for wood expansion and such… doh!
So, I’ve got one window frame built, and the pieces for the other window frame which I haven’t cut yet. It’s a simple matter to trim off 3/8″ or so of each piece and remark it, but what about this existing finished, perfect, window frame? Do I trim out the gap and force it in (and have two odd-sized windows)? Do I buy more stock and start over, and if so, what do I do with this one?
Lesson learned, in any case: don’t forget to pay attention to what I’m doing!