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Old 01-14-2009, 10:09 PM   #106
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Mottishaw. I know the name but cannot place the cabin. Do you have a first name? That's how I know most people over here.

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Old 01-15-2009, 11:31 AM   #107
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Dave and Cheryl Mottishaw
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:04 PM   #108
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Gotcha: They are over on the other side near Lloyd and Dana's place.
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I know you have to be very busy, but I/WE would still love to see more pictures and words about your progress as time permits.
Thank you again, and look forward to your posts!
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:18 PM   #110
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Hi wrangler, consider it done. Had to make a couple of trips across the water to town for more stuff. Brought back some sample granite tiles for wife number 2 to have a look at. I'll get a pic in a bit. Also one of the inside of what will be the utility room. Sounds exciting, I know. I'll give you an explanation of what will happen in there. As well I guess I should get a shot of the kitchen counter as it is now.
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I do realize that utility rooms rank right up there in the excitement department, comparing to something like the superbowl. But I'm going to show it to you anyway, so there.
Over in the cabin, we do not keep the fridge in the kitchen. We keep it in a cupboard outside. Huh?
Living as we do on solar power, it only makes sense to keep the fridge in an outside environment. Think about it, all you guys keep your fridges right next to the stove. Great idea! The electricity company loves you!
Ours is on the north side of the cabin, so in winter, with the cooler temperatures, the fridge runs very little. Good thing too, as we get precious little insolation (that's what it is called) in the winter. Whereas in the summer, when it is warmer, the fridge is on the naturally cool side of the building, but we get lots of insolation to cover it easily. All in all, not such a bad idea. It has worked for us for going on 12 years.
The original plan for the new utility room in the house (as opposed to the cabin) was to leave the outside wall UNinsulated, but to insulate the walls which surrounded the room. Plus the ceiling would be insulated as it is under the ensuite.
The reasoning was that way the room would not be heated by the wood stoves in the house, and thus would stay cool. And it may well have worked out that way but for one thing. We have had one SOB of a cold winter, and it sure ain't over yet. I still do not have a door on that room, so it is pumping cold air into the rest of the house just like a good air conditioning system. So enough was enough, and today I insulated both the wall and ceiling to try and eliminate yet one more source of unwanted cold air.
The walls that surround that room are both insulated and vapor barriered (on the warm side) so I will not be putting a vapor barrier on the back wall.
I will probably cover it with OSB.
Have you guessed yet? The fridge is going in here when we move it over from the cabin.
The room will also have the water inlet from our tanks outside, that went in today. The water pump - it is a 1/3 HP shallow well pump. The pressure tank which they laughingly call an 80 gallon equivalent.
I ask you, how on earth do they get away with this nonsense? I doubt that it holds more than 30 gallons, and that would be those little US gallons at that.
Then there will be the instantaneous propane fired water heater, washer/spin dryer, laundry sink and as much shelving space as I can put in to keep canned goods. Before the winter sets in, we like to start getting case lots of stuff, and we need a place to put it all.
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Dropped in at the tile store and picked up samples of three granite tiles.
This one is called Blue Pearl. Looks more like grey oyster here, but I assure you in daylight, it is the deepest most magnificent blue tile I have ever seen.
Not for the kitchen, but there will be a very small counter in the bathroom and I will put them on there, plus the backsplash I guess.
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Got a couple of the brown types for the kitchen counter. The one on the left was a bargain at $3.95. On the right, $11.95. Do I have to tell you which one the wife wants? Of course I don't.
Thankfully, it will only take about 45 tiles to do the job.
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And this is what I will have to cover.
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That odd looking chunk of plywood you see hovering above the counter is actually going to be a brace located in the middle of the back side of the cabinet. It is just there to provide a small extra nailing surface for when I put the cedar strips on.
And here's the back side of the valence with all the cedar strips done. The front isn't started yet, hopefully tomorrow, unless I go over to town again.
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I have to pick up three more doors. One for the utility room, next for the bathroom downstairs, and the last for the broom closet which will go under the stairs.
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Very nice work...do you saw all that wood from 'washups" on your beach? What type of solar are you using? Is the well water adequate for your needs..as in amount of? Do you have electricity there? Cheers
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My My!

I've taken the better part of the hour to read through your thread. Good stuff indeed!

My Granddad was a finish carpenter and he too could not stand to see straight lines where there could be curves. Work he did in Banks and Post offices are still around in smaller communities. These date back to the 20's and 30's. Many of them show the aftermath of his conversations with the architect. The end results include curved counters, walls and arch's.

Your living the dream of many. And most of us, who would love to be doing what you are, just don't have nearly as much talent. Thanks for posting and keep up the excellent work.

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Old 01-16-2009, 05:31 PM   #119
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Shamus, I am truly flattered that you would elevate me to the league of your granddad. I thank you for that. It sounds like he and I would have got along just great!

Scoggy: The wood comes from whatever logs happen to be floating around when I need something. As you know, most of the north American waters have two sets of high tides each month. One at full moon and the other at new moon. So generally, these will always fall about two weeks apart. It is these high tides which lift the logs off the various and sundry beaches, thus making them available to sneaky folk like myself. If the barometer is high, which usually brings good weather, then that forces the tide down and not so much wood comes off the beaches. Conversely, a low barometer brings a very high tide, and anything and everything will float off.
After a while, and especially after having destroyed several bandsaw blades at $40 a pop, you learn which logs to avoid.
And lastly, the first set of high tides in January usually provides the best yield. That is when I have got most of the logs in the past.

Solar system. I should do a short bit on that as it is quite involved. Once you learn the basics of how a solar system works, it really is remarkably simple.
We have 8 64 watt Unisolar panels, which feed through a Trace 40 amp controller, then through the inverter, then a 250 amp DC breaker and finally to the battery bank. Our meter which we keep tabs on all this is an E-meter.
I will very shortly be changing our battery bank over to a different one, so when I do that I shall get a few pix of the setup. One thing I will say for it, the whole system has been totally reliable. Unlike regular utility company customers who routinely get to put up with power outages, we have no such worries. With 11 years experience living off the grid, all I can say is I'm happy we did it.

We don't use well water here. There are wells on the island, 6 I think, but the one near us has a very fine silt in it, and it was clogging our filters. So we use a roof catchment system. Currently we have 6,000 gallons of storage for household use, another 1,500 gallon tank designated for fire pump use should it ever be necessary plus another 6 or 700 gallons of miscellaneous storage for the garden.

Electricity? That's what our solar system provides, along with a backup generator. There are NO services of any kind here. No ferries, no docks, no roads, no municipal water supply, no garbage pickup, no mail delivery, nothing. If we want it, we must do it for ourselves.
Hope that explains it a bit.
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Jeez, I feel like an old mouse...after a "new scent of cheese"!! If I came over in my 12 foot 'tin' boat...would I be welcome...just to see your 'creation? I will understand...no...because an "island experience" is beautified self experience combined with creativity, and perhaps, like me, you want to be 'doing', not explaining. Cheers.
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