Monday, September 11, 2017

Radiant Barrier Totally Done!

All of the vapor barrier and radiant barrier is completely done! Every joint/break/seam is taped.

I miscalculated how much radiant barrier I needed for this project--by a lot. I never even opened this last roll.

I continued to install boards in the corner of the closet...

...until I was done.

The view from the inside of the closet...

This next shot is looking straight down the outside wall of the closet. I placed a board on the outside there to show that there is a purposeful gap between the lower edge of each of those boards and the kitchen wall on the outside of the closet. The gaps should keep these boards from trapping a bunch of dirt at their bottom edges. Because...

...all of these boards are shelves for shoes!

After finishing the shoe shelves, I cleaned out the JayBee and vacuumed. From the bed alcove, looking toward the bathroom/west end...

From the bathroom looking toward the bed/east end...

The JayBee is now ready for ceiling and wall boards.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Miscellaneous Updates

In no particular order...

  • Plumber/Thief:  Some of you may remember that, a year and a half ago, a plumber took a deposit from me for rough-in plumbing work on the JayBee--and then did no work, didn't return the money, basically fell off the grid. In April 2017, I won my Small Claims case against the plumber/thief, but he did not keep up with his payments. I'm taking him back to Court next week. <sigh> It never ends. One interesting fact: I served him myself this time. Yup, it's true. After paying a Sheriff for an unsuccessful service of the plumber/thief, I served him myself. Where there's a will...
  • Building Permits: My building permits expired in July and, while I hoped the Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) would take pity on me (being such a slow [but steady!] house builder) and cut me some slack; no such luck. I will have to pay again for more permits. In the meantime, Maine appears to be moving ever closer to adopting new codes for tiny houses. Since I have to get new permits, I'm concerned that what had been going smoothly with the CEO will be disrupted and a new set of rules will be applied to my build mid-project. I guess I'll just cross that bridge when I get to it.
  • Bathroom Fan/Vent Fallout: Remember my long torturous day of installing the vent for the bathroom fan? The day I endlessly dropped things and spent hours combing through the thick foliage for my lost items? I ended up with some poison ivy on my hands as a result of those shenanigans. The gift that keeps on giving.
  • Bear: Still no Bear. Within two weeks of Bear going missing, my neighbor's cat disappeared as well. While there may be some outside chance that Bear will return, I think it's probable that he is permanently gone. Here is a gallery of Bear.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Radiant Barrier (Almost) Done

After installing long strips of radiant barrier on the rest of the JayBee's ceiling,

I should be declaring that the entire radiant/vapor barrier is done. Unfortunately, I ran out of the tape I use to seal the joints and breaks, and the resupply I have ordered has not yet arrived. So, that means it is close to done, but not quite.

In the meantime, here is a puzzle. I have begun to install these boards in the closet wall. This is the view from the kitchen side.

This is the view from inside the closet.

Maybe you can guess what the boards are for? When I'm done installing them, I'll let you know their purpose.

Monday, August 28, 2017

More Radiant Barrier


I have spent so much extra time on all of my non-standard architectural details--like the bumpouts and this entryway--every step of the way!

I think the inside of the JayBee is starting to look like a spaceship.

I check on George a gazillion times a day. He's mostly sleeping in one spot...

...or another.