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Month: January 2017 (page 1 of 2)

Tiny House Table For Four – The Build

I built this table for when guests come over. It can seat 4-5 people which is not something you often see in a Tiny House. The table conveniently folds up and can be moved out of the way when it’s not in use. We also have a smaller table for two that folds up against the wall of our tiny house which we use day-to-day. I will be doing another video, at some point, showing the two tables and how they can be set up into different configurations.

As I mentioned in the video, at this point we were getting anxious to move into the house and I was getting tired of building the tiny house with all my free time. It isn’t quite as nice as I wanted but it was an expedient solution for a larger table. We currently have it tucked away to the side of the lounge loft ladder.

Hatchet Multi Tool In Action

I review a hatchet multi tool I found in the garage the other day. It works surprisingly well for splitting the Hobbit Stove firewood into kindling. I am skeptical of the quality of construction though.

Next Generation Carbon Capture

What if the carbon dioxide created from burning fossil fuels could be captured and used to make a variety of products? It’s already being done, here is how.

Full Interview with Carlo Montemagno: https://omny.fm/shows/ryan-jespersen-show/jan-10-jespersen-9am-reimagining-carbon-dioxide

Carlo Montemagno Bio: http://www.cme.engineering.ualberta.ca/FacultyStaff/FacultyAcademicStaff/Montemagno.aspx

Carbon Xprize: http://carbon.xprize.org/

Washer/Dryer Combo Installation

In our tiny house we have a washer/dryer combo unit. Yes, it both washes and dries! See it during installation and after, while running. Also, another quick look at the shower.

Our washer/dryer combo is a Splendide 2100xc washer/dryer combo. It is smaller then a regular sized washer, about the size of a dish washer and runs on 110AC power. We will be doing a full review on this unit shortly so stay tuned!

Plumbing and Refrigerator

In this episode we take a better look at our propane/electric refrigerator, the plumbing behind our washer/dryer combo, a sneak peak of our composting toilet and a bit more of the hot water tank.

Our RV Hot Water Tank

I show the operation of our RV hot water tank and talk about why we went with a tank instead of an on demand heater and how well it works.

The model of our tank is an Atwood G10-2. It is a pilot ignition and does not require electricity to operate.

12v DC LED Strip Lighting!

We decided to install LED lighting throughout the entire house, including the porch light. We are really amazed at how little energy LED lighting uses, about a tenth of the energy of the old incandescent bulbs.

While fluorescent bulbs were touted as an energy saving alternative to incandescent bulbs I wasn’t a huge fan of them because they have a few drawbacks that the LED’s don’t share. Fluorescent bulbs use about 3x the energy as LED’s and require time to reach their full light output while the LED bulbs are instant. Fluorescent also contain mercury and other toxins that end up in land fills or your home if you are unlucky enough to have one break.

One thing I like about the 12v LED’s vs 120 AC LED’s is that a lot of the AC (alternating current) LED’s have a 60 hertz flicker to them while the DC (direct current) ones do not.

In the video I talk about the 12v DC strip lighting we used in our lofts, under the shelves in the kitchen and in the bathroom.

Tiny House Water Storage and Plumbing

At this point in the build I had just finished installing the majority of our off grid tiny house’s plumbing and was testing it for leaks. You also get a good look at our water storage bladder under the raised floor.

Our original plan was to have a hard sided water tank under the floor but when we went to buy it the company that sold the specific size and shape we needed was sold out. We didn’t want our progress to stall while we waited for the tank so we decided to switch to a water bladder instead. The benefit of the bladder was that we could install under the floor any time whereas the tank would need to have the floor built around it. One lesson to take from this is to purchase your materials ahead of time, if you can, to prevent unanticipated delays.

The bladder we purchased is a 150 gallon Aquatank 2. It is sold as an emergency water storage bladder but the reviews and torture test on YouTube convinced us to give it a try. So far, after 9 months of use, it has been holding up well. There is still some more room under the floor so we may upgrade to a custom sized tank in the future.

 

Alberta Carbon Tax – What they’re not Telling You

I talk about the police state measures in Alberta’s Carbon Tax bill as well as some of the secondary effects of phasing out coal that will also lead to higher fuel costs.

Sources:

http://www.assembly.ab.ca/ISYS/LADDAR_files/docs/bills/bill/legislature_29/session_2/20160308_bill-020.pdf
https://www.alberta.ca/climate-coal-electricity.aspx
http://globalnews.ca/news/3087529/alberta-makes-deal-with-power-producers-to-phase-out-coal-by-2030/
http://www.energy.alberta.ca/Electricity/682.asp

First test of our Hobbit Stove!

The last part in our Mega Update series. We use our hobbit stove for the first time in the tiny house. I discuss how our install varies from code and do a temperature safety check using an infrared thermometer. We also find out something unfortunate about our heat shield.

Here is a link to the paper I mentioned when talking about wood igniting at low temperatures.

https://www.doctorfire.com/low_temp_wood1.pdf

More in this series:

 

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