3:10 pm - Mon, Jul 7, 2014
Rather than cut a 5” diameter hole in the bus to vent the house AC, we made a snazzy adapter for the window. It’s a little home brew, but better than a 5”(!) hole…

Rather than cut a 5” diameter hole in the bus to vent the house AC, we made a snazzy adapter for the window. It’s a little home brew, but better than a 5”(!) hole…

8:33 pm - Sat, Jul 5, 2014
After a dry fitting, we opted to give our rustic washstand a minimal footprint. While a little bit of counter space would be nice, it simply made things too cramped. We’ve also solved our house AC vent conundrum. After the appropriate amount of hand wringing, of course. As we round out the final week of work (we hope), we’ve got a few surprises in the mix. We don’t want to jinx it, hence mystery!

After a dry fitting, we opted to give our rustic washstand a minimal footprint. While a little bit of counter space would be nice, it simply made things too cramped. We’ve also solved our house AC vent conundrum. After the appropriate amount of hand wringing, of course. As we round out the final week of work (we hope), we’ve got a few surprises in the mix. We don’t want to jinx it, hence mystery!

7:31 pm - Thu, Jul 3, 2014
There’s no free lunch. Everything has a cost. In the case of our HVAC, the choices were cut a hole in the ceiling or cut a hole in the wall. We opted for wall (duh), but we have to live with this appliance sitting here. It beats the alternative (a hole in our roof) but only just. These portable ACs have a mixed reputation. Once again we leap into the breach, full of hope — and we know that hope can be lethal ;-)

There’s no free lunch. Everything has a cost. In the case of our HVAC, the choices were cut a hole in the ceiling or cut a hole in the wall. We opted for wall (duh), but we have to live with this appliance sitting here. It beats the alternative (a hole in our roof) but only just. These portable ACs have a mixed reputation. Once again we leap into the breach, full of hope — and we know that hope can be lethal ;-)

12:42 pm - Wed, Jul 2, 2014
The unfolded folding eBike is bigger than we expected. Folded, it will still eat up a chunk of space. There ARE worse things, we suppose.

The unfolded folding eBike is bigger than we expected. Folded, it will still eat up a chunk of space. There ARE worse things, we suppose.

1:49 pm - Tue, Jul 1, 2014

Clean bill of health!

The Cargo Space has received its shots, a new windshield wiper motor, and has been certified road safe and ready for another year. It was the expected result, but it’s still nice to hear. A week or ten days, at the outside, should see us on the road, with a complete suite of living necessities - water, power, and furniture. The to-do list is short and includes the house air conditioner, re-hanging the curtains, and the addition of some wood trim. 

12:48 am - Mon, Jun 30, 2014

Wishy Washy

Although we have running water in the shower, there’s no sink in our lavatory (at least not in this phase ). The solution that we’ve landed on is to build an old-fashioned wash stand.

Ours is in-progress. It will occupy less space than the above example, but will have everything we need. 

Once a hole is cut in the top — to hold the enameled wash basin — we’ll attach the top to the base. The base will hold a glass gallon jug of fresh water.

Although you can’t see it, the base is slatted to allow any spillage to drain away, rather than stand. The top will be cantilevered over the base, allowing a little elbow room, and will get braced once the top is attached. Hooks will hold hand towels. Of course, when it’s done, the whole thing will be bolted to the bulkhead and the floor. It’s slight, but a practical and solid solution.

9:44 am - Sat, Jun 28, 2014

Three States, 3000 miles. First official stop, The Poor Farm

As we finalize all systems for go, we should start talking about where we’re headed. Our first official stop is at The Great Poor Farm Experiment in Wisconsin. Brainchild of Brad Killam and Michelle Grabner, the Poor Farm is a rural arts center that takes after the German kunsthalle. We’re pleased to be working with Bad at Sports while we’re there, providing a base of operations for them to do their arts podcast, and maybe even some broadcasting. 

Check back often, we roll out details on some (what we think are) really interesting projects, with some (what we know are) great institutions in the midwest!

10:59 am - Fri, Jun 27, 2014
We’re taking ‘do it yourself’ to the next level. Introducing our shiny and clean homemade composting toilet.

We’re taking ‘do it yourself’ to the next level. Introducing our shiny and clean homemade composting toilet.

12:03 pm - Wed, Jun 25, 2014

Immediately upon completion of the interior work, we dropped the bus at the garage for its annual inspection and check-up. She’s running great, so it’s just a formality. We’ll get her back next week, and after a couple of days for field testing, we’ll be ready to hit the road.

4:20 pm - Tue, Jun 24, 2014
This is not a metaphor! It just so happened that torrential rain blew through on the day we finished work on the bus. Sometimes a maelstrom is just a maelstrom.

This is not a metaphor! It just so happened that torrential rain blew through on the day we finished work on the bus. Sometimes a maelstrom is just a maelstrom.

6:40 pm - Sun, Jun 22, 2014
We’ve run dry of beige paint two doors short. It looks like the lavatory doors will get a coat of white paint, and that will have to be that on the near term. The long delayed completion of the bus is within reach, beige paint be damned.

We’ve run dry of beige paint two doors short. It looks like the lavatory doors will get a coat of white paint, and that will have to be that on the near term. The long delayed completion of the bus is within reach, beige paint be damned.

5:42 pm - Fri, Jun 20, 2014
We’re continuing with the theme of getting the lav in operational condition. The shower is installed, and awaiting caulk and trim, which will happen after the panel adhesive on the shower liner has set. One thing is always waiting on some other thing to happen… A stacked up list of chores that can each only be accomplished in turn, and at their own time. Such is life…

We’re continuing with the theme of getting the lav in operational condition. The shower is installed, and awaiting caulk and trim, which will happen after the panel adhesive on the shower liner has set. One thing is always waiting on some other thing to happen… A stacked up list of chores that can each only be accomplished in turn, and at their own time. Such is life…

9:46 pm - Thu, Jun 19, 2014
Composting toilet. We’re going to give it a go ;-)

Composting toilet. We’re going to give it a go ;-)

1:31 pm - Wed, Jun 18, 2014
The sky weeps tears of sympathetic joy as our faucet burps forth its first issue of clean water.

The sky weeps tears of sympathetic joy as our faucet burps forth its first issue of clean water.

9:57 pm - Mon, Jun 16, 2014
Hose clamps are for chumps, except here. Neither of these hoses will be under any pressure. In this case, hose clamps are for winners! The water system is now complete, although completely untested. (Insert dramatic sting.)

Hose clamps are for chumps, except here. Neither of these hoses will be under any pressure. In this case, hose clamps are for winners! The water system is now complete, although completely untested. (Insert dramatic sting.)

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