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.)

2:47 pm - Tue, Jun 10, 2014
This is what DIY plumbing looks like. The arrangement on the right is what’s known as a manifold. Water in is distributed to parts that need it. Also, if you have a sharp, plumbing eye, you’ll notice that the sink drain doesn’t have a trap. More about that later…

This is what DIY plumbing looks like. The arrangement on the right is what’s known as a manifold. Water in is distributed to parts that need it. Also, if you have a sharp, plumbing eye, you’ll notice that the sink drain doesn’t have a trap. More about that later…

2:55 pm - Mon, Jun 9, 2014
Plumbing hell…

Plumbing hell…

5:39 pm - Tue, Jun 3, 2014

Pictured: The Sliding Secretary Desk in action. Securely mounted to the bulkhead, its modest form factor and utility is extremely gratifying. Room enough, when closed, for a laptop, iPad and documents. When open, it’s a workstation, doubling as a bedside table. Ignore the scuffs on the wall above. Everything is getting touched up next week.

8:23 pm - Sun, Jun 1, 2014
While the rest of the city (or so they’d have us think) was at Summer Fest, we spent the day in the wood shop making a new countertop and installing the new kitchen sink. It’s round and deep with a high-slung faucet. We loved the old countertop, but it had to go to accommodate Mister Fancy Round Sink.  We’re awaiting delivery of our new fresh water tank, so now we’ll work backwards and plumb the drain lines first.

While the rest of the city (or so they’d have us think) was at Summer Fest, we spent the day in the wood shop making a new countertop and installing the new kitchen sink. It’s round and deep with a high-slung faucet. We loved the old countertop, but it had to go to accommodate Mister Fancy Round Sink. We’re awaiting delivery of our new fresh water tank, so now we’ll work backwards and plumb the drain lines first.

12:13 pm - Tue, May 27, 2014

Heavy Weather

The Mighty Thor has decided that today isn’t the day to crawl around under the bus working on the plumbing. He may delay us all week, from the look of things.

12:58 pm - Sun, May 25, 2014

The first rule of plumbing!

Starting on Tuesday, our lives will be filled with crawling around the bus as we work on the plumbing. Cribbed from the internet, we’ve adapted this plumbing diagram for our needs. We’re taking a chance with a new (14 years old) kind of trap for our drains. Traditional P traps are problematic on RVs as the water seal has a tendency to slosh out of the trap during travel. The HEPVO is a waterless trap. We’re banking on it doing its job. It comes highly recommended, but opinions are like elbows… See how we brought that back around? It’s our first plumbing joke! Don’t expect too many more, as we imagine that our humor will vanish as the plumbing work intensifies…

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