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New Kitchen Ceiling

Just in case you thought we were finished all of our trailer projects for this year, we have one more to share.

Kat was never fond of how the paneling on the ceiling turned out when we redid the kitchen area in the trailer. We had put up some thin panels and painted them white. It was fine and it worked, but some of the seams were unseemly, as it were.

In any event, after we refinished the bedroom area in the trailer last year with pine tongue and groove boards, there was quite the contrast between the kitchen side and the bedroom side. So we decided to rip out the kitchen ceiling and redo it to match.

Here is the start on the south side, working towards the north.

We worked in sections, stripping off a row of the panels and then putting up the tongue and groove boards as we went. The first section was a bit slow as I was working by myself for that part, but Kat joined in for the other sections so it went much quicker.

Here is the start of the second section, just after we had ripped off the ceiling panels.

We were anxious to get that center section done in one day as that is where all of the lights are mounted. Not that we haven’t spent time with no lights before, but it would be better if we could get passed that all at once.

I was doing all of the cutting outside while Kat was doing most of the nailing inside. We would both help to put the new pieces in place, as they can be a bit unruly, especially the longer ones.

We were successful in completing the center section in only one day, though with the daylight hours dropping as we approach winter it was getting a bit dark in the trailer when we got to the end.

With nothing to do on a rainy day, I took it upon myself to rip out the rest of the ceiling on the north side. There are no power tools involved so you don’t use up any battery power getting that done.

It wasn’t long after that we hunkered down and filled in the rest of it, leaving us with quite the nice new ceiling.

We even put some of the pine around the inset for the vent box.

There are still a few minor details to take care of in terms of putting in the trim pieces, but the major work is now done. The hardest part was ripping out the old ceiling. It was stapled and glued so we made quite a mess pulling it down. Then we had to chisel off the glue and any remnants that remained before we could start putting the new stuff on. Your arms do get tired after you have been holding them over your head for quite a while.

All in all, it wasn’t a necessary change, but it sure does make the place look nicer.


Trailer Update, October 2016

Things certainly don’t stand still around here which is good because time just won’t stop or even slow down no matter how much you want it too. Here is a list of things we have accomplished over the last few weeks.

As you may know, we had the other end of the trailer insulated with spray foam and we are in the process of rebuilding the interior. It’s not going super quick, but we are getting things done. Weather, budget and holidays (it was Thanksgiving two weekends ago) have a restraining effect on our projects. However, we have managed to accomplish some things.

We did managed to finish the ceiling. We bought ourselves some pine tongue & groove and used that for the ceiling instead of the paneling we used last time. It wasn’t the best quality stuff. Many of the tongues and/or grooves had issues, but with the judicial use of a rubber mallet, we managed to get it to look pretty nice.

Here is the start.


We started on the side that had a lot of fiddly bits to deal with, like wires and ceiling vents, so those first few rows took quite a while. We worked through it and finally got passed those parts.


Kat and I had a pretty good system going. I would do the cutting outside on the miter saw and she would put them into place with the brad nailer. If the piece was extra long, we would usually work together, I holding it up while Kat tapped it into place with the rubber mallet.

Here is the completely finished ceiling, including the extra paneling bits.


As a side note, we were also able to run all of our power tools from the solar system. At first we just used the miter saw and skill saw off the solar, but with the compressor always putting the generator into overload, I put it on the solar system as well and it didn’t even flinch. Our inverter is rated at 4400 Watts, so a momentary draw of 1500 when the compressor starts up is nothing. The inverter can also handle a spike of 8500 Watts for up to 5 seconds so not really anything to worry about there. Because we were doing this on a sunny day, by the end of it, I checked the batteries and they were at 99%. It’s always good to use your most power heavy things during full sun.

But I digress.

Another thing we accomplished was a complete reorganization of the contents of the truck shelter. You couldn’t even walk in there before, it was so full of bits of lumber, odds and ends, tools and so forth. Unfortunately, I don’t have a before picture, but this is what it looked like after we had emptied it and were just at the beginning stages of putting the stuff back in.


We moved the big work table I built back in the spring into the shelter and there is enough room that I could actually work on things inside. I know that sounds crazy, but it will be quite helpful in the days to come as things get colder outside.

Here is the shot of it all put back together.


In other big news, we had our driveway refurbished today. It was in sore need of some love and care, especially the part beside the pond as it continues to sink over time. We contacted a local guy whom has helped us before with things of this nature and he brought over several loads of gravel. I am getting ahead of things a bit, so lets look at the pictures.

This is what it looked like before, up near our shipping container.


Moving down a bit, you can see the spot where it is low beside the pond. That’s the spot where all of the water is sitting on the driveway.


Mr. Dumptruck arrived and did his fancy “dump & drive” maneuver.


This was the first load. He was pretty good at getting it spread down the driveway just with the dumptruck.


After three loads were dumped, he brought in the backhoe to smooth out the bumps and compact it.


And voila! Newly covered driveway.


Here it is, looking back towards the trailer.


He was also nice enough to fix the entrance to our driveway as it had several trenches through it from the heavy rains we’ve had.


The gravel now makes it most of the way up to the trailer as well, so hopefully the propane delivery truck won’t be leaving huge ruts in our driveway this year.


The only downside to this is it puts trailer interior work back a bit because driveway repairs are not cheep. There are some things we can do with materials we have already purchased, but other things will need to wait until more money comes in.

Trailer rebuilding: stove pipe, paneling, trim and fire

If you have been following along, I bet you’re all curious as to how things are going, seeing as I haven’t done an update in two days. We ended up skipping yesterday entirely as I had to take care of some work related things during the day. After numerous emails and phone calls it was well into the afternoon so we just decided to take the rest of the day off. It was a nice break seeing as I have been working everyday for over three weeks to get this done.

However, I can tell you that we have indeed achieved a milestone. Here you can see the wood stove all hooked up with its alien ovipositor attached to it. It wasn’t difficult after I had set up those string guidelines.


Of course, we had to try it out. So here is our first fire in the new setup. Just try to ignore all of the dirt on the floor. We do endless amounts of sweeping, but we just make another mess afterwards.


So now when we work on the trailer, we can light the fire and warm things up while we’re working on it. It’s quite lovely.

We used up all of the new panels we bought and you can see here we have covered the ceiling now.


As well as the ceiling in the kitchen slide-out.


Here is Kat passed out on the table. I’m not going to reveal the circumstances that led up to this compromising position.


With it raining quite a bit the last few days, it made it difficult to do any large scale cutting outside. For instance, I wanted to work on putting the plywood down on the floor of the kitchen slide-out today, but I needed to be doing some long 8′ (244cm) cuts with a skill saw and we can’t really do that inside.

So we decided to work on something else. I moved the miter saw inside and we worked on putting up the trim in the corners. Always lots of fun with angles when doing this. Here I am contemplating my wood.


Mmmm, three way joints. If you’re paying close attention to your cuts, this goes pretty well. If you can’t think spatially, it would probably be quite challenging.

This is a picture in one of the ceiling corners of the living-room slide-out.


Here is a floor corner on the same slide-out. You can also see our really dirty floor too.


Kat also went around and put the plastic on most of the windows, so our winterizing is almost complete. This weekend we have plans to work on firewood processing to increase our stash. After that, I will need to get a semblance of a kitchen back up and running and then skirt the trailer.

So much to do.

Trailer insulating, day 4

It’s difficult to believe that we’re at day four and we still can’t show much progress. Today was spent trimming all of the additional spray foam I had added. Oh, and I got another can and emptied it filling in all of the cracks and spaces that we could find. Here is a picture of me in action.


Yes, this time the insulation was blue. Kinda fun, really.


If you were paying attention to the pictures in the previous posts, you may have seen a large metal strip going across the floor. That was a cover for the seam where the slide-out starts. It stuck up off the floor and wasn’t doing a whole lot of good, we we decided to remove it and fill the trench with more foam. After it hardened, we trimmed it and it looked like this.


Fortunately, we can now show you the beginnings of real progress. Here you can see Kat working on the first new panel we put on the ceiling.


In case you are wondering, the new panels are 1/8th inch (3mm) plywood with mahogany finish on one side. They’re pretty ideal for this situation. We managed to get two of them up.


Unfortunately, they only come in 3’x7′(0.9m x 2.1m) panels so they are a bit smaller than your standard sized sheets. Also, the trusses in the roof of the trailer are spaced at seemingly random intervals. No two trusses had the same distance between them, which is a bit annoying.

Tomorrow we’re going to put down some 6mil vapor barrier on the floor and then start to cover it with rigid foam insulation. I’m not sure I have enough to finish the job, but I do have enough to get the end where the wood stove is located, which is our highest priority. Soon, there will be tiling in our future. But I’m getting ahead of things.