I’d like to start off this week’s blog by thanking the makers of Gillett Sport 3D deodorant, Gorilla Glue and, of course, Beck’s Brewing Company. Unfortunately, my comments about a certain SPF40 sunblock aren’t fitting for this blog. I put that stuff on at least five times over the course of today and I still burned to a crisp. What didn’t burn, aches. *laughing* Life is wonderful!
I’m finally starting to see Nosty’s Nook taking shape: and it’s exciting!
Saturday was, unfortunately, a bust. We had torrential downpours all day long. Truth be told, I hadn’t expected to get much done Saturday, anyway. I was invited to a pig roast which; you guessed it, got canceled due to the rain. The day wasn’t a total loss, though. I managed to sit down with my plans, (those in my head, anyway), and make a few adjustments and a few procedural changes: not to mention checking the TTT website for new idea fodder.
Friday and Sunday were, thankfully, banner days. It was hotter than the Sahara here in SC today but, as my dear old dad used to say, “When you have a goal, you have to overcome all obstacles”, (Brian says, panting, guzzling ice water and applying Flexall liberally). We “Big Boned” guys don’t overcome those obstacles very well. One way or another, Nosty’s Nook will see the mountains before winter rears its’ ugly head. Hence the endorsement for Gillett. The interior walls went up today and working inside was not only wicked hot, but rather close. Thankfully, my Sport Stick withstood the tribulations of an oven’s interior and allowed me to remain non-odoriferous and able to stand myself. TMI? *laughing* The plug for Becks is just obvious.
I got the interior walls in the main cabin glued and screwed-in today. As you can see, (OK, use your imagination), the under-bed storage drawer went in Friday. The breaker panel will be mounted right beside it, (allowing for quick and easy access through a door panel in case of a tripped breaker), and I wanted to get my measurements in “real time,” so in it went. Not something you’d expect to see during rough construction, but I never said I was conventional.
This is the first time I’ve ever used Gorilla Glue on a major project and, let me tell you, the stuff is amazing. Ordinarily, I would have used Liquid Nails or a similar adhesive, but I read good comments about it from a few people who used Gorilla Glue on the TTT forums and decided to give it a try. It’s a little pricey, but well worth it. I believe it will stick water to oil and it’ll stick your fingers together in a New York minute. That’s what I hear, anyway……it’s not like it happened to me or anything…….
I had planned on installing the wiring first, but decided against it when I realized I’d get a better feel for where I wanted the lights and recepticals when I was looking at an actual, walled, semi-finished product instead of a bunch of studs. Now, with the interior walls and ceiling up, I can visualize actual situations, (sleeping, reading, turning on the exterior lights, life support devices, cooking etc.), and install the necessary outlets and lights accordingly. Once I mount the boxes, my Rotozip will make easy work of neatly cutting out the holes for them. I know I mentioned in one of the earlier blogs that “we don’t need no stinking plans!” I stand by that fool’s statement. Shooting from the hip, so to speak, allows your creative juices to flow. *laughing* (like I actually have any creative juices…..puleeeeese!) That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. So far, I haven’t wasted any lumber going by the basic drawings I started with and, I believe, I have come upon a few space saving ideas that, were I sticking strictly to prints, I would have probably missed. (Disclaimer: Kids, don’t try this at home!)
I didn’t have time to get the galley walls up, (the rear section of the camper), today, but that should be fairly straightforward. Everything’s square with no shelving or cabinets to cut around like I had to do in the main cabin. Installing the counter top, sink and cabinetry in the galley will be challenging enough. When you’re building on a smaller scale, such as I’m doing here, everything has to be cut down to size. I’ll be building the cabinets from scratch, but I plan on cutting down some pre-fab counter top for the actual counter. It’s readily available in scads of styles, fairly inexpensive, and it beats the daylights out of cutting and fitting formica laminate using contact cement. Not one of my favorite tasks. As a matter of fact, installing Formica veneer ranks right up there with replacing the wax ring in someone else’s toilet in my book.
Once the interior walls are all in, and the electrical install is completed, I’ll be installing pink foamboard insulation between the studs in the walls and ceiling before I install the outer skin. This should help the heater and A/C unit maintain a comfortable temperature year round. The roof vent, front and door windows are all functional, operating, windows so, on those cool nights, cranking open the vent or the windows should be sufficient to allow for sweet dreams. I am not at all adverse to camping in the winter, so I like the idea of having that option and not having to worry about whether I’ll freeze to death should a moderate winter night turn into a massive winter nightmare.
I don’t know whether I was holding the camera askance, (or whether the odd angle was due to the way I had to hold the camera with my fingers glued together), or whether I’ve been working on a trailer sitting in a ditch all weekend, but you can almost see the cabinet frame in the front-upper section over the window, (OK, I never claimed to be Olan Mills). It takes up the space in the “aerodynamic angle” on the upper front. This will be faced like the galley cabinets with a cabinet front and cabinet pull doors. It’s nice to be able to keep things that you use specifically for camping, designated for camping and in the camper, ready for the next trip, (bug spray, sunblock, lanterns, etc). As you can see, there isn’t a great deal of room in a TTT, so you have to take storage space wherever you can find it.
I have designed the bed at a height that will allow for fresh water and gray water tanks to be installed underneath. I’m not planning on installing them right away. I have no intention of camping primitive, (without running water, electricity, etc.), but, should the “opportunity” present itself, the plumbing will be there. Installing the tanks will be a matter of lifting the hinged bed-deck and slipping them in. The sink and shower will be piped directly to a hose bib-type connector which is the standard connection at almost all campgrounds. I’m planning on a portable, solar water-heater now, but even that will probably be used only on rare occasions. Most of the campgrounds in our area have showers and rest rooms, (at least the ones I plan on frequenting). A lot has changed over the twelve-years since I published The Tenderfoot’s Guide to Family Camping. Most of it culminating in gray hair, muscle aches, oldies music, (which was Top 40 when I listened to it back in “the day”), and a strong desire to wake up without hearing the Snap, Crackle, Pop Concerto played on my aching joints. You’ve heard it from me before, but I’ll say it again: “Nobody ever said camping has to be uncivilized.” For the record, while I am a goer-and-doer when it comes to camping, (I love to wander around and see new things and meet new people whenever I’m in the woods for a weekend), I will be installing a wall-mounted, flat screen TV/DVD player for those rainy days. I usually prefer to read, but the occasional movie on a rainy day can pass the time while you’re waiting for the rain to stop.
Well, that’s about it for this weekend. I’m even more optimistic about making the fall camping season after seeing the progress I made this weekend. If all goes as planned, the remainder of the build should be fairly straightforward. I’m trying to be realistic. The galley may not be totally completed by the first trip, but the exterior will be finished and the cabin will be sleep-able and dry, (barring any unforseen disasters). If you ask any T&TTT’ builder, they’ll tell you that you never, actually, finish a build. Just when you think you’re finished, some new gadget or gizmo comes along and, wham; it’s back to the drawing board and the hardware store for the remodel. I guess that’s what keeps it fun. I look at Nosty’s Nook as an experiment. I’ll take into consideration everything I did on this one, subtract that from everything I wish I’d done, (or didn’t do, or did wrong), on this one after a couple of years of seeing what others have done, (or whatever I dream up while I’m supposed to be working), and do it all over again. Nosty’s Nook II! Hey, it keeps me out of Happy Acres.
Until next week, I wish you peace, happiness and good health.
Ciao for now,
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