Friday, December 19, 2008

Gertee gets more insulation

I did two hours on freedomfighter radio. They were fun. I sure get to meet all kinds of people doing ACL work. I like seeing how other people react, and what kinds of comittments they make to defending individual freedom. It was too cool when Lark called in, and I think it went well.

As for winter gertee expedition.... lots happening there.

Insulating the floor after moving all the furnishings inside is not recommended. In my case, it was absolutely necessary, so I did it. I thought a few scattered rugs would be enough. I was wrong. Plywood and any wood particle board holds ZERO heat. My floor was staying below freezing and two blankets by the bed are frozen solid to the floor. I'm having to work around that. I also got into my "stash" of new materials and put them on the walls. Now my walls have numerous materials and layers: marine canvas, Radiant Guard, Army wool, painters cloths, baby blankets, interior tent plastic windows and cotton, wallpaper, unbleached muslin, pieces of my wall tent canvas duck, Eqyptian dyed fabric, jaquard wool fabric, and the latest layers of white felt and a maroon tapestry. Hopefully I can get it all down before the roof leaks start again. First winter I've ever hoped it stays below freezing for the next three months.

Kitchen floor insulation went down first,
I can walk in there with my socks on now!

I put Radiant Guard over the plywood floor and
covered it with pieces of the wool fabric
off discarded US Army ironing boards.

Then I covered about 45 wall feet of living/bed room floor
the same exact way

As ususal, I do everything backwards, and I swear I don't plan it that way. Part of my problem is not having the right materials when I'm in the process of building. So in a way this is still good research for adapting to certain challenges that arise when you build a homemade yurt with angst for a budget. There are a lot of people who may have to build these out of whatever's available, so it could end up being useful information to sombody. The coolest thing I'm learning is no mistake is too huge, everything can be fixed or it can wait until you can fix it. I wish everything in my life were as simple as this. As long as I "let go" and just accept whatever happens in here, I seem to be able to come up with a way to deal with it. (Of course that's not what I did in the big windstorm when i held on to the post and screamed all night long.)

While this is no longer a completely recycled gertee I do have to wait and carefully plan to purchase my new items. I spend a lot of time looking for the best deals. I also get free and cheap things I'm not always sure how I'll use, like when I got Ron's old big plastic pool he was getting rid of. At first I thought it would make a good roof but it was so heavy I think I need it on the floor next time I rebuild. The heat escapes through the roof but the cold comes in from the floor.

72 inch wide by15+ yards, white felt, ebay $26

tacking up the felt after duct taping the floors to the walls

60 inch x 10 yards tapestry material, ebay $18

A place for the miniwerks, finally!

60 inch x 10 yards jaquard wool, used several times now


BigBear said...

I just finished putting down a 1 inch layer of foam board and another layer of plywood on my cabin floor. Made a huge difference.

Anonymous said...

My first lesson in carpentry was from an oldtimer who told me, " a carpenter is only as good as he fixes his mistakes". Hang in there, Jimmy

Anonymous said...

God Bless you! You go beyond the call of principles! You have an open invite to come stay with Dick(Motta) and I here in Montana. Today we have -20. You can stay in our finished sub basement. Even though it has no heat, it's way above freezing and you'd be warm compared to where you're at. Warmer but not more free. Together, we can work on that part.

The Scavenger said...

The place in looking great !! When it's warmer inside it will look great to you I'm sure. Warm does have a look ya know. lol Stay warm and I'll be back to check on ya often.


lark said...

You should've seen the chat line scratchings I saw getting laid down as I gently struggled to keep the chattering set focused on the interview itself.

I don't think those kids really got engaged too much with the flow of the conversation you were having with your 'electrifying' interviewer at all - except maybe that's how teenagers and twenty-somethins' [much more accustomed to 'all things techie' than me] conduct themselves during an internet radio show these days!


Another time, when the reasonable-sounding co-host stated our cops and our military had to live up to their oaths and follow the Constitution, I wrote:

Cops and soldiers follow ORDERS, don't they usually?


All in all, though, it was a lot of fun; and you seemed to be having fun too; and it was a blast to get to talk with you the first time!

I hope we can do it again sometime. :)

James said...

Yo Niki groovy toon lol rock on!
anyways ya thats good that u have put down some more insulation. have u noticed a difference in the amount of fuel uv been burning? it should be a noticible difference, i still reccomend u fabricate an air pipe onto the furnace so that is is drawing its own air supply from outside and ur now creating a vacuum
within ur house ceen. just a suggestion, anyways congrats on the new hard-copy editions of the manifesto ill deffinately put in an order for one as soon as i get my first paycheck in about a month.

so ya me look forward till the spring when we can link and talk bout things. blessings to u and ms.Nordica may u find all that u seek.
peace be with u
allways ur friend dave:)