Update 6.24.13

June 24, 2013 § 11 Comments

Well I had a close call today, after numerous efforts James and I were finally able to get the gas hooked back up.  We ended up having to make several trips to get various fittings to ultimately be able to hook his BBQ propane tank up to the house.  Something must be off because when I came home at lunch to let Denny out the whole place smelled of propane!  I am SOOO glad I came home when I did and SO glad that Denny is ok.  The propane is shut off until I can figure out what is up and Denny came with me to work for the afternoon, I wasn’t going to leave him stuck in the house like that!  That could have been devastating.

Also, I was able to hook up my electric meter and my water meter.   I will be updating on how well those work.  Some of you may have noticed I have some new links to the left, I am going to be posting reviews of my tiny house appliances, meters and equipment.  There is nothing there now but I plan to populate them as I go.  I would eventually love to post other peoples’ reviews also and become a decent place to come look for miscellaneous tiny house parts and see what kind of luck other people have had with this various equipment.   My rational behind this is that the reviews I am finding online are not really relevant because the way the products are used is quite different.  For example, my washer/dryer has some awful reviews but some good ones, it made me leery but then it became clear that the bad reviews were from people who were expecting the machine to compete with two full sized separate units and that just isn’t going to happen.  It would be nice to have a place to keep tiny house specific reviews.  If you are interested in offering me up a good or bad review of some product you have used I would love to post it.  It won’t so much be about pushing products as much as reviewing them though, please no ‘product placement’.

Now, onto the update!  Here are some pictures:

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§ 11 Responses to Update 6.24.13

  • Ronald Rocha says:

    When i hooked up my gas I learned a few things

    I went to the local Propane provider for the Portland metro area
    they said not to use a little bbq regulator it will only give you trouble use a good one like you have there with the vent on top of it. The leak would not be from two regs you must have a leak some where….. I have a bad valve in my Re-Store cooktop it leaks real slow ..I have a shut of valve easily accessible so it only gassed up when in use.

    I also learned that the only place to get a propane hose from tank to regulator was from a RV supplier it has to due with Federal law and the crimps at the hose ends is what I was told most stores have a selection of lengths to choose from

    • Macy M says:

      This is all VERY good information, thank you for taking the time to write it, I really appreciate it! I have some ideas to try from this!

  • Great update, very informational. I like that you update so often, this past weekend my husband and daughter took a drive to get some ideas on our next homestead. WE found several options one we like the best is a gable style shed about 16 X 24 with lofts. Reading your blog keeps me inspired. Thanks so much, Allie.

    • Macy M says:

      Awww, thank you Allie, it’s mutually beneficial then, your support has been awesome throughout all of my adventures! :) That sounds like an awesome drive by the way!

  • Joe Keller says:

    I had a similar stove in the cabin I lived in this past winter and the oven actually has a pilot light that will leak very slowly but continuously. I just learned to shut the propane off when I was not using it. It might be possible to install a quarter turn gas valve between the rest of your system and the stove since your on demand water heater will not like not having a constant source of gas…

    And Denny is one cute dog… :)

    • Macy M says:

      That is a great idea, I actually wondered if it could be a pilot light… It’s such a small space you would notice that fairly fast. Thank you for your thoughts and for your kind words as always!

  • Esther says:

    Love the idea of getting other tiny people to write product reviews! Let us all know when you intend to do that– I’d love to contribute.

    • Macy M says:

      Really! I thought that would be the hard part! I am ready whenever you are, I am just waiting to review my particular items until they have been used for a little while, long enough to have a decent review at least! Please feel free to email me (mizacy@gmail.com) with whatever product you’d like to offer a review on and I will get started on it right away (with lots of links back to your site and credit back to you of course too!) That’s great, thank you! I’m hoping to make a good little resource page for all! :)

      • Esther says:

        I just love this idea, especially since tiny houses have some unique problems. You could even expand it to building materials, I think! I’ll let you know once we’ve finished, moved in for a bit, and had a good chance to try things out.

  • Re: the reviews you mentioned from people not getting what they expect from tiny machines. Too true. You must know what an item is designed to do before you can (or should) complain it didn’t do it. Bravo for you for realizing this!

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