July 20, 2014 § 12 Comments

Yeah, I had a flood on Saturday night.   I had just taken off to a BBQ at my brothers house, James stayed home and worked.  He was unloading lumber from his truck for his project and heard water flowing by the tiny house.  He came to examine and found an inch of water covering my whole floors and pouring out!  I am so glad he didn’t come with me to the BBQ,  I left about 6:30, everything was fine.  I got a call from him at 7:30 that the place was completely flooded and he turned off the water.  I enjoyed the rest of the night and made it back home around midnight.  He estimates that ‘whatever happened’ was only happening 10-15 minutes before he caught it and it completely flooded the house!  I can’t imagine the problems we would have had if he had come to the BBQ and it was going for five hours!  15 minutes did a lot of damage!  OYE, I may not have a habitable house if it were 5 hours!  So grateful he was around to catch it!

So, I wake up this morning determined to find out what was going on.  I turned the water on for a second and completely soaked the floor.  It was long enough to tell that the water heater had broken.  Opening the cupboard water was just pouring out the bottom of the water heater.  Unplug and mop up.

Called my dad, aka the best plumber in town!  He comes over, we dismantle the hookups and pull the unit out. It is a TIGHT space, took a bit of craftiness!

As soon as we remove the unit the inlet literally falls out of the unit  The water intake appears to have completely broken off.  Dad and I both cannot figure out why.  It has been working great for over a year and it just decides one saturday night to just snap off.  If I had moved the house anytime recently I suppose I could see that happening but there has been zero stress or extensive use, no crazy water pressure no hiccups whatsoever until the unit just broke and flooded my house!  Now that I know the issue I have looked up eccotemps (I have the eccotemp FVI 12-lp) warranty, it states there is a 2 year warranty, I have put in a ticket and hopefully they will cover it and get me some hot water again soon.  For now it looks like I’ll be homesteading style (boils some water!) for Hazels baths and maybe just shower at my families house…  rather inconvenient.  Even though it was bad it could have been SO much worse!  I left a towel on the ground in the bathroom which prevented a bunch of water from going down into my toilet and messing with that!  I am super glad I did rigid insulation in the floor, had I done batt or some other kinds I would have to potentially fix that, they get destroyed with moisture.  Most definitely go with rigid or spray in insulation in your floors!  I am so grateful things weren’t worse!  I’ll keep you updated on the status of my hot water :).  I would love to hear what others’ experiences have been with Eccotemp, I have heard very good things overall, thoughts?


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Tiny House Air Conditioning and Fathers Day

June 18, 2014 § 4 Comments

Here is our craft project for James’s very first dad’s day and… I got an air conditioner! :)  I thought it would be nice to document how small MiniM is for dad’s day so I picked up one of those generic make your own handprint stepping stone kits (it was actually for dog feet but who can tell the difference…) and we added some personal touches.  Also, I got an A/C unit.  If it was just me I would have skipped that but little miss gets hot, fast.  Last summer Denver and I lived through a 111 degree day and those that surrounding it with only windows and a fan for cooling, it was too warm for a baby.  Tolerable (just barely) but too warm.  My house stays pretty nice so long as no doors get opened throughout the day (the thermal mass in the floors for the heat ironically helps it stay cool really well).  If you go out just once in that heat though it gets warm.  Air exchanges fast when there is not very much of it!

I would love to try some alternative A/C units like this one but I want something on hand for Hazel just in case also, no need to give my kid heat stroke… so I am ready for the heat this year even though I am going to try some alternative options first!

Oh, have you guys heard the good news?!


She looks thrilled, right!?

Today someone left a copy of this article on my doorstep (thank you!) so Hazel was reading to me today about Tiny Houses being allowed in Brainerd, MN!  Cool step forward from out of left field, huh! :)


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