FLOOD!

July 20, 2014 § 13 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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First Shower In The Tiny House

November 12, 2013 § 23 Comments

It was magic!  My shower has been working and functional for a long long time but without having the greywater system hooked up I didn’t want to use it and flood under the house.  I have been using friends’ and families showers for a while, it feels AWESOME to get to shower in my own house! :) My Eccotemp FVI 12 does a wonderful job!  I do have to turn it all the way up to hot hot and then back down to temp for it to keep heated, if I just turn it half-way it seems like the heater really doesn’t kick on strongly.  It is awesome though, I had a nice, long, hot shower with even heat, no flash hot or flash cold.  I have to also say I am pretty dang impressed with how far a tank of propane has gone.  I’ve been living in my house full time since mid June and started with a little over a half of a tank of propane and I haven’t had to fill it yet.  My stove and water heater are both running off of propane.  I admit I haven’t been cooking up a storm but I haven’t really been shy about it either… I probably use a couple of my burners at least a couple times a week… hot water every day basically to do dishes and wash hands etc.  I’m expecting I will have to fill my little five gallon tank soon but getting pretty close to 6 months out of about 3 gallons of propane is pretty cool.  We will see how much having regular showers out here will affect that.

Another quick review… My heating!  I had planned on using my radiant floor heat as my main heating source which works well down to about 50 degrees.  Any lower than that and it doesn’t quite cut it.  I have been using my radiant heater as a supplement, the same one I used during construction.  I have it on the lowest possible setting and it works really well.  I should also note, I tend to leave the bedroom window cracked a couple inches throughout the day and night.  I do this for a couple reasons, if I don’t at night the body heat builds up in the house and it actually gets too warm by the time I wake up, second, throughout the day it allows things to vent.  It’s pretty tight ventilation wise and I have a large dog who smells… like a dog.  I used to come home and leave the doors open for a while to air it out but I have realized it’s better if I just crack a window and then I don’t have to walk in the door to a wall of dog smell.  I think it helps keep things balanced inside too, not to stale of air.  So it’s a trade off, it’s the best balance I’ve found though between heat and freshness.   The floor MIGHT be enough without the cracked window, but I doubt it.  That being said, I LOVE that I have the radiant heat floors.  My feet stay warm and cozy, it will be great for MiniMiller too so she won’t have a cold floor to crawl around on.  It really makes the space super comfortable even though I have to supplement the heat a tad.

Third, I get to do other projects now!  That’s pretty cool.  Sunday evening I was feeling like a bum just sitting down and watching TV so I decided to sew a little at least while I watched, then I didn’t feel SO lazy :).  Before I knew it I made a skirt!  Not a bad one either!  I haven’t sewed in years, happy to know I have some skill still.

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It doesn’t look magical off of me but it is cute, I promise, I’ll see if I can’t get someone to take a picture of me wearing it some day…

I loosely based it on another skirt I have but I added a belly band for my pregger self.  I have discovered that leggings are my new best friend.  I LOVE them, they are cozy and don’t cut across my belly all uncomfortably like pants.  So, I think my wardrobe will be consisting a lot of insulated leggings and skirts!  Also, I started my prenatal yoga class last night.  I have been really concerned about my back since I broke it just over a year ago.  It has been hurting me quite a bit lately with the shifting center of gravity of my body, it’s passed the pain of my foot now (which has also never healed correctly), I’ve got a permanent ‘gangster limp’ I think… both of those injuries are concerning to me as the next months roll on.  I started yoga to hopefully mitigate some of the issues along the way, it was a good class with other pregnant ladies.  My body is surprisingly sore from all the low impact stuff that happened :), sore in a good way.   I am planning on keeping that up a couple days a week until MiniMiller makes her debut!  I also got a back support band that seems to help as well.  The last tidbit is that Ms. MiniMiller is getting a little routine, that is a weird thing to realize.  She’s her own person with her own schedule.  I notice she gets real active every morning first thing, right after breakfast and then again in the afternoon right around 2pm until 4 or so and then again around 8pm. until after I fall asleep.  It’s getting pretty routine, it makes me wonder if that will be her active times after she’s born, if so I am ok with that, I hope she isn’t a morning person :).

One LAST thing I want to mention… in getting prepared for after baby is here I have decided to invest in an upright freezer and some tupperware to make some big meals in bulk and freeze them for easy meals later.  This will let me have some nutritious meals and be able to focus on baby without running to a food store or eating crappy.  In looking at the cost of things tupperware is just crazy, it occurred to me to try a restaurant supply store and looking at some of the take-out stuff they have. 9-x-9-x-3-medium-3-compartment-microwaveable-plastic-hinged-take-out-container-112-case

A lot of the time those things are microwave and dishwasher safe, they have decent seals and seem like they would be ok to separate out a meal and freeze.  Oh, ad they are WAY cheaper!  Any thoughts?  I will probably post a few recipes I find for crock pot meals to stick in a bag and freeze or for delicious looking food stuffs that would freeze well, if anyone has any particularly good resources or ideas on this I would love to hear them!  

The next thing to look into is also going to be insurance for MiniMiller… I don’t need to get into that debacle right now though, I’ll save that rant for later :).   Hope everyone is well! 

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