An Accidental Examination of Copper

So the plan was to dedicate this afternoon to expanding my knowledge on electric currents and the seemingly complicated business of volts… but alas somehow along the line I instead became fixated with learning all one could ever want to know about copper! What started with a simple search into this metal’s excellent conductivity, sprouted into…

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Plumbing Plan: Collecting Rain Water

As I hope to strive towards an off-grid lifestyle, I decided early on that I want to harvest rainwater. Fear not, I am not naïve to fact that it’s unlikely that I will be able to collect enough to meet the demands of the house, but at least a little is better than nothing. I admit I am curious as to how much this ‘some’ will be, however as I don’t know where I will be planting my house, I will leave this for a future date.

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Plumbing Plan: Connecting to Mains

Whilst I will be collecting rainwater, I’d also like to be able to connect the house to the mains. So, my first question is, how do you connect a Tiny House to the water mains?

Essentially, you simply need a hose connection exterior to your house.
To this you attach a water hose, which runs between the house and the properties utility spigot, giving you water. At either the utility tap, or at the conncetion point of your house, there should be a shut off valve. This will enable you to shut off the entire water system if something goes wrong.

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I Finally Have Some Learnings to Spout

I admit that the idea of plumbing has never sent me into a spiral of excitement.
To be fair it probably doesn’t send many people into a ‘spiral of excitement’, but it truly has been one of the aspects of the Tiny House that I’ve least been looking forward to.
Little did I know that plumbing, at least Tiny House plumbing, is actually pretty neat, completely straightforward and, dare I say, really, truly exciting. In fact I’m now that darn keen on plumbing, that I recommenced this blog just so I could talk about it.

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Tiny House, Tiny Update

So you could say I haven’t been successful at maintaining a blog as I research my Tiny House. Mainly I haven’t set aside the time to do so, but also I have been reading, watching and researching so many scattered things, that I don’t think I could even pool my learnings into any comprehensible posts. I know I have been consuming information, but it is all over the place and only now am I beginning to apply it to my actual house.

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With Spring Comes Change

Working full time whilst attempting to develop my tiny home ideas into proper building plans has been far more challenging than I anticipated. Finding time, and then using that time efficiently has been inconsistent, with some weeks passing with less than a few hours dedicated to the project. To say the least, it’s tricky to balance. 

Or I should say, was tricky, because as of the Tuesday before last, I commenced part-time work. 

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Peanut Butter and Dutch Ovens

When condensing your life into a 12 square meter space, it’s inevitable that you will have to make some compromises and question even the ‘essentials.’ As a regular home cook, a proper stove is something I have always considered necessary, but is it? I have seen many tiny home dwellers go without, only using a two or three stovetop burner to prepare their meals. That said, there are limits to what can be prepared stove top style, and baked goods are one of the trickier edibles to adapt.

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Windows – Tempered Glass

When researching windows for tiny homes, tempered glass is a term which you will immediately come across. Heat treated, or chemically treated, tempered glass is nicknamed ‘safety glass’ for its ability to fracture into small blunt pieces.

[You are likely familiar with its broken form if you live in an area with sheltered glass bus stops. Or rather, did live in an area with sheltered glass bus stops. Before the footpath sparkled with pretty, fractured chunks of glass.]

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Indecisiveness​

What I am finding most difficult is working out what the next step should be. What comes first in the very long list of things to learn & do? I start researching one thing, which then brings up another question, then another and another. Yesterday I sat down to have a closer look into trailers, it made sense to start from the bottom up. Soon enough I was perusing windows and sussing wardrobe solutions, flicking through building standards and investigating water proofing.

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Self Assigned Homework

For those of you new to the Tiny Home on Wheels concept, I shall give you a very, very brief low down. A ‘Tiny Home On Wheels’ or THOW, is pretty much as it sounds, a ‘tiny’ home built on a trailer, hence the ‘wheels’.
They are therefore transportable, and as a result, are restricted by the road rules of your state /country.

Now, as my own knowledge is little more than a couple of google searches, I am by no means about to dish out information around the laws and legalities of building, moving or living in a tiny home. As time progresses I may be able to share some of my own experiences, but please, never take my word as truth. There are certainly others who do cover such details, so if you are interested, absolutely suss them out.

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