22 Dec 2007
Peter is preparing to erect the awning over the wash bay on the
side of the shed. This requires the fabrication and welding of brackets
up at roof level.
Sun 23 Dec
With help from two other friends and the 20-tonne excavator we spend
most of the day erecting the awning.
The excavator working as a crane.
Now that it's done we can sleep outside where
we prefer. For the past few weeks we've been sleeping in the shed
because it seems to constantly rain and the Cruiser leaks a bit.
Now there's a roof over the wash bay we have the
best of both worlds, outdoor living with some protection from the
Mon 24 Dec
Yesterday the excavator filled the role of crane, today it's working
as an aerial platform while Peter fixes the overhead crane.
Peter fixes the overhead crane while
standing in the excavator's bucket.
Meanwhile we're installing
the ducting for the diesel heater.
The heater ducting.
Over the past week or so we've been fitting out
the kitchen area with cupboards, shelves etc. It's been pretty fiddly
Chris uses a gadget called a Dreampot (www.dreampot.com.au)
to do much of our cooking. Dreampots are really just insulated containers
into which you place another container of hot water and raw food,
wait an hour or so, and remove cold water and cooked food.
Our Dreampot saves a heck of a lot of gas and
so deserves to be specially accommodated. Because you have to lift
the relatively heavy internal container from the burner then place
it inside the outer part I've built a small swiveling platform under
the cook top so Chris can easily move the hot food to/from the Dreampot.
When done it stores back under the bench.
Chris's dreampot has its own swing-out
platform under the kitchen bench, this will make it easy for her
to move the internal pot to and from the cook top
have an awkward space under them that is difficult to use effectively.
It's L-shaped and therefore doesn't lend itself to any normal storage
solutions. We thought about it for some time then got the idea to
use one of those toolboxes with the cantilevering shelves.
We buy a cheapy, remove the two left hand shelves,
and mount what remains on some drawer runners under the sink.
The result is an L-shaped sliding drawer for all
Chris's cooking utensils.
The L-shaped area under the sink
with modified toolkit storage.
Here's the toolkit slid out with
the two cantilevering shelves open.
That leaves the toolbox's other two shelves. We
have a small spot next to the "day fridge", and we also
have a requirement for a slide out cutlery drawer. It's a match
made in heaven.
The remaining part of the toolbox
slides out from beside the small day fridge.
So what's the "day fridge"? We've had
an Indel drawer fridge in the Cruiser for some time, it's proven
to be very good and we don't want to leave it behind. Also, when
opening a normal upright fridge 25 times during the day you lose
all your cold air, so we decided to install the Indel and use it
for stuff you access during the day, cold drinks, milk, sandwich
filling etc. That's it with the black front in the above photo.
Then there's the mangle.
Despite several attempts by me over the years to get Chris to buy
a small normal-type washing machine she's happy with the bucket-and-impeller
one we have and a mangle to wring the clothes out.
Many motorhomers have mangles and when we first
decided to get one I did the rounds of the antique and second hand
shops. "No chance" I was told. Then one day at the markets
where I was selling my photos I spotted it, our mangle, made in
the 50s but never used and still in the box with grease-paper wrapping.
What a find, and only $60.
It's the style that used to clamp on the divide
on those old concrete dual wash tubs, so I don't even have to modify
it, just mount it somehow.
In Wothahellizat 1 the mangle slid out from under
the kitchen bench, but this time it will be stored in the wall behind
the bench and swing out on hinges.
The mangle in its stored location.
And swung out over the kitchen sink.
It seems to work well although we can't try it
for real yet. Some of the paintwork is a little tired, maybe it's
due for a reno.
Mon 24 Dec
More internal fit out.
We've built the door that leads into the cab and installed the cab-to-body
gusset (the fabric bit that connects the two).
On the back of the door hangs the small step ladder
that we will use to access the bedroom.
Wed 26 Dec
And now for something
For months now I've been agonizing over how to
store my beer bottles, and I've finally come up with a solution.
I've already built the slide out compartment, I just need a method
of storing as many bottles as possible without them falling over.
Solution, closed-cell foam rubber, with holes
cut to take the bottle bases.
At $60 for a square of 25mm foam
rubber I'll make a prototype for testing from an old piece.
It seems to work so we mark out the
real thing and half-cut the holes with a 70mm hole saw.
I'm happy with the spacing so complete
the cuts. Given the amount of material left we sure paid dearly
for the foam, I wonder if they'll give me a refund on the offcuts.
And here is the finished product,
65 bottles stored nice and snug. There will be a lid on the compartment
that will hold the tops in place.
And because I'm a photographer I
have to shoot a couple of abstracts.
Sun 30 Dec
We had an air conditioner
in Wothahellizat 1 and never used it, but it make sense to keep it
I think and so I installed the unit some time ago.
Now I have to look into the ducting.
The A/C has three outlets and it's normal to connect
three flexible ducts to these and route them throughout the house,
but I don't have room for that.
The three outlets (the black duct
is from the heater).
What I do have is a 60mm wall cavity, so it seems
reasonable to force the air through that cavity to get it up near
the ceiling where I do have room for some proper ducting.
To do this I have to build a box to redirect the
air from outlets and force it into the wall cavity.
Here the ducts are covered with my
newly-made box, the air will exit through the opening at the top
of the box. I'm getting quite good at this tin folding.
The cavity also has to house some power points
and my original plan was to just let the air waft up past the wiring,
but I decided to channel the air properly and so partition the wall
The wall cavity with the A/C at the
bottom and my ducting to channel the air up to the proper ducts
at the top. The six rectangular cutouts are for power points and
the stuff on the left is the pantry. Mouse over the photo to highlight
Here's a closer view, of course this
will all be boxed in by the wall cladding. The square white, and
round silver, ducts carry the cold air to the kitchen and the other
end of the lounge room. You can just see one of the lounge room
outlets at the extreme right of the photo (the rectangle cut into
the white duct).
For ducting I've used a couple of metres of the
original flexible duct I bought with the A/C all those years ago
and never used. That should handle the air emitting from one of
the A/C outlets and direct it to the kitchen. However that's not
enough, so I've also used some plastic down pipe (normally used
on gutters) with an area roughly equal to the other two outlets
to send air into the lounge room.