Just a basic update…

Last time we left off the shower was still in progress.  That hasn’t changed though it is ready now to have stucco applied and then it will be done.   I have been working at a neighbors house building a custom bathtub and helping get the house wired for off-grid power and plumbed for water.  The setup we used there is effectively the same as here, a cistern, a water pump, and an on-demand water heater.   I am putting a picture below, but don’t judge as it’s not done yet.  The tub was left textured so that a stone paint could be applied making it look more like a cut granite tub.  It’s fiberglass over 3/4 plywood and frame.   See below…

 

tub in progress

The exterior of the tub will be covered with rough-cut 1×8 as will the lip surrounding the edge of the tub.  The tub is 6′ x 3′ so is quite large, lots of fiberglass.   For those of you who are thinking of working with fiberglass for the first time, my advice is simply this, Don’t.   What a pain, and the glass splinters and noxious fumes.  Yeah, next time pre-fab or concrete or something else.

What else is new?  Well, remember that ugly, hideous, 3 tone beige toilet?  Fixed…

 

Toilet Black

I’m thinking about getting some red LED running lights to put across the front, like KIT from Night Rider.   Vast improvement in appearance, in one’s opinion.   You might also notice the home depot special utility sink next to the toilet.  Yes, I am able to wash dishes properly now.  It gets hot water from the same system as the shower and it works fantastically.

I promise to post pictures of the shower as stucco is applied, should be soon.  The inverter died last night in a shower of sparks.  It seems like the AC transfer relay switch fused somehow and shut me down.   Fortunately the wonderful people at Paradise Power where I bought the inverter from were able to give me a loaner inverter while mine is being sent in for repair.  They are under no obligation to do so, neither to trust me to install the thing, but they did what had to be done to get me back in power and that is the kind of customer service you want from your solar company.  Kudos to them.   More soon folks…

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