Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A House - Update XXX - External Siding - Update II

With the upper north siding of the house complete, in between other house projects, like the ceiling and wood-burning stove, I started working on the upper east side siding. Once again, I'm using cedar fence slats, which are relatively inexpensive, and ideally hearty, not requiring paint (although we're putting wood protector on), fastening them with tan 2 1/2 inch deck screws.

Sue helped me put up the tar paper:

House Upper East Siding Tar Paper

And here are some of the window frames in place:

Upper East Window Frames

Our cat, William, scales the ladder at will, and often joins me on the porch roof:

William Our Cat on the Porch Roof

Here's the siding about half way up:

Upper East Siding Half Way Done

And almost done:

Upper East Siding Mostly Done

And then complete!

Upper East Siding Complete

With the full view here, and the last of the caulking still fresh:

Full View of House Upper East Siding

We thank the Lord once again for providing the resources to keep working on the house! Upper south side is next, which if God wills, I hope to have done before spring rains.

-- David

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Goat-a Get a Move On

Back in November, breeding season had arrived, so it was time to put our various nanny goats with their appointed billies. Although we showed in a picture my brother helping me with the moving of the sheds back in the spring, this time, we thought we'd take you along for the entire ride with a video of the process of moving a couple of the sheds from one field to the other, getting one group a new hay bale, and then the actual moving of several of the goats and showing them all ready to go.

Moving the sheds is something of a task, and so the video's a little long, although I double-time it in several places, but it gives some insight into one of the important chores we have around here twice a year. Thankfully, it's only twice a year. :)

Just like in our "Goat Milk?" video, the background music came from fiddle champion Tony Ludiker's free mp3s page. The recordings have Terry Ludiker and Darin Meeks on guitar.

If anything, you might watch the last third or so, where the goat moving and interaction takes place...that's kinda fun, IMO. Be sure to look for the Rocky-cam! (Rocky's one of our bucks):

We pray the Lord grants the increase with the herd, according to His will!

-- David

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A House - Update XXIX - Inside Ceiling Complete

With the wood-burning cook stove now in place, it was time to get the rest of the ceiling done!

Here, a couple of the fellows came by to help:

Fellowship Men Helping Put Up Corner Ceiling Panel

And we finished the rest of the ceiling! This is between the great room and bedroom/bathroom:

Great Room/Bathroom Final Ceiling Panels in Place

And the north west corner:

Great Room Final Panels Installed

And the north east corner:

More Great Room Final Panels Installed

We're always very grateful to the Lord for granting continued provisions and progress on the house, to those who are helping fund that, and thanks to the guys for the help in finishing up the ceiling!

On to external wall insulation!.....

-- David

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Community Singing - December 2014

Once again, we are grateful for the opportunity to sing together the Psalms as a fellowship! This is the next set of Psalms from the psalter we use:

Psalms 35A-37F

Previous Psalms singings:

Psalms 1A-12B (minus 4B)

Psalms 4B & 13-18L

Psalms 19A-22E

Psalms 22F-24C

Psalms 25A-27F

Psalms 28A-31G

Psalms 32A-34D

It is always our prayer the Lord glorify Himself through our lives and through these singings, and we pray He might grant His graces to His Church through this means of grace!

-- David

Friday, December 19, 2014

A House - Update XXVIII - Wood-Burning Cook Stove

All along we have planned for our main sources of heat, for warmth and cooking, for the house to be wood burning stoves. Graciously, both Sue and my parents have been very supportive of us in our living out here, and in one of the ways from one of our parent sets was an offer to buy our cook stove for us. Wow, what a very nice gift! After much research by Sue, we chose a Kitchen Queen 380.

It has been sitting in the house for quite some time now, but with the ceiling almost complete and winter getting close, it was time for me to get to work getting it installed. And here is the process!

Here is the external pipe base installed in the attic:

Stove Pipe Base in Attic

And the back and sides of an insulation barrier. Based on a video I saw on the web, I chose to just put up OSB around it to keep out foreign matter. The front piece, not shown installed, was installed next, which had a little gap at the top to allow for air flow (which I'll mention more about below with the starter section):

Stove Pipe Insulation Shield

Here is the base installed from inside:

Stove Pipe Base Installed

And something someone left up there. I suppose I should go retrieve it. :) :

Peering Through the Stove Pipe Base

Next was to cut the hole in the roof. Needing to find the center of the hole, and not having a plumb bob, I used a tape measure on a string:

Tape Measure Plumb Bob

And here is the hole drilled:

Looking Up Tape Measure Plumb Bob

The external stove pipe requires two inches of spacing from combustible material, so I drew the circle appropriately:

Roof Stove Pipe Cutting Circle Drawn

And cut out the metal using tin snips:

Cutting Roofing Metal for Stove Pipe

And then used the jig saw to cut through the roof wood:

Roof Stove Pipe Hole Cut

And here is the roof hole ready:

Stove Pipe Base Form Roof Hole

The external stove pipe is held in place with a collar, so I needed to further prepare the roof metal to receive the collar:

Metal Roof Ridge Cut Out & Side Cuts

And I had to cut the collar piece to form to be able to slide into place:

Stove Pipe Collar Cut to Form

And here is the collar in place and caulked:

Stove Pipe Collar in Place & Caulked

Something needed to be done to cover the hole in the ridge left by the circle cut, and so I took a piece of left-over collar flashing, bent it and placed it, and caulked it in place:

Metal Roofing Ridge Hole Cover in Place & Caulked

And here is another view of the collar installed:

Another View of Stove Pipe Collar

After getting the collar in place, we had some storms heading through, so I duct-taped a plastic bag to the collar and put a step stone on top, which actually ended up working, even through a severe storm we had which knocked over one of our fruit trees:

Step Stone Covering Stove Collar in Roof Opening

Continuing on to the actual external stove pipe itself, because I've worked with it before, and because the base, cap, and collars come in a kit, I went with triple wall for the external pipe; and here are the two main pieces snapped together. I think I calculated I needed seven feet total (it needs to be high enough so it is far enough away from the roof so as to not be disturbed by roof turbulence), and to make it easy, went with two four-foot sections:

Assembled Triple Wall Stove Pipe

Originally, I was going to skip using the starter piece, because it is very expensive and I thought not really needed for pipe installation; but after doing further research, I discovered the holes in it actually filter air up between the walls of the piping to help keep it cool, so I thought that might be important; and so, we purchased it, and here is a stock photo of it:

Triple Wall Attic Starter Piece

I also added some wire mesh to help keep the birds out of the stove pipe cap:

Bird Nest Wire in Stove Cap

With this much pipe in the air, I figured I needed to secure it to the roof with guy wires, and I thought I would use plumber's tape to make a "collar" on top, fastened with self-tapping screws:

Guy Wire Holder Installed on Stove Pipe

And here are the guy wires attached to the collar:

Stove Pipe Guy Wires Attached

With the stove pipe ready, and the starter piece attached too, I hauled it up to the roof and placed it in the collar, with Sue in the house telling me when the starter piece was set into the base hole. Then Sue joined me on the roof to continue with the installation, and William our cat thought he would join us too (he's really good at scaling the ladder and hopping up onto the porch roof now -- here, I think I helped him get up on the upper roof):

Triple Wall Stove Pipe Place in Roof Hole

For attaching the guy wires to the roof, I used eye hooks which I tried to make sure got screwed into a truss to hopefully secure them more strongly. And I added adjustable hooks for future changes to guy-wire tension as might be needed:

Stove Pipe Guy Wires Attached to Roof

Here Sue is helping level the pipe:

Leveling the Triple Wall Stove Pipe

And here it is originally in place:

Triple Wall Stove Pipe in Place

In tightening down the guy wires, the tension bolt on the plumber's-tape collar pulled through the plumber's tape. Hmmmm...hadn't seen that one coming:

Guy Wire Stove Pipe Holder Broken

So I repaired it by closing the broken gap (I might have had to add some new plumber's tape, but I don't remember) and putting the tension bolt in another place. I added more fastener screws around the collar too:

Guy Wire Stove Pipe Holder Fixed

After that, I realized that the stove pipe was kind of jack-knifing at the pipe joint, and so I loosened the tension on the guy wires, straightened the pipe, and added screws to the pipe joint:

Stove Pipe Connections Fastened by Screws

I then re-tightened the guy wires, re-leveling as I went. There's a running joke out here about not giving David the level, as I have a tendency to spend too much time getting it exactly correct, and I have had to learn to let go of that some, but..... when it is level, it is niiiiiice! :)

More Triple Wall Stove Pipe Leveling

With the triple wall in place, I needed to caulk the collar, using high-temperature, silicon caulking:

High Temperature Caulking Around Stove Pipe Collar

And also caulk the storm collar, slid into position over the collar opening:

High Temperature Caulking Around Stove Pipe Storm Collar

And I caulked the screws into the pipe holding the guy wire collar, just in case:

High Temperature Caulking On Guy Wire Pipe Collar Screws

Finally, here it is, reaching up to the sky!

Triple Wall Stove Pipe to the Sky

Then, it was time to head on inside. I planned to use step stones under the stove, but wanted to put them on a plywood base to hopefully help disperse the stove weight more evenly across the subfloor and double floor joists I put in this area:

Stove Step Stone Plywood in Place

And then I placed the stones:

Stove Step Stones in Place

The stove has been hooked up to a dolly since we moved it into the house, and Sue and I were able to get it to tilt back on the dolly so we could move it. I tried pulling the stove up onto the stones using the dolly, but couldn't get it to roll up them. Here, Sue is maintaining the lean while I do some prep work:

Holding the Cook Stove on the Dolly

I added 2x4 wood pieces on the far side to keep the stones from sliding, and then made a little ramp, which worked nicely:

Stove Step Stone Ramp

And here it is with the free end resting on wood blocks.

Cook Stove on Stones on Wood Blocks

After doing some quick tilt back and single block removing maneuvers, so the stove wouldn't come slamming down onto the stones, we needed a way to gently lower it, and we used the car floor jack, which worked great!

Using Car Floor Jack to Lower Stove Side

And here it is in position on the stones!

Wood Burning Cook Stove in Place

Next was the internal stove pipe, which is installed male end on top sliding into the female end below. At first I thought this would be wrong (after I had installed all of the piping!), but after investigating, it is correct -- the smoke doesn't come out the sides and is actually apparently sucked up the pipe with it this way; plus, it keeps the moisture inside the pipe and not dripping down the outside.

Here, I installed the damper in the first piece above the bread warmer of the stove:

Stove Pipe Damper Installed

And here is all of the pipe installed:

Internal Stove Pipe Installed

I used an adjustable section for the top, which slides into the top static piece:

Adjustable Stove Pipe Section Moved into Place

And then adjusts upward around the male end of the starter piece which sticks through the external stove pipe base:

Stove Pipe Adjustable Section Ready

We also received a water warmer for the stove, and here I've prepped it with the piping, cap and valve:

Preparing Wood Burning Stove Water Warming Tank

And here it is in place:

Wood Burning Stove Water Warming Tank in Place

And here is our first fire! Apparently, at least the first time, and some say at the beginning of each season, you're supposed to light three to five light fires, letting it fully cool in between, to season the cast iron of the stove, which apparently can crack if it gets high heat before doing that:

Our First Wood Burning Cook Stove Fire

We look forward to eventually having the community over on cold days for meetings! And to maybe be warm during the really cold days around here. We have used a propane Mr. Heater Buddy since about the beginning in our very un-insulated camper, which has got us by, and we are very thankful for that; but maybe we'll be a little warmer now. :) And it's hopefully one further step on getting less world-dependent.

We are very grateful to the Lord for Him allowing us a wood burning cook stove and to be able to have it installed now. And thanks much again to the Folks for this gracious gift, and the continued support from all our parents!

-- David