up, up and up.

The weather was being generous so we took the oportunity to finally build some stairs. 

Went and found two suitable logs in the forest and cut up a plank…. chainsaw and a couple nails… ta daaaaa. Stairs. Very “modern art”. 

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Also, updates will probably be few and slow in coming over the next few months. The Renovation has been put on hold and will only be going ahead at snail speed. It will still be done though (hopefully) so bear with me : ) 

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oh… hmmm… not good.

So to continue on, I took down the gas heater and ripped out the last of the walls. I tested a small part of the floor in the corner and found it to be wet. I tore open more of the Lino floor covering (it came off really really easiy because of the wet floor boards). The wood underneath that part was so wet I could nearly stick my finger through it without much effort…. I definately could get my hammer through it without any effort!!  The glasswool underneath had compressed to about a third of its size due to it having soaked full of water.

eh… I wouldn’t stand there if I were you  😛

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I think I have provided enough evidnce that the floor is in fact wet and does in fact  NEED to be replaced…. shame I’m the one paying for it  😦  Not a good idea being your own ladlord!!

 

and yes, my hammer is also a bottle opener. Most essential tool for any builder!! If you can’t fix it by hammering, get hammered yourself!

rolling, rolling, rolling.

Unforeseen circumstances meant that I had to move my trailer on Sunday night.

Luckily my boyfriend’s neighbour has a John deer and is a really nice guy. So on short notice (i.e. called that day, picked up tha day) my trailer was moved about 60km outside Munich. Which is annoying for the renovation but hey, can’t please everyone.

We filled it with everything I had stowed away under it, packed it up, closed the windows and waited for a tractor to come pick up my home.

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The John deer took it no bother. It didn’t even huff!

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This was my view then for the ride. We stayed behind to make sure nothing happened.  My trailer was very good, he followed the tractor all the way to his new home.  It was weird to see it drive. It’s chassy is so narrow compared to the actual trailer-body, it looks so funny!!

Thank you Mr. Neighbour  😀

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Shiny new pipes.

After our amazing detective skills showed that the broken rain-drain-pipe was the cause of the water coming in, we went off and got new ones! Shiny new ones!

We attached them with rivets and closed up any possible holes with silicone… lots and lots of silicone  🙂

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Shiny!!

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Hopefully the water will stay out of my walls now  🙂

Wet Floor

 

 

In the last post I said that the floor by the door was wet… weeeeell… there’s a lot more of the floor wet than I thought. I opened up the lino in some places to have a look. I found A LOT of dark spots and wet spots, very wet  spots.

which means: floor must be replaced.

Here’s a wet spot. DSC_0771

It goes to about here (dark part)

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To find out where the water was getting in we went and attached a hose to the fire hydrant out on the street  (the place has to running water so we use a hydrant that attaches to a mains pipe in the road, it counts the water that goes throuh and we pay that amount then, pretty much like any water meter…. i know Ireland doesn’t have them but in Germany you have to pay for clean water.)

So, hose is attached, drag it to the trailer and make it “rain”. Boyfriend on the ladder playing the rain-god and I’m inside watching for leaks.

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we took the paneling off beside the door (by the first wet spot) to see if we could see the water coming in.

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yes, yes I could see it coming in.

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oh god, everywhere!

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We packed away the hose and began planning the new Rainpipe. The broken drain was definately the cause.

But because of the other wet spots I also took the paneling off one half of the trailer…. luckily it started raining so we could see first hand what the rain did. (a hose isn’t the best “rain” because it is much stronger, usually, and a lot more water is expelled on one area than when its actually  raining.)

So the trailer inside went from this: DSC_0778

to this: DSC_0786

And we found this:

WET!! Wet walls, wet glasswool, wet floor, wet everything.

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I tore up a part of the floor with the help of a friend and we found water…. wet water. The wood of the floor had turned nearly black because it was so wet, it smelled pretty awful too!!

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No point in sitting around whining about it… its wet and its going to stay wet unless I do something about it.

 

To the drain-pipe store!!!

Hole in the Floor.

There was a soft spot by the door when I bought the Trailer and it has… well…. turned into a large hole which is also being fed water by a leak.

Soft spot:

Hole:

aaaaaand as you can see, a large part of the wood surrounding the door is wet. It explains the soft spot. It shouldn’t be a problem to replace the water damaged wood… problem is: where is the water coming from? That will be explained next time… after I find the leak (and hopeflly fix it).

on a happier note, I cleaned up, got rid of the lights and the buckets of tar (theyre under the trailer now until I have time to bring them to the “special rubbish” at the local dump)

Smashy-smash-smash.

I started taking apart the inside of the trailer. Very fun!!

First I moved the lockers to one side, out of my way. Next came the Door frame (of the inside door, in the separating wall) Then came the wall covering to one side and I discovered a steel frame. My hopes of an open space were crushed. What to do… what any woman would do….. Break that B**tard into little pieces and RIP IT OUT!!!

So the big guns came out and did some destroying. And lo and behold, it was a steel frame but it wasn’t permanently attached to the main frame of the trailer. It was put in at a later date… thank god!

So down came the walls, lots of drilling, smashing, breaking, cursing and finger hitting. The light switch was taken out of the framework and reassembled on the loose cable so it still works, now its just hanging there.

Unfortunately I left my metal-drilling bit at home (i.e. the thing that goes in the front of the drill) so I couldn’t dismantle the whole frame because I couldn’t get 3 steel-nails out that attach the frame to the floor. Thats for tomorrow  🙂   I did however manage to break two soldering joint with my she-hulk abilities and brute force so the rest should be easy to take out once its not attached to the floor anymore.

     

Let there be light.

Just received an email from my (amazing!) boyfriend telling me I left my lights on… He connected the electricity so I now have power in my trailer  🙂   The smiley face is spray painted on the middle wall which will be taken out.

These shoes are made for…. displaying!

I’m currently building a scaled model of my Trailer to design the inside. Needs to be well thought out before I go putting stuff in it.

In this Foto you can see my bed construction, the shelves that go on either side with connectig shelf (for the shooooooes!!) and the curtain that will cover up all the stuff I’ll be keeping under the hightened bed. And not forgetting my pretty floorboards!

Here you see the corner-seating area… the table isn’t built yet but the red cushions are already present. The wall/shelf thingy beind it will be a semi see-through shelf with a narrow storage cupboard which keeps a good bit of the draft away from the peolpe sitting on the seats but still lets you see through all the way to the front of the kitchen if you’re sitting on the couch. The shelf/cupboard isnt built in 3D yet.

Here you see the bed/couch construction. Both arm rests and the back of the couch will be removable. That way you can use the bed if you need or you have a large couch (my bed is 2m long… so it’s a big couch)  As in the foto, the bed clothes can just be kept behind the back. The pieces slot into a holding system screwed onto the walls of the Trailer itself… or maybe the bed construction, not sure yet. I hope this works!!  I love my flowery couch already. haha.

And here’s the view from the sofa to the front of the trailer, where the kitchen will be. Also along the left side when looking to the front will be a wood stove and the already existing gas heater…. and probably a small commode and shelves too.

I’ll make the rest of the interior when I get a chance. It could be a while before I finish it.

I love it already  😀

Getting hottttt in here.

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Most important things first, the heating had to be checked and turned on.

We connected a gas bottle and tried our luck with the heater… it produced a small flame every once in a while but wasn’t able to sustain it.

Off to the hardware store for some break cleaner!! (or anything that squirts pressurised alcohol/air)  Take out the valves and squirt some cleaner through it…. and lo and behold, it shot the valve clean.

Screw it all back together , spark it up and warm your toesies by the fire  🙂   It gives a horrible shriek when the pipes first heat up, sounds like i’m killing someone. It stops though after a few seconds.

Home sweet home.