Installing the solar tubes went in easier than expected. There was nothing covered in the manual about flat roofs or U panels but all seemed to fit really easily. At the same time hopefully going to get a bit of rain to test them this week before the insulation goes in. Either that or a garden hose to check for leaks before everything is sealed up.
Yesterday seen the installation of the ductless split unit for the shipping container apartment. We bought it from AC World. Also had another meeting with a spray foam contractor. I can’t wait for the installation as they keep telling me what a huge difference the insulation will make to the shipping container home.
Pro Tight visited this week to install the spray wall insulation. They started by protecting everything we didn’t want foam on such as the sockets etc that saves digging out at a later date. The spray foam has a heat reaction that when sprayed gives off heat when it expands. This meant that although the guys started at 7am and were swapping every 45 minutes for a break due to the heat build up by lunch time they were down to swapping every 10 minutes. Not normally a problem for them but they aren’t used to working in such a confined space as the apartment which also meant as the walls got insulated the more heat built up as it locked heat into the shipping container home. We got the ventilation fan going upstairs to try and help with the problem as well as some of the fumes given off that made your eyes water with a similar affect to chlorine from swimming pools. Doesn’t hurt just irritating and even if you wore glasses or goggles it wouldn’t prevent it from happening. Not normally a problem in large places like factories etc. where the guys would normally be insulating walls.
Will be seeing the arrival of ship rock this week as well as hopefully the electric supply being installed. Add to that the 1800 ft trench needed for the water pipe supply I have plenty to be doing.
Walls have been smoothed off but won’t know how good until they have been painted this week. Also started to add the metal sheeting to the garage walls, all going well and even the electricity company showed up on Friday afternoon and trenched a hole for the electrics. Lets hope the power goes on Monday.
The first photo is actually the last I took the day after, its the stairs after they have been sand blasted and painted. The others are the process at different stages. I had taken the stairs out of the apartment yesterday to get them ready for sand blasting and painting. The sandblaster hadn’t been used in over a year which resulted in it and the compressor having to be cleaned down before I could use them. By the time I had finished that it was already lunchtime and very hot, when I finally did start blasting the rain rolled in to ruin the day. It did only last twenty minutes but it then took another hour for the stairs to dry before I could give them another blast. I had tried to video what I see when sand blasting but it didn’t turn out very well so I just took the photos you see below instead. I did manage to get the stairs painted though but expect they will need touching up by the time they are dropped back into place.
I was hoping to get the wall behind the stairs covered in metal sheeting today but the best I could manage was pre drilling the holes in the sheets, This helps in getting the holes all straight and uniform.
The bamboo flooring went in pretty easily. I got sore though from carrying all the boxes upstairs. Surprising how much 750sqm of flooring weighs! I found the bamboo lumber at Lumber Liquidators and hte bathroom is Tiger Strand with everything else being Natural Strand.
The strand bamboo is also a lot harder than the vertical or horizontal boards and noticably denser. I was really happy with the finished look. Next thing is working out how to write about the wiring of the electrics in the shipping container apartment. I am hoping things will slow down once the air conditioning is installed and the trim painted. This will give me more time to update things about the details I haven’t been keeping upto date in the blog. Looking forward to a break, going on vacation Tuesday!
Finally the air conditioning is finished and running also helps maintaining a constant temperature with the front door also being installed even though still minus its handle. Wiring has also been completed in the apartment at least. Still need to get on with caulking and painting the skirting boards before the kitchen cabinets can go in. Hopefully all this will be done by the end of the month.
After reading about a smart home system in Popular mechanics I decided to go ahead and install the system in my home by replacing some of the lighting switches around the house. Instead of having a single switch the system uses multiple switching where the switches communicate with each other around the house. Things like being able to turn on and off the garage lights from the sitting room as well as the outside lighting from the sitting room. At the same time the system also allows all the lights to be rigged to one switch so you can switch all the lights off when going out, Pretty smart stuff.
Eventually the kitchen installation is going in and I had heard it was difficult to put these units together but so far so good its been pretty easy. It does take time to make sure things are level and lined up but its getting there. The refrigerator is supposed to be turning up next week and I hope the kitchen is finished in time for its arrival.
When I was researching the construction of shipping container home projects I was disappointed that there was little information on the conclusion of projects and I am beginning to see why. Its the end of the project or second fix as its called in construction that is time consuming. Putting the concrete floor or the framing may seem like major steps in the construction but then seem minor milestones compared to the hassles and effort going in to installing things like flooring, kitchen cabinets or painting trim. The garage apartment is an extension of the container house and I will be getting back to that as soon as I can with some updates more frequently.