Wednesday, March 22, 2017

We're on the move!!

Pulled out of the hangar - we're Oriental-bound!

Turning off the main highway towards our lot.  (We stopped at the New Bern airport to pick up our mini-van on the way through just to have the extra vehicle - hence I can snap a photo!!)

It had been raining over the past couple of days and the ground was a little soft, so we had a few tense moments getting the trailer backed into place.  This was the first time we'd seen the finished drive and parking's great but a little smaller than what we'd hoped.    What you don't see to the right of this photo is the non-graveled area that we had to pull the trailer through to get it in the proper position.   But all is well!

Later we had unloaded stuff from the pickup and Duane had rigged us with a nice temporary power cord.  Good since it's going to be down to 32 degrees tonight and I'm happy to try out our brand new roof top heat pump/air conditioner!

Here's our pretty view towards the dock -   we've got plenty of firewood and a fire-pit that's been in the box in the basement for a few years (thanks Mom and Frank).  Unfortunately, it's getting colder by the minute and the wind is about 20 mph....I think the cozy fire might wait until tomorrow night!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Some Finishing Touches

We are pretty much finished in the bathroom, so it is time to re-install the bathroom door. 

It's a heavy sucker!!  Not sure why they built it so sturdy since it's not that critical.  

Looks nice though.

 View from inside the bathroom

The trailer bumper is hollow and is the storage for the sewer hose.  It was very rusty inside, so of course that had to be taken care of!

Duane rigged a big cylinder hone that Mom and Frank had given him.  He attached it to a 8' flexible pipe and proceeded to "hone" all the rust from the inside of the bumper.

Then we covered the hone with plastic, then dipped a rag in Rustoleum paint (first primer, then silver the next day)
and he forced it thru the bumper to make sure we got a good coating all thru the bumper.  Pretty ingenious!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Before and after

This time - the galley area -


What we changed:

Removed gas range
Removed countertop/sink
Cleaned and re-stained all cabinets
Installed Corian countertop/built in sink
Installed new faucet and soap dispenser
Installed gas cooktop
Installed convection/microwave oven

The After photos!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Before and after

The project is really winding down now....thought I'd start posting some final "before" and "after" photos!


Probably should state what was changed - 

Removed carpet
Removed entire floor/subfloor
Installed  new floor and vinyl floor covering
Rebuilt "settee" cabinets that were water damaged
Recovered table and shelf with light colored laminate
(Not visible, really) Replaced all lighting with LED's

The After photo!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Final touches for the floor

I wanted to finish off the junction of the new vinyl flooring and the cabinetry a little better.  While I think we did a great job of cutting it to fit closely, there was still a small "crack" between the flooring and the wooden cabinetry.  

Our solution was to stain some quarter round to match.

I think it finishes it off nicely!

 Same thing in the bathroom - this is the tub area.

And here's the finished look. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Clothes hamper lid

The "clothes hamper" is just a small area that is walled off behind the toilet.   The original old yellow laminate countertop had a similar opening, so Duane duplicated it with our new Corian countertop.  The old opening had a poorly constructed laminate lid that was made using a particle board base.  It was swollen with moisture and unusable.

So, Duane fabricated a new "lid" out of some nice veneer plywood and some oak boards.  The patterned boards hold the lid in place and keeps it from slipping when the trailer is in motion.

Here it is in place, sanded and unfinished.

This is the little hamper space. Note curtains in place now and a nice stained piece of trim on the right to tidy up the countertop finish.

And here is the lid after many coats of Minwax polyurethane.

A nice finish, lightweight and functional.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Built-in gas lantern

Betcha don't see this everyday!!  It's a built-in lantern - like an old fashioned "white gas" Coleman camping lantern.  Except it's fueled by a propane line.  It has the little mesh mantle just like a Coleman lantern.

Duane re-connected the propane line - and it works perfectly! It even makes that same little familiar Coleman lantern "whirrr".   Will be neat to have when we're "boondocking"!