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Monthly Archives: August 2009

To make sure they’re being efficient and profitable, most contractors keep track of the time and money spent on each part of a project, which is called “job tracking”.  I’m in Berkeley this week, and although I didn’t bring along my building material receipts, I do have my daily log of hours spent working on the Pod.  If/when I build another Pod, I’ll be able to accurately estimate the time and costs attributable to each part of the project.



Last night, I grabbed my sleeping bag, rolled out the futon mattress, and slept in the pod.  The crickets were chirping, the kitties were chasing each other, and a light wind blew through the trees.  It was lovely.


This morning, the crop dusters started their runs shortly after sunrise, so I stayed for a while and enjoyed a brief airshow before heading back to town.

As previously mentioned, my door/window/skylight frames are a bit disappointing (I’m blaming nobody but myself, here).  I installed screen in them, rendering them somewhat useful, though I still needed a way to keep them closed.  I scavenged around the shop and found some old barn door hardware, and then I fashioned some wedges out of scrap wood.  It’s simple, but it works.


I’m very self-conscious about my ankles.


(Actually, the clear shower curtains weren’t tall enough, so I added a few inches on the bottom.)

The on-demand hot water heater is mounted outside of the kitchen and bathroom components, which minimizes the amount of material needed, as well as minimizing the amount of heat the hot water will lose before it reaches the fixtures.  I didn’t tighten the fittings yet, since I’ll be taking the components apart soon.  After I was done, I realized that I should have used flexible connections; I suppose there’s still time.


(Also, before I receive any smarty-pants comments, I am well aware of the vicinity of the wood/canvas to the heater vent.  Future plans include a non-combustible shield or an alternative location for the heater.)


I tried to avoid plastic as much as possible in this project, but I couldn’t resist using PEX for the supply lines.  It’s easy for a novice plumber like me, and it tolerates cold temperature better than copper, which is important since the plumbing isn’t insulated.

I realize that the plumbing for the shower might seem odd.  Since I’m using a curtain on all sides of the shower, I’ll have to reach outside of the curtain to access the shower controls.  By installing them above the curtain, I can reach them without moving the curtain and getting the wood wet; most of the water already on my hands should drip back down my arm.  (Or at least that’s the plan; we’ll see how well it works).


Would you call it a Murphy table?


The little architect devil on my left shoulder was saying, “String some cables between the floor and the back of the table, and it can be cantilevered!  How cool would that be?!?”  And the carpenter angel on my right shoulder said, “No way; somebody will sit on it, and you’ll be in big trouble.  Just put some legs under there.”  You can see who won.


More galvanized steel.  (In hindsight, I should have included backsplashes on the left and right, in addition to the rear.)


It’s made of 18-gauge galvanized steel.  The corners are reinforced, riveted, and caulked with silicone.


But where will I put my tchotchkes?  (Trick question.)