Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Plumbing update


It has been a long time posting because, well, Willow and I have just been enjoying living. Exiting yet another long and very cold winter, the house has stayed snug despite a cat door that has decided to stick in the open position during subzero evenings. This year I estimate that I used less than a cord of wood for heating, and found that temperatures rarely dropped below 60 degrees, even first thing in the morning. 

I have received a few requests for more information on the plumbing so here you go.  As of yet, the shower is still not hooked up, so it is sponge bathing using a pitcher and water heated in a kettle on the stove and then mixed into a two gallon bucket of cold water. Laundry is done in small batches in a 5 gallon bucket with a plunger. 






These two 'piglets' hold about 70 gallons combined. An insulated plywood box then covers the sand filled area. The tanks did not seem to freeze at all, although twice I had to thaw out the intake pipe due to my own negligence in draining it properly when refilling the the indoor tanks.
The overflow for the tanks with a makeshift guard against critters.




Rainwater collection filter at base of downspout. During the winter I did have to clear ice out of it a few times. 



Half round gutters to the downspout.


This is the left side of the shower area with an overflow valve. On the top of the picture you can see part of an old style laundry rack that can open up above the tub.




The overflow valve can swivel out over the tub when filling the tanks. I just used a sharkbite elbow, and it has been holding thus far.




On the right is the tub faucet, which is also able to swivel.




I turned the bison pump and added a quick release, which allows me to fill a bucket directly if needed, and helps with draining in super cold weather. There is a check valve near the tanks at the top.


To fit the space best there are two 15 gallon tanks linked together in the middle there. Had to remember to add a pinhole on the tank on the right to allow air to escape just a bit. The left one has the overflow hole. These 30 gallons can last me almost two weeks if I don't overload on the laundry.



Closeup of the center area reveals the drain for the tub faucet in the back, which is on one line shared with the Berkey filter line and the sink faucet. The sink runs in a small stream, which I decided not to fix since  it keeps me from overusing the water. I just fill large kitchen pots from the tub faucet when needed.



This spout has been added in the kitchen so that the Berkey water filter can be filled directly from the indoor storage tanks.



Two sidelite windows make for some stellar mini french doors. 


Hope that answers some of the winter living and plumbing questions that have flown this way. If not, let me know and I'll try and add some more detailed info.

Enjoy this glorious change in the weather!

49 comments:

  1. Where did you get your Bison Pump for your bathroom sink? I love it, and your entire house, and how uniquely, and beautifully different it is!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I got it directly from the manufacturer in Maine. A quick google search should yield their number. Super nice people to work with. And thanks for the complements on the house!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I appreciate how you spent time to share tips and ideas regarding the proper ways of plumbing. That will help a lot of your readers, not just in gaining new information, but in learning how to do our own plumbing work to save time and money. Thanks for sharing that, Rowan! Kudos and more power to you!

    Wilfred Andrews @ LB Plumbing and Heating

    ReplyDelete
  4. How did you come to the decision to build on a deck over trailer? I would like to do the same (I don't need a loft) and was searching for examples when I found your beautiful house!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Wow! I love your how your plumbing turned out. You managed to make proper use of your resources, and things seem to be working quite well. Thanks for sharing this with us. I’m sure a lot of people could learn from this, and apply it in their own little homes. All the best!


    Mindy Powers @ The Plumbing Authority

    ReplyDelete
  6. That looks like quite the plumbing adventure! How have you liked living in your home so far? I've always been interested in purchasing one, but I've been discouraged because I'm not a handyman.

    Alex Jennings | Plumbing

    ReplyDelete
  7. Wow! that's a nice and unique kind of plumbing.

    ReplyDelete
  8. You had some pretty great ideas there! What more is, everything seemed to be executed properly. I think the bison pump is a great touch, and is an easy and more convenient way to get water. All in all, I say you did a great job. Thanks for sharing this wonderful project with us. Have a great day!


    Lovella Cushman @ Perfection Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Ltd

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hi, Rowan. My friend Heather sent me the article. Beautiful work. It's giving me new ideas: for after losing several houses I put a lot of B,S & Ts into I had all but given up on owning another house. Now, I'm thinkin' possibilities & I smell wood burning. Also, condolences to you & your family on your loss. All the best. james

    ReplyDelete
  10. Could you tell me how wide and tall your house is?
    I see you use a 24ft trailer - does that include the length of the draw bar, or is that the bed of the trailer?
    Your plan is really close to what I want, so keen to know the actual dimensions.
    So inspiring to see what you have done, and wonderful that you have included so many of the practical details. (Sorry if the measurements are on your blog somewhere and I have just not found them yet!).
    Cheers
    Miriam

    ReplyDelete
  11. I found a picture of your beautiful tub, elsewhere. What size did you settle on (diameter, height)? Also found an image with the beautiful wood details around the cupboards under your bed. Truly lovely work.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Inspiring ideas. I would love to get a home like it.Here are some great bathroom design ideasto onset this fall. Do see it once it will give you a lot of ideas.

    ReplyDelete
  13. A plumber is an expert in a variety Immersion heater repair. Plumbers have the tools, education, and expertise to make a quality repair

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hi there: I am a huge fan of tiny houses and have been following the movement for years and dreaming of my own. Somehow I only now came across yours! I would love to know a few more things about your house. 1: Under your bed, it looks like you have a pull out table (where the fabric covered drawers are). Is that my imagination? Also, what else do you store under there? I'd also love to hear more technical specs about all of your appliances and house systems. Thanks so much for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I was very pleased to find this site.I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.
    door ding repair

    ReplyDelete
  16. I just want to let you know that I just check out your site and I find it very interesting and informative.. visit this site

    ReplyDelete
  17. have read many blogs in the net but have never come across such a well written blog. Good work keep it up
    garage door track repair

    ReplyDelete
  18. Yep, plumbing and drain cleaning in the winter can be a huge issue. Love those french doors, though.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I love the set up with the plumbing! I hope to do something similar with my tiny house but would like to incorporate a hot water storage tank that will store my hot water heated from my wood stove. Which brings me to the question: How do you heat your water in your tiny home?

    ReplyDelete
  20. Howdy: I am a gigantic aficionado of minor houses and have been taking after the development for quite a long time and longing for my own. By one means or another I just now ran over yours! I would love to know a couple of more things about your home. 1: Under your bed, it would appear that you have a haul out table (where the fabric secured drawers are). Is that my creative energy? Likewise, what else do you store under there? I'd additionally love to hear more specialized specs about the majority of your machines and house frameworks.
    Plumbing Company

    ReplyDelete
  21. wow, the amazing things is you do it by your self

    ReplyDelete
  22. This is so great! You're definitely an inspiration. I'm incredibly interested in doing something like this. I was wondering what state do you live in? Did you have to get any special permits etc. to have the house parked on your parents lawn? Feel free to email me! csarro90@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  23. I really enjoy reading your blog as the postings are so simple to read and follow. Outstanding. Please keep it up. Thanks.
    garage door service san diego

    ReplyDelete
  24. I have been reading your posts regularly. I need to say that you are doing a fantastic job. Please keep up the great work.
    garage door service seattle

    ReplyDelete
  25. You made my day awesome. Great post buddy!. For some additional tips on how to repair I found this site. I am sure this site is the best plumbing services sydney. Enjoy your day

    ReplyDelete
  26. Collin's Plumbing, Gas & Heating offers complete plumbing services Auckland-wide. No job is too big or small. Call today for your next plumbing job. Pumbe near me

    ReplyDelete
  27. The problem is we today used to give education to the peoples and to the children when they actually don’t feel any need of it and unable to understand the meaning and the importance of it in their life.

    ReplyDelete
  28. لدينا مميزات في خدمات كشف تسربات التي تقدمها شركة ركن البيت التي تكون متخصصة فيها فتعاملك مع شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام لديها امكانيات جيدة يساعدك علي التخلص من مشاكل التسريب التي توجد لديك بسهولة دون التعرض للخطر حيث نمتلك في شركة كشف تسربات بالدمام الامكانيات والفنين المتميزين الذين يقدمون الخدمة بتميز فاذا كنت فى حيرة من امر التسريب الذي يوجد لديك فعليك ان تعلم ان خدماتنا منتشرة في جميع انحاء المملكة مثل خدمات شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالرياض التي تحل لك المشاكل المتكررة المتعلقة بالتسربات فلا داعى للقلق من الان لانك سوف تملك فني جيد منزلك يحل لك كل مشاكل التسربات و كيفية القيام بهذه الخدمة وتذكر ان الحل الامثل فى شركة كشف تسربات بالرياض ان توفر كل الامكانيات التى تساعدك علي حل مشكلاتك

    ReplyDelete
  29. Great Job! Your perseverance paid off! Somewhere recently here in USA, I saw a sign saying not to put any kind of fats, liquid or solid down your drain. I try to put mine in old cans or other containers that are going to be thrown out anyway. Saves a lot of sweat later on...
    Kirkland Plumbers

    ReplyDelete
  30. Valuable site, where did u come up with the information in this posting? I am pleased I discovered it though, ill be checking back soon to find out what new content pieces u have.
    door installation toronto

    ReplyDelete
  31. It was another joy to see your post. It is such an important topic and ignored by so many, even professionals. I thank you to help making people more aware of possible issues. Great stuff as usual...
    company to fix garage door seattle

    ReplyDelete
  32. The website is looking bit flashy and it catches the visitors eyes. Design is pretty simple and a good user friendly interface. plumbers bexleyheath

    ReplyDelete
  33. Most plumbing problems are easy, however, some may be complex or difficult to diagnose. A home owner might also discover a complicated problem to be far above his or her talent stage. professional plumbers have the experience needed to tackle hard issues. Plumbers can diagnose troubles, provide solutions to clear up them, then restore your plumbing so you don’t ought to.

    swindon boiler servicing

    ReplyDelete
  34. What’s the best way to clean limescale off valve taps?

    ReplyDelete

  35. في شركة شركة تسليك مجارى نعمل قدر الامكان علي حل المشكلة واعطاء العميل فكرة كاملة عن الوضع وكذلك التكاليف المفترض دفعها مع العمل علي اصلاح وصيانة مكان التسرب فقط وليس البدء من الصفر داخل الحمامات او المطابخ كما نقدم في شركة شركة تسليك بالوعة المطبخ كافة خدمات الصيانة بعد الكشف ويشمل ذلك ( تكسير – اصلاح – ترميم ) كل ذلك بخدمات مميزة وفنيين علي كفائة عالية جدا ومعدات حديثة تضمن صحة النتائج لذلك تعد ركن نجد افضل شركة تسليك مجارى بالرياض
    للمزيد يمكن زيارة
    شركات تسليك المجارى بغرفة التفتيش والتي غالبا ما تحدث فيها الكتمة عن طريق سقوط مخلفات صلبة فيها او بقايا اعمال التشطيبات المترسبة فيها وهو ما يتم عن طريق سوستة الضغط او عن طريق غطاس ضغط المياه.

    تسليك بالوعة الحمام
    شركة تسليك مجارى بالرياض
    شركة تسليك المجاري بالرياض
    شركة تسليك مجاري

    ReplyDelete
  36. This will ensure you have no problems with lawsuits, selling your home, getting a mortgage, or having your homeowner's insurance increase. plumbers close by

    ReplyDelete
  37. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Thanks for sharing the great information. Please also have a look rootermantoronto

    ReplyDelete
  39. افكار جديدة فى التنظيف
    تنظيف البيوت من المسئوليه الكبيرة التى لابد من القيام بيها و فالتنظيف من الاشياء الحيوية التى تساعد فى الحفاظ على المكان وتساعد فى الحفاظ على صحتك وصحه افراد اسرتك فاليك افضل الطرق المميزة التى تساعد فى الشعور بالراحه النفسيه والهدوء والسعى الى التخلص من اى تغيرات من الممكن ان تتعرض اليها من اهم ما تقوم بيه الاتى :-
    شركة تنظيف بالخرج
    شركة تنظيف منازل بالخرج
    شركة تنظيف شقق بالخرج
    شركة تنظيف فلل بالخرج
    الاغطيه والمفروشات من اهم الاشياء التى لابد من الحفاظ عليها والقيام باعمال التنظيف باستمرار لانها من الممكن ان تؤدى الى التعرض الى الحساسية والامراض الصدرية فعليك ان تقوم باعمال التنظيف مرة على الاقل كل 6 اشهر والقيام بتنفيض الملايات والمراتب والتخلص من الاتربة ، بالاضافة الى القيام بتغير الملايات مرة كل اسبوع .
    شركة تنظيف مساجد بالخرج
    شركة تنظيف مساجد
    تنظيف مساجد بالخرج
    شركة تنظيف مساجد بالرياض
    تنظيف مساجد بالرياض
    الارضيات ومشاكل التنظيف التى لابد من الاهتمام بيها فافضل الطرق فى اعمال التنظيف للبورسلين استخدام المياه والمنظفات المميزة المخصصه للارضيات ، الباركية شمع العسل وزيت بذرة القنب من اهم الاشياء التى تساعد فى الحفاظ عليها ضد اى تغيرات تتعرض اليها فاليك الطرق المجربة ( امزجى قليل من زيت الفنب وعليه معلقه كبيرة من الخل ومعلقه كبيرة من الكحول الطبى والبدء فى استخدام قطعه من القماش ومسح الارضيات والاهتمام باعمال التجفيف وانتظر النتيجه بعد دقائق)
    الهواء الراكد من اكثر المسببات للرواح الكريهه فى المكان ومن اكثر الاشياء التى يحتاج الى تجددها فمن افضل الطرق هو القيام بفتح الشبابيك المتواجده فى المكان والقيام بفتح الشفاط الكهربائى وتغير الهواء المتواكد فى المكان ، او القيام بزيوت عطرية ووضعها فى بخاخات والقيام برش على الارضيات والكنب والاماكن التى بيها روائح كريهه .
    شركة تنظيف كنب
    شركة تنظيف مجالس
    شركة تنظيف موكيت
    شركة تنظيف سجاد
    شركة تنظيف كنب بالرياض
    شركة تنظيف مجالس بالرياض
    شركة تنظيف موكيت بالرياض
    شركة تنظيف سجاد بالرياض
    بقع السجاد : من اكثر الاشياء التى من الممكن ان يتعرض اليها وخاصه اذا كان هناك اطفال فى المكان فاذا تم سكب اى كوب او وجود اى بقعه فعليكى ان تقومى فى الحال
    بالتنظيف على السجاد فلا تقوم بمسحها فعليك ان تقومى بوضع قطعه من القماش وامتصاصها تماما والبدء فى اعمال التنظيف بالطريقه التى تتلائم مع السجاد .

    ReplyDelete
  40. I found some useful information in your blog, it was awesome to read, thank you for sharing this great content, keep sharing..pex manifold 4 port

    ReplyDelete
  41. تقدم شركتنا احسن خدمات مكافحة حشرات بالقطيف
    فنحن شركة المهندس افضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالخبر
    وذلك مع وجود طاقم كامل من الفنيين و المتخصصين في رش المبيدات الحشرية و ذلك مع تفادي أضرارها بالنسبة للبشر
    فشركتنا شركة مكافحة حشرات بالاحساء
    كما نعتمد على خبراء في الكشف عن أسباب وجود الحشرات في المنزل لمنع عودتها مجددا .
    فشركة المهندس تقدم ايضا خدمة مكافحة حشرات بالجبيل




    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالخبر
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالجبيل
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالاحساء
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالقطيف



    شركة تنظيف بالجبيل
    شركة تسليك مجارى بالخبر
    شركة تسليك مجارى بالقطيف

    ReplyDelete
  42. شركة تنظيف كنب بالخرج
    تتخصص الشركة في تنظيف الكنب مع جميع أنواع أقمشته تنظيفا تاما وأرجعاها جديدة كأول مرة قد اشتريته
    https://www.khpeer.com/%D8%B4%D8%B1%D9%83%D8%A9-%D8%AA%D9%86%D8%B8%D9%8A%D9%81-%D9%83%D9%86%D8%A8-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AE%D8%B1%D8%AC/


    شركة تنظيف مسابح بالخرج
    تضمن الشركة تقديم خدمات التنظيف الشاملة للمسبح وبمعدات و أدوات صيانة على أعلى مستوى من الجودة والنقاوة
    https://www.khpeer.com/%D8%B4%D8%B1%D9%83%D8%A9-%D8%AA%D9%86%D8%B8%D9%8A%D9%81-%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%AD-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AE%D8%B1%D8%AC/


    شركة جلى بلاط ورخام بالخرج
    تقدم شركتنا أفضل خدمة لجلي البلاط والرخام وإعادة مظهره اللامع والبراق له مع توظيف كافة المعدات الحديثة لديها و أمهر عمالة مدربة على هذا الغرض .
    https://www.khpeer.com/%D8%B4%D8%B1%D9%83%D8%A9-%D8%AC%D9%84%D9%89-%D8%A8%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B7-%D9%88%D8%B1%D8%AE%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AE%D8%B1%D8%AC/

    شركة نقل اثاث بالخرج
    لدي الشركة كل المعدات اللازمة لتنفيذ هذه المهمة على أكمل وجه ولديها أيضا العمالة الفنية المدربة والمعدات الحديثة التي تشمل الأوناش والسيارات المبطنة لحماية الأثاث من التجريح أو التصادم أثناء عملية النقل
    https://www.khpeer.com/%D8%B4%D8%B1%D9%83%D8%A9-%D9%86%D9%82%D9%84-%D8%A7%D8%AB%D8%A7%D8%AB-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AE%D8%B1%D8%AC/

    شركة تسليك مجاري بالخرج
    لدى الشركة خبرة في تسليك كل ما يتعلق بالصرف الصحي
    لا تقلق بانسداد المجاري أو طفحها مجددا نحن نضمن لك أعلى مستوى من الخدمة بعون الله .
    https://www.khpeer.com/%D8%B4%D8%B1%D9%83%D8%A9-%D8%AA%D8%B3%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%83-%D9%85%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%89-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AE%D8%B1%D8%AC/

    شركة رش مبيدات بالخرج

    تمتلك الشركة أيضا أفضل الكوادر البشرية الذين يوظفون جُلَ طاقتهم من أجل القضاء على الحشرات وذلك عن طريق الرش والأمصال التي تؤدي للقضاء عليها ,
    https://www.khpeer.com/%D8%B4%D8%B1%D9%83%D8%A9-%D8%B1%D8%B4-%D9%85%D8%A8%D9%8A%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AE%D8%B1%D8%AC/

    ReplyDelete