I didn't buy a kit. I just went to Canadian Tire and bought a generic solar panel and invertor. The charge protector came with the solar panel. I bought one deep charge battery and it's enough because all it's powering is a few lights and charging cell phones, etc. I may add another one if we start draining it. It was about $250 for the panel, $100 for the invertor and $120 for the battery.
Only my wife giving me orders, lol. The walls were a bit of a lift but I had some work horses and I lifted them a little at a time. Screwing in the sheeting on the roof was also a bit of a challenge but I used the loft ladder and put the hooks over the peak so I could work off the ladder while on the roof.
It was about $10000 Cdn. We're up north so prices are a bit higher.
It was about $10000 Cdn. We're up north so prices are a bit higher.
Thanks. I was in elementary school, usually grade 4 - 6.
Yeah, it's hard to know how much detail to put in. I thought about doing separate instructables for different steps but then it would lose the whole project overview. It was a fun build at any rate. I enjoyed incorporating the old tent trailer stuff into the new building.
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Thanks. I was thinking about putting it on a pulley so I could get it out of the way when it isn't in use but I didn't have enough room.
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I would recommend that you put sonotubes down to where you have stable earth. Backfill the sonotubes with sand and make a mound around them so the water will runoff away from them.
I have tried a lot of different things with deck coverings. Originally we used cetol but that got blotchy in a couple of years so last year we sanded it all down and put on Sansin Enviro stain for decks and fences. So far it's holding really well. Time will tell.
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Yes. There is a lot of humidity vented through them so they should not go into any other room.
I think that the difference between three and four season is that with four season, you connect the heating and ac to the house system and you plan to use it like any other room in your house. I don't think that there is a firm definition for the two.I have 10 inches of insulation in the floor also and it keeps the floor slightly cooler than the rest of the house. Your heating and cooling bill is going to go up but in my mind, it's worthwhile. We spend more time in this room than any other in the house. When company comes, we always migrate to the sun room. It's been a great addition to the house. We in the north get a lot of dark in the winter and the sunroom really increases the amount of light we encounter.
I got my windows at Home Depot and they are Jenweld. I believe that they are a Canadian company so I don't know if you can get them down south. When the sun is shining, the room will warm up to room temperature even at - 20 C but it will take a few hours and then it starts to cool off because we have short winter days in Northern Ontario. The wood stove is a life saver and I used the room all winter long. I just didn't use it when it was really cold and there was no sun because it took so much wood to keep it room temperature. When that happened, I kept the doors closed and let the temperature in the room drop. Our heating bill went down this winter because the wood stove added heat to the home. We don't have air conditioning but the room hasn't been hot so far this summer because …
I got my windows at Home Depot and they are Jenweld. I believe that they are a Canadian company so I don't know if you can get them down south. When the sun is shining, the room will warm up to room temperature even at - 20 C but it will take a few hours and then it starts to cool off because we have short winter days in Northern Ontario. The wood stove is a life saver and I used the room all winter long. I just didn't use it when it was really cold and there was no sun because it took so much wood to keep it room temperature. When that happened, I kept the doors closed and let the temperature in the room drop. Our heating bill went down this winter because the wood stove added heat to the home. We don't have air conditioning but the room hasn't been hot so far this summer because the sun is higher and so doesn't shine in the windows as much and the windows let a great breeze through. It would cost quite a bit to keep it heated as a three season room because you have five surfaces exposed to the outside and a lot of glass which is terrible R value. A four season room would be slightly easier but then you typically put in foundation walls so that the floor is not exposed to air and that is costly.
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Really? Too bad. We have regions in Canada that are called "unorganized townships" where you can pretty well do what you want. The only thing they check on are hydro and field beds.
Yes, this is in an isolated spot in the bush that is only accessible by boat.
Yeah, they can be a nuisance but I guess we're in their territory.
Yeah, they call them the "good old day" but they weren't so much.
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Lo siento. No hablo portuguese pero hablo un poco espanol. Puedes pidir en espanol?
I live in Northern Ontario. We bought this old wreck of a cabin and have been fixing it up. It's a fantastic, isolated location and it has brought a lot of joy to make the site look nice.
Picture Frame With Corner Splines
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Thanks. I'll give it a try. We have a lot of shavings from cutting firewood.
We only use this site intermittently so it doesn't fill up quickly. When it does get full, we just dig another pit, use the dirt from the new pit to cover the old pit and then move the outhouse over the new pit.
Thanks. Our pit is quite dry. The males don't use the outhouse for pee and the ground is on a slope. Shavings is a good idea but that would mean that the pit would fill up faster. I guess that's the trade off. I'm thinking that I'd like to try a solar powered fan that pulls the air out constantly. Have you had any experience with those?
Yes, this is a three season room but I'm using it in the winter too because of the wood stove. I'm in Northern Ontario. Even down to - 20, the room will warm up to room temperature on a sunny day. It is facing pretty well south. I was a little nervous about the wood stove position too but I went through the local WETT inspector and it passed with flying colours. I thought about the air source also but this an old house so there is a lot of air leakage so it should be okay for air supply. We haven't gone through the summer months with it yet. I'm guessing that we'll have to get curtains. There are a lot of deciduous trees to the south so they will leaf out in summer and offer some protection.
I wasn't sure about the 10 inch spike either but there has been no movement and I built these eight years ago and we get a lot of frost heave. I do recognize that the run is excessive but I don't consider these proper stairs. They are just one step up (pardon the pun) from a trail in the bush. They are also a huge improvement over the trail as we carry all our supplies up from the dock as this place is accessible only by water. I have thanked God many times for these steps.
lol Yeah but surprisingly, it feels warm when you crawl inside and close up. Maybe it's psychological but even still, it's a whole lot better than - 25.
Yeah, the foam is a great idea and would probably work better. With the boards in the corner, you have to sand down the edges to almost nothing because if the ball is going fast, it flies right out of the game when it hits an edge.
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Great instructable. I built one of these many years ago. A few things that I did differently were; put springs and rubber washers on the pipes between the handles and the walls to save wear and tear on the walls, put a board in each corner starting at nothing and sloping up to 3/8 inch so that the ball won't get stuck in the corner, and put a 45 degree board inside the goal so the ball doesn't hit the back and bounce right out again.
Thanks. The pictures are of two different stairs that I did. I like the idea of gravel for leveling but our cottage is water access only so any material we need has to be hauled to the boat slip, loaded on the boat, transported to the cottage and then unloaded so it makes me think twice every time I want to do something. You're right that there was more to it but I'm afraid that if I write in too much detail, it will get boring.
Thanks. Great suggestions. I have a battery powered light in there right now. I put ashes down from the firepit and wood stove every once in a while and that keeps the smell down.
This is for the sleep camp so it gets used very little. Our regular one hasn't been cleaned out yet and it's been going for 20 years. This is at the cottage which gets used every weekend in the summer, about three weeks steadily in the summer and occasional weekends throughout the fall, winter and spring. Typically, when the hole is full, you dig a new hole, using the dirt to cover over the old hole. Then you just move your outhouse on top of the new hole.
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Yes, I did all the work myself except for the screwpiles.
Thanks so much.
I actually got some help from Home Depot. I brought them my building plans and they made up a material list based on them. There were a lot of mistakes but I used it as a base and it helped me figure out what I needed.
I didn't keep really close track but it was about $25 000 Canadian. The woodstove with the chimney, brick, stove pipe and hearth was about $5000 so that would reduce your cost if you didn't put that in.
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The hardest part was the digging. There were a lot of roots and rocks.
You're absolutely right but these work somehow. Maybe we take bigger steps when we're in the fresh air of the Boreal forest. It feels right, one step per stairs and it is especially nice to have the long run in winter when they are covered with snow.
This is at our cottage that is only water access so there's no electricity or plumbing. The summers aren't so hot here so the smell, while it is not nice, is not horrible.
Great advice. They actually have toilet seats made of foam too. They're just not as hygienic.
Outdoor Rustic Stairs
Building an Outhouse
Thanks. Yeah, I guess there's only a limited number of house plans.
Thanks. I was really pleased with the way it turned out. It was - 18 C here yesterday and the sun still got it warm enough to be in comfortably.
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