Duct Tape & WD-40

Just a pretty picture today. This is a quaint red brick house in Orange, Vermont on the Reservoir Road. I love the contrast of the trees to the house in this snowy scene. We see it on the way home and I caught this shot last year during a snow storm. Today it snowed so the photo seems appropriate.

Today was fix the car day. The inspection is due soon so I had to take care of a bunch of items. The side door fell off last night which made the matter more pressing. :) Got it all back together and I didn’t even have to use duct tape. WD-40 was the solution this time, at least for one of the issues – a sticky lock mechanism in the driver side door that had then broken the lever rod grip so the door was no longer operate-able from the inside. Duct tape and WD-40 – the solution to all the world’s problems. The side door was a bit more involved including removing the track blocks, straightening the track and resetting the rail. Hand tool work. The bother is that they insist on using so many different types and sizes of screws, nuts and bolts. The work would be much more efficient and the costs reduced if they limited the number of types and sizes but apparently this concept has not enter the auto industry. Design for production. Design for maintenance. Design for recycling.

Today I didn’t get anything done on the tiny cottage, not physically anyways. I have been struggling with a design element in the ceilings over the bathroom and bedroom. The point where the two different ceilings meet is a bit tricky as I have two vaults of different widths coming together. I believe I’ve solved it with a beam over the marine aquarium (no metal allowed) and can now proceed. Rotating the stove proved the trick that led to the solution. That may seem odd but ’tis true. That moved the dining area out of the kitchen and into the front room which created more of an open space in front of the woodstove and under the cathedral ceiling. This resulted in shifting the paludarium to the east leaving space for a bench along the south windows were we can sit down to take off our boots when we come in or read a book in the sun. The doorways to the bathroom and bedroom also got wider which is pleasing. All of this is good.

Positively presenting procrastination? Make no decision before its time. All becomes clearer as we approach the problem. Problems in the rear view mirror are smaller than they appear. Hmm…

Outdoors: 31°F/14°F 2″ Snow
Farm House: 64°F/48°F two logs
Tiny Cottage: 53°F/45°F planning

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9 Responses to Duct Tape & WD-40

  1. grannygardner says:

    Two of our favorite tools in the toolbox are duct tape and WD40. Especially so since duct tape now comes in so many colors.

    I’m impressed with the daily temperatures in the cottage. With the wood stove it should be warm and toasty.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi my name is Thom. I just started to read this story of yours, and i must say it is quite interesting. I was looking on the net for info on raising pigs , and there you were. Does a person need to call you to talk to you or is it ok to just drop in? I live in Bradford VT. Take care Thom

  3. Deb says:

    Just dropping by to wish you and yours a belated merry Christmas! We have a van that is suffering from uncooperative doors; have tried WD40 but think minor surgery may be required. And the house design, you kind of lost me but sometimes I wish all people were required to go through the exercise of building one’s own house, and moreso, living under sparse conditions during the construction. It would definitely have an impact on the McMansion problem! :)

  4. Stormy says:

    Walter …. watching this project from afar …and being in construction.

    What are you going to use for you final roofing product? EPDM would be my suggestion, for a roof that size it would not be to costly. Being black it would heat you concrete more and faster then you could believe. They last 15 to 20 years.

    Wife thinks you crazy …then I told her its only the “first” of your creation. She also says try 3 logs !



  5. Thom, drop in visits and even phone calls are hard because we are always in the middle of working on something. But please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions about raising pigs. I’m happy to answer questions by email or here on the blog. Also check out the Pastured Pigs discussion list. An excellent resources full of good information. If you are looking for a book, I would highly recommend “Small Scale Pig Raising” by Dirk von Loon which is an excellent source of information for the home pig.

  6. TalaMuir says:

    ok! I had to reread that bit about the photo being taken last year. I was in Woodsville yesterday and there’s next to nothing for snow up there, bits of dustings really, the trees along the VT side of the river where gorgeous.

  7. Interesting, Steph. We have about 5″ of snow on the ground from this week. The mountain above us is beautifully frosted. I would have thought that Woodsville, being north of us, would have snow too. Maybe it is a river effect that is keeping them warm.

  8. Stormy, the final roof will be grass. The house will be earth sheltered in the end. The tiny cottage is one small part of the final house. Like an ogre, it will have many layers. :)

  9. bunker_man says:

    “Make no decision before its time. All becomes clearer as we approach the problem”…
    Walter, after several building projects (4 homes from scratch and the present bunker) I came to the same conclusion. Many times the problem doesn’t expose itself untill the last night before a major dig-pour-lift or paint. As Deb said this might have an impact on the McMansion problem.

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