I feel like I'm way behind but I am getting somewhere. I clearly underestimated how much time it takes to remodel. I figured, the space is tiny. No way I couldn't do it in a day, is there?
My trip to El Paso took an evening, bought supplies the next morning, and got back with almost all of the day gone. Unloaded and didn't have time for much else.
Then yesterday I gutted the room. Took me ages. Killed two mice (or rats?), took out two cabinents, the trailer's water tank, some kind of a bed platform over the water tank, and the nastiest carpet I've ever seen. Even just the basic prep for putting up foam board took a while, all of the large protrusions like the outlets had to go. I was smart about the hallway into the rest of the trailer, I blocked it off with underlayment. But for some reason I didn't do that on the back of the trailer where it's a curved cut and I'm just going to cut it short. So now I'm having all kinds of alignment issues only having a upper cabinent to align to on that side and nothing hard on the bottom as a backing wall. There is an old mattress I stuffed back there for extra insulation (sealed off with painter's plastic), but I'm not too sure how it'll work now thinking about it. I'll be able to drill the plywood sheets at the top into the cabinent, but there's no support at the bottom. What I probably should've done is aligned and ran a 2x4 down and used that as a stud mount so at least I had something. But, not sure I want to redo what I've already done.
I'm feeling drained and have been making silly mistakes. Getting my measurements mixed up on the plastic wrap, trying to drive my truck with the parking brake on, etc. I was able to put up that canopy yesterday, actually needed it for the rain more than anything else. But even with having to walk into the sun, do work, walk back, I'm surprisingly doing very well. I've been a lot more pink from less sun exposure before.
I'm definitely nervous about this. I want to sucessfully make a livable space and not have my investment go to waste. But if I can't pull off this living off the grid now I'm not sure I'll ever give it another go.
My intermittently plugged in portable cooler (thermocouple) is not quite enough. Realized part way through eating my beef yesterday that it had almost gone bad. That was with buying it the day prior. What I'm doing now is using the hotel fridge and having the cooler run all night off an AC to DC converter, that way the fridge will chill eveything as much as possible, I'll have some ice packs to throw in the mix, and the cooler is already cold when I put things in. I can only run the cooler off the truck's battery for a couple hours before I start to get nervous about it. Maybe I can push for four, but the battery is already weak and quite old.
The finished space will be about 7' x 5'. I bought R5 insulation, not R10. And I'm glad that I did, I just don't have the space for R10. With the carpet striped my floor to ceiling height is 6'4". R5 insulation is an inch each and my plywood is roughly 3/4". In theory, I should end up with an interior height of 6'1.5". I'm 6'1" tall so this is really pushing it for me. If I did R10 I'd have under 6' and would always have to duck.
I found another cord with the end chewed off. My precious amplifier. I'm calling this as a thing, cetain mice will eat the end of cords off and leave the rest. Even my electric heater had that. Now I have a secured 35 square foot space to live in, and my belongings are in the larger space which mice can easily get into. I'm pretty nervous they will keep destroying my stuff. I now think that if you buy land, probably any land, first buy a shipping container and just use it for storage. That way you can keep your construction supplies out of the rain, wind, and mice probably won't be getting in to terrorize everything. I don't see a case where it wouldn't come in handy. I'm now thinking that when I order a shipping container I should get two, one to live in and one to store things inside. I thought things would be somewhat fine in the dry desert but I've already lost a fair bit already. Of course I can rewire the plugs, but that will cost me time in the long run. I'm more bothered by having mouse poop on most of what I own.
Anyway, I'm going to see if this corned beef has gone bad or not and hopefully make a sandwich. I'm hoping to finish up construction today and maybe even move the trailer. But it could take me another two days for all I know.
Oh, I did get a 5,000 BTU A/C unit. My 1,750 watt generator will start the compressor about a quarter of the time. However, I've been reading that a "hard start kit" should do the trick and make it work. Maybe even with a 1,000 watt generator like the Honda EU1000i.
Thanks for following along.