The Tiny House Door

Originally, Lisa and Alva were planning to purchase a commercial door for the tiny house. It made sense since door and window manufacturers can produce excellent products at reasonable prices. Or so we thought. As it turned out, the odd … Continue reading

Solar Power for the Amateur Radio Station

After adding some solar power to our teardrop trailer, I realized how easy it would be to power part of my amateur radio station the same way. Solar panels and charge controllers had gotten relatively inexpensive, and with the addition … Continue reading

Chainsaws and Micro Mills

We live in the woods. Live Oak and “Cedar” (a species of Juniper). There are acres of trees of all sizes and shapes. Over time, I’ve admired the beautiful work done by artists who use the idiosyncratic shapes of natural … Continue reading

The Tiny House is here!

We’ve been looking forward to this all summer. We’re helping our friends, Alva and Lisa build a Tiny House. Last spring, they were looking for contractors in Austin, but everyone’s too busy with the current building boom. They’ve been developing this … Continue reading

A Tankless Water Heater

As houses age, repairs are needed. I have been living in the Log Home for nearly 14  years, and it is no exception. We originally installed a propane water heater reasoning that we would have hot water without electricity, and modest amounts of … Continue reading

Rebuilding A Piano

We like music at Roy Creek Ranch, and some time ago I decided to get one of my pianos rebuilt.  There are two pianos here, an 1893 Weber (originally purchased at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893 — but that’s … Continue reading

A Second Tank

In the post of April 17, 2008, I mentioned the addition of a second rainwater tank to the north tank farm.  It was actually purchased and delivered last spring and has been sitting on a decomposed granite pad since then.  … Continue reading