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RE: Good morning - travelaround - 12-26-2019

Great gift! I'd love to get free labor gift certificates. Awesome idea!

Not much new here. I had a wonderful Christmas with my youngest son, my youngest daughter and her family, and had dinner with the community... free dinners here on both Thanksgiving and Christmas. After all that I came down with a little cold... nothing major. I have my RV park space until the 29th then one more week until the current owners move out of the mobile home I'm buying... it will still be in escrow but I think they'll let me stay there. I'm thinking I'll have to boondock without a shower the last week and can't feel any enthusiasm for that. Heh... I like showers.

RE: Good morning - travelaround - 12-28-2019

Good day.. having a happy life here in the snow less river valley near the Oregon/California border, and across my Facebook feed comes photos of snowy Arizona. Fresh grass is starting to grow here again, right next to my van, and there are little birds picking at the soil...

My escrow closes January 11 which is 20 years from the day I originally moved to this town. I will have an aging mobile home with projects that I hope family will take an interest in helping me with. Needs kitchen remodel and 3 ceilings replaced .. the two small bedrooms and master bathroom. I'm only 67.. I can do this, right? I have no experience whatsoever.. just youtube videos for instruction.

The carport is too low for my high roof van. I have an idea, to put the picnic table in there and make it a screened in porch area for an art studio. There's room in the front for a flower garden and room in back for a vegetable garden. It will also be a place to park and empty my van so I can build it out ... now that I've lived in it 6 months with nothing built in with a floor I have a better idea what I want and need in there. My daughter's skoolie will probably end up being built up in the backyard. .. if they can get it here from North Idaho... she and family are here now but the skoolie got left behind because it needs 1400 worth of upgrades to be roadworthy for the 800 mile trip.

RE: Good morning - maki2 - 12-30-2019

If it is a metal carport some companies offer leg extensions. Of course they do need to be installed properly for stability and securing the roof so the wind does not pick it up. I would say best done by a carport installer with a couple of guys rather than DIY but with some research it might be attempted as a DIY. If it is a wood carport it is also possible to extend the height by building a short section of wall just under the roof. But that means releasing the current fasteners that tie the roof to the support post, then jacking the roof up on temporary supports, adding the new wall section in, fastening it to the post and lowering the roof onto it and then connecting the roof to the wall section. Quite a bit of work and some expense involved but raising the height can be done.

Depending on the damage to the ceiling and the type of structure that holds up the ceiling. You might be able to install some 1/4 thick sheet rock right over the current ceiling material without removing the old ceiling. You need to go to a sheet rock supply company to get 1/4" thick sheet rock. You don't have to be a contractor to buy from them. It is much easier to handle that weight of material than the 1/2" thick panels.

You might not have had the experience for these things but I have, I have remodeled a number of houses including skimming a ceiling with 1/4" thick sheet rock over a damaged ceiling. A bit tough on your neck and shoulders to work overhead for a lot of hours that are needed to get all screws put in and all the taping and plaster mud as well as sanding, priming and painting done. At 69 I can't do it anymore without first taking half a mild muscle relaxer pill and some OTC pain killers before I start working. Too much wear and tear arthritis in my neck, shoulders, hands, etc from years of doing those kinds of projects. It would likely take me 2 weeks of 24 hours of intermittent labor to accomplish what a young guy can do in about 12 hours of so of intermittent labor time over 3 or 4 days. I can do it, but not without a fair amount of pain.

RE: Good morning - crofter - 12-30-2019

(12-28-2019, 02:44 PM)travelaround Wrote:  ... I have an idea, to put the picnic table in there and make it a screened in porch area for an art studio. There's room in the front for a flower garden and room in back for a vegetable garden....
Congratulations in advance!! Sounds awesome, and an outside sitting area can give one a great deal of peace in your daily living. Nice to hear you are having a milder winter there.   ~crofter

RE: Good morning - crofter - 12-30-2019

(12-30-2019, 05:02 PM)maki2 Wrote:  ... some companies offer leg extensions.... 
I have heard of hair extensions. Maybe I could get some of those leg extensions, as I am really short on one end.   ~crofter

RE: Good morning - travelaround - 12-30-2019

Hope you get that leg extension, Crofter... nice weather we've been having. Not even cold tonight. I am so grateful.

RE: Good morning - GypsyJan - 12-31-2019

"Maybe I could get some of those leg extensions, as I am really short on one end." Thanks, Crofter, I needed that laugh!

"Not even cold tonight. I am so grateful."


The temp is dropping tonight in Central Florida...and I am grateful, too!

RE: Good morning - maki2 - 01-02-2020

Hosting the first overnight guests of the year in my travel trailer on the first night of 2020. My workshop partner and his dog are going to stay in it off and on this week. A nice way to start the new year by having the trailer get camped in even if it is driveway camping.

As my friend Don is working a lot of hours on a major cleanup and downsizing at the workshop he is here late and early as well. So he and his big standard poodle are staying outside in the trailer. The bed is comfy enough other than my friend is a little tall for it since it is a cross wise bed. I put a small heater out there but I doubt he will run it more than warming the place up before he goes to sleep. The trailer is insulated and it is not freezing tonight. Any prowlers will get a big surprise if the shine a light into the glass on the door or windows and see  a big hairy dog trying to get them.

There have been too many prowlers around in the parking lot in the last few weeks including one who broke into the trailer. My neighbor also ran a couple of guys in an old brown van off at 1:30am on New Year's Eve. This dog is very intimidating to anyone who comes up to the vehicles, but he is a sweet heart of a pet. He is officially on the company books as security and as such his expenses including food and vet bills are tax deductible.


His previous dog also did guard duty here, a very great watch dog too. He was sweet and gentle with his friends and with children. He was dumped in another friend's neighborhood when he was still young. Must have been abused, he automatically growled at anyone who smelled like cigarettes, alcohol or pot. He also would not go down into the cockpit on the boat, he had no problem with the deck area or going below decks in the cabin. So it is suspected whoever first had him tried to train him to be a pit fighter but that was simply not his nature, so they dumped him out of their car.

Well Jan 2 is going to be a busy day but nice to be working with my friend  on projects indoors in the workshop. I had better get to sleep now.

You all have a great day!

RE: Good morning - crofter - 01-02-2020

Good morning!  42 degrees and rain with nighttime temps in the mid thirties in Western OR. Expected to rain all week, with some sunbreaks on Friday. Sounds like many will be travelling from the northern states for the January gatherings. Safe travels everyone!! And keep your toes warm!!          ~crofter

road conditions link for OR and some other states: once you get the map loaded you can move it around to look at some other states too.

RE: Good morning - maki2 - 01-03-2020

My friend and his dog are back in the trailer for a second night. I think he is having fun playing camping in the trailer. This evening he put a temporary extension to the width of the bed at the bottom end of it so he can lay his feet out a more of an angle as my bed is to short for him.

He is also testing out the fresh air vent I incorporated into the entry door. It will be interesting to see how effective it was in reducing condensation on the inside of the windows on a cold, drizzly, Seattle night. He is not using the heater so I don't imagine it will do much other than providing some fresh air in a small space.

Tomorrow night I will set him up so he can make his coffee the next morning with my mini butane stove. That will give him more camping fun time. Adventure time without leaving home Wink