For those who are unaware--as I was--plumbing involves more than just water. One can also plumb gas lines. In fact, all of the parts for such a job are found in the plumbing section of the hardware store, where I spent most of the last week. I have officially lost count of the number of times I've been to Sebo's in an attempt to install my propane lines and get my heater and oven range working. Often, it's been 2 or 3 times (or more) in a day. Once I figured out what to ask for (thanks to friend, Bill, who diagrammed the plan for me) and then how to ask for it (employing a technical vocabulary I've yet to master), Stan, at Sebo's, became my new guru in this department, almost deftly assembling a staggering collection of hoses, male/female pipe thread or flare adapters (the distinction between the two being vitally important), valve shut-offs, nipples, regulators, hoses and pipe thread compound into a T that will accommodate my two propane tanks.
To a seasoned plumber, such details might hardly merit a mention. For a first-timer, it's a major process conducted in a foreign language, employing multitudes of parts which must safely conduct flammable contents for the provision of winter warmth and cooking facilities (two requisite functions for a happy home). By Saturday night, I was excruciatingly close to having the lines all hooked up, but Brad had absconded with his own wrenches for a plumbing project in their house (The nerve!). My sole wrench was of inadequate size and it was getting dark and cold and irritating... Guess it's time to supplement my growing tool arsenal with my own wrenches. Sunday, I will conquer the propane project. I swear it!
9 boxes of misc. kitchen and housewares and my large camping pack to Good Cheer and the Senior Thrift
3 boxes of books to Book Lovers in Freeland
1 portable sewing machine to Anne, the now ecstatic German woman who bought my dresser and
2 boxes of poetry books to the WiFire coffee barista with a line of German poetry tattooed along her forearm.
My daily routine now consists of the following:
1) pre-work pack and purge
2) attend day job
3) donate at least two boxes to thrift
4) visit hardware store, bank and grab lunch
5) work on tiny house propane installation--interspersed with trips to hardware store--until dark, and
6) return to the cabin for more packing/purging before collapsing into a heap of dead sleep.
Still major on the To-Do List:
1) finish propane installation (Today!)
2) hire someone to remove tiny house post-construction debris from cabin yard
3) relocate bathhouse-to-be (current tool shed) from cabin to my new home at the Raven and the Spade
4) install tub and shower and toilet into bathhouse
5) more purging and packing, and
6) clean cabin for final move-out
This morning, I was up at 5 to post the blog. Now, I'm off to finish plumbing my gas lines. Wish me luck!