Gunnar Gebhard

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Reluctant suburban resident pushing the boundaries of city ordinances with my permaculture and homesteading experiments.
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Recent posts by Gunnar Gebhard

Greetings permies!  I decided an uncut video was the best way to show I hit stud in one try.  I used the impact driver so you can really hear when it gets into the stud.  This was kind of a two-fer badge because I decided to use a stud to hang my two coat hooks from the round wood woodworking badge!

6 hours ago
Howdy, fellow permaculture enthusiasts.  This was a fun BB, my family thought that one of the hooks was little provocative looking and we had a good laugh at my expense.  I may have an interest in carving after this, it was a nice sample/intro to sculpting wood.

Good day permalicious community!  I had a job last year that was a very extensive shower remodel due to rot and mold.  Permaculture values were not even considered in this due to the hazards to health and safety that were present.  A 30 year salty veteran carpenter came to offer his advice on this job which was "I wouldn't have taken the job."  I also had a mold and mildew specialist review this same video and he said I did all that I could and even his company wouldn't have done anything different other than maybe using a 30% hydrogen peroxide chemical that his highly caustic and not available to those outside their business.

Within an hour of beginning demolition I phone the landlord and told him that the tenant (who suffered from some lung and breathing issues) had to be removed from the premises while there was rot open to the air.  I used respiratory protection all day for four days straight until I traced the mold and rot as far as I could detect it.  The damage was caused by a leak in cracks in the grout between tiles near a window in the tiled shower.  It basically filled up the wall with water and turned the studs and insulation into fungus inoculated sponges.

The structural components of the wall were all compromised and contaminated, they had to be replaced.  I went above and beyond and painted all the studs and sheathing with Zinsser Mold and Mildew primer which has a fungicide in the recipe as well as being able to encapsulate any straggler spores.  This was probably not necessary, but it was one extra precaution I felt made sense under the extreme circumstances.

When I framed the exterior wall it was decided to remove the window that was in the shower before.  All walls replaced were insulated with fresh r-15 batts.  The tenant really enjoyed this because he said it was a rather unpleasant and frosty experience to bathe next to a single pane window in the winter time.

The floor joists under the bath tub were rotten.  For the first (and I hope last) time in my career I stuck my hand THROUGH a floor joist!  I replaced the joists and added insulation under the floor of the shower.

Once the rot was all removed and taken care of it was a pretty straight forward shower remodel.

Later, I heard that the tenants lung condition had begun to improve after this remediation was complete.

1 week ago
Howdy, Permies and Peppers!  I had a customer who wanted this tub/shower re-caulked.  Standard tub opening size is 30"x60" plus walls is well over the required two feet.  I was in the zone when I was cleaning up and scraping out old caulk, so I did not get a picture of that part of the process.  However, it is clear that removal was done well because the new bead of caulk is smaller and tidier than the old.  I notice many on this thread might be interested in one proper way to make caulk look really good, so I included pictures of the application process that I use to achieve an attractive and water tight seal every time.

First there is before and after photos because they look so good next to each other, then the process photos.  Thank you, Enjoy!
1 week ago
Good day permies!  I cleaned my sink.  I usually use Borax, but was disappointed when I found out how environmentally un-friendly it is.  So, what other cleaners have I got that are powdered?  Laundry soap!  The laundry soap we use is grey water safe, and thus, permie approved.  It did not perform like I thought it would.  No abrasive property to it like Borax.  It is literally powdered soap, why am I surprised?  Even though it proved a little bit difficult to use the results were excellent.  The sink shines bright once again.
1 week ago
These photos (like my mullein harvest) got lost in my phone for several months.  I found some rose hips on a walk down by the river (Sundance rec area) last fall.  I picked them, air dried them in a small cloth steeping bag, and sealed them in a small bottle with appropriate labeling.  Just enough for a couple cups of tea.
I found these neglected pictures from last fall.  Seems like I had some BB's done that I had forgotten about.  I went out to a local wetland recreation area (Kindsfather Wetland Rec Area) and picked some mullein in September last year.  Picked, air dried, and sealed in jars.  First year mullein is best for leaves, second year for blossoms.  I wanted leaves, so I found some tender, young, healthy plants to harvest from.
Good day, Permies.  I cleaned my fridge!  I began by removing old stuff that no longer needed to be in there.  I am between compost systems, so, alas, I was not able to do more with my solids than discard them.  Darn my suburban restrictions!  However, I was able to water my blackberries with some old whey that was headed out the door.  The soil has a high pH here and my blackberries usually taste like crap, maybe some acidifying whey will make them more palatable.  The cleaning method and supplies I used is elbow grease with 7th generation (grey water safe) dish soap and water, and a dry cloth once over afterward.

I washed all the shelves in the bath tub, so my wash water was, regrettably, not able to be used to water anything.  It went down the tub drain.  I chose to wash in the tub because there is not enough room in my sink and outside has rocks and hard things that could damage the glass should accident occur.  Working from top to bottom, I moved the foods down to the bottom shelf and washed and dried the upper two.  Then food to the top and wash the bottom.  The interior sides were wiped down as well when they were exposed.

Everything in the door was removed and put in the main compartment of the fridge while it was cleaned, and put back together.

Finally, the fridge is restocked with fresh groceries and the stock rotated.

2 weeks ago
The sink was backed up, and when all the topside methods I know did not work, I started searching below for the clog.  I moved from the sink drain and worked my way toward the wall union by union until I got to the p-trap.  The p-trap was clogged with grease, so I cleaned out the grease.  I put it all back together and it drains properly once again with no leaks underneath the sink.  Not bad for a carpenter!
2 weeks ago
I am a builder by trade and my first thought is why omit house wrap?  It is cheap and fast to put on, an easy way to add one more layer of protection to your investment.  I know it gets a little extreme (I am an extreme person myself and can appreciate the outliers) on here with wanting to never ever under any circumstances use any synthetic material ever for any reason, BUT there are good reasons that building technology has developed the way it has over the last century and it would be foolish to not take advantage of some of it some of the time.  Use the 80/20 rule and try to use the synthetics where people won't come into contact with them (house wrap being one of those applications).

I agree with others here that cavity insulation would be a good idea with whatever interior cladding method you decide to use.

Then again, if you are just looking for something only slightly more habitable than a shed for occupancy less than 10% of the time, and not in colder months, then build it cheap and fast and don't worry about it.

Have you considered going underground?  I just read the Mike Ohler book "$50 and up Underground House," and from that book it appears that semi-underground cabin construction would be cheap, and fast and you don't have pesky things like house wrap to deal with (just pond liner which is non negotiable in that situation).
2 weeks ago