Friday, August 7, 2015

One More Time, Another Awe Sh#%! moment

 While installing my MAXX AIR 7000 roof fan I just happen to notice another awe Sh#%! moment!  Actually it's a good thing that I was installing the fan as I did not know that I had caused other problems during other conversion projects.

The fan receiver installed in place.

Imagine my surprise while crawling around on the roof when I looked just forward of where I was installing the fan and saw power nails protruding through the roof.

And to my suprise!

Awe Sh#%!

I was really working it.

Awe Sh#%!,   Sh#%!

I was previously installing ceiling paneling and the framing around the shroud for the fan and A/C.  I was using an air nailer and forgot to check the length of the nails before I started shooting.  Oh, well, another AWE SHUCKS moment!

See other AWE SHUCKS moments here.

Stick around, I'm sure there'll be more.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Making Simple Cabinet Doors From Scrap Wood

Part of my ongoing school bus conversion project calls for cabinets through the entire bus.  These are the latest cabinets I built from donated scrap wood.

Bedroom cabinets

These were very simple to make. 

A basic 2" X 2' wooden frame and 1/2" OSB board base. 

The doors are as you see here.

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Living room cabinets

A little fancier door was required for the living room.

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Over entry door compound cabinet door

A compound cabinet door.

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Over entry door compound cabinet door

Hinged in the middle and opens up.

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Living room curio cabinets with LED lighting

 Curio cabinets with LED lighting.

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Living room curio cabinets with LED lighting

  Curio cabinets with LED lighting with room lights off.

See entire process at  

And as usual,
Stick around... There's more to come.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Stain Wood With Snapple Iced Tea

This is certainly not a new idea. People have stained wood for years with such things as food coloring, clothing dye, berries and just about any other colored liquid you can imagine.

If you've been following my slow moving school bus conversion project you'll know that I'm converting a school bus to live, work and travel in. Right now I have an OSB board for a kitchen countertop. I've been kicking around what kind of countertop I wanted to make but I knew that I wanted to embed a map of the US in it. A friend donated me a load of 40 year old cedar planking and the wheels started turning. I purchased a map puzzle of the US on and the rest is history.

See entire process at  

Stick around... There's more to come.

Monday, May 4, 2015

A One Man Habitat for Humanity

A man was so upset seeing a homeless woman on the streets that he decided to build her a house.

Everyone can't travel off to build homes for people
or set off and single handedly build a home for someone else.
Many can't even volunteer locally.

Let's Start Being Human!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

How to have fun when you retire!

Take a break from your work.

Put on some good music.

And be who you really are!

Taking a break from volunteer house building with habitat for humanity.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Future Homeowner

Here's a future Habitat home owner and her children standing in what will soon be her living-room.

Below is her own personal ground breaking ceremony!


What's scarier than a woman with a gun?

A woman with a nail gun!

Way to go Joan!

Monday, March 2, 2015

More on Habitat for Humanity

The RV Care-A-Vanner 25th anniversary celebration in Springfield, MO

I had the opportunity to attend the RV Care-A-Vanner 25th anniversary celebration in Springfield, MO April 21st - May 5th 2014.

“The RV Care-A-Vanner program is a special part of Habitat’s ministry that has played a significant role in improving the lives of thousands of people across North America,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We thank all the volunteers for their continued support and dedication to this program for the past 25 years.”

During the two-week building event hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, volunteers and RV Care-A-Vanners will build two new homes and perform critical home repairs in Legacy Trails, a planned Habitat community.

Read more about the event here.

Below are a few pictures from the event.

I had the privilege of working on the above house.  It went to a mother and daughter named Dee and Gypsy Rose, Hurricane Katrina survivors.  You can see Gypsy Rose on the porch in her wheel chair.  She is a very encouraging young lady and has a very bright outlook on life in spite of many obstacles.  You can read some of her story here or here.

Above is Gypsy Rose and her mother Dee.

See more pictures from this event here.
Thanks for looking.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Habitat for Humanity

I've been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity for the past month in Hobbs, NM.  I will probably be here for an additional four weeks.

The Habitat for Humanity RV CARE-A-VANNERS is a volunteer program for anyone who travels in a recreational vehicle, wants to build Habitat houses and have fun doing it. RV Care-A-Vanners welcomes people of all ages, from all walks of life who want to pick up a hammer and help change lives.  

There are ample opportunities to learn and plenty of meaningful work for everyone. No previous construction experience is necessary!  Find out more at

Click here to view more pictures of the building projects I precipitated on.

If you aren't having fun whatever you are doing...

You need to be doing something else!


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Cut And Shoot, Texas

I often wonder where certain things got their name.  After visiting Cut And Shoot, Texas I decided to look up the origin of that name.  A very interesting story...

Cut And Shoot, Texas City Hall


Prior to 1912 the Missionary Baptist, Hard-shell Baptist, and Methodist citizens of the community went together and built a combination church and school house. They erected the structure with the understanding that all dominations were privileged to preach there except the Mormons and Apostolics. This building was called the Community House, because it was the place where all the people in the community met for their church and social activities.

The government recognizes this as a official town.

In July 1912, it happened that a Preacher Stamps of the Apostolic belief appeared in the community, and some of the local brethren invited him to hold a meeting at the Community House. Preacher Stamps seemed not to have been a very reputable person, since it was claimed by some of the citizens that he occasionally visited saloons and went dancing. When the people heard of Preacher Stamps' intention the community immediately paired off into two sides, those who thought the Community House should be used for all denominations, and those who thought it should be closed to the Apostolics. Each side declared their intentions; one claimed that it was going to have the meeting and the other claimed that the meeting would not be held.

Small town living.

On July 20,1912, the day before the meeting was to take place a son of one of the opposing families was sent to the home of one of the school trustees, to get the keys, so the doors could be locked. When the Apostolic element heard of this move they quickly informed the side favorable to the meeting that they would break down the doors if necessary, to gain entrance to the building. A member of the opposing group saddled his horse and rode through the community and notified the people to bring their guns to the Community House the next day. The side favorable to the meeting heard of this gesture and one of their members saddled up and rode through the community to tell the people who were sympathetic toward his side to do the same.

Cut And Shoot Fire Department.

It's a nice small town.  A nice place to visit.