Tiny Shiny Home Blog 2020-09-26T03:05:13-05:00 /feed Tiny Shiny Home hello@tinyshinyhome.com https://tinyshinyhome.com/fencing-cost-breakdown Fencing Cost Breakdown 2020-09-21T00:00:00-05:00 2020-09-22T12:53:46-05:00 Jonathan Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/
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In case you didn't know, we just finished up a big 6 acre fencing project here on our Tiny Shiny Homestead. Lots of people have asked what it cost, so we rolled up our sleeves, pulled out our our calculators, and got to work.

Fence 1

The Fence

After lots of research, we opted to install a 9 strand, high tensile electric fence using wooden corner posts and Timeless Fence System T-Posts. This allowed us to close off the property to the cows that free roam close by, but also use the lower electrified lines to keep out predators like coyotes and mountain lions.

We plan to have our own animals soon, and wanted to prepare for that.

The system also uses Gripples for ease of maintenance and repair, and a simple solar electric fence charger since we're off-grid and don't have standard power available. 

Keep in mind that our fencing project is 6 acres, and is an irregular shape so we had roughly double the corners most people would have. That definitely inflated the cost a bit.

The Process

This project took our family (and some friends) about 5 weeks start to finish. It was definitely the hardest physical labor we've ever done in the hottest part of the year in the high desert of Arizona. But we're so proud of what we were able to accomplish! Here's the process.

  1. Fencing Part 1 - Clearing Lines and Setting Corner Posts
  2. Fencing Part 2 - Closing in the Timeless Fence System!
  3. Fencing Part 3 - Connecting Electric, Securing Gates, & Cleaning Up
Corner post with insulators

Fencing Materials

These are the basic materials we used for our fence. Wood posts for the corners, Timeless Fence System insulated T-posts, high tensile wire, plastic insulators, and Gripples.

Item

Cost

6/7 Wooden Posts, 8ft x 27 ($18.99 ea)$512.73

5/6 Wooden Posts, 8ft x 26 ($14.99 ea)

$389.74
Quickcrete 80# Concrete Bags x 53 ($4.20 ea)$222.60
High Tensile Wire x 6 (4000' rolls, $119.99 ea)$719.94
High Strain Corner Post Insulators x 24 (Bags of 10, $8.99 ea)$215.76
1.5" Timeless Fence System T-Post, 5.5ft x 110 ($7.25 ea)$797.50
Medium Gripples x 160 ($1.23 ea)$196.80

8" Timberlock Lag Screws x 50

$37.99

U-nails x 300

$25.00

Asphalt Emulsion, 5 Gallon x 2 ($40.00 ea)

$80.00

Barbless Cable, 80 Rod

$69.99

Total

$3,268.05

Electra Solar Fence Charger

Electric Fence & Gate Installation Materials

In addition to the base materials, we had additional costs for electrifying the fence, hanging the gates and securing them with paneling and latches.

Item

Cost

2 Joule 12 volt Solar Electric Fence Charger

$250.00

16' Tube Gates x 2 ($129.99 ea)

$259.98
4' Tube Gates x 1 ($79.99 ea)$79.99
Best Gate Latch x 2 ($39.20 ea)$78.40
Hog Panel Fencing x 3 ($25 ea)$75.00
100ah Marine Battery$120.00
Waterproof Battery Box$20.00

Insulated Copper Wire, 500ft

$150.00

Total

$1,033.37

Jonathan with Auger & Fence Posts

Fencing Tools

Thankfully not a ton of specific tools are needed for installing high tensile fencing. Many of them you may already have lying around. Coming off 5 years on the road, we had to purchase some of these.

Item

Cost

Hammer

$18.00

Gas Powered Auger

$200.00

Bolt Cutters

$22.00

Gripple Tensioning Tool

$74.00

Lineman Pliers

$25.00

4lb Sledge Hammer

$22.00

T-Post Driver

$40.00

Spinning Jenny

$55.00

Circular Saw

$280.00

Chainsaw

$160.00

Cordless Drill and Impact Driver

$150.00

Wire Twisting Tool

$9.00

Total

$1,055.00

Bonus Animal Paddock

Fencing Grand Total - $4,301.42

So, the grand total of our hight tensile electric fence install on 6 acres came to about $4,300 not including tools.

Would we do it again?

Yes! In fact, we plan to fence in the other 5 acres of our property at some point. The only thing we will probably do different is we will most likely NEVER do another fencing project in the dead of summer. Woah. It was hot. But the cost, maintainability, and flexibility of the Timeless T-Post system has totally won us over.

Onward to more fun homesteading projects!

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/deep-cleaning-our-vintage-airstream Deep Cleaning our Vintage Airstream 2020-09-15T00:00:00-05:00 2020-09-16T10:26:06-05:00 Ashley Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/
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Twenty weeks!

It’s hard to believe we’ve been here that long! We’ve knocked out some pretty fun projects, but with dedicating so much time to building our homestead, something had to give. And for us, it was the care of our home.

I don’t think it’s ever been this cluttered and dirty. I couldn’t take it another day so we took the weekend off of homestead projects to give this place a proper cleaning.

First, we took EVERYTHING out of our Airstream. I mean, everything! It took us right at an hour and a half to get it all out on the deck. 

Can we just pause for a minute and marvel at how much stuff we were able to store in here? Along with 6 people and a puppy!? Sometimes we forget how much planning and care went into renovating our Airstream, and it's cool to see how well it's still working for our family all these years later.

Ok. Then came the dirty work.

You can tell how serious we are about cleaning this place up because we even bought a vacuum! We had to. A broom and dust pan was not going to cut it any longer! Living in the desert, you can literally wipe you counters, turn to put away the cleaner, and they’re dusty again. Part of me is looking forward to winter so we can once again close our windows and perhaps not have so much dust in here.

This little shop vac was a beast while still running on our 2000w Inverter! It really helped us get this place spic and span. Then we all wiped down everything we could. The kids were a huge help getting it cleaned up and looking nice in here.

That was the easy part! The hard part was going through all our stuff and deciding what stays and what goes, reorganizing, and putting it all back before dark. Think it can be done? You'll have to watch the video to find out!

Through the cleaning and organizing our home, we’ve rediscovered some of our favorite things about living tiny. We may not have much, but what we do have we love and treasure. Here are a few of our favorite things.

Ashley’s Favorite Things

Berkey Water Filter 

I’ve talked about it many times so you can read about it here if you don’t know, but we will never be without our Berkey.

Bird Hooks 

Sometimes they get covered up with dish towels or other random things throughout the week and I tend to forget about them, but these bird hooks are on of my favorite things in here! Pretty and functional which is a rare find these days :)

Curtains 

These curtains have been with us for nearly 10 years! They were in our home before we began traveling, we had them in our 5th wheel, and now we have them here with us in our tiny, shiny home. They are well loved and treasured by us all. They came from World Market

Quilts

We bought these Camomile London quilts last winter and the colors still make me smile. I love, love, love them. Though they are light weight, they pair well with another warmer blanket for winter and keep us smiling year round.

Rug

I get asked often about this rug from World Market. They have THE BEST rugs and reasonably priced.

Vista Windows

Okay, this is not something many will or can replicate, but this is one of my most favorite things about our tiny home. My dad made these custom for us and the way the light streams through is so dreamy, plus we get to see the stars through them at night!

Packing Cubes

Sometimes I forget that most people don’t store their clothes in packing cubes. For us, it keeps our closet tidy and we’re able to fit everyone’s clothes in a tiny little closet in the bathroom. For traveling families, packing cubes are a game changer!

Jonathan’s Favorite Things

Note, Jonathan did not write these, see copious amounts of sarcasm.

Book Arc 

I highly recommend this Book Arc for holding my MacBook Pro. It keeps my tiny desk super tidy and my computer safe from a certain dog that likes to jump up on everything.

Fantastic Fans 

I’m so glad we installed three of these Fantastic Fans in here! The one in the bathroom we use often when taking showers to direct any steam outside. The one in the kitchen is right near the stove so that we can turn it on when we cook inside to direct the propane fumes out. And the third is above the master suite ;) This allows me to freeze my wife out while I sleep comfortably in the crisp evening breeze.

Nature’s Head Composting Toilet 

What’s not to love? I no longer have to deal with a black tank and I love lugging my families urine out to dump each day. But seriously, we do love our Nature's Head Composting Toilet.

Kids Favorite Things

iPads

For (4) kids who are constantly reading, getting each of them their own iPad has been the perfect solution for not towing hundreds of books around. Not only do we not have room for many books, but they add way too much weight to safely tow around for years on end. They do their school work on them and each have some games that they like to play.

Nintendo Switch 

Though we are minimalists, we don't live under a rock. Our kids still enjoy video games and the Switch makes it easy for them to get their fill of entertainment while not taking up a bunch of space. Easily can be taken in the car, connected to TV's at hotels and friends houses, and has a sweet little charging rack that stays out of the way!

Nine Nine 

While brining a puppy on board has had it’s challenges, we love this little guy. Though we’re still working through a few behavioral issues, we’ve been extremely happy with adding Nine Nine to our family. He’s a bernadoodle (part Bernese Mountain Dog, part Poodle) and we got him from @StrongDoodles in New Mexico.

Nine Nine's Favorite Things

Bully Sticks 

Everyone with a dog should have dried bull pizzels right? He loves them and it keeps him busy for hours!

Living Space Not Storage Space

Why was this so important to us? Well, honestly I just can't handle the clutter. I think it's super important to take a look around you regularly and see what is being used and what isn't. We don't need half of what we think we do to live a comfortable life. 

With less stuff comes less to clean and less to break and less to have to replace. Less really is more. And why you start treating your home as a living place instead of a storage unit, you'll have more room to breathe and could lead to a much more productive and happy life.

What do you think? Are you team "Less is More"?

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/fencing-part-3-electric-gates-cleanup Fencing Part 3 - Connecting Electric, Securing Gates, & Cleaning Up 2020-09-07T00:00:00-05:00 2020-09-08T11:10:41-05:00 Jonathan Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/
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Well friends, we've finally made it to the end of our fencing saga! It's been a long 5 weeks of back breaking work in the punishing Arizona summer sun. But we are so excited to be wrapping this one up.

We started by running strings at each corner post and clearing any trees, bushes or grass that would get in the way of the fence. Then we prepped and set all our corner posts in preparation for our fencing workshop.

Finally, we had to finish installing the corner braces, running the high tensile wire, and hanging the gates to get everything closed in to keep those dang cows out.

Which brings us to the final few steps in the process. Connecting the electric, finishing the gates, tying off the Gripples, and cleaning everything up.

Like I said, it's been a long 5 weeks! Let's take a look at how we finished up.

Electra Solar Fence Charger

Connecting the Solar Electric Fence Charger

Moses from High Desert Homestead recommended this 2 Joule 12 volt Solar electric fence charger from Electra Mfg. It's a super simple, no frills system that only provides a shock if both the hot and ground wire are touched at the same time.

All you have to do is connect the hot lines together and the ground lines together - then hook it up to a 12v marine battery. Your fence is energized!

Well - almost. Because we chose to use wooden corner posts and insulators, that meant that we needed to make sure the current continued past those corners and gates and energized the fence all the way down the line.

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So at each corner we used 12 gauge insulated copper wire to jump from the live part of each line on both sides of the insulator.

For gates, we connected underground Romex to a hot and ground on one side, dug a trench for the wire, and reconnected on the other side of the gate. Then we had to jumper all the hots and grounds together again so that all 9 wires would be energized.

Gripple Tied Off

Tying off Gripples

Another important part of the electrifying process was to clean up our Gripple connections. Once you pull the high-tensile wire through each end and use the tool to tighten it up, you're left with a bunch of loose wires.

These could easily touch each other, ground out the system, and make the whole electric part not work very well.

Plus it looks bad and can poke your eye out!

So we went about trimming and wrapping on each side of the Gripple. This ended up being a huge pain, and we highly recommend using locking pliers (channel locks) to grab the wire to keep it from twisting while you wrap it.

Gate with Hog Panel Attached

Finishing the Gates

Now that we were electrified, it was time to add some more security to our wide open tube gates. We grabbed some hog panel and hung it so that smaller animals couldn't sneak through.

Then we found these super handy one-handed latches and installed them for the main gates. So much easier for the kids to open and close them now!

Finished Gate

Cleaning Up the Fence Line

As you can imagine, we left behind a huge mess of concrete bags, cut wire, chainsawed wood, and more at each major corner. It took several trips, but we finally got it all cleaned up.

We also chopped off the tops of our corner posts as they were too tall at nearly 6' above ground. This created a more finished look, and we love how it turned out.

Bonus Animal Paddock

Bonus Fence Project - Adding an Animal Paddock!

Just when I thought we were finished fencing, Ashley talked me into one last project. There was a section on the property that would be perfect to fence in some animals - and if we did it right could use part of the existing fence line.

So we did some planning and were able to install a 9,000 square foot fenced area using two existing fence lines and adding to it over the weekend.

This is where the Timeless Fence System really starts to shine in it's versatility and flexibility. 

We pulled up a few of the t-posts and pushed the whole line back to auger and install a corner post to run the new fence line perpendicular to the existing one. Then we slid the t-post down to mount right to the face of the new wood post we just put in.

It was crazy how fast we were able to put up and enclose the area now that we (kind of) know what we're doing.

What's Next?

First up, we're finalizing a full fencing cost breakdown that we'll share in detail soon.

But more importantly, finishing this fence is a huge step forward for us. 

Up to this point, all our work on the property has been preparation. The driveway was added for deliveries and easy access. The water storage tank and solar powered pump house was installed so we could have quick access to water without every day. The shade sails were put up to keep us cool during the summer. And the floating shou sugih ban deck was built for additional hangout space and to keep us up above monsoon mud and critters.

And this fence - it's the final major prep project. 

Now that we've secured the perimeter, it's time to start creating our dream property. There are going to be so many fun projects coming soon. And we can't wait to share all of them with you.

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/fencing-progress-closing-in-the-timeless-fence-system Fencing Part 2 - Closing in the Timeless Fence System! 2020-08-25T00:00:00-05:00 2020-08-25T19:08:39-05:00 Jonathan Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/
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The last two weeks may be the hardest we've ever worked! As the fencing workshop came to a close, we had a sobering revelation: there was still about 2/3 left of this fence to build - and it was all up to us!

Thankfully, we had great teachers in Moses & Polly from High Desert Homestead, and felt like we had a good handle on the process. That doesn't mean it wasn't hard, though! We spent two weeks working around the clock installing posts, running wire, and hanging gates. One of those weeks I took off work so we had more time, and the kids helped in rotating shifts (someone had to keep an eye on the puppy).

It was a gargantuan task, and looking back I couldn't be more proud of our little family, and how we pulled together to make it happen.

So what was the process exactly? Read on to find out.

Timeless fence post and high tensile wire

Timeless Fence System

Oh wait, we should probably tell you what kind of fence we're building! 

We have an irregular shaped 6 acre parcel that has 8 corners, so our fence project will likely be a little more complicated than most. That being said, we opted for a nine strand high tensile electric fence. This will allow us to keep out large animals like cows, but also smaller ones like coyotes or javelina.

Usually electric fencing can get expensive, but since the Timeless T-Posts act as insulators, we actually ended up saving money over a traditional barbed wire fence. We're working on a full cost breakdown, and will be sharing soon.

Corner post with insulators

Corner Posts, Triangular Bracing, Timeless T-Posts, & Gates

The first major step in finishing our fence was to install all the corner posts and t-posts. This was pretty back breaking work, even with our gas powered auger and 8" auger bit.

Triangular or "A" Bracing

Each vertical corner post also needed bracing. Moses highly recommended we go with a triangular or "A" brace style instead of "H" bracing. Turns out you use less wood and create a much stronger corner anchor so that sounded good to us!

Here's a quick overview of the process:

  1. Install your corner post 2-3 feet down using 1 bag of concrete
  2. Take a small piece of Timeless t-post, cut into the hole, mount to the face of the vertical post, and run a string from corner to corner
  3. Put your brace post at a 45 degree angle with the top about 44" from the ground
  4. Stand it up straight and move it back a bit to know where to dig your hole
  5. Make sure you use your string line to dig the hole in the right direction
  6. Auger down 4-5", then auger at a 45 degree angle
  7. Put the post in the hole and mark where you need to cut the end near the corner post also at a 45 degree
  8. Use a chainsaw to trim the angle on the post, finesse as needed until it matches up
  9. Use an 8" Timberlock lag screw to connect the "A" brace post to the corner post
  10. Take several feet of wire, using staple to secure, and wrap around the two posts completing the triangle
  11. Use a metal rod to twist the wire until tight
  12. Finally, put a bag of concrete in the angled hole and add water

You need a triangle or "A" brace post for each direction the wire will be running. This ensures you can tighten it, and the posts will stay in place.

Timeless T-Posts

Installing the Timeless posts was a breeze for us. Using that same string line, we just marked 12" on the bottom and pounded them in to the right height. Thankfully our soil was pretty sandy and didn't provide too much resistance.

Most of the time I'd get it started with a 4lb sledge hammer, and then we'd use a T-Post Driver the rest of the way.

We had one run that went right up against a tree that we didn't want to cut down. So we just cut the Timeless post with a circular saw and screwed it right to the tree. Pretty  cool!

Oh, and I almost forgot. For each triangle or "A" brace post you'll want to install a Timeless post here as well. Cut a few inches off and install at the same 45 degree angle - you'll use this to make sure your wire doesn't touch the wood once it's electrified.

16' entry gate

Hanging Gates

We decided we wanted three gates for our fence.

  1. Main driveway - 16' tube gate for majority of traffic
  2. Side utility - 16' tube gate for large equipment
  3. Small walkthrough - 4' tube gate for access to our other 5 acre parcel

For the two large drive through gates, we also decided to do "step-ins" which basically means the gate itself is inset from the main line. This is partly for function - large RV's, trailers, and delivery trucks can pull in off the main road while opening the gate - but also for aesthetics. Having an entry way just looks nicer.

We opted to use the wooden posts here to give it a more finished look and installed Timeless posts on the front of them to keep the wires insulated. Yes, we totally painted them black to match so they're invisible :)

Anyway, back to the gates! Hanging them was a lot easier than we thought, and the hardest part was really planning where the posts would go to allow for proper clearance. Here's the process:

  1. Make sure you corner post is properly secured (we put in two "A" braces with opposing forces so the gate wouldn't pull it out over time)
  2. Put your bottom gate anchor in and set the gate on it
  3. Lift the other end of the gate up until level and mark where to put the top anchor
  4. Install top anchor and adjust as necessary until it hangs level

Maybe one day we'll put in an automatic gate system, but for now we just make the kids open the gate when we want to get out :)

Insulator and Gripple

High Tensile Wire, Insulators, & Gripples

Somehow, the next phase was even more exhausting than the first. A lot of this was our fault - we went with decorative wooden corner posts instead of insulated Timeless corner posts. This meant we had to install insulators at every corner on every run for every wire.

Wrapping high tensile wire - even with a tool - is punishing. We did the math, and because of the insulators calculated 6 wraps for each wire x 9 wires x 13 runs = 702. Which basically meant our hands were limp sausages for a whole week.

An integral part of this system are Gripples. Weird name, but it actually comes from the fact that they "grip and pull" wire. Creative, I know!

You use Gripples and a Gripple Tensioning Tool to put tension on your wire after everything is wrapped and secure. These are really cool because if you ever need to maintain or repair your fence all you have to do is add some wire and Gripples, tighten, and you're good to go. No need to re-run hundreds of feet of wire.

Here's the process:

  1. Get yourself a Spinning Jenny. Otherwise you'll end up with a massive slinky situation trying to run the wire
  2. Install staples on your corner post at each interval you'll be running your wire. Ours were 9" - 9" - 9" - 6" - 6" - 6" - 3" - 3" - 3".
  3. Drill any additional holes necessary in your Timeless post - we had to create our last three holes as well as make sure the angled ones on the "A" brace were in line
  4. Run one wire at a time, threading through each Timeless T-Post
  5. When you get to the corner post, pull it through the staple and wrap it to secure it
  6. Cut and wrap in an insulator as close to the wooden corner post as you can
  7. Take the other end and wrap to the other connection in the insulator
  8. Go back down to the end where you pulled the line from, cut about 4' past the corner post and do the same thing (corner + insulator)
  9. Now you use that extra slack to cut the line and install a Gripple - pull it hand tight for now
  10. Repeat this for each line (in our case, nine)
  11. When all lines are run, you use the Gripple Tool to tighten the wire and create the tension evenly

Whew - do your hands hurt? My hands hurt just thinking about this. After two grueling weeks, we finally got the fence closed in. No more cows!!!

This a huge development and we're so excited not to have to worry about random bovines chewing things up or making ungodly sounds at 4 in the morning and waking us up.

Fence Post Sunset

Next Fencing Steps

Are we actually finished with our fence? Nope. No way. It's not electrified. Things are still a mess. And those dang tube gates are wide open for predators to sneak through. 

This next week we have to:

  • Pick up all our trash at each corner
  • Go to each Gripple, cut and wrap again to continue the circuit and clean it up so the hanging wire doesn't touch the one below or above it. (That's like 200 more wraps if you're doing the math 😩
  • Do some clean up clearing around the lines to make sure we won't have any limbs, grass, etc... touching the wire
  • Use insulated copper wire to re-connect all the corners around the insulators
  • Dig under the gates and run romex to continue the conductive electricity on the other side
  • Hook up our electric fence charger
  • Zap a few critters (joking - maybe)
  • Paint any timeless posts on wooden posts so they're invisible
  • Cut the tops off our wooden corner posts so they're all the same height 
  • Install hog panel on the tube gates to keep predators out
Gate and fence at sunset

A Huge Step Forward

Finishing this fence has got us super excited. Why? Up to this point, every project has been focused around making the property livable and comfortable while we build out the homestead. 

Basically it's all been prep work. The driveway was cut in so we could get deliveries and drive to our trailer easily. The water storage tank and solar powered pump house was installed so we could have easy access to water without transferring it every day. The shade sails were put up to give us shade and keep us cool during the summer. And the floating shou sugih ban deck was built for additional living space up off the ground during monsoon and snake season.

And this dang fence - well it's been the last huge piece of the puzzle. There are so many projects we haven't been able to move forward on until it was done. 

Now that the prep work is done, and we're closed off, we get to dig in start creating our dream property. So many ideas - so many fun projects coming up. And we can't wait to share all of them with you.

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/fencing-workshop-with-moses-polly-from-high-desert-homestead Recap of our Fencing Workshop with Moses & Polly from High Desert Homestead 2020-08-11T00:00:00-05:00 2020-09-08T18:18:33-05:00 Ashley Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/
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We did it! We hosted our first (of what we hope to be many) workshops here at the Tiny Shiny Homestead. We had 15 people here over the course of the 3 day weekend and we learned so much! 

A HUGE THANK YOU to Moses and Polly for driving all the way down here to teach us about the Timeless Fence System and being such wonderful teachers, and another huge thank you to all those who came out and pitched in.

With this new skill, we are confident that we can fence the rest of our property off and keep the dang cows out!!

There’s still a whole lot left for us to finish up, but we are confident in our ability to get this project finished, and for that, we are so thankful.

A more detailed post and video will be coming up once it’s complete, but for now, enjoy these highlights from our fencing workshop!

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/lets-build-a-fence-together Fencing Part 1 - Clearing Lines and Setting Corner Posts 2020-08-04T00:00:00-05:00 2020-09-08T18:17:29-05:00 Ashley Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/
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Last week we began clearing the line for our fence project and while we were really proud of how far we got, we still have so much to do. Turns out 6 acres is a lot to fence line to clear.

This week the sun has kicked our butts. it’s been exceptionally brutal with every day in the mid 90’s all the way up to 102 degrees and next to no wind. But despite the raging temperatures, we were able to push through and get more done. 

We have set all the corner posts and it went surprisingly fast! But let’s back up a bit. You may notice that these posts are black! 

Ashley pointing to fence post

We got treated posts from our local Tractor Supply. For the corners we went with a 6/7 x 8’ post. I originally wanted to use railroad ties for the corner posts, but after hearing what a pain they are to work with, we settled on these round posts. For added protection I thought for a moment about doing the Shou Sugi Ban treatment to them like we did on our deck, but that was a quick no when I remembered that these were actually treated posts. You don’t want to be breathing in those toxic fumes from burning treated wood.

Before we even started clearing the lines, I was out there painting these posts with asphalt emulsion for days. My initial plan was to just paint the 3’ section that was to go into the ground, but upon further research I found that it’s not always a good idea to do that. From what I read, it could cause the post to rot prematurely because even with the treated post and asphalt on the bottom, the post will get wet and then all that moisture has no where to go which could cause the post to rot at the point where the emulsion stops.

To play it safe, we just decided to go ahead and paint the entire post. Yeah, it’s an extra step, but I love the way it blends into the environment. Plus, they’re black! And I LOVE BLACK :)

We are continuing clearing the fence lines, trimming back trees and figuring out where our gates will be placed so that we will be ready to host the fencing workshop this weekend, August 7-9, 2020, here at the Tiny Shiny Homestead. If you’d like to come out a day or two and learn how to put up high tensile fencing, sign up below, or check out our last blog for more information!

Moses from High Desert Homestead is a fencing master and he will show us all his tips and tricks for putting up a hight tensile electric fence, PLUS it’s FREE! Yes, come hang out with us, learn how to install a fence, and meet new people here in the community. We hope to see you there!

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/fencing-workshop Fencing Workshop at the Tiny Shiny Homestead 2020-07-28T00:30:00-05:00 2020-09-08T18:18:09-05:00 Ashley Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/
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We are stoked to be starting on our fencing project. It’s a job we’ve been needing to do since day one. For those of you who don’t know, Arizona is a free-range state which means ranchers let their cattle roam and it’s up to the land owner to keep the cattle out of their property. And they can really be destructive. So, needless to say, there’s been enough incidents since moving here that it’s high time we put up a fence!

When I first began researching fencing, I was drawn towards a high tensile fence. Not really sure why, maybe because you don’t see it much out here and we like to be different. Nearly everyone here has barbed wire or field (woven wire) fencing. But while driving around, I see that lots of that fencing has areas that have been breeched, need replacing, or that have been damaged...and it looks like a huge pain to fix.

I’ve said it a million times, but it’s true. The off-grid community is so incredibly helpful. We were contacted by Moses from High Desert Homestead and he confirmed my initial thoughts on high tensile fencing and even went as far as helping us figure out everything we would need for our project. AND he and his wife Polly are coming down to help us put on a workshop to show others how to properly install high tensile electric fencing. They are all about Homesteaders Helping Homesteaders.

That’s right, our first ever workshop here on the Tiny Shiny Homestead in Cochise county, AZ. We are stoked to open up our property to the community as a place to come together and learn such a valuable skill as fencing.

Details

The workshop will be held August 7th, 8th, 9th. The event is free and lunch will be provided. But space is limited so you will need to let us know if you plan on attending (see below). We’ll be covering: 

  • Setting corner posts
  • High tensile wire tips and tricks
  • Electric fencing
  • Sustainable fencing

Things you will need:

  • We ask that all participants bring water to stay hydrated
  • Small hand tools, hammer, pliers, and short levels
  • A willingness to get your hands dirty in this hands-on experience

Lodging

  • Hotels available in Benson, AZ
  • Campsites available on-site (no hookups) - more information provided at RSVP
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https://tinyshinyhome.com/water-pump-success Water Pump Success! Solar Powered Pressurized Water Off-Grid 2020-07-21T00:00:00-05:00 2020-07-21T13:22:51-05:00 Jonathan Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/
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Getting water off-grid in the desert is hard! First you have to find it, then you have to store it, and then you have to find a way to get it to where it needs to go. 

For us, that meant hauling it from a nearby wellshare in a 330 gallon IBC Tote and storing it in a 2700 gallon Enduraplas tank.

For our first 6 weeks on the property we just used a heavy duty transfer pump to move 40 gallons at a time from the big tank to our Airstream's fresh tank. Then we'd use that water to wash dishes, take showers, and filter for drinking.

As you can imagine, this got old really fast!

Our plan to provide pressurized water straight into the Airstream had a lot of moving pieces. The tank is 100' away on a slight uphill grade. And our Airstream's solar system is the only power we currently have on the property.

Initially we planned to use a small 12v water pump, but we got worried that the long distance would mean not enough pressure. 

Water Pump Fail

Attempt 1: Water Pump Fail

Worried about low pressure, we got a massive 1 hp shallow well pump which necessitated a huge pump house to store it in and protect from the elements.

So we built the building, got it installed, and proceeded to run into problem after problem. Long story short - check out this article to see what went wrong.

Attempt 2: Water Pump Success!

Turns out our original idea was the winner. Shouldn't have second guessed ourselves! So what did we end up doing?

Pump House with Solar on Roof

Power

The shallow well pump had a huge 120v draw that had to run through our inverter which was 100' away. We found out the hard way that our system just wasn't wired for loads that large. Plus we would have had to run an underground power line and cut a hole in the Airstream to make it work (no thanks)!

By switching to a small 12v RV water pump, we could setup a small, independent solar-powered system that wouldn't be tied to our trailer.

We picked up this Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit for about $200. It was perfect because it included the panel, a solar charge controller, panel mounts, and all the cables in the same box. Easy!

Then I just went down to Walmart and picked up a cheap deep cycle 135 ah marine battery. Instant mini solar-powered system!

12v Off Grid Water Pump

Pump

We bought a Shurflo 3.5gpm 12v Pump - the exact same pump we've had in our Airstream for the past 3 years. We could have gone with a pump that pushed more water, but this model had been so reliable we decided to keep it simple.

We wired it directly to the battery with an inline slow-blow fuse, and that was it! No long electrical power run - just a simple, contained system that we can expand later if want to.

Flexible plumbing 12v pump

Plumbing

It's become clear to me through this saga that I have a lot to learn about plumbing 😂. We wasted an enormous amount of money on unions, ball valves, check valves, and threaded PVC fittings trying to get the larger pump to work.

But by using a smaller 12v RV pump, we were able to switch to more manageable flexible tubing that attached with hose barbs and hose clamps. Also the check valve was built in!

This meant that diagnosing leaks or changing some of the plumbing was much easier to take apart and put back together unlike PVC where once it's glued you're stuck re-doing things.

Our system is using 3 tee junctions - one that goes to a garden hose spigot on the outside of the pump house, one that will eventually run underground down to the Airstream, and one that goes to our accumulator tank.

Accumulator Pressure Tank

Accumulator Pressure Tank

When we said the new setup and smaller pump worked out of the box, that was 90% right. Because of the distance, if we turned on the water halfway there would be a weird pulse in the system as the pump would sense a loss in pressure and then turn on to accommodate it. Full blast was good, but partial blast wasn't.

We like conserving water - and we already knew that accumulator tanks are great for RV water pump motors. They absorb a certain amount of pressurized water in the system for on demand use so that the pump doesn't have to kick on every time you open the faucet.

Since we built a huge pump house, we decided to put the biggest pressure tank in we could fit! This 36 gallon beast takes a while to fill, but will provide pressurized water for a very long time before the pump starts up.

Trenching Water Line

Burying a Water Line from our Pump House to our Airstream

With our pressurized water working, there was only one thing left to do. Bury the line that runs about 100' from the tank to the trailer. We left this until last, knowing we could just run a garden hose for testing until we were ready.

The extremes here in the desert mean this water line needs to be protected long term. In the summer, the water in the hose gets so hot it almost burns us coming out of the faucet. And at 4,800 ft elevation, our winters will bring sub-freezing temperatures.

The frost line here in Cochise County is 3"-12" deep so we started trenching around 15" just to be safe. Yes, the ground is hard as a rock. And yes we've already hit lots of rocks, too. 

After much research, we decided to use PEX tubing to make the long run to the RV. PVC would have worked fine, too! But PEX is a little more flexible, making it easy to go through the floor of the pump house and make the 90 degree turn in the trench (we had to dig around where our septic will eventually be installed).

The downside of PEX is that you need special tools and crimping rings to make the connections. But we plan on using it in our own building projects later down the line, so we grabbed a cheap crimper and some cinch clamp rings.

On the pump side, we had needed to go from a 1/2" threaded ball valve to 3/4" PEX so we used a brass crimp fitting.

Crimping spigot

At the spigot side near the trailer we just pieced together the bottom with a 30" 3/4" threaded steel pipe, a 3/4" T, 3/4" plug, and 3/4" brass crimp fitting.

Water Spigot

And on top we used a 90 degree elbow and hose bib. Super simple, just stuff you can grab at any hardware store.

While the majority of the pipe was buried under the frost line, we made sure to insulate and tape the parts near the surface. Once its starts getting colder, we'll need to do the same to the actual faucet and hose running to the trailer. But for now, this works perfectly!

Solar Powered Pressurized Water Off-Grid

Using a 12v Pump on Your Homestead

There was definitely a happy water dance the day we got everything connected with no leaks and correct pressure! Not having to transfer water daily is a huge time saver. With all the other things we have on our plate out here, the last thing we need to be worrying about is making sure there's water in our fresh tank each day.

Unless you need to pump water up from a well under the ground, we've realized that these little 12v pumps are plenty powerful enough to push water around our property at large distances. And the best part is that they're easy to power with a remote inexpensive solar setup - and easy to plumb with flexible tubing or Pex.

So take it from us and don't over-power your water pump needs. Keep it simple, friends!

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/weekend-homestead-projects Weekend Homestead Projects - Airstream Table, Switches for Water Pump & Inverter, Stock Tank Cover 2020-07-14T00:00:00-05:00 2020-07-21T12:11:20-05:00 Jonathan Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/
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After finally conquering our water pump situation, and deciding on a fence for our next big project (but waiting on materials to be delivered), we took the weekend off! Just kidding - we tackled a bunch of tiny jobs that have been driving us nuts for months :)

New Dining Room Table in Airstream

New Dining Room Table for the Airstream

Our gorgeous, hand made dining room table that Ashely's Dad and his brother made during the renovation had slowly succumbed to the Arizona heat, curling up like a piece of paper, and making it very difficult to set things on and even worse to sleep on. Nothing like a huge piece of wood sticking up in the middle of your back!

With a new puppy keeping us up all hours of the night, we finally reached our breaking point, and made a new, flat table a priority!

Trying to save time and money (and knowing there's a good chance the table may warp again), we just bought a 4'x8' sheet of 3/4" cabinet grade plywood from Lowe's. We cut it to size, and then added a smaller additional support layer underneath by gluing and screwing it in. Then oiled it and screwed it to our pedestal.

It's not a perfect match, but we have a flat table/bed again! Is that a weird thing to say? For us, not really.

Weatherproof Water Pump Switch

Installing a Switch for our Solar Powered Water Pump

After a terrible first try at an off-grid water pump solution, we re-grouped and built our solar powered pressurized water pump system. It's been amazing!

But as with most things off-grid in the desert, it needed some extra attention. 

Here's a scenario - let's say we decide to take a trip in the Airstream and go boondock in one of our favorite places. That solar powered pump is always on, always making sure the water in the system stays pressurized. Great for when we're here and hooked up to it. But not so great for long periods of time unattended.

A line could burst, it could get too hot or too cold. We insulated the pump house, but you just never know. Someone could come up on the property and turn the water spigot on and we'd run out our entire tank.

Getting inside the pump house and cutting a line or pulling the fuse on the pump is a huge pain, so we decided to install an exterior weatherproof switch to make it easy to turn off when we're not using it.

That way we can turn it off and bleed the line to relieve pressure quickly if we're in a hurry.  I know, it's a small thing. But out here, there are so many small things that cause friction. We'll take a tiny win any day :)

Inverter Remote Display

Installing Our Remote Inverter Display

A while back we upgraded to a 2000w Inverter to run Ashley's Vitamix (among other things). During that process we also bought a remote switch that would make it easier to turn off. 

Big powerful inverters are awesome when you need them, but pull a constant power draw even when not in use. So often overnight we like to turn it off to save battery.

Our 2000w Samlex Inverter lives down underneath our bed, so removing cushions and cabinet tops was always a huge pain. We got the switch to make it easier, but because we didn't have the right tools to install in a facing cabinet while traveling, it got temporarily thrown inside a slightly more easy to access cabinet. Hah!

Weekend projects to the rescue! I had snagged a Dewalt 20v Max XR Jigsaw for Ashley on Mother's Day, and it was definitely the tool we were missing. Running the cable around the dinette was a bit of a pain, but we routed it to the new location. Ashley rocked cutting out the rectangle hold, and we now have an easy way to turn that inverter off each night.

Yes, it's another "make a switch easy to access" project. Maybe we're just easily annoyed? I don't know!

Tiny Chicken Coop Build

Mini Chicken Coop

Work on our tiny shiny chicken coop continues, but only in bits and pieces. It's so hot this time of year! Don't worry we'll have a full video and article devoted to it once it's finished.

Trenching Water Line

Burying a Water Line from our Pump House to our Airstream

With our solar powered water pump setup a success, there was only one thing left to do. Bury the line that runs about 100' from the tank to the trailer. We left this until last, knowing we could just run a garden hose for testing until we were ready.

The extremes here in the desert mean this water line needs to be protected long term. In the summer, the water in the hose gets so hot it almost burns us coming out of the faucet. And at 4,800 ft elevation, our winters will bring sub-freezing temperatures.

The frost line here in Cochise County is 3"-12" deep so we started trenching at 12" just to be safe. Yes, the ground is hard as a rock. And yes we've already hit lots of rocks, too. So it's going to take some time.

We've found that throwing water on the area you want to dig and letting it soak in helps a lot. So we've been taking it slow, trying to dig in the cool part of the day, and researching the best way to make the connections and run the line. More on that soon!

Stock Tank Cover

Stock Tank Cover

Ashley had been dropping not so subtle hints that she really, really, really wanted a stock tank :). On a trip to Tractor Supply to pick up materials for the chicken coop, I saw they had the perfect sized tank in stock - and it was Ashley's birthday - so I brought it home!

Needless to say, taking a cool dip together in the tank on these 100 degree days has been pretty fantastic. But since we don't have a fence yet, we've been throwing a big nasty piece of cardboard over top to keep the cows out at night.

This, too was bothering us. Besides looking terrible, the cardboard was disintegrating, and becoming a pain to deal with. So we grabbed some more plywood, used that handy jigsaw, and threw together a simple cover we could leave on. 

We'll likely do a bit more work on this area, adding a privacy screen, some towel hooks, and some sort of pavers or decking. It's not mission critical at all, but will be a fun small project when we get to it.

All the Weekend Projects!

Whew! What totally should have been a relaxing weekend turned into an exhausting tiny project marathon. But that's just life out here off-grid in the desert. Always something to do!

Until next time, friends!

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/first-animal-on-the-homestead First Animal on the Homestead! 2020-06-30T00:00:00-05:00 2020-06-30T14:54:53-05:00 Ashley Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/
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You know the saying, ‘don’t make promises you don’t intend to keep.’ Well, a year or so ago, Jonathan promised the kids that when we moved onto property, we could get a puppy. They’ve been asking for years, but it was never an option while traveling. Since we are a bit more settled, the time had come!

While we would have loved to get a rescue animal, with 6 of us in a 220 square foot space, we needed a small, easy dog first :)

After much research, I settled on either a Goldendoodle or a Bernedoodle for a few reasons. 

The Poodle side of these breeds makes for some really smart and easy to train dogs, the Golden Retriever side of the breed gives you the playfulness, gentleness and loyalty we wanted, and the Bernese Mountain Dog gives you the goofy and fun loving side. 

I spent a lot of time researching and talking to small & responsible breeders, and I finally found one that I could trust.

The Strong’s are a small breeder based out New Mexico. Amanda and Josh were so kind to answer all of my MANY questions about bringing a puppy home. Their puppies are all raised with their parents, and constantly around their family and four young kids. 

We know for a fact that these puppies have been loved from day one, and it’s evident in the behavior of our little guy. He’s so laid back and chill and sleeps through everything.

Our family has been talking about getting a puppy for a long time, and we would always throw around different names to see if they stuck. But one that we all agreed on was Nine Nine

We are huge fans of the show Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the way they would often cheer and shout ‘Nine Nine!’ - it just stuck. It’s perfect, and makes us smile every time we say his name.

We couldn’t be more in love with this little guy, so welcome Nine Nine to our Tiny Shiny Homestead!

Bernedoodle laying down in Vintage Airstream

If you’re looking for a reputable breeder, we strongly recommend you contact Amanda and Josh @strongdoodles or via their website, strongdoodles.com.

Tell them we sent you:)

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/what-should-we-do-next What Should We Do Next on Our Off-Grid Homestead? 2020-06-23T05:30:00-05:00 2020-08-25T11:41:13-05:00 Ashley Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/
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Now that we have our deck built, our shade sails up, and just about have our water figured out, we’re looking for help from you! What should we do next?

There are endless options, so we’ve narrowed it down to five so that you can help us decide what we should do next.

1. Solar Shed

Our solar shed will not only be where we keep our batteries for the huge solar array we plan on building, but also be an office for Jonathan to have more room for work. We would even have room for another fridge or freezer so storing food for longer than a week could eventually be an option!

2. Fencing

We had planned on waiting to put up a fence for as long as possible, but in the last few weeks the cows have been really messing things up. They’re too close for comfort, eating our plants, licking our hoses and dropping their loads all over our driveway.

We have to decide if we fence the entire property, the 6 acres we're on, or just a permitter around our stuff.

3. Greenhouse/Chicken Coop

I’ve come up with a plan for combining a chicken coop and a greenhouse in one and it’s something I’ve never seen done before so I’m anxious to get this one started.

This would allow us to have our first animals, and start to grow the first food on the property. Whooo!

4. Bathroom Dome

I’m super excited about having a second bathroom, even if it is outside. We plan on building an eco-dome so we can see if we like that building process. It’ll have a composting toilet, small sink and shower!

5. Compost Bins

We for sure should be starting a compost bin very soon, but for now, I’m just taking our food scraps to our neighbor’s pigs and chickens.

Also, we need this area fenced off so it kind of relates back to #2.

So, there's the options. We’d love for you to check out our video and leave a comment on YouTube about what you think we should do next, and why!

Thanks for watching friends. We’ll see you next time!

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/building-a-deck-for-our-airstream Building a Floating Deck for our Airstream 2020-06-16T00:00:00-05:00 2020-08-25T11:40:30-05:00 Ashley Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/
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What is it about a deck that just makes a place feel more like home? I mean, we have the exact same amount of space, but somehow adding a deck makes your outdoor space feel more official and homey.

With monsoon season quickly approaching, we were eager to get this deck built to keep us up out of the mud and give us a bit more usable space during the rainy season. 

Shou Sugi Ban Deck

We choose a rather unconventional method of preserving the wood called Shou Sugi Ban. It’s an ancient Japanese technique that involves burning the wood, scraping the char, and sealing it with linseed oil. Basically by burning the wood, we are shrinking the cells and making it less permeable to damage from weather and insects. Here’s hoping it works :)

The deck worked out to be 288” x 99”. So roughly 24’ x 8’ nearly doubling our living space. Our joists were place at roughly 17.5” on center and supported by cement blocks and rocks because sometimes you just have to use what you’ve got! 

The kids were a huge help on this project. 

Shou Sugi Ban Deck

Adali was right there with me the entire time and we couldn’t have got it level without the help from our friends from Factotum Farms. Jason and Selena showed us how to use their laser level and even stayed to help us get the frame supported. 

Since moving here, we’ve really found our people. We’ve met some of the nicest folks around, and we’re excited to be a part of this community. And if you’re in need for some of the best goat milk soap, make sure to check out their family business at FactotumFarms.com!

This project only took 5 days to complete and we are super happy with how it turned out!

Deck for our Airstream

We will be adding a wrap around step because our ground slopes to the front of the Airstream leaving a bit more of a jump off than we want. I may have to talk Jonathan into letting me build some outdoor furniture that won’t blow away like our camp chairs currently do. A few more plants and maybe a rug and this place will feel even more like home. Now to just keep the cows off the deck ;)

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/water-pump-fail Water Pump FAIL 2020-06-08T00:00:00-05:00 2020-07-27T12:46:03-05:00 Ashley Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/
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After our shade sail project went spectacularly, we had a major FAIL. 

We spent the last week plumbing and re-plumbing our water pump (6 times!!!) only to have it continuously leak every time. THEN we realized that our 2000 watt inverter couldn't even handle the pump. Arghhhh!

Hey, we just needed more power right?

WRONG.

Water Pump Fail

We thought it would be as simple as switching to a 3000 watt inverter, but it turns out that even though we over-gaugued all our wiring when we renovated the Airstream, it wasn't enough for that size inverter. Instead of rewiring our entire system at 4/0 cable, we’re sending back the pump, returning the 3000 watt inverter, and starting over.

Replacing our Inverter

You know, sometimes you just need to keep things simple and go with your gut. Our original plan was to just use a 12 volt water pump much like the one we have in our Airstream, connect it to a 12 volt battery and charge it with a small solar panel. So, hopefully in the coming weeks we can get this water situation all figured out.

As with most things we have done since moving out here 6 weeks ago, it’s all just a big lesson. We’re learning so much, often by making mistakes, but how else do you get the experience? Sometimes we have to fail, and fail hard, to get to where we want to be. And that’s okay by me.

How great it is for our kids to be able to see us make so many mistakes? To fail, to find another solution, and to learn from them.

There's something really great about getting to share this life with our kids. They aren't just watching, they are learning right beside us, and that's what this whole adventure is all about. Learning new things together.

Hopefully next week we’ll have a more successful project to share with you!

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Thanks friends!

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/washing-clothes-off-grid Washing Clothes Off Grid 2020-05-28T01:30:00-05:00 2020-08-25T11:41:07-05:00 Ashley Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/
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Since moving onto our property we’ve been doing our laundry by hand. Think Little House on the Prairie style! Let me tell you...I kind of love it! If I get up early enough, it's still slightly cool, bunnies are still hopping around outside, and the birds are still singing their morning songs.

To make washing a little bit easier, we bought two large wash tubs at our local hardware store, a washboard, and some eco friendly soap, good clothes pins, and some clothesline to hang up the laundry.

Do yourself a favor and invest in a really good washboard if you plan on washing your clothes by hand. I can tell it’s made a big difference in the amount of grime I’m able to get out of our clothes. Working out here in the desert, all our clothes get dirty very fast. The wavy pattern on the washboard really helps get the dirt out, plus these washboards are made right here in the good ol’ USA!

First, we’ll fill up one of the wash tubs with our soapy water, and the other with clean water for rinsing. We always start with the cleanest of the dirty clothes first. Typically that means starting with the kitchen towels, then we’ll wash the bath towels and washcloths. Just give them a good scrub with the soapy water and if needed, use a bar of laundry soap for tough stains or dirt. Give them a good wash and ring them out before they go into the rinsing bucket. I like to spend at least 10 minutes of scrubbing per small batch.

If the washing water looks too dirty, I’ll toss it on one of our trees and fill it back up. Next up is the least dirty of our clothes…shirts, shorts, etc. Same process as with the towels and keep repeating until all your dirty clothes are washed! I love this soap net bag to keep the laundry bar out of the water but easily accessible. 

We have several of these soap net bags that we use for our bar soap in the shower! We found them while exploring the great little town of Fairhope, AL

Make sure to give the clothes a really good rinse before ringing out and hanging up to dry.

It really is just that simple! Keeping on top of the laundry is key, though. We try to do laundry every 2-3 days and that seems to be working out great with our schedules.

Before you ask, let’s talk about the soap. I’ve used several kinds and while I don't have a current favorite, I do always make sure it says biodegradable and eco friendly since our dirty water will be watering the plants on our land. We are currently using Dr. Bronners, Ethique Laundry Bar, and SOAK.

As always, if you have any questions about washing laundry by hand, I'd be happy to answer them. Just leave a comment below!

Cheers

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https://tinyshinyhome.com/hauling-our-water-its-a-whole-thing Hauling Our Water - It's a Whole Thing! 2020-05-26T00:00:00-05:00 2020-05-26T12:39:34-05:00 Ashley Longnecker https://tinyshinyhome.com/
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There have been several viewers ask how we’re getting water out here on our desert homestead. Well, today is your lucky day! We’re showing you the entire process.

It involves a 330 gallon IBC tote, our Zero G Hose, our transfer pump, and our Enduraplas Water Tank from Oasis Water Harvesting in Sierra Vista.

The process is actually quite simple, but fairly time consuming. From the time we load our IBC tote into the truck until we have successfully transferred the 300 gallons into our big 2600 gallon tank, it takes a FULL HOUR. It would take us nine trips to completely fill our larger water tank.

From there, we use the transfer pump to move 40 gallons at a time into our fresh water tank on the Airstream.

Currently, we are averaging around 100 gallons of use per week. We have seen a HUGE increase in the amount of water we are daily consuming, but also getting a lot more showers throughout the week which I am NOT complaining about :)

We hope to eventually have a more powerful outdoor pump with pressure switch and accumulator tank so we can have a constant access to the large water tank. That's a project for another day, though!

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Stay safe out there, friends.

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