Even Ladders Can Be Tiny For A Tiny House

I simply can’t say it enough. Space is a constant concern for a tiny house of any sort. When living in a THOW a ladder of at least 10′ high can come in handy for a number of reasons: cleaning/clearing your roof, washing your skylight window, adjusting a solar panel, and more. When living in a travel trailer a ladder is used often for inspecting the seems of the roof, the wear and tear of the material, any possible mold buildup around the vents and air conditioning unit, and just general maintenance. On a yurt they make adjusting the framework and compression rings considerably easier. But in all of these situations what a ladder doesn’t do is hide very well. At even 6′ they have to either slide under something, lean against something, or get tucked away somewhere. Usually none of these options are very functional or pretty. But when considering a ladder that augments a tiny house life a telescoping ladder can be just the tool for you!

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Telescoping ladders are more versatile, portable, and convenient than the traditional aluminum or wooden ladder. Unlike a typical step ladder or extension ladder, telescoping ladders extend and lock by the foot to a user’s desired height, making them extremely functional. Made with aircraft grade aluminum alloy most units actually fold down small enough to fit in the trunk of a car. And even though they aren’t designed for commercial or heavy duty use they are perfect for home or recreation use on the occasion.

I invite you to watch and enjoy the following short video that shows the flexibility and usefulness of an affordable yet reliable telescoping ladder. To watch just hover over the video image and click on the red, centrally located, standard YouTube play button to view.

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By Andrew M. Odom for the [Tiny House Blog]

Pet Food Storage In Small Places

When moving aboard our 42′ sailboat almost a year and a half ago, it was critical to find a safe place to store dog food right away before we untied the lines and left the dock for good.

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With not one, but two large dogs, we go through a fair amount of dog food every month and we needed a creative storage solution. We searched high and low for air tight/water tight/bug tight containers. We searched even harder for containers that would fit in the odd-shaped storage areas we have on our boat. With roughly 360 square feet of living space, storage comes at a premium. Granted, every square inch of the design was carefully thought out, storage is still very limited. Continue reading

Hanging Out On Google

As we continue to unlock the “secrets” of being a digital nomad or really just dissecting some of the elements of being one, we can’t go much deeper without first talking about basic video conferencing and screen sharing. It is so important to have the ability to share a screen with a teammate or client or even be able to “see” each other eye-to-eye. We introduced this option and the very notion of Google Hangout at any rate in a recent digital nomad video.

HangoutBundled into the FREE Google toolset Hangout allows you several opportunities to connect with your clients or colleagues and also allows you to do so on any computer, tablet, or handheld device via their robust Tools.

I invite you to spend the next 4 minutes watching this short video on hanging out. Just hover over the video image and click on the red, centrally located, standard YouTube play button to view.

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By Andrew M. Odom for the [Tiny House Blog]

Simple Stairs For The Tiny House

When we were building our tiny house I remember several sets of makeshift stairs. In fact, they were so makeshift I would hardly call them stairs (or steps). In fact, the first version was just some old cinderblocks stacked on top of each other. The first fall I took not only hurt my pride but also my shins as I stumbled and caught myself only by my shin skin. The second version involved an old set of mobile home steps that had no real cross-bracing and seemed like a state fair fun house if you didn’t walk up them at a very slow speed and in a straight line. Our travel trailer has proved no different.

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The metal steps on this rig are literally suspended by four bolts. They are not at all designed for the wear and tear of a full time nomadic family. In fact, if I go outside before my wife and daughter wake up my subtle shaking will surely alert them of my absence. It is awful. That is why I decided to cobble together a set of steps that were affordable, easy to break down, and reliable.

I invite you to spend the next 3 minutes watching this short video on how to make a simple set of tiny house steps. Just click on the standard YouTube play button to view.

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Connecting Propane To Your Tiny House

Propane. Can’t live with it. Can’t stop talking about it. I like to call it the “friendly flammable.” But what is it exactly?

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WHAT IS PROPANE?

Also known as liquid petroleum gas, LP-gas, and LPG, propane is produced in roughly equal amounts from both natural gas and crude oil sources.  Propane is nontoxic, colorless, and odorless.

(WARNING: technical talk coming) To make propane from crude oil, the oil is separated at a refinery using a fractioning tower.  It is refined into different levels of purity depending on what height of the fractioning tower the propane is pulled from.  The higher the point on the fractioning tower, the higher the purity, or quality, of the propane.

According to the US Department of Energy, the southern states sell propane with more butane, which is at a lower cut point, in the fractionating tower.  In the colder states, the propane sold is from a higher crack that is more pure. All of this to truly say that if you are taking your tiny house from a warmer climate to a colder climate you should either use up your propane before reaching cooler weather or simply exchange your tank at the new climate center. However, the quality of colder weather propane is better, so if you are toting propane from cooler to warmer climates you should be okay.  Rule of thumb: use propane from the climate you are in.

The use of propane is one that can all at once seem like common sense and like rocket science. It has been used by campers for years. However, it is relatively new to the tiny house community since the modern tiny house movement itself is rather new. If you consider the use of LP-gas for sticks ‘n bricks though it only makes sense. Propane keeps water hot, it makes stove burners blaze, and it allows furnace air to be toasty. Put those items on the road and you have a need for a system both new and old. But before going into those areas it is most important to know how to hook your propane tanks up in the first place. The process can be scary for some and even a bit perplexing.

In the next three minutes or so I hope to show you how easy hooking up a propane tank to your tiny house or recreation vehicle can be and even how safe it can be. Just click on the standard YouTube play button on the screenshot below. When you’re finished watching be sure to subscribe to the Tiny r(E)volution YouTube channel.

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Note: “What Is Propane” section paraphrased from Ask The Expert.