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The saga of J building his tiny off-grid house

Let’s pretend I’m a Formula 1 pit crew….

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Of course, building/making anything is always an excuse to buy new toys tools and the tiny house is no exception. I generally have a pretty well equipped tool boxes (ok several toolboxes) up to and including a tablesaw, planer, jointer etc for my woodwork hobby, but this was something new. Aldi were selling a compressor and tools at rediculously cheap prices recently, and the thought of installing all the panelling, tongue and groove and cladding convinced me to pick one up. I have attachments for shot blasting which will help clean up the trailer prior to welding, spray guns for painting (and also for sealing the damaged solar panel) etc. But today’s best bit was putting the impact driver to use.

If you’ve ever watched Formula 1 racing, this is the tool they use to bolt the tires on and off. It makes an utterly awesome ‘whiiiiirrrrrrrrrrzzzzzzzzzzzzz’ sound, and I spent a few minutes playing with it and grinning. Then it was time to put it to work and it’s superb for getting rusted down nuts and bolts out, as you can see here,


where it was invaluable for getting the tow-hitch off the trailer frame. Today it’s the turn of my friend Benjy and his angle grinder, should be fun.

Toodle pip.

Written by justin

April 30th, 2009 at 10:13 am

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  1. I’ve just stumbled on the blog: looks like a lot of fun. I don’t know if that’s the way our family will end up living -it depends on what we can get away with in Germany- but I think it has a lot of potential.

    BTW Aldi seem to sell the same stuff here as there: we had a compressor in the one near Stuttgart a few weeks ago.

    Andy in Germany

    13 May 09 at 1:00 pm

  2. Hi Andy, welcome aboard. It’s taken me quite a while to get to here, and I’m not planning to live in this small a house long term, 2-4 years I expect. My next plan is to build a cottage when I can find some affordable land. I imagine Germany must be a lot like the UK, planning permission for any dwelling that’s a little ‘unusual’ is notoriously difficult to get. Still, where there’s a will there’s a way.




    16 May 09 at 12:21 pm

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