Ian’s new sink

Landlady came up this weekend, and we spent an hour cutting the plywood and then laying out the boards for the kitchen counter in Ian’s cave…

sink
That’s an old cast iron double sink, weighs a ton. Similar to the one in the Lair, which only goes to show that people throw away the damndest things.

Lots of finish yet to be done on the salvaged boards of the counter. I like the way Landlady sort of herringboned the corner.

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9 Responses to Ian’s new sink

  1. Anonymous says:

    Ditto on the herringbone!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Just wondering what the general thought is on humidity control in caves, straw bale houses, root cellars? Is there a way that you all can think of to fix this problem?

  3. Ben says:

    Ventilation and humidity control in any well-sealed dwelling can get fairly complicated and expensive. http://www.homeintheearth.com/tech_notes/earth-tubes/earth-sheltered-ventilation/

  4. Kentucky says:

    Excellent info, Ben. Thanks for posting.

    Biggest takeaway: PLAN AHEAD FOR VENTILATION!!!

  5. Joel says:

    Yeah. The kitchen won’t be a problem because it’s in front, next to big windows, and a fan will get things circulating as well as in any house. But everything else in the cave is an issue, particularly the large shower. Fortunately condensation has really not been a problem – this is Ian McCollum we’re talking about, which means we were on the lookout for rust and never got any.

    I know just what we should have done, and retrofitting ventilation is not out of the question; it would require some digging, smashing through shotcrete and cutting a whole bunch of rebar but laying in some underground pipe with some DC fans could be done. But it’s not currently in Ian’s plan, so indoor winters are comfortable but summers are cooler than ambient but noticeably muggy.

  6. Anonymous says:

    How is his power situattion? Can it handle ~500 watts continuous:
    http://www.abt.com/category/331/Dehumidifiers.html
    ???

    And could he locate one of those where it would continuously drain outside? Do note that these are effectively “window air conditioners” that are totally indoors, so they do create some additional heating inside the living space.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Those dehumidifiers look like they are “Fair Trade” priced, so he could also buy them at Orange:
    https://tinyurl.com/y9k2sr6r

    or Blue:
    https://tinyurl.com/yb73me4q

  8. Ben says:

    500 watts continuous would take a huge solar system. But 500 Watts “only when the sun is shining plus the batteries are at float” would likely be doable.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Well actually, it would only be ~500 watts when the humidity is too high. Again, the question is what the power situation is for that abode.

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