Justin, I'm not sure if I sent this to you back when it was compiled, it's a little dated but might be of some use. 5/12 from "Tom"
Toilet may be cracked OR wax seal has failed, also toilet rocks badly
from front to rear. There s/b no rock at all. I saw no obvious
crack. Plywood may be weak from previous water damage. The (garden
style) faucet is missing. so any re-plumbing needs more plastic
pipe & adapters, couplings, etc.
My assumption is that the wax seal is broken. My local hardware
store has a better than wax option: A $9 FluidMaster 7500 toilet
bowl gasket. I do not think the T-shaped bolts to flange need to be
replaced as they are about 2 years old.
No water at kitchen sink faucet. There is a 5 gallon, white plastic
container on sink. Water flow at maintenance shed is great.
I hiked up a used but working faucet to install, but old faucet needs
a vise grip which opens to about 1 inch as flex hose has no hex
flats, just a knurled area to grip. I assume 1/2 inch pipe threads
at both ends of flex hose. Flex should be reusable. My faucet needs
qty 2 of 8-inch crescent wrenches to install.
I did NOT try to turn on water supply faucet on north side since
bathroom hose has no faucet.
Green plastic storage container, stove and refrig have been moved
from kitchen to stone compound
At refrig location, there is now a make shift table (which is ok and
Rodent control: the cabin mouse uses an opening at top of counter
backsplash to get to counter-top. I sealed with silver duct tape. A
can of expanding foam insulation for use at backsplash and under sink
& cabinet would greatly help.
All windows could use screens. Home Depot has screen, pieces.
Qty location size
2 living room 22.25 x 33.5
3 all others 16 5/8 x 34 5/8
Floor is a little worse than my last trip.
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Some trash outside, but mostly ok.
Privy: since the Hilton toilet is not available, someone has dug a
narrow, long trench in front of maintenance shed, cider blocks for
toilet seat support, and a piece of plywood for a cover. Reasonable,
but not a great long term solution.
Kitchen faucet now has water.
Front door latch drawbar is broken, requires welding.
Side door needs outside eyehook; a set of qty 2 eye-hooks at 2 1/2
inch length, ACE hardware 76473, are at Hilton on closet shelf, but I
had no tools to install. I suspect that a pilot hold needs to be
drilled in door and jam.
The second eyehook could be used on front door.
Water supply: a visitor reported that hose just uphill needs qty. 2
of hose clamps to stay attached at a joint. I did not verify. He
may have used nylon cable ties from Hilton closet shelf.
The cabin is in really sad & bad shape.
The wood on the door for the lower hinge is completely rotted away.
Door is held in place by table. The door also needs a much better
Rodent droppings are everywhere. Any cleanup would need heavy-duty
Front door suggestions
(32 5/8 x 78 inches)
Hinges are 2 x 3 1/2 inches
Option 1: repair
Just replace rotten 2/4. This may be difficult as exterior skin may
be very hard to remove and reuse.
Option 2: new door
Completely replace door. I would not want to minimize the effort
that this would require. Battery powered drill and sawzall, drill
bits; misc items such hammers & chisels, etc.
Wood on cabin side appears ok. The stone compound has several studs
which could be removed without harming structure. Plywood pieces in
interior can also be removed and cut to size. Also, in short tunnel
adjacent to Lewis tunnel is a piece of 1 1/8 inch T&G plywood in
great condition. Door latch is a problem.
Repair windows, and then set up to use doors in storage shed.
Needs new window glass
qty 1 at 8 x 8 5/8
qty 1 at 8 x 8 5/8
wood edge to wood edge
be sure to allow more than normal creepage since opening is not quite square.
all of the 4 windows (3x3, 2x2) need points and glaze. That's a lot
of glaze. The larger size windows seem ok.
The external door is open; floor near door has holes. The interior
door is open, but will close and seal; also needs an eyehook to help
no water at kitchen sink. Shawn & I did not find the main water
shut-off valve, but I later did. It is on the north side, buried
under or covered by a piece of sheet metal, which is covered by
rocks. Some work is needed. There is only a pee sized stream
exiting plastic pipe.
Water supply pipes
a 1 inch white plastic pipe exits from dirt. a 3/4 inch metal pipe
(which is about 1 inch OD) is jammed inside the plastic pipe. This
3/4 inch metal pipe attaches to a gate valve with 3/4 inch threads
(which leaks badly when closed). Downhill side of valve has a 3/4 to
1/2 inch adapter, then an 90 deg. elbow, a shortish nipple which is
not threaded into elbow (appears to have been just pushed into
elbow), then another elbow / nipple / union to connect to cabin
pipes. I do have a camera photo of pipes.
Water supply pipes suggestions
The goal is replace existing kludge (from plastic pipe to union) with
as much (slip joint) plastic as possible, not break open the union,
and make last connection as solvent joint via slip joint.
Process, hacksaw required: to 1 inch plastic pipe, add a (slip
joint) coupling and a short 1 inch pipe (Hilton closet); a 1 inch
slip to 3/4 MPT adapter, a new gate valve (on Hilton closet shelf), a
MPT to slip joint adapter, 90 deg. slip joint elbow, nipple, 90
deg. slip joint elbow. slip joint to FPT, then to union.
The Hilton has qty 2 of 1 inch coupling, a 3/4 gate valve (2 pipe
wrenches needed to remove LARGE adapter). Slip-joint solvent on
shelf may be OK, may be iffy.
The gate valve is 3/4-inch size threads, but plastic pipe adapter
with 3/4 MPT would only thread in about 1 1/2 turns. Strange.
Bow saw needs a screw or 1/4 inch bolt to attach blade to frame.
Some trash outside, but mostly ok.
added info on overflow cabin
Option for Overflow Cabin
Have visitors use the storage shed doors instead of repairing the
main door. My memory says that the interior door will close, seal,
and can be latched.
There may be a small hole in cabin floor between kitchen area and
living area. I do not quite remember. A small piece of sheet metal
and some wood screws should work.