With the pallet wood paneling in my tiny house it was already looking pretty nice and rustic. But when I added the porcelain and brass fixtures to my tiny house bathroom it looks absolutely amazing. My tiny house looks like some sort of rich spa or resort bathroom now.
My entire tiny house bathroom is being built using recycled materials. All but for the shower that is. The shower stall is new but the sink, walls, paneling and fixtures are all made using recycled materials that I got for free.
I found the bathroom towel rack and toilet paper holder on the side of the road last summer with a free sign by it. These are porcelain and brass fixtures and are beautiful. They will fit perfectly with my rustic look mixed with Victorian era decor. And they fit perfectly with the porcelain and brass faucet on the bathroom sink I also got for free last summer. They match up nicely.
I had to predrill the holes for the brass screws in order to get them into the hard wood pallet wood paneling. The work was hard screwing them into the wall but the result is so amazing.
After mounting the toilet paper holder and towel rack I immediately put in some toilet paper and hung a towel on the rack.
The result is spectacular. I cant believe this is my own home.
I cant wait to finish the rest of the bathroom walls and the cabinet with the free pallet wood.
Have a look at the video of the installation here: Tiny House Bathroom Looking Like A Rich Spa
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I am building my own tiny house on wheels using mostly reclaimed lumber that I get for free. This tiny house is built using 90 % reclaimed materials so far. I am going for a rustic look so most of the wood is rough cut and raw looking. But it sure is looking nice as it all comes together.
I pick up free pallets in the area as needed and use them for my tiny house construction. For the bathroom I chose a lighter colored longer pallet for a sort of white band across the wall. This was alternated with two older gray looking pallets that had been aged in the sun quite a bit. These look like barn wood siding.
To add to the rustic look I left in all the old nails, rust, cracks and other flaws in the wood. You can see the saw marks in this rough cut lumber which also adds to the overall look of the tiny home.
These pallets were recycled a few times and the old boards had been cut off and nailed onto new runners to make new pallets. This left old nails and rust marks in the aged pallet wood. I used a reciprocating saw to cut the boards off the runners myself leaving even more nails in place. To get the center runner off though took some work and effort. I did not want to crack the wood when prying the boards off the pallets so I had to work slow and carefully.
It was very slow going and it took me an entire eight hour day to process three pallets, remove all the nails and staples, measure, cut and then nail on the boards inside my tiny house.
I am also using cheap nails that I got on discount for only 25 cents a pack. They are finishing nails so they do not show up on the boards but they are fragile and weak making my job harder in the end. For the last few boards I had to use heavier and longer nails because the pallet wood was thicker and the nails were just pulling out of the OSB sheets behind them. I actually had to predrill the holes for the nails because this is very had wood and the nails were just bending when I tried to pound them through.
But I think the end result makes it well worth my time after I sit back and look at my rustic tiny home bathroom wall. The pallet wood looks beautiful and it looks like some sort of rich spa.
My tiny house on wheels is like no other tiny home in the World. I am really loving how this is turning out.
You can see the video of the entire project here: Making A Rustic Pallet Wood Bathroom Wall In My Tiny Home
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The guys over at J5 Tactical sent me one of their tactical flashlights to test out. I had been using my own J5 Tactical flashlight for months and was highly impressed with it. When I did a video review of the J5 a few weeks ago, one of the commenters on my YouTube video suggested I ask the company for another one to do a stress test on. So I did.
I have been testing this flashlight for a few weeks now. I first put it out in a rain storm for 7.5 hours. It was raining pretty hard at times and I left it out there the entire day. Eventually I decided to go out and give it a test. The flashlight worked just fine. This situation can occur when you are hiking through the woods cross country at night and need a light to show the way – even when it is raining. I dont want some wimpy flashlight that cannot handle the elements when I am trying to get home or get to camp in the night.
I picked up a tactical flashlight mount for my 12 gauge Mossberg 500 pump shotgun and mounted the J5 Tactical flashlight to it. I have been using it at night quite often to chase off predators that attack my chickens in the night. I am often firing off a round at raccoons, coyotes or other predators in the night to scare them away. The J5 Tactical flashlight really does the job lighting up the night while I run around trying to save my birds. It takes all the shock that a 12 gauge can give. And my 12 gauge shotgun is has a shorter 18 inch barrel and a pistol grip. This means that my shotgun has more recoil than a standard length shotgun.
I took the J5 Tactical flashlight off my shotgun one day for an under water test. I had originally said that I was not going to dunk it in the water because it was not rated for under water use. But I changed my mind and took it down to the lake on the property where I live.
I tossed the flashlight into the water and left it there for a while as I chatted to the camera. When I reached in to pull it out, it worked fine. I dunked it again and left it in the water for a while. I even turned it on under water, which looked pretty cool. This flashlight can take a dousing and still work. This is important if you are using the J5 Tactical flashlight when fishing, hiking, bugging out, boating or any other situation where it can get wet at times.
I put the flashlight back on my tactical 12 gauge shotgun and took it out for some night firing. As I said, I use this light on my shotgun quite often to help me see in the night. Just for demonstration purposes I fired off a few rounds rapidly to show that this flashlight can take the beating of a tactical shotgun.
The next test was a shock test. This flashlight is said to be able to handle some shock and dropping. Well, one real life situation you may find yourself in is sitting up in a tree stand after sun down and you accidentally drop your flashlight. You have to get home in the dark and you need a light that you can count on to get you home no matter what happens. So I dropped the light from about 20 feet up in the air. I went down to retrieve it and it worked perfectly.
Now here comes the best of all. This part of the test even had me worried. I planned to run over the J5 Tactical flashlight with my 3/4 ton 4WD Chevy truck. I am often off road in the woods somewhere and need a light to see out the sides or look under the truck as I am crossing logs or rocks. Sometimes a branch may hit my hand and I can drop the flashlight. What if you are driving and drop the light – and run over your own flashlight? Will your flashlight survive the shock?
I wanted to know if this one will. So I set it up right under the front tire of my truck, where the weight of the engine is. I slowly drove over it on gravel and hard packed clay.
When I got out of the truck I feared the worst. It looked really bad. I thought it was squashed flat. It looked like it anyway at first glance. But when I pried it out of the clay, the light was undamaged. It was not even scratched! I cant believe this because it left a perfect imprint in the hard packed ground where it had been run over.
I am very satisfied with the J5 Tactical flashlight and would highly recommend it to anyone. This light is good for fishing, hiking, survival, hunting, boating and anything else you want to throw at it.
Here is the original video review I did on the J5 Tactical flashlight: J5 Tactical Flashlight Video Review
And here is the extreme stress test video: J5 Tactical Flashlight Extreme Stress Test & Review
Thanks go to the guys over at J5 Tactical: www.j5tactical.com
Buy yours here: Buy J5 Tactical Flashlight
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I have some very young apples trees in my meadow that the deer love to munch on. The plants in my meadow seem to be the preferred food of the wilds around here. I am surrounded on wild untouched forest on three sides and a long meadow on the other. The animals are very plentiful here and I have a lot of trouble keeping them out and away from my own food.
I have to protect my trees from the animals or risk losing everything to the deer. Rabbits are not so bad around here because the coyotes are very bad. I have actually never seen a rabbit around here in three years. But I know that rabbits are a severe problem for other home owners so I have included them in this article.
For every tree you want to protect you need three things.
1. Posts, stakes or saplings. Anything you can pound in the ground to support your protective netting.
2. Chicken wire, deer netting or other mesh that can keep animals away from your trees.
3. Baling wire, zip ties or other flexible fastener to attach the netting to the posts.
What you need to do is put four stakes or poles around the tree in a square form. Place them 2 to 3 feet away from the tree on all sides. This will keep the deer from reaching your trees.
Next take your roll of netting and fasten the loose end to one of the poles.
Unroll the netting as you walk about the square. At each corner, since I used chicken wire, I formed it into a nice neat corner so it looks good.
You can connect the wire to each stake if needed. My chicken wire is rigid enough that I did not need to do this. The chicken wire is on the outside of the stakes so it stays put just fine.
When you get back around to the starting point you can cut the wire or netting to fit and put the rest of the roll aside.
Fasten the ends to the pole and now your tree is deer proof.
But if you have rodents or rabbits then you must go a bit further to protect your tree. In this case you must use chicken wire to protect your trees. Deer netting or other plastic material will not stop rodents.
Use more twigs, stakes, tent stakes or saplings and fasten the netting down every foot or so. This keeps it close to the ground so that nothing can slip through. Now you need chicken wire for the next step for best results. Lay out some of the chicken wire along the entire perimeter of the protective box you have just built. Lay it flat on the ground and then fasten it all the way around with zip ties or baling wire. It should be about a foot wide for best results. If you have a roll of chicken wire that is 2 feet high then just cut it in half after you measure out how much you need.
You can use a few garden stakes to secure the ends of this wire down to the ground if you want.
Now when rabbits try to get at your tree they will actually be standing on the chicken wire you laid flat. If they try to dig they will just be digging at the wire and most likely they will give up and leave.
Now your trees are protected from the animals.
Here is a video I made while protecting my own trees: How To Protect Young Trees From Deer & Rabbits & Small Animals
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Ontario Knife Company was kind enough to send me one of their popular folding knives for a test at the off grid homestead. This is the Rat 1 folding knife which is a good budget knife with a super sharp edge.
I had this knife for just over a month now for testing out in real World use. When I review a product I like to take my time using it and put it through the works. This knife held up well and does not show any wear at all.
The Rat 1 folding knife measures about 5 inches when closed and about 8.5 inches opened, giving a blade length of about 3.5 inches. It weighs about 5 ounces. It is a decent sized pocket knife. But it also has a belt clip on the side so you can clip it to your pants pocket, belt or survival vest. The clip is rugged, stiff and held in place by three screws. There is also a lanyard hole if you prefer to use a lanyard to carry your knife.
One interesting feature of the belt clip is that this knife is pre-drilled so that you can move the clip to any one of four different positions. Depending on how you want to carry the knife. You can have it either blade tip up, blade tip down, right handed or left handed. This is a unique feature that allows you to wear the knife for fast draw with ease and comfort. To move the belt clip simply remove the three screws, reposition the clip and put the screws back in.
The Rat 1 knife has a black nylon handle with tiny checkered patterns to give you a very good grip on it. The blade has a satin polish and is made of AUS 8 stainless steel with a hardness of 58-59 HRC. This knife is made in Taiwan and from my studies the AUS 8 steel is harder and the edge lasts longer than the cheaper Chinese made steel.
Although the grips are nylon this knife is solid steel through and through. I like the rugged construction and feel of it. It is designed to fit into your hand well and stay put no matter if you are carving wood or simply opening a letter with it.
Ontario Knife Company is located in Upstate New York which I like because they are located in the US and most of their knives are made in the US.
This knife was delivered razor sharp. I mean this knife is wicked sharp. The first few days I was testing it I accidentally cut off the tip of my thumb while attempting to close it with one hand. I would strongly advise you to use two hands when closing this knife. It is surgical sharp and the blade holds its edge quite well after repeated use. It cuts just about anything like a hot knife through butter and I mean literally.
The knife opens easily with a flick of the wrist and locks in place. There is a thumb stud on both sides that you can use to push the knife open with your thumb as well.
To close the blade there is a thumb latch on the blade side of the handle. You press the thumb lock and close the knife. Here is where you must be careful. I would advise pressing the lock, moving the blade just past the lock and then using both hands to close the blade carefully.
I used this knife extensively for cutting open packages and boxes during the past month. I also used it for eating and other tasks around the homestead. It became my primary knife during this period so I could get a feel for it.
This is a good general purpose knife. I have cut twigs, whittled wood and oak and used it for eating dinner (I live alone on the homestead). It held up to anything I have thrown at it so far. The screws are holding up and staying put. I have had cheap quality (and some expensive) knives fall apart in my pocket because the screws fall out with time. This has happened to me more times than I care to remember. The Ontario Knife Co Rat 1 pocket knife is staying together.
What more can I say. If you want a good general purpose knife that will not break the bank and has a surgical sharp edge then this is the knife for you.
You can see my full video review here: Video review of the Rat 1 folding knife
The knife is available on Amazon here: