Dual Homestead Update 11/21/2014

Homestead Update

Homestead Update

Homestead Update

Another update on the tiny house build going on at Dual Homestead. Smitty and I have been killing it. Even with my recent winter cold. I shot some video after a long day out there. I went back one more time but was so tired I didn’t get any video. This update has two major completions. With the move in date getting closer the need to be done is ramping up.

Plywood Walls Going Up

The walls are finally going up. In fact they went up surprisingly fast. Which was what I thought. I figured using plywood sheets instead of drywall would go very fast. I did not realize how many pieces would need to be cut though. Which turned out to be every sheet. Not a single one went up whole. With that said though we covered the walls in two days of hard work.

The back wall still has a piece to go up. We are building a wall for the bathroom. The ceiling still needs to be covered as well. As you can see in the video though the rest is up. We have not even stained the walls yet and they already look great. The next step on the walls is to fill holes with wood filler, sand and stain it.

I’m still going back and forth on whether I want to use a stain with or without polyurethane. Do I want them shiny or not? Still not completely sure on the stain color either. I’m leaning towards no polyurethane in a red oak. We will see though.

Insulation Is Finally Done

Doing the insulation on the ceiling was becoming a pain in my ass. The problem was the ceiling rafters are about 22 inches apart. The insulation we had was 15 inch wide. Our original plan was to cut down one piece and add to a whole one to make up the difference. Doing this on a ceiling was nigh impossible. It took me about 30 minutes to get up one piece. And it looked like crap.

So the solution was to go get the right size insulation. I also picked up some metal rods to hold them in place. Those speed up the process. I got the entire ceiling done in a few hours. It was so rewarding to see so much progress. Now we just need to get the plywood up there. I can’t wait to show you guys the finished house.

10 Winter Wild Edibles

There is not a lot of green in the winter. Wild foraging dries up. If you know where to look you can still find winter wild edibles. Today I’ll share with you 10 winter wild edibles that you can forage on. Knowing where to find food all year is important. You can supplement your food and save money. If you are lost they could keep you alive.

As a disclaimer make sure you properly identify any wild edible. Some wild edibles have poisonous look alikes. Do not eat it if you are not sure.

Clover Winter Wild Edibles

Clover Winter Wild Edible

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Episode 37 Winter Ready

Winter Ready

Winter Ready



This week the main topic is being winter ready. Winter is coming fast this year. James and Mike have some tips to be ready for it. How to keep your home warm. How to save some money this winter. The main places you will be are either in your home or car. Both have challenges to keeping warm. We cover all aspects of being winter ready.

In news we discuss 7 tips for new preppers. The fastest way to get a family of 4 prepped and why I disagree. We discuss ceramic flower pot heaters. Do they work? As always we have the permaculture minute and wild edible of the week.

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Homemade Bouillon Cubes

Homemade bouillon cubes

Homemade bouillon cubes

Ok Let’s try this again. I love it when wordpress eat a completed post. It is getting cold outside. Even here in Tennessee it’s down to 21° already. With the cold comes the crud. With a combination of the weather and building I feel like crap. Sore throat, runny nose and achy. When I get like this there my go to solution is soup. It’s easy to make and warms you. It drives back the funk. Especially when made from homemade bouillon cubes.

Like I talked about recently I don’t like store bought bouillon cubes. They have all kinds of junk in them I don’t like. I have looked all over for better ones and have not found any. The solution is homemade bouillon cubes. Not the little rocks you get in the store but real ones. They are easy and good for you too.


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Tiny House Update 11/14/2014


Tiny House

Tiny House


I’ve been busy with the tiny house lately. I have a lot to do in a little time. I have to be moved in by December first. Before I move in I need to finish the insulation and get the walls up. That’s about two weeks from now. We were also trying to beat the weather. A cold snap finally came through. Right now in sunny TN it’s a chilly 21° F.

This winter might be as cold as they are saying it will be. Getting the insulation done in the tiny house done is critical. I need it to keep out the cold and keep the heat in.

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