Beginning a journey to live more simply…

Potable Water.

Sunday, March 27th, 2011:

Made more progress on the potable water system today by cutting and dry-fitting the 1/2″ copper piping. We have a very small amount of plumbing to actually do as we chose to place our kitchen sink on the same side of the tiny house as the shower.

We only needed to run the hot water pipe from the 7 gallon electric water heater tank to the hot water fixtures on the sink and in the shower. Cold water will also be connected to these two locations as well as to the intake pipe and to the washer/dryer combo. We currently wash all of our clothing just with cold water, so didn’t feel the need to hook hot water up to the washer in the tiny house. The water heater is only 4 1/2 feet from the shower wall, so not too much copper pipe to run today.

Next step will be to sweat the fittings and pressure-test the system!

Comments on: "Potable Water." (7)

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  2. Steve Hackney said:

    I just subscribed to this blog, and am not familiar with protocol. Hope it is ok to ask questions here.
    First, is it possible to look at earlier posts?
    Second, are you running your plumbing so that it will be visible?
    Thank you.

    • Hi Steve, thanks for your interest. Yes, we welcome your questions! Questions from visitors are lending themselves quite well to our overall learning curve by generating some very good conversation. Thank you for posting yours.

      To answer your first question, you can access earlier posts by clicking ‘older posts’ at the very bottom of the page. This will allow you to see the post roll all the way back to the very first one in September, 2010 when we officially began the project. You can also access older posts by category by clicking any of the menu items on the right hand side of the page. We have been labeling posts by the type of work being described for ease of finding information later.

      Regarding your second question: Yes. We are running the 1/2″ copper water pipe inside the tiny house to help prevent freezing and subsequent damage. The pipes will not be visible, however, as there will be a cabinet door covering the area under the sink and counter top.

  3. Out of curiosity, when you two are done building your house, where will you “park” it? Have you bought land? Are you going to stay in someone’s back yard? RV park?

    I’ve loved watching your progress and can’t wait to see more!

    • Hi Rachel,

      Thanks for your kind words. And, GREAT questions! You have certainly brought up the biggest puzzle piece in our future plans. This is entirely up in the air. We are intending to use this tiny house during our time in graduate school for starters, and will not be buying any land for a while. We are fairly certain that we’ll be looking for camp grounds that offer year-long rates and that would embrace a handmade camp trailer as we are registering this tiny house as an RV. We, of course, would explore the options of parking it in a friendly back yard if local codes/laws would permit. We plan to be very mindful and respectful of zoning codes/laws as we set sail towards what is next… We would like to be on the advocacy side of this type of living, and not so much on the challenging side!

      Evan & Gabby

  4. Was copper piping a “Green” choice? No pun intended 🙂

    • Hi Mark,

      Actually, in a way, it was. Gabby has been very interested in using as many ‘real’ materials as we possibly and realistically can in this project. She is very intentional about avoiding plastics in her everyday life, and we have made a determined effort to do the same in our building material choices. The copper water line was selected in that spirit. Granted, the potable water will most likely be arriving at our tiny house through miles upon miles of PVC, but from the point where the water enters our area of oversight, an effort is made…

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