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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Episode 4: Packrats Love Acorns


My new P-100 respirator is from Northern Safety, the GVS Elipse. I bought it in January so of course they're out of stock now. This mask has a check valve to let exhaled air out easily which makes it utterly useless for a pandemic situation. It's strictly for working alone in sketchy circumstances. 

The first thing I did when I got my mask was to remove the elastic straps. Then I  took out the filters and washed the silicone part with dish soap. I replaced the straps with some spandex lingerie elastic from my stash. I went through a whole process trying to find elastic that isn't toxic. The stuff they use in bras and fold-over elastic is fine. Anything else starts out stinky and just gets more toxic to me as it ages.

Kimsul Insulation Brochure
Original faucet with very close spacing on water lines
https://www.vintagecampers.com/1948-spartan-30-mansion-355t/
This is the back of the kitchen sink showing where the original faucet was mounted and the new holes for the T&S Brass faucet

Plumbing under the kitchen sink. Not original

I don't know how the power and water came into these things originally. I hope to find out as I get farther along with gutting it. Maybe something will be revealed when I take the belly pan off and get a look underneath. The gas line went from the trailer hitch to the stove and somehow the water had to come in and wastewater had to go out. I'm guessing there were hookups directly below the bathroom.

While it's not that hard and kind of fun to take down the paneling and take out the cabinets I have put it off because I don't want to just pile them in my shed again. I need some sort of organization or plan for how I'm going to store them and to what purpose. 

On the request of my brother I added scientific ID to my nature clips and a little bit of True Facts in this episodes. I hope I didn't say anything inaccurate. Here's some citations.


https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Neotoma_floridana/
https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsm91_054316.pdf

All photos and videos in this episode were taken by me with the exception of the Kimsul adverts and the faucet photo from VintageCampers.com. 

I'm adding the subtitles file to the end of every blog entry for quickly finding things later, should that ever turn out to be a thing.

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Hi, my name is Barbara and I'm a blank builder and a blogger
  

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I'm on a mission to rebuild and repurpose this 71 year old 

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aircraft construction aluminum trailer home, Ally Mo

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So to get the back door open all I had to do was turn the 
knob. And pull

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Oh, I don't like that noise

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I think part of my problem here is the hinge pin is out of 
this part

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But the hinge pin is sticking out

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I got a new respirator

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I really like it

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What's in this stove is rock wool insulation, acorns, and 
whatever else the packrat wanted in its house

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I took that photo of a packrat in 2005 when I was tearing 
down the burned out well house

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While evidence of them is blatant they are actually pretty 
good at staying out of sight

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In addition to building these massive dens where they hoard 
acorns, another packrat  habit that reveals their presence 
is a latrine

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Unlike mice that just leave a trail of droppings wherever 
they go, packrats go in the same in place every time.  

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Notably, in the northeast corner of my shed

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I found a paper that confirms that packrats'  favorite food 
is acorns. They stock up when they're in season and ration 
them through spring and summer

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Rats in the genus Neotoma only have 4 nipples and have 1 to 
4 babies at a time. Here where winter is mild they breed 
year round

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True rats in the genus Rattus have 12 nipples and have huge 
litters of babies in spring and summer

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Packrats pick up treasure and take it home

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Whenever I rearrange my scrap lumber pile in the shed I wind
 up saying, "That's where that went!" 

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I've found a shed snake skin, a Scotchbrite pad, my work 
gloves, a hacksaw blade, and pencils in packrat nests.

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That's why I'm careful what I leave out in the shed now. 
Cause they will take your tools. They don't give a rat's 
ass.

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I'm not sure if this faucet is original or not. T&S Brass 
was a brand new company in 1949

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You can see this faucet in the T&S Brass catalog page from 
1950

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Unfortunately the chrome on the handles is flaking off

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You can get replacement handles from Home Depot but they 
changed the font. It's just not the same.

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I wonder if this is the original formica? This pattern is a 
cure for insomnia. I bet it was called Tan Linen.

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It's well worn out by the sink though. They were stuck in 
the '50s without a cutting board I guess. 

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The kitchen window still slides open and the screen is 
intact

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But the glass has a couple of bullet holes. The screen 
must've been replaced after the window was shot.

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I want to see if I can get this shelf out of here

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And I'm going to take the water heater out

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 I can't find my big crescent wrench

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I'm not sure which way to turn it

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That's tightening it, that's loosening it

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It's good plumbing in these things. It's all copper

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That was my finger!

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This right here is the wheel well

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And it has a layer of insulation on it here

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It's like some kind of foam

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It's weird stuff. I'm not sure what this is

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It's very stretchy. It's like crimped paper

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Is it some sort of corrugated.... It's weird, y'all

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After some research I found out this is Kimsul. Its creped 
paper insulation

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This brochure from 1939 is primarily to convince people to 
insulate AT ALL. But it does have specs, just like you'd 
expect? Ex-speced? Sorry

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Kimsul has a K factor of .27. It's above average

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That's an R value of 3.7 per inch, the same as the open cell
 spray foam insulation I used in my house and lab

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Kimsul was marketed specifically at trailers. I'll be 
interested to see where else I find it

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"Actually a home insulated with one inch of Kimsul is better
 protected against cold and heat than a castle with masonry 
walls several feet thick." 

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Sure, but how is it against a trebuchet?

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Comparing Memphis to Medicine Hat is impressive. 
Copyrighters in the '30s had a high opinion of their 
demographic

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Imagine assuming anybody knows where Medicine Hat is. It's 
in Alberta. That's Canada. The big cold place North of 
Montana

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Whereas Memphis, well, everybody knows that's the Capital of
 Finland

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OK, this copper pipe is gonna have to come out of there 
before I can remove this cabinet  

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I remember breaking it off when I was working on the wheel

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But I'm not sure how to get it out of there

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I might have to go at it from below

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So there's that copper pipe. I just pinched the end of that.
 I don't think I can push it up through that cabinet

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But the underside of these wheel wells looks pretty good, 
actually

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I'm kind of impressed. These are way nicer than Ally Min's 
wheel wells

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If I just patch the holes where the pipes go through I can 
use this 

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So now I'm completely inside the wheel well. This is an 
advantage of having one of the wheels out

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I forgot how strong copper pipe is

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OK

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Alright. Back in the wheel well

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>boink<

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It's kind of satisfying to get all these little pieces. I'll
 have to start a collection

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I might as well document my plumbing

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I do not know why that pipe went down through that hole. Was
 that the input?

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I don't know where it went from there 

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This was to the hot water. I don't know if that was in or 
out

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And this was out of this hot water

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Hot... Coulda been the inlet or the outlet

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Actually I'll go look at the water heater and then I'll know
 

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Alright, here's the water heater. This is the way it was in 
the cabinet. 

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So this one is cold and this one is hot

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So the left one is cold, the right one is hot

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Two and a half gallons. That's not much of a bath, is it? 

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OK, so here's cold. And this is hot

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So this is the hot pipe going to the bathroom

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And this is the cold water. I don't understand

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OK, this is cold going to the bathroom

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And this is the main cold. So this must be cold coming from 
the... Oh, hell, I don't know

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So this is hot to the kitchen sink. Right there

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What, that doesn't make sense

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This says H for hot

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So this, this, and this are all hot? This makes no sense.

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This has to be cold. The sink is just backwards

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They plumbed that sink wrong. I wonder if it was done wrong 
in the factory?

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Or was this all replumbed later? 

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That doesn't seem like something they would do in the 
factory. It seems like they would've figured that out

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And it makes me feel like this was an input, like this was 
where the water came in, through the wheel well.

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I don't know how. That's weird.

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I got a bright light and stuck the camera way back under the
 sink. Well, look at that!

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That T&S Brass faucet is definitely NOT original. What is 
that, 4" spacing like a bathroom faucet?

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I found a photo online of the original faucet. That would 
match that hole spacing

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And it is the weirdest kitchen faucet I have ever seen. 

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Look at it!

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So this was cold out of the water heater

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And this was hot

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So cold water came up through the wheel well and then it 
went into the water heater this way

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And then this line took cold to the sink in the bathroom. 

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I'm guessing this went all the way to the sink and the 
shower

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And this line goes to the toilet

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And then the hot side out of the water heater, here's the 
hot. And it went to the sink and shower in the bathroom

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And it also probably went to the faucet

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I think this used to be up here. And maybe when they put in 
the new water heater they just put these back wrong

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Because if you put this one up here then that would be the 
correct side of the kitchen sink

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I'm not sure what this is. I thought it was mouse pee but it
 doesn't want to come off

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And that's Episode 4 of the Beachton Buck Rivet Report. 

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Go buck yourself.

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