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The New Living Area

The New Living Area

With the framing done, we kicked off this adventure by tackling Link’s new room. It was all about pulling down walls, framing in a cozy nook, and prepping the back wall for the transformation that’s about to unfold. There’s something deeply satisfying about tearing down the old to make way for the new, isn’t there?

As we peeled back the layers of the house, we discovered some… let’s say ‘interesting’ choices in insulation from the previous owners. But no worries, we’re on it! We’re reimagining and reframing into the garage, optimizing every inch of space for our living quarters. And, of course, a little bonfire to bid farewell to the old materials. There’s something poetic about that, don’t you think?

Insulation? It’s the best job ever (if you don’t mind a bit of sarcasm with your fiberglass). But hey, it’s all part of the journey, and we’re feeling great about it. We’re not just building walls; we’re crafting the backdrop of our lives, complete with all the electrical nuances to make life easier and brighter.

And let’s talk about the power tools! Our first dance with a Milwaukee Saw left us with mixed feelings – but hey, that torque is undeniable. It’s all about finding the right tool for the job, and sometimes, that means a little trial and error.

As the structure took shape, we focused on the lean-to roof, sealing up the edges and pondering the perfect spots for those ever-elusive light switches. Inside, the nook stands completed, walls framed, and a hint of drywall magic in the air. We’ve even crafted a nifty storage shelf for Link’s room, ensuring his treasures have a home without cramping his style.

Now, the bathroom area is getting a special touch with a flush-up toilet and a cleverly concealed murator pump. It’s all about making the space functional and fabulous. And yes, we’ve had those moments of hindsight about the plumbing, but that’s all part of the homesteading charm, right?

As we wrap up this stage, we’re filled with gratitude for your support and excitement for what’s to come. We hope you’re enjoying the ride as much as we are. So go ahead, like, share, and subscribe, and don’t forget to hit that notification bell. We’ve got more building, more banter, and more backroads homesteading adventures on the way. Catch you in the next build video, where a little bit of faith and a whole lot of elbow grease is bringing our dream to life. And remember, Affiliate Links support our channel at no cost to you.

New Holland Tractor Troubles :(

New Holland Tractor Troubles :(

So, we found ourselves back at the dealership because our New Holland decided to throw a bit of a tantrum. This time around, the hydraulics were acting up. It’s almost like it was put together on a Friday, if you know what I mean! We were in the midst of laying down some waterline when the tractor, used by our pal Jason, started misbehaving, leaking fluid from the top of the cylinder. Turns out, it was leaking right at the weld seam!

You might remember, this isn’t our first rodeo with the tractor’s quirks. Last time, we grappled with a pesky distribution block, and to this day, our front bucket has a mind of its own, tilting forward even when we’re just idling. But hey, that’s life on a homestead for you!

Despite these hiccups, the importance of a solid warranty can’t be overstated. We invested quite a bit into our sub-compact New Holland, the perfect fit for our 5-acre operation. And guess what? That investment is paying off. New Holland’s warranty is nothing to scoff at, and the local dealership here in the Ozarks has been fantastic – quick and reliable in getting us back on track.

So, what’s the moral of the story? Stuff happens, especially with farm equipment. The more you use it, the more you’ve got to be ready for those unexpected twists. Having a good stock of spare parts and a bit of know-how can make all the difference for a thriving homestead.

Do what you can, with what ya have, eh?

Ryan