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Re: Glenn's Underground Cabin Update
« Reply #5300 on: August 12, 2015, 07:17:09 PM »
Thanks Glenn--that's an idea that I hadn't thought of...

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Re: Glenn's Underground Cabin Update
« Reply #5301 on: February 12, 2016, 10:03:28 AM »
My pleasure, Andrew.  Back from Myanmar and cross country travels there.

Blew up the engine on my crane truck so I get to go back to being a mechanic for a while... hope I can mickey mouse it back together successfully....




I need it to do this again sometimes ....    [ouch]
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Re: Glenn's Underground Cabin Update
« Reply #5302 on: February 28, 2016, 09:20:42 AM »
Well, that didn't work, so going back to the old Kenworth Crane truck I built the cabin with.  I'm too old to buy a new truck and can use the money for other things... [ouch]



I love the Cummins engines.  Parked about 4 years and, new batteries... turn the key and started up as if it was parked yesterday.

Now to put the bed back on it and get it ready to be a welding truck again. :)
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Re: Glenn's Underground Cabin Update
« Reply #5303 on: December 26, 2016, 05:36:13 PM »
We got the truck operational again, Got Moehnin's employment authorization from DHS and have been busy working 12 hours per day for several weeks now.  We can't show pictures of our work at the Naval Air Station but here are some from a shopping center we are working on. :)



We used the crane to load materials to the roof of the Shops building.



Here my wife is welding the equipment screen wall sections together.  She is an engineer and I taught her certified welding so she can now legally work on these projects with me.



She loves to work... she loves making something she can see the results of after, and I have never had a man working with me that was as good  or at least not better, or dedicated to our work as she is.  The people we subcontract for love to see her on the job. :)

Note that this is the same crane truck I built the Underground Cabin with.  We now have a new remote control on it and it is working great.  We intend to do some updating on the cabin so I will try to get an occasional posting in here.  I have lived in the Underground Cabin nearly 15 years now and though it has it's issues, it is a cozy home for us and a great place to host our international student guests.  We love to continue doing that.
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Re: Glenn's Underground Cabin Update
« Reply #5304 on: December 26, 2016, 06:08:06 PM »
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Re: Glenn's Underground Cabin Update
« Reply #5305 on: December 26, 2016, 07:44:37 PM »
Thanks Don.  We are rather work swamped right now but hope to get some updates posted soon.  :)
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Re: Glenn's Underground Cabin Update
« Reply #5306 on: December 27, 2016, 07:05:43 AM »
It's good to hear everything is going well. Good luck with the truck repairs and upgrades.  [cool]

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Re: Glenn's Underground Cabin Update
« Reply #5307 on: December 27, 2016, 07:45:56 AM »
Thanks Ben.  Next comes moving my other crane onto an International Crew cab...  I need the whole back half of the Hino including drive axle,  but front half of the International.  May be a splice job.  :) [ouch]
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Re: Glenn's Underground Cabin Update
« Reply #5308 on: December 27, 2016, 07:51:32 AM »
Thanks Ben.  Next comes moving my other crane onto an International Crew cab...  I need the whole back half of the Hino including drive axle,  but front half of the International.  May be a splice job.  :) [ouch]

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« Reply #5309 on: December 27, 2016, 08:35:52 PM »
Yes,  the International has that problem  d*
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Re: Glenn's Underground Cabin Update
« Reply #5310 on: December 28, 2016, 02:46:55 PM »
Yes,  the International has that problem  d*

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Re: Glenn's Underground Cabin Update
« Reply #5311 on: January 01, 2017, 10:04:43 AM »
Next project... Will be taking a while...  Switching from this

To this... 






I need the front half of the International and the back half of the Hino... So it begins... [ouch]
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Re: Glenn's Underground Cabin Update
« Reply #5312 on: January 01, 2017, 10:12:33 AM »
Please post some detail pics. I'm curious to see the changes to the chassis. Will it be a cut and extend, or taking the entire Hino back half? Will you be keeping the Internationals rear axle? Maybe just split the two and swap back haves and keep both trucks road worthy. Maybe use the Hino as a backup truck.

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Re: Glenn's Underground Cabin Update
« Reply #5313 on: January 01, 2017, 10:14:46 AM »
This kind of stuff gives me bad ideas.  ;D


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Re: Glenn's Underground Cabin Update
« Reply #5314 on: January 02, 2017, 06:50:13 AM »
Still contemplating what to do and how to do it.  The Hino engine is blown up and parts are so expensive I'd say it would be over $10000.00 for a good overhaul.  I want the crew cab.  International parts,  used engines etc are cheap.  The International differential is a light duty 2 speed.  The Hino is a very heavy duty 2 speed Spicer Axle.  The Hino will be scrap when the changes are done. On my phone now.  More details later.  :)
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Re: Glenn's Underground Cabin Update
« Reply #5315 on: January 02, 2017, 09:25:21 AM »
Still contemplating what to do and how to do it.  The Hino engine is blown up and parts are so expensive I'd say it would be over $10000.00 for a good overhaul.  I want the crew cab.  International parts,  used engines etc are cheap.  The International differential is a light duty 2 speed.  The Hino is a very heavy duty 2 speed Spicer Axle.  The Hino will be scrap when the changes are done. On my phone now.  More details later.  :)

Ahhh. I see. Now this is making more sense to me. [cool] Hino vehicles are crazy expensive to fix. They are rare around my area.

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Re: Glenn's Underground Cabin Update
« Reply #5316 on: January 02, 2017, 03:16:57 PM »
In Burma, every other truck is a Hino.  Parts would be easy.  Here, very few.  That particular engine is not brought in by the importers and the only used engine was advertised by a confirmed fraud engine website on the internet, so I decided to get away from it. 

I want the large International crew cab for emergency sleeping quarters when arriving at a job late or leaving one late.  The International engine is also known to be super reliable and before 1993 California doesn"t make me smog the truck.  The International engine only has 146000 miles and should go up to 1,000,000...even less is ok.   It was just a short range use service truck. :)
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Re: Glenn's Underground Cabin Update
« Reply #5317 on: January 03, 2017, 06:04:53 AM »
In Burma, every other truck is a Hino.  Parts would be easy.  Here, very few.  That particular engine is not brought in by the importers and the only used engine was advertised by a confirmed fraud engine website on the internet, so I decided to get away from it. 

I want the large International crew cab for emergency sleeping quarters when arriving at a job late or leaving one late.  The International engine is also known to be super reliable and before 1993 California doesn"t make me smog the truck.  The International engine only has 146000 miles and should go up to 1,000,000...even less is ok.   It was just a short range use service truck. :)

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Re: Glenn's Underground Cabin Update
« Reply #5318 on: January 07, 2017, 11:44:28 AM »
Looking at this and thinking about it daily.... raining cats and dogs much of the time lately so hard to get motivated... fixed the turn signals on the International though.  As I assumed when I saw the flasher unit missing, it had been sitting in the yard for several months unused so likely got taken to fix another problem in another truck before I bought it.   [ouch]
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« Reply #5319 on: March 07, 2017, 09:04:37 PM »
Currently about the 15 year anniversary of the Underground Complex.  I started it in 2002.  Many things have changed in that period of time but one thing remains... The cabin is still standing and with some maintenance it will stand for a lot longer.  :)

As expected, there are occasional issues, especially on a year where we have gotten as much as 5 inches of rain in a day, but all in all it is still a great shelter and the price was right.  Mike Oehler (now deceased) with good reason changed his recommendation to using EPDM rubber instead of 6 mill plastic.  I fully agree.  I also recommend putting in the French drains that he suggested as optional.  Not putting them in up front is not such a good idea.  While the first few years had few problems, over the years the gophers decide to reroute some of the drainage causing some problems.  Still, it is a minor nuisance to deal with and the value as a shelter, a home overcomes the inconveniences of adding a drainage system or sump pumps.  The whole idea was to build a shelter that was not going to cost you for the rest of your life. 

All things considered, I have to judge it as a success.  This house has served dozens of international students and friends as well as family.  My wife, Moehnin and I are happy with it.  :)
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Re: Glenn's Underground Cabin Update
« Reply #5320 on: June 23, 2019, 08:54:45 PM »
Glenn, having been to Paul Wheaton's place in Montana and reading Mike Oehler's $50 book, now I am interested in this for a retirement home in Missouri. Been reading as much as I can, finding more books, etc. but not a whole lot on YouTube, sadly! I've read up to page 25 on this topic on the forum, so far, and am hoping to escape the city and get some land in the next couple years as money allows.

I loved seeing Paul's wofatis, and am more interested in using a rocket mass heater than earth tubes to moderate winter temperatures. Any other resources you'd recommend? Looks like a couple years since the last post here, but I still have another 180+ pages of reading to do to catch up...lol

My 20 year old son sounds like he is FINALLY starting to think about lowering costs of living instead of just trying to make more money, for the long term... even said he's thinking about saving up to buy some land. No interest yet in earth integrated housing, but I am hoping that he will also get my wife more interested. :)

I hope whenever I am able to get something started, there will still be you or other folks around to consult with and ask questions of!
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« Reply #5321 on: June 23, 2019, 09:32:49 PM »
I'm probably about the oldest living resource. Mike recommended using epdm rubber pond liner rather than poly as poly doesn't hold up so well over the years. I second that. I recommend doing French drains also. Gophers have a way of changing your drainage plans. 😊 Other than that, we are still using the underground complex. Of course it can use some repairs and remodeling after 17 years. 😊
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« Reply #5322 on: June 25, 2019, 06:39:22 AM »
Thanks for the quick response Glenn! Do you know of anyone be in Missouri who has built one of these? It might help to get my wife onboard if she could see one, see the ‘neighborhood’, etc. I don’t see it happening for a couple years at least, gotta get this city house fixed up and organize finances better, but if she could SEE the dream...  ;) Sadly, YouTube is rather lacking in videos. I think I’ve watched all there are about Mike’s place and your’s. Not really interested much in a concrete bunker, dislike the aesthetics and think it’d be much more expensive. For now, am trying to work on figuring out and acquiring skills that would be helpful down the road for building, such as round wood working, chainsaw use, and building community with other permie minded folk in the area.

I hope you don’t mind if I reopened this thread... I’ve only read up to about page 41 so far and am enjoying the read. Would like to find others interested in this way of building, although maybe one getting some land we’ll put a little shed type guest house or RV on it first, for sleeping space and to hopefully distract nosey  neighbors or officials. I won’t pester you with a ton of questions now, as I’ll read first. Is there anywhere that common FAQs or build and design answers are collected in a somewhat concentrated place, that you are aware of?
Will sign off for now, Leif :)

 

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