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Basic Construction Skills * Tiny House Series

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Hands-on series of events teaching all basic building skills needed to 'DIY' any structure, this time working on a tiny house!

Building a "tiny house" on wheels is one way that people are finding the satisfaction of comfortable living with the possibility of being completely mobile and even living relatively tax-free at the same time.
This workshop series on Building a Tiny House on Wheels will share many details of how to build such a home:

Geared to the beginner, the series of eight classes over five months will cover many facets of building, with each workshop designed to be taken on its own, or as part of the series - and these skills apply to conventional building as well.
All sessions will feature ways to build with materials acquired cheaply or free and are set up on a basis of "lesson, demo, hands-on practice."
Each class will offer an optional 8 am session on building codes and DOT regulations. This class will show you how to "do it yourself" for your tiny kingdom on wheels!
The framework of the tiny house is in place, this series focuses on all of the finish work needed to make it a cozy home. The workshop outline also includes design and building concepts, with full explanation provided. There will be plenty of time for questions as well.


Building a Tiny House on Wheels
Rough & Finish Carpentry, Drain Plumbing, Grey Water and Composting Toilets
Saturday, April 14
8 or 9 am to 5 pm
Near Watertown NY

See TO REGISTER below for details.

2018 Series
Sign up for one or more, each class is specific to a topic.
Discounts available for multiple classes (see 'Donation' below.)

April 14 Tiny Homes - rough and finish carpentry and an introduction to drain plumbing
Insulation, exterior siding, installing windows, plan and start drain plumbing, plus grey water and composting toilets.
April 28 Tiny Homes - interior finish carpentry and introduction to supply water plumbing and heating
Interior finish carpentry (building the loft, flooring and partition walls), intro to supply water plumbing including soldering copper pipes, propane stove connections.
May 12 Tiny Homes - water and wiring introduction
Finding water, wells, water heating, and an introduction to wiring (including alternative power, charge controller/inverter), generators, and installing the main breaker panel. Hot water baseboard, circulation pump, thermostat and safe wood stove connections will also be covered.
May 26 Tiny Homes - water and wiring wrap-up
Wiring, switches, and lighting completed, plumbing supply and drain lines completed.
June 15-17 Woodhenge Music, Art and Sustainability Festival
July 7 Tiny Homes - cabinets
Building simple kitchen cabinets from easy to get materials. Building the frames, covering them, doors, drawers and hardware will be covered.
July 28 Tiny Homes - counter tops and tile
Countertops for working surfaces: ceramic tile, formica and wooden countertops will be covered.
August 11 Tiny Homes - exterior finishes
Paints, stains, caulk, wood trim and flashing will be covered.
August 25 Tiny Homes - detailing
Includes all finish detailing including trim, caulking, light fixtures and more, as needed.

RSVP needed due to limited class size please.

Building a Tiny House is presented by Jim Juczak of Woodhenge Self Reliance Campus in Adams Center, NY (near Watertown) in conjunction with the Local Living Venture.

This class will show you how to "do it yourself" for your tiny kingdom on wheels!
The workshops each include an optional session on building codes and DOT regulations (8 to 9 am, one hour before each session begins.)
Each session will include the topical lesson, a demo, and then hands-on practice. Design and building concepts are wrapped into every session as well. The base frame and roof are already in place and each session addresses a different issue of finishing a tiny home on wheels. There will be plenty of hands on work to enjoy!

Topics that will be covered include
DOT regulations; Building codes
Basic wood framing
Finish carpentry
Solar electric power; Heating options
Basic electrical wiring: AC and DC
Basic plumbing supply and drains
Wells, composting toilets, greywater
Scrounging supplies and materials
Finding land
...and your questions!

Jim Juczak is a former shop teacher of 25 years, among many other things. Jim and his wife, Krista and their family live at Woodhenge, a 55-acre intentional community with several other families they have invited to live there. Writing (both articles and books), lecturing on a wide variety of self reliance topics, and inventing are amongst the things he does. He also consults on off-grid energy system design and specializes in deep-well solar pumps. His first book, The High Art and Subtle Science of Scrounging, has been in print since 2008. His second book, Water Supply Systems for the Homesteader, became available in 2011.

* This is a "hands-on" event so bring your work clothes, sturdy shoes, and appropriate outerwear for the weather conditions.
* Any tools you wish to bring should be clearly marked for easy identification and return (more on this in the RSVP you will receive.)

For this unique learning experience, a $60 general public, $110 couple/family of two, $20 student donation is requested for material costs, to cover overhead expenses and to benefit Local Living Venture non-profit workshop creation.
Discounts: Sign up for three pre-paid events and receive 10% off ($162) or five pre-paid events and receive the sixth free ($300, for a $60 savings.) Offer is valid to sign up after trying one session at the regular rate; we will pro-rate in the others you sign up for.
A delightful lunch is included in each workshop.
Free housing/camping is provided for those coming from a distance, bring your gear. No hook ups for RV's but facilities on site can be used.
Reduced Rate / Partial Scholarships are available upon request.
Cancellation refunds are 50% of the class donation fee, refunds are forfeited if within three days of the workshop.
Please note that our generous Presenters are volunteers donating their time to support the Local Living Venture, and this is a major means of support for our community organization.

Class size is limited and a meal is provided, so attendees need to RSVP please.
Contact LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com or (315) 347-4223

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Dietary: Veg, Vegan, Nut allergy, gluten-free, etc. or n/a
Please note any dietary preferences or restrictions.

Accommodations (if applicable):
Friday night YES / NO
Saturday night YES / NO
Both YES / NO
Note if bring a tent, van, RV (note vehicle length), prefer an indoor space, etc.
Free semi-primitive camping is available (indoor facilities for ablutions are available.)
There are some indoor options as well - an intern cabin, a guest room in the main house and a 5th wheel camper.

Your donation can be made by check to "Local Living Venture" at PO Box 736, Canton, NY 13617 or can be done online with a credit or debit card (PayPal account not required.) Contact LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com to make other arrangements. Please note all terms and inclusions in "Suggested Donation" above.

Woodhenge Self Reliance Campus

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315. 347. 4223 * PO Box 736 Canton, NY 13617

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