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2015

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Preventing Our Cistern from Freezing in Winter: Part Four

by Tara

The final major part of our cistern shed (besides the plastering, which we'll do next year) was the doors. I spent a few days this week making these massive things, consisting of a simple frame and a double layer of rigid foam insulation. Other than a small snafu (involving incorrect measurements, failure to do a test-fitting, and the frames being four inches taller than they needed to be), the process went smoothly.

Tara Sawing Plywood Insulated Cistern Shed Door-Making in Progress

Tyler and I hung the doors this weekend, and mercifully, they fit properly without too much fussing. All we have to do now is install weather stripping, and we'll be all set for winter!

Insulated Cistern Shed w/ Doors Installed
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8 comments

nice work on the doors! love the patina
Posted by aaron on October 29th, 2015 at 3:44 PM
I agree--really pretty wood!
Posted by Joy on October 29th, 2015 at 7:57 PM
Nice Job!
Posted by Anne on October 30th, 2015 at 8:53 AM
Some great ideas! Thanks! I would sure love to see more photos of the cottage and its progress.
Posted by Micki Brown on October 31st, 2015 at 12:56 PM
Some great ideas! Thanks! I would sure love to see more photos of the cottage and its progress.
Posted by Micki Brown on October 31st, 2015 at 12:56 PM
Thanks everyone! :)
Posted by Tara on November 3rd, 2015 at 6:43 AM
Thanks everyone! :)
Posted by Tara on November 3rd, 2015 at 6:43 AM
Alright Tyler, Will there be a micro-controller in this cistern shed? Something like an arduino monitoring water level, water temp, room temp, and a few relays to turn on heat or something? I am rebuilding my well house and am putting in an Arduino to monitor the temperature of water and air, pump current and cycles, and water flow (if I can get that one to work reliably). The data may or may not be useful (i'm a capacity planner so I like data) but at least I'll be able to keep the shed above freezing and find out how much electricity I actually use for my family :) Great shed!
Posted by Jason N (jclaudii) on December 2nd, 2015 at 2:27 PM
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