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I am trialing a suspended ceiling. I couldn’t get an off the shelf ceiling to work as there was not enough clearance to fit the tiles. I was going to use right angle steel bolted together however the metal shop had run out. They had some aluminium which looked good and I have made the first section in aluminium. The metal marks easily and is more expensive so I am not sure which I will use. The plywood panels started warping within 2 days of buying and so I am going to leave them up to see what happens.

Note to self – do not set fire to your wifes favourite duvet that her mum gave her when she was 21 with┬áthe welder!!!

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We stayed at the container for the first night recently. It was a great success. The fire ran all evening with the door open and no smoke. We moved the bed a little closer to the fire and have identified that insulation is now the next priority. We liked the wide throw LED light and will get some more of them. We need to put curtains up as we draped a sheet over the window to help on the insulation. Running water is working (only cold at the moment). We woke up with the sun streaming in and the birds singing.

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I replaced the old panel holder (2 bits of upright holding the panels at an angle) with a galvanized frame to hold the panels secure.

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I fitted a hot water pipe to run down the length of the container. Hot feeds can be taken off anywhere a tap is needed. I have also installed a hot water tank that will be able to run off 240 AC (when I have some) and solar heater to heat the tank on sunny days.

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Early lighting trial

The 3W Cree LED down lights gave a bright light that was great to read by, however the throw of light was very small. It left the rest of the container in darkness. I have bought a 5W warm LED on a gimbal with 120 degrees of throw. I placed it at the opposite end of the container and this is the result. With a few of these and some supporting Cree down lights I believe we will get a satisfactory result. I will also have to rethink the 1 inch plywood panel that is holding the lights in place at the moment as it is too thick to mount any standard light fittings.

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