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BradB

Tips for Sleeper Houses

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BradB

Howdy folks,

This will be my first winter with my own sleeper house. I was up at Mac's last weekend working on it and met some nice folks that have been doing this for a number of years. I learned a couple of tricks:

1. Cut the bottom out of a bucket and put it in your hole, then pack insulation around the hole. This keeps the holes from icing up.

2. Put a drop of liquid soap on the inside of your window and wipe it all around. This helps keep the windows from freezing up.

Do any of you fellows have any tips you wouldn't mind sharing? I bet there are a lot of tricky things that folks have thought of over the years. Post 'em if you got 'em.

Brad

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waterwolff

CO detector, 5 gallon pail and trashbag liners for bif,

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MJR

Don't leave anything in the house that would be upset about getting stolen. And leave your door unlocked or easily broken into. We had our door locked pretty good a few years ago so when the zits on the arse of humanity tried to break in they needed to chop quite a few times with their ax to get into the house. They managed to get in as I think it is almost impossible to stop them. However on the same evening ours got broken into our neighbor must have had a better locking system and they couldn't get into his house so they burned his down. We have left ours unlocked for the past 2 or 3 years with no problems.

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waterwolff

Good point MJR I also never locked up my old house never kept anything of real value in it and never had a problem now I have a retractable so where I go it goes the big hassle with it though is finding bridges that you can cross with them

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BradB

Thanks guys. It's sad to hear about people's houses being broken into and burnt down. There's not much you can say about that except that some people are just stupid and evil.

I'm hoping I'll find some cameraderie out there where folks will look out for one another. I certainly will watch for the people near me.

I'd be interested in hearing as many tips as possible. Thanks for the bif and CO tip, as well as the sad one about criminals.

Brad

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Sounds simple, but do you have enough shelving? When I made my sleeper, I messed up by not having enough storage space, especially when others were with me. When I added some shelving near the ceiling, it sure made things more comfortable.

Oh yeah, Hand towels hanging on hooks above the hole, to wipe your hands after they get slimy.

Didn't reinvent the wheel here for you, hope it helps

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mrmillelacs

heres a couple i plan on adding to my house: buy a couple of boat seat pedestal bases and screw them into the floor and put your boat seats into them, you can swivel back and forth between your holes and remove the seats when boating seasons returns. 2. Get a five gallon drinking water jug with a spigot and build a shelf for it about chest level. Buy a small sink at a salvation army or clearence sale at home depot and bolt it to the wall below that. attach some hose to the drain and run it through a small hole in the side of the house and you have running water.

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