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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Behold, the gaudy, orange, recycled door (soon to be on international tv- lol)

The recycled, repainted door to the cabin I'm current working on- it'll have a natural-curved branch (poly-coated) handle too....
      I was repainting this freebie door yesterday, in preparation for a micro emergency shelter, or garden cabin/guest house I'm building for a new show on the History Channel, and thought to myself "If the woman who tossed this only knew it'd end up on international tv- her TRASH on television". Too funny. I picked up this door a few weeks back as a woman was dragging it out to the curb and she informed me that it was almost one hundred years old! -If doors could talk!- well, we might not want them to.

Anyway, soon-ish, I'll update you guys with some photos on this new mini-house/shelter, and perhaps even some video. Dustin "Dr. Demolition" Diedricksen (my brother), and Big Steve Sparaco will also be coming out to NYC to help me install this lil' beast.

Meanwhile, as I'm burning the candle at both ends to finish this, if you don't see a post in the next day or so, its because I'm finally unconscious somewhere, catching up on sleep.

Oh yeah- THE BLAZE- picked up on my tiny housing tour/video- the Kirsten Dirksen-shot project....
Check it out here.... some, um, interesting, takes on this- especially from people who CLEARLY never read the article or watched the video, but were so quick to comment or advise on what I'm doing, building, and how I'm living. "How can he live in those!?"- when the very first OPENING shot of the film shows my "real" house and talks about it. So much for offering up informed opinions. If only some of these people would spend their energies on DOING something, instead of anonymously posting negative, unproductive, hateful comments, this country might steer towards a far better place. Still, some interesting perspectives on things, both good and bad, but its always entertaining to see how people "peg" you from a video, when they don't know you- apparently I'm an anti-gun, ultra-liberal, semi-homeless, lazy, hippie- when none of those topics ever comes up in the video.Ah, the good, kind people of America! Check it out though, it makes for some decent, albeit scary, reading.


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-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen


  1. I wondered about the comments to that interview also. Weird. It clearly showed you in your own modest house. People are strange, and I follow your videos and enjoy your humor. Don't stop the Deekster! Patty Squirell

  2. Im building a tree houseish thing in my backyard based off of some of the plans n your first book i'm 14 and I don't have a whole lot of money or experience so I guess I'll be lucky if i get a structure I can move into.
    Thanks for the great vids and book their a big help

  3. Hey Eric- glad to hear it (your project)- definitely send some photos when you're done. Also, if you need help along the way, be sure to check out, and post on our facebook discussion group- 750 or so people in our club/room/group who would be able to drop some advice if you find yourself in a construction fix.

  4. Thanks for the advice just wondering where I could get corrugated poly roofing like in the “The GottaGiddaWay” and how you installed it

  5. Most Lowes will carry it- some Home Depots too, depending on the region....I was in NY recently (NYC) and the stores there didn't have it- its not so widely used downtown I guess- lol. Farm-area stores will be more prone to have it- its held down with hex-head screws that come with neoprene washers...

  6. Yes,this this country might steer design towards a far better place Metal Roofingselected in new model.