With the help of the ladies, and amidst some good times, the first wall was raised and positioned last night (2011.11.08)!
Yes, there are a few tweaks I still need to make. Yes, there are a few lessons that I can incorporate into the build on the next wall. That’s partly why I’m doing this. You can read all the books you want to but there is nothing like hands-on experience. Even the old-timers who back in their day worked construction have given a thumbs- up, surprised that this is a first project. Perfect? No. Progress? Yes.
I must say though, it was very satisfying to tug on the wall so hard I was rocking the trailer back and forth yet, the wall was as tight and solid as I had envisioned it being.
It all goes back to what I said on the first pages, get comfortable with not knowing, do your homework, and move forward.
Wall by Wall:
The first wall went up pretty much without a hitch. It was a little awkward due to lack of experience. It was, after all, our first.
The second wall was nothing shy of an all out event to raise. Deb, Sheryl, and I are all medium to slight in build. The wall extended beyond the deck floor so we had to find a way to safely raise the wall and get the base of the wall onto the trailer deck in order to then straighten and position it. As you can see from the photo, we used a combination of pulleys, come-alongs, and plain old muscle!
The third wall went up in a flash compared to the second. I had it framed and awaiting good weather for two days. Once the weather broke, Deb and I had it up and in position in about 15 minutes.
Wall number four took a little muscle (Deb, Cindy, and I) but it was such a sense of satisfaction to see all four walls finally in place (11/20/2011). I still have to square corner to corner and put the top plate on but that’s tomorrow’s project. The only thing that’s a little frustrating is that the trailer is sitting crooked due to the asphalt in the driveway, so the front wall does not appear to the eye to be as straight as it should be.
Wrapping the house was a bit of a challenge. I had someone who was willing to help but the days were too windy.
In order not to lose time, I created a gadget that let me manage the 9′ roll of housewrap without assistance.
Using PVC pipe that would fit through the tube holding the housewrap, I fitted the pipe with PVC fittings and pipe cross-pieces so that the roll was off of the ground and at the desired height for wrapping the walls. Fittings and cross-pieces were also placed on the top of the pipe to prevent the roll from sliding off as I often needed to lay it down. This process permitted me to lean it against the house and roll it along the wall, thus wrapping the house without an additional set of hands.
A combination of spray foam, rigid foam, fiber glass, and recycled denim can be found within the tiny house. Insulation materials varied depending upon the portion of the building being insulated. Spray foam provides the added benefits of water/vapor barrier and additional structural support.