Cabinets and Microwave

Dad had cut the hole for the over-the-range microwave vent a long long long time ago.  Figuring it would be better to build around the microwave than to relocate a hole in the wall, I decided to install my microwave before my cabinets.  Unfortunately, the hole didn’t line up with the vent.  The opening was off by half an inch.  It’s possible we didn’t add in the Sheetrock when planning it out.  I had a mini-meltdown picturing cutting a new hole and patching the one we had.  When I pulled myself together, I inspected the opening in the wall and saw there was enough wiggle room to slide it over, if I cut out some insulation, and the outside duct work would still cover everything sufficiently.

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Ninja mode engaged.

Mom braced the microwave and cupboards while I screwed them in.

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The plastic adjustable legs that came with my ready-to-assemble cabinets were very flimsy and a couple ended up breaking, so I decided to make a toe-kick box to set the cabinets on.  By screwing the cabinets into the box, it also reinforced the stability of the cabinets, which went together with cams and pegs like Ikea furniture.

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After having a couple weeks off while mom and I did painting and trim, I put dad back to work.  He helped make the cabinet that houses the fridge with a bookcase on the backside.  He mitered the plywood corners, something I had wanted to do but I did not trust my sawing skills.  We reinforced the outside end with metal L-brackets.

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We added strips of wood to the top of the cabinets to raise the counter so it had more of a lip.

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We added a 1×4 for the backsplash.  Putting the sink in is when it finally felt like a real kitchen and I could picture myself living here.  I was slightly giddy.

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One of the things that I’m not entirely sure of is the mini-fridge.  The freezer part is definitely big enough but watermelon season is coming up and that concerns me.

At the moment, my brother has my counter in his shop and is making a stainless steel top for it because he’s the best brother ever, obviously.

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Painting and Trim

I caught mom’s cold and feel kind of crummy, and thought today would be a great day to sit at the computer!  Things have been moving right along and I haven’t had much downtime to update the blog.  Let me start with March 21st…

Mom and I primed the ceiling and walls.

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We rolled 2 coats of ceiling paint.  Then mom started rolling the main wall color, Spanish Sand, while I worked on the bathroom.  She had one long wall and one end wall done before I came out to check on it.  It looks nice in the picture but in reality it was too peachy.  We debated for quite a while over what to do and we both decided it was better to get the perfect shade now than have to paint around everything later on if I changed my mind.

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Back to Home Depot we went…  I fell in love with Cotton Grey and haven’t looked back since.

I wanted a light blue-grey for the bathroom.  I found the perfect shade at Sherwin Williams (Morning Fog, I believe) and had HD mix the color for me.  I was so happy, painted the bathroom, went back at night to admire it and it looked like a shade of periwinkle.  Ugh, I couldn’t believe it.  It was pretty but I am not a lavender-type person.

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Bathroom blue-grey looking alright during the day.

Back to Home Depot we went…  I scoured their paint chips for a ridiculous amount of time.  Having been surprised by two colors already, I was super nervous about applying another color.  The only thing I was sure of was the Cotton Grey, so mom and I talked about it and decided it might make the house seem larger if I continued it into the bathroom.  It is a really nice neutral color that changes from a light tan to a grey, depending on the light.  Mom re-primed the bathroom and gave it 2 coats of the Cotton Grey.  The bathroom has 6 coats of paint in total!  Thank goodness this is a tiny house.

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I had put up the exterior trim very easily and was looking forward to doing the interior trim.  There was a lot more to it than the exterior.  I didn’t have to worry about jambs, reveals, sills, and aprons before.  Plus, who knew walls weren’t flat and uniform?!

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I’m not going to tell you how many times I had to cut the window side casings.  Pathetic!  And I am a firm believer in measure twice, cut once, sometimes even measuring 4 times…  Mom filled all the nail holes and gaps.  I had to keep reminding her not to exclaim when she came to a larger than normal gap because there was not much I could do about it at that point.20160404_203518

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I used premium #1 grade pine 1x4s and 1x5s for the trim.  It is beautiful wood but very soft.  I had to build extra-deep jambs and sill for my bathroom window to accommodate shimming the wall out for the shower plumbing.  I went with 1×3 casing in the bathroom because the window and door are so close to walls that the 1x4s would’t fit.

Skirting and Taping

I decided to not flash the underside until it is ready to be moved again.  I’m feeling a little burned out and that seemed like one of the few steps I could get away with skipping.

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Turnbuckle from trailer frame to cement pad/rebar.  There are 2 on each end.

We made the skirting frame so it could be unscrewed in sections and moved with the house, should it ever be relocated or sold.  The bottom of the frame is pressure treated and just skims the concrete pad and the top is screwed into the floor joists.

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I cut more of the 3″ foam insulation to fit in the studs.  This foam job was a piece of cake compared to the house!

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I found some cheap camp-grade tongue-and-groove siding, painted it the color of the trim, mitered the corners, and screwed it to the skirting frame.  We left 2 openings on the backside for access panels.  The openings are 2 x 3′.  I made 2 insulated covers that sit within the openings and secure with hooks and eyes.  I still need to spray foam any gaps on the inside to keep the wind out.  I hope I don’t get any “swirl” nests under there!

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New miter saw stand I got for a steal at $36!

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I added a filler strip above the last tongue-and-groove board and then screwed on a 1 x 4″ trim board below my house siding.  I beveled the top of the trim board about 30 degrees to keep the rain from pooling on it.

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I am so, so, so sick of mud.

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We started taping 2 weeks ago.  I covered the screws and taped the inside corners, while dad did all of the other seams and corner bead.  Covering the screws was very easy.  I put 4 coats on them.  The corners were challenging.  I finally got the hang of it by the time I got to the last corner.  Then I had to learn how to mud over the tape and, sadly, I have to say, I never got the hang of this.  The corners are now a mess and will need much sanding and touch-ups.  Taping the loft in the bathroom was a whole new nightmare with gobs of mud falling all over me.

Cracking aside, I can see why most tiny house builders do not use drywall…  I never thought about what is actually behind the paint on a wall, I just thought of it as one smooth continuous surface.  It is a very long and intricate process to hide the seams.  Luckily, dad used to be a professional drywaller and assures me he can fix anything I’ve messed up.

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Don’t judge me.

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We finally set up staging to help with the higher areas.  It’s a pain to maneuver in such a small space but hopefully we’ll be done with it soon.  We hope to get the final coats of mud on this week and start sanding, then on to painting.

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I have lights!

An Unexpected Advantage

I was recently asked if dad and I’s relationship had changed for the better since starting the build.  It has.  This is, perhaps, the best and most unexpected advantage so far.  We didn’t have a bad relationship before but we weren’t as close as we could be.  My brother was interested in the same things as my dad, so they helped each other out with their projects and had a lot to talk about.  Mom is one of my best friends, so I never felt like I was missing out or lacking in that area.

On dad and I’s first trip to Home Depot, I remember being nervous thinking how awkward it was going to be sitting in a truck with him for 20 minutes with nothing to talk about (mom’s usually the one who keeps the conversation going).  Turns out it wasn’t so awkward, as we had the house to talk about and, over the subsequent trips, we branched out into talking about everything under the sun.

It’s not always easy working together, as I am very stubborn and he is used to building a certain way, but we usually work things out.  I usually see the logic in what he suggests, sometimes only after I’ve tried it my way and failed…  To his credit, he has allowed me to introduce new ideas and we’ve learned together.  He has also learned to relinquish control and let me do things on my own (not an easy thing for people in our family to do).  This is usually due to time or physical limitations on his part but lately I think it’s because he’s beginning to trust my capabilities.  To this, I throw back his well-worn phrase, “we’re not building a piano.”

I was surprised recently when someone asked what made me think I could build a house, like it was an unusual thing to attempt without any knowledge or skills.  That got me thinking about other things I’ve done in my life and it made me realize I’ve always felt that I could do anything I set my mind to without fear of failure.  I’m not saying I haven’t failed in life, I have many many times, but it doesn’t hold me back from trying something new.  I attribute this to all the strong people in my family, dad being chief example.  He has the mind of an engineer and has always figured out a way to make whatever he has needed.  I believe that mindset shaped my brother’s and I’s lives the most.

In closing…  Thank you, dad, for giving your time, which I know is priceless, and for being so patient.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you.  Happy Birthday!

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Moving Day

The house is on the slab!  I repeat, the house… is on… the slab.  It was a huge undertaking and I am so grateful for those who volunteered to help.

Earlier in the week dad and I put the tires back on.  They are not in the best shape and that was my biggest worry for the move.  We had to shuffle the order around because a couple of the tires rubbed on the floor joists.  If/when I move or sell the house I would definitely replace the tires and probably even the axles.

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Shoveling the slab for the last time.  Dad had me make the truncated-pyramidal blocks to go over the eye hooks on the slab so we wouldn’t blow a tire.

Our friend, Gary, came over with his tractor with a hitch ball mounted on the front loader.  The tractor did most of the towing, alternating between the front and back hitches.  We used dad’s plow truck and chain to help pull the tractor when the traction wasn’t so good.  We also used the chain around the front of the loader, hooked to the trailer hitch, and Gary maneuvered it to make small adjustments so we could line up the edges of the house with the edges of the slab.

Ken came back to help.  I thought the sheetrocking might have been enough to scare him off but he dared to come back!  It was a big help having someone there who knew the appropriate hand signals to give Gary so he wouldn’t have to guess at my miming skills.

A. Kelly was there to help document the move, which worked out well since mom’s camera battery died.  A. Kelly got about an hour’s worth of footage and I edited it down to only include actual movement of the house and then I sped it up to 4x the original speed.  There was a lot of hard work and running around that I left out of the movie for the sake of time.

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U. Les doing some heavy lifting.

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My brother, Mike, arrived with two of his friends at just the right time.  He thought our 9-degree weather was downright tropical compared to the -14 he left up north.

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Nancy and the safety supervisor watching from the window.  Maybe she got an indoor pass due to her Californitis…?  :oP

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A. Darlene and Carol Lee, hardy Maine women, braving the cold.

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Drain pipe too close for comfort.

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A. Kelly taking a movie.

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I just liked this action shot.

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Ta-dah!

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A feast for the cold and weary!  Subs courtesy of Carol Lee and donuts from A. Kelly.

 

All in all, it took about 2-1/2 hours to get the house situated.  All of the drywall survived with no damage.  I left my toolbox, the space heater, and water heater in the house during the move and they didn’t tip over!  Surprisingly, all of the tires stayed intact.  We’ve since taken them off so we can insulate and skirt around the bottom of the house.  The trailer frame is supported by 2 cinder blocks topped with a 2 x 12 x 12″ board at 8 points around the trailer.  It is secured to the slab with 4 turnbuckles, from the eye bolts in the slab to the U-bolts in the trailer frame (I’ll get a picture of them for the next post).  Next up is flashing and skirting the underside and taping the drywall.

Thanks, again, to all who gave their time and support!

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The safety supervisor approves this move.

Shower Base and More Drywall

The installation instructions for the shower base said to install it in a bed of thinset.  This did not match up with dad’s installation plan so we called our cousin, who knows about such things, to get his advice.  He said it would take about a month for the thinset to harden and, instead, suggested we use construction adhesive or silicone under the base and screw the lip to the studs.  Another cousin o’ mine and his wife visited for the weekend and I ran it by him, whether he would use adhesive or silicone, and he said he would go with silicone.  His wife, trying to shine an objective light on the subject, hinted that he may have an unnatural predilection for silicone that bordered on obsessive…  Neuroses aside, silicone did seem like the better choice.

Dad and I liberally applied silicone around the support rings on the bottom of the base and then emptied 2 tubes of silicone inside the circles for good measure.  We then countersunk stainless steel screws in the lip of the base to the studs.  We were a little worried afterward because there was a lot of flex in the base and a bit of a gap between the floor.

We installed DensShield tile backer board over the lip of the shower base on both sides.  I had bought more green board (mold- and moisture-resistant drywall) than we needed so we used it wherever it fit.

It turns out I’m not so horrible at using the screw gun…  the screws I had bought were too long and almost impossible to set perfectly.  I swapped them out for shorter ones and took over the job of screwing while dad did the cutting, which went much faster.  It took us about 2 days to install the shower base and drywall the rest of the house.

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Apparently, the blogtographer was having an off day…

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I ended up having to take the sheetrock out of the closet so I could shim the back wall another half an inch because the PEX that went around the corner to the washing machine hookups was jutting out and in the way.

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Openings for medicine cabinet and cupboard.

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Sink supports.

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After we had most of the drywall done, we realized we had forgotten to install the shower drain before we set the base.  We both felt like idiots.  Dad had even asked if I had the drain on hand to see if it lined up, but neither of us thought about how the drain has two parts and that one of them screws onto the bottom of the shower, before we secured it in place.  I thought maybe I could slip the ring between the pipe and base from underneath the trailer but the hole was in the area of the triangular braces at the front corners of my trailer and too small a space to maneuver anything.  While I was under the trailer I wrapped the shower trap with pipe insulation.  Since my first plan didn’t work, I thought maybe I could take the tile board off and unscrew the base and, perhaps, pry it up…  We never should have worried about the base not being tight to the floor…  there’s no way of budging the base now, it’s solid.  So, I put the screws and sheetrock back up.  Luckily I found this nifty little product, WingTite Shower Drain, where I can install the drain from above.

 

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I’ve been told I could heat the house with a match, a lighter, a candle, a light bulb, etc…  I don’t know if any of those would actually work but this little space heater has been doing an excellent job.  I keep it set to 55 degrees and it is quite comfortable, even with all the vent openings not sealed yet.

We are scheduled to move the house to the slab at the end of the week.  We could have moved it last week but it was too warm and muddy to drive out back, very strange for February in Maine.

Door, Duct, Drywall, and Destiny

 

Dad and I put the door in, finally.  I added the hardware and spray foamed around the door and windows.

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I had to shim the back of the closet out half an inch to accommodate the washing machine plumbing in the wall.

The safety supervisor finally had his gallbladder removed and we took the day off to accompany him.

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Result of getting up at 4 a.m.

Unfortunately, he had to be admitted back to the hospital later that evening due to postanesthesia/narcotic complications.  He was kept an extra day for observation and pain management.  Mom spent the day with him at the hospital and dad and I thought we could hang the drywall ourselves… we were wrong.  We started with the ceiling on the high side and, even with the drywall bench at the highest setting, I had to stand on my tiptoes to hold my end of the sheet up and dad had to hold his end up whilst operating the screw gun.  We got 2 sheets up and decided it was too dangerous to continue on our own.  The safety supervisor would be so proud of our risk management skills in his absence.

I installed the kick board.  I searched the web and could not figure out the technical term for this.  It is not a kick plate, sill, sill plate, or threshold.  Kick board seems the best fit but now I am very curious if this is correct.  If anyone knows, please tell me!

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The next day our friend, Ken, graciously came over to help with the drywall while mom and A. Kelly tended to the safety supervisor.  We also used 2 “deadmen” to hold the sheets up.  We were able to get the ceiling and upper wall sheets hung in the main room.

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This week we tackled the ceiling in the bathroom.  I connected the duct work for the bathroom fan and spray foamed around the opening, and shimmed the shower walls out a 1/4-inch to line up with the lip of the shower pan.  We knew the loft area was going to be a challenge and decided that, between the two of us, I was probably the better fit…

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A little too snug…

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Dad trimming as the recovering safety supervisor returns to light-duty work.

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No, take your time… It’s super comfortable balancing my shoulder blades on this 2×4…

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A much better fit!

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I have to say drywalling is not my forte.  I have a terrible time lining up the screws to actually hit a stud.  PLUS, I do not enjoy sheetrock dust in my eyes!  I don’t know how dad did this for 15+ years.  He’s a little frustrated that it has taken this long to hang 9 sheets when he used to hang 100 sheets a day.  I keep reminding him he doesn’t do this every day anymore and his new helper’s qualifications are nonexistence.

Once the drywall is hung, we plan to move the trailer down to the slab and then we’ll start the mudding and taping.

 

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Last night’s “fortune” – How’d they know?!

Metal Roofing: Not as Easy as it Looks

After watching tons of YouTube videos, I felt confident I could do the roof by myself in a few hours.  Silly, silly me.

While dad was working on running the vent pipe through the walls and up through the roof, I pre-drilled the eave trim and folded the ends.  The metal eave trim ended up covering the entire eave fascia, so all the painting and mitering and worrying about the fascia being perfect was for naught, but I’m okay with that.  I did end up being a few feet short of trim on the back side and now I’m stuck waiting for another piece to be delivered to Home Depot.  I decided to continue with the roofing and, hopefully, I’ll be able to slide the piece in underneath when it comes in.

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Eave trim.

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Trim installed.

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Missing section.

I bought a cheap metal-cutting saw blade at HD to cut the roofing panels and it mangled the ends.  Luckily, the cut ends will be under the ridge cap.  The panels were 10′ long and I cut them down to a little over 9′ and I saved the remainder of the panels for the front overhang.  Mom helped by holding the panels as I cut.  She’s not used to working with metal and acted like every spark that flew was me trying to permanently scar her.  So, having to periodically check her for imagined burns and bleeding and having to work with an uncooperative saw blade, made it take a lot longer than expected.  I cleaned up the burrs with a hand file (sorry, neighbors, for that awful annoying noise) and pre-drilled all 9 panels.  I broke 4 drill bits in the span of an hour, a new record for me!

On rainy days I was able to get some Christmas shopping done and even saw the doctor about the numbness in my hands.  Apparently I have peripheral neuropathy as a result of nerve compression from a freak case of arthritis I got back in May (long story, I’ll spare you).  Prognosis is good, the neuropathy should resolve once the arthritis finally goes away.

On Christmas eve my brother and his wife, my niece and her mom, mom, dad, the safety supervisor (who had the night off), and I exchanged presents and ate lots of cookies.

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Santa brought me a new toolbox, he knows me so well!!

Christmas day was sunny and in the high-50’s, perfect roof weather!  This is completely unheard of in Maine but I’m not going to look a gift horse in the mouth (what does that even mean?!).  Two days later, it is snowing as I type this.  Lucky for me, my sweatband can double as ear-warmers, I’m ready for anything.

We only had to trim a couple inches off the side of the first and last panel to center the ribs on the roof.  Dad used a pneumatic nibbler that was pretty slick.  If only that would’ve worked across the ribs…  According to Metal Sales’ installation instructions, we were supposed to lay a strip of butyl tape along the length of the roof where the first screws were to go, then a foam strip on top of that, another strip of tape, the panel, and then screw down through all the layers.  This was fairly impossible.

I had snapped a chalk line where the top of the tape was to go, which was a feat in itself.  Don’t ask dad about chalk lines… or do, it might be entertaining.  Then, to put the tape down was more of a guesstimate, as the paper backing extended over the tape edges, obscuring everything.  Then there’s the corrugated foam strip…  foam is stretchy, metal is not.  I thought I had laid out the foam nice and straight but the metal corrugations only lined up on the first rib.  Apparently some foam goblin rearranged things willy-nilly the minute I turned my back.  Dad was on a ladder at the peak end and mom was on a ladder at the low end trying to keep the panels straight with the same amount of overhang, which was more or less 3/4″, while I was on the roof screwing down the panels.  Now, assuming you didn’t spray your house for foam goblins, I highly suggest a universal foam closure strip if you are installing a metal roof and you’re not a magician.  Mom tried to adjust the foam ribs on her end as we went but it was futile with all the tape.  Another good suggestion, courtesy of mom (sorry we didn’t listen sooner), is to keep the backing paper on the tape until you have your panel in the desired position and then pull the paper off.

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Once again working on the roof in the dark.  Of all the places you shouldn’t be after dark… we’ve now done this twice.  It must have been past the safety supervisor’s bedtime.

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Headlamps are our friends.

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The next day, I put up the panels on the short end.  This time I laid the first strip of tape across the entire roof but added the foam strips with each panel, adjusting as needed.  I also put the top piece of tape on the backside of the panel itself, lining it up with the pre-drilled holes.  I don’t know if this will somehow affect the integrity of the roof somewhere down the line but it sure was a whole lot easier.  I had intended to run a strip of tape along every seam, where the panels overlap, but, with as much trouble as we had that first day, I just didn’t have the patience to add another element into the mix.  This extra step wasn’t in the instructions, anyway, so hopefully it won’t make a difference.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get the gable trim, ridge cap, and vent boot in place before it snowed.  Hopefully that doesn’t hurt anything.  It’s supposed to be sunny tomorrow and I hope to get everything on before the storm on Tuesday.  We didn’t get around to putting the door in, so it looks like I’ll be tarping again.

Besides installing the vent pipe, dad also made a bracket for my bathroom sink to mount on the wall.  We’ve also been cleaning up and getting the yard, garage, and driveways ready to plow/snowblow.

Happy Holidays!

Siding, Trim, and Wiring

We didn’t get as much done as we had hoped to after Thanksgiving.  The screws I had bought for the siding were too short and we had to send mom out to get longer ones.  Then we ended up running out of screws on the last lower panel.  It would help if screw manufacturers would put the quantity on the package and not just the weight.  While I’m griping… Ryobi and Snap-on are obviously prejudiced against women.  It takes me 5 minutes, both hands, and both knees to wrestle the battery out of their tools and chargers and I’m not exactly petite.  I’d like to meet the ape-handed man who designed them…

We got the bottom part of the siding up all around the house.  My brother and his wife were here for the holiday weekend and he built returns at the eaves to transition around to the gable side (or vice versa… I still don’t fully understand it all).

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Dad taking a break for a leftover-turkey sandwich.

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Mom ran silicone around all of the windows.

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We have my brandy-new sister-in-law, Jess, to thank for the pictures.

During the week, I added Z-flashing to the tops of the siding panels to keep the rain out where it meets the upper panel.  The flashing leaves a 1/2-inch of metal showing over the bottom panel.  I guess some people cover this with trim or incorporate it into a board-and-batten look but I kind of like it exposed.  It’s shiny and clean and doesn’t really stand out too much from the light gray paint.

I cut the panels to fit the upper part of the house and screwed them in.  I had some trouble with the first two lower panels we installed.  The gap was bigger at the top where the two panels overlapped and I couldn’t line up the upper panels.  I’m still not sure how this happened but I think the trailer tongue might have thrown us off.  Luckily, my aunt was over and I wrangled her and mom into doing the heavy lifting while I unscrewed and leveled the bottom panels.

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Mom caulking around the upper windows.

I had planned on going with a vented vinyl soffit but I wasn’t really sold on the look of the vinyl with the T1-11.  My brother helped me brainstorm another option and I decided to go with a continuous strip of vented aluminum framed by wood trim.  There was a lot of trial and error as mom and I tried to figure out the best way to attach it.  My brother had suggested I add nailing strips at the rafters, which I did but I think I should have gone with wider strips so they were better secured to the rafters.  I stapled aluminum screening to the underside of the eaves to keep the bugs out.  Then we stapled the aluminum vent to the underside of two 1×2 trim pieces and I screwed each of the trim pieces to the rafters.  I ended up using the nailing strips as support to keep the vent and trim level.  I added a strip of 1×2 below the soffit for extra support.

I trimmed around the windows with 1×4 cedar boards and mom, once more, did the caulking.  She, too, has joined the We-Hate-Silicone Club.

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Safety Supervisor modeling the proper cold weather work wear.

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I finally broke down and bought some overalls.   And the neighborhood heaved a collective sigh of relief that they no longer will be subjected to over-exposed skin as they drive by.

The soffit on the gable ends is 1×6 cedar boards, as is all of the fascia.  The corner boards are 1×3’s abutted to 1×4’s.

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I’m a little concerned I might develop a taste for metal…

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The past two work days have been bitterly cold, in the 20s, but the next few days are supposed to be in the 40s and 50s and I hope to get the rest of the outside work done.  I still need to finish up the trim on the other gable end and install the door and roof.

 

I am adding an addendum…  I just realized the title includes wiring and I never mentioned it!  The electrician has all the wires run but they aren’t connected to anything.  I will be adding separate posts for the plumbing and wiring once they are finished.

11/26/15, I’m Thankful to be Done Cutting Insulation

I’m pretty sure this was the pilgrims’ sentiment as well.  Kidding aside, I have much to be thankful for this year and it’s very humbling.  I don’t know what I would’ve done if my parents hadn’t agreed to help me with this dream.  They’ve gone above and beyond what I ever could’ve expected, giving their time and health and experience.  I am also grateful for family, friends, and neighbors who’ve offered help and tools and support.

I will be adding a separate post on plumbing very soon.  I filled the voids around the PEX in the floor with 1-inch foam and glued down the subfloor.  It’s so nice to have a solid floor to walk on again.

Last week we put up the interior walls for the bathroom and closet and made a small loft over the closet and washer and dryer for storage.

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The temperature has dropped significantly (even down in the 20s a couple of days) and we got our first snow last Saturday.  It has been bitterly cold working in the house.  I’ve tried using a small electric space heater and it’s fine for warming your feet but doesn’t heat the air.  I think the work  light gives off more heat than the heater.  Of course, my door consists of a holey tarp, which doesn’t exactly help.

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I’ve been consistently plodding away at insulating and finally finished up last night.  For the ceiling, I put a layer of the 3-inch foam against the 1-inch furring strips and held it up with finish nails.  I filled in any gaps with spray foam and then added a layer of 1-inch foam and filled any gaps in that with spray foam.  This may be overkill but I wanted to snug it up.  I still have 3 bays to fill, where the lights go, I’m just waiting for the electrician to wire everything.  For the walls, I pushed the 3-inch foam to the sheathing, which will leave a half-inch space between the foam and the drywall, and then I will seal around the edges with spray foam.

I ended up only using about half of the amount of foam I originally purchased.  Definitely overestimated on that!  I will be using some of the sheets for the skirting and then listing the excess on Craig’s List.

I’m still waiting for the feeling to come back in my thumb but it has returned to my other fingers.  Unfortunately, my right thumb is now numb, as well, but I have high hopes for things going back to normal this week.

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We hope to put the siding up tomorrow and I’ll be working on the trim this week.  Hopefully the wiring will be finished this week.  We are optimistically planning on moving the house to the slab next weekend.

In conclusion, I’d like to wish everyone a happy thanksgiving and thank you for your encouragement!