July 22, 2012 – We started framing in our first wall this weekend and of course in the process discovered another goof-up. Well, it wouldn’t be homemade if there weren’t some mistakes right? That’s my mantra I try to repeat to myself when frustration sets in.
In past blog posts I talked quite a bit about the welding that needed to be done on the trailer. After many delays with the welding aspect, we finally found a welder who was able to get the job done. Prior to the welder starting, he asked us to measure out how long the all thread rod needed to be and give him the measurement. In order to do this, we put one of the pieces of all thread rod through the drilled hole in the subfloor and set a 2×4 next to it. We then put one of the Simpson Strong Tie connectors on the all thread rod with the mounting hardware and measured to a point where we had 5-6 threads exposed. This would be how long the all thread rod would need to be in order to go through the bottom plate of our walls and into the Simpson Strong Tie connector.
Here is where is gets frustrating. We started on the back wall of the tiny house this weekend. The back wall is designed to have a 2 – 2×4 thick bottom plate, as opposed to the side walls that have just 1 – 2×4 bottom plate, making the pieces of rebar too short to mount the Simpson Strong Tie connectors. This discovery was disheartening to say the least. Our project was started two months later than we would have liked trying to prepare for the welding portion of the project and find a welder only to now realize that after all that time we screwed up.
Well, like my brother told me during our last episode of frustration, all of our mistakes can be fixed. Today, our friends, Kirk and Tami flew into Marquette for a day trip (Kirk has his own plane!). We picked them up at the airport and before going out to lunch, we brought them to the build site. Kirk has a lot of welding experience and came up with a good fix for our goof. His solution was to cut the rebar shorter, use some permanent loctite and a coupler and piece together another length of rebar to make it the right height. Thank you Kirk! It’s so nice that we can fly out consultants for the project! 🙂
In the meantime, we built our first wall. This wall was pretty straight forward. We were able to follow the plans and other than building it as a mirror image to the plans, we did not have to make any changes. We did discover, once the wall was finished and standing up, that the window is a little lower than we would have liked. For my 5′ 3″ height, it’s fine, but it’s a little low for Pete’s at 5′ 10″. Luckily it’s only the bathroom window and the other windows will be higher up on the wall. The final touch was adding a CS-14 strap along the wall. The plans call for this and we’re thinking it’s for added support for tornado-like conditions when the house is pulled down the highway.
Next weekend we’ll start on another wall and fix the rebar situation.