Tiny House Build Weeks 19, 20, 21 (?) – Windows, Siding and Insulation

The weeks are starting to blur together, but here is some stuff that got done in October:

Windows got installed, and the outside trimmed including metal flashing above each one.

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Siding got started.

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this little doohickie is the exact measurement of the width of the board minus the 1″ overlap. Once the first board was installed level along the bottom of the wall, we were able to just hold these up on each end of the next board and nail it into place quickly. Because I used such low quality, thin lumber, after the first weekend I came back and Jerry pointed out that the boards were starting to bow out, so we ended up face nailing each one down on the lower, thicker portion. If I had it to do over, I probably would have overlapped by 2-3″ instead, as the weight of the top board would have kept the bottom one from bowing. We had so much extra lumber that it would have worked fine. But, c’est la vie and it looks just fine the way we did it.
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Originally this wall had the beveled cedar from edge to edge and we were going to put trim up on top of it, but people were consulted and it was decided it would look better/have less gaps if we put the trip up first and then butted the siding up to it, so Jerry trimmed down this wall and the rest were started with this new method.

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We had a work party to get siding done and insulation fluffed.

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the wool insulation is compacted and must be fluffed before installation into the wall


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I still have a ton of the 1.5″ rigid foam that was used in the subfloor, and not so much wool, so we put one layer of rigid foam with the foil side out on the outside of the wall, and then stuffed wool into the cracks and in front of it to best use what I have available.
the white fabric holds the wool inside the wall and the interior siding will go right over it
the white fabric holds the wool inside the wall and the interior siding will go right over it

Kyle got most of the wiring finished, including all the stuff that has to go through the walls (vent fan, porch light, electrical plug and exterior outlet).  Just have to finish a few small things and then of course wire in all the actual lights and outlets once the interior walls are done.

Kyle's little helper
Kyle’s little helper

At some point, Dad also took the door down and replaced the crappy purple jamb with nice cedar.  I didn’t seal the jamb before I went to Yellowstone and the wood swelled.  The door still opens and closes, but we’ll have to shave down the width a bit.  I didn’t take any pictures of this.

Here is a picture of Fingers getting hit by a nuclear submarine in Hood Canal his first day fishing which went viral on the interwebs.  Both of these things could only happen to Fingers.
Here is a picture of Fingers getting hit by a nuclear submarine in Hood Canal his first day fishing which went viral on the interwebs. Both of these things could only happen to Fingers.

I haven’t been spending as much time on the house since school started.  I’m 1.5 hours away, taking full time classes, making new friends, taking lots of field trips for my program, and generally starting to have a life again.

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Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone
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Old Faithful
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Yellowstone
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Conserving Wildlife bonding rituals, Camp Buffalo Bill, Wyoming
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Mt. Rainier field trip w new friends

Yellowstone was amazing… I didn’t bring my zoom lens (WHO DOES NOT BRING A ZOOM LENS TO YELLOWSTONE) but saw all kinds of beautiful and amazing things, like a confrontation between rival wolf packs, a moose taking a dip and a drink in the creek, a bear way too close to me just outside our cabin, an elk with gigantic antlers standing majestic and virile in the trees, ravens and lakes and trees and dragonflies and sunrises and the Milky Way.  I left Olympia for the trip knowing just a couple people in town, and came back 10 days later with a whole squad of new friends.  Olympia has been really good to me so far.  I stayed home this Halloween weekend for studying but next weekend we’re having another work party to get the siding and insulation done, and then moving the house to my backyard here in Oly on Sunday morning.  I am slightly terrified of this, but can’t afford to be out of town every weekend anymore, school and sanity-wise, and cannot frickin’ wait to have the house right outside the backdoor to work on anytime.  More after the move!

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