Did some inside work while the weather was damp
Installed the tie down brackets to bolt the house box to the trailer. Then drilled the 1/2 inch holes in the 1/4 inch steel of the trailer frame to bolt through. We put in 10 of these.
Also installed hurricane ties to connect the rafters to the wall studs.
Insulated and sealed the fenders. Glued 3/8 inch foam to the fender. Also sealed along the joints between the walls and fender to keep out moisture.
Here is the interior with both fenders insulated.
In a dry spell between snow flurries, we installed one window to work out the process. Lots of steps in the current tape flashing methods, and lots of variations on those steps. Trying to combine the best of several methods.
The new exterior view with the first window complete.
Worked on getting the box weather tight. Cut out the window openings, applied the house wrap, and layed down the roof membranes. Hopefully it is water tight now. It will be tested right away. We have a week of rain in the forecast.
Discovered a panel cutting router bit. Great tool for this job. It follows the jambs around for a perfect sized and smooth opening. No recip saw needed.
Cutting out the window openings allows a lot more light inside.
Had the tarp on the roof, so we started with the house wrap, to get the side walls protected.
Covered the roof with water shield and a breathable membrane. Both are waterproof.
Major step, finished framing the roof. All the rafters and roof sheeting are in place.
Front angle view. Still a few pieces of plywood to put in place around the front window.
Side view, showing where we put water shield in the valley before we put the overhang in place.
The past few days, we have been working on rafters. Yesteday we got the plywood sheeting up on the rafters with a major assist from Amanda and Tyler. Thank you. Today we got those 8 sheets nailed down.
Here we had the rafters up for the lower roof secton.
Here are the large roof plywood sheets in place.
Got the ridge beam up today, and installed the loft floor framing to use during rafter install.
Ridge beam up. A 30 foot double 2x6. Quite a beast.
Loft floor framing. The wrapped beam will be the front edge of the loft as seen from the living room.
Lots of progress yesterday. Had to wait till this morning to take pictures as it was dark when we finished last night.
Almost all the plywood wall sheeting is up. We did get the top row on the back side done after this shot. Just a couple small pieces around the front window to go.
Then we rigged up a temporary roof as it is supposed to rain hard today. Our tiny in FEMA blue.
All wall sections are now up and much of the plywood is on
There is starting to be something we can call an "inside"
Had time to get anther 3 wall sections up today. Only 2 left.
Trailer tongue end of the bathroom side wall.
Trailer tongue end of the door side wall from the front.
Trailer tongue end of the door side wall.
Then the front wall at the tongue.
Too much over thinking, had to just get going. After supper we went out during a break in the rain and put up the first 3 walls. They look very tall. It started to rain again just as we started picking up.
Started with the back section of the bathroom side wall.
Then the back section of the door side wall.
Finally the rear wall to hold them together.
We have been working on framing wall sections the last few days. Divided the side walls (28 foot long) into 3 sections each so we could manage to move them. We have now framed all 8 wall sections. Waiting for a couple dry days in a row to stand them up.
This is the back wall of the bedroom, shown from the side
Then the side bedroom wall section, same on both sides, one window in the bedroom and another above it in the loft.
Working forward from the bedroom, the next section on the door side is the wall by the stairs, with another awning winow for the loft.
On the other side from the stairs is the bathroom wall section, loft awning window to the right of the photo, bathroom window near the top center of the photo.
The window openings are easy to see with the rain pooled on the tarp. We have since thrown a few sheets of plywood on the wall sections stacked on the trailer to avoid having to do so much bailing.
Framed a second wall section and moved the 2 sections out to the trailer deck. We will stand them up after we frame the next section so they can stabilize each other. The one shown on the back end of the trailer is actually the front wall that faces the tongue. The secton laying on the front end of the trailer will stand up on the far side.
Perfect weather today. Got all the plywood sheets of the sub floor cut and screwed down. Took over 300 screws, drilled into the steel frame of the trailer. Used up a dozen drill bits and 6 screw driver bits.
We used 3 steps for each screw, drill a small pilot hole with oil on the bit, drill a bigger pilot hole with more oil, then use an impact drill to drill/screw in the self drilling screw.
One drill bit apparently got so hot it bent.
We had a little time left, so we framed up the wall over the tongue of the trailer.
Got a good start on the sub floor plywood, 7 of 8 sheets placed.
First we put down sill seal, a thin foam layer on top of the steel trailer members as a thermal break.
Then we layed out the Advantech sub floor sheeting and worked out how to screw it to the steel frame. That is going to take a while.
Yeah! Spray foam is installed.
They covered areas that were not to get foam with plastic
By the time they started the second layer, the first layer was strong enough to walk on.
Here is the final look. Now on to sub floor.
Then they sprayed 1 bay at a time half the depth (2")
Foam got delayed a day, but the lumber got delivered. They hand unloaded into the garage. Very nice.
Winter is not giving up yet, but there are a few days above 50 now and the trailer is ready, so let the structure build begin.
60 degrees and sunny. Got all the piping installed and the trailer leveled. Ready for spray foam tomorrow.
Only part of the gray water drain and the water lines go under the floor. So, only those were installed.
This pipe is a conduit for LP Gas lines to be run later
Due to the pitch of the driveway, the tongue is now 3 feet high, and the back corner is only 18".
Wrapped it up to keep it clean until the foam is installed.
Snow delay. Mother nature put a 3 inch blanket on the trailer.
We had other commitments today anyway, but it was a little depressing.
Today was order materials day.
Started installing the few pipes that need to go inside the floor structure. This needs to be complete before the floor insulation is sprayed in.
Trailer arrived today. Now the fun begins.
The first job will be to wash it off. It was raining when it arrived.
We had to get a large snow pile moved to make room for it.
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