Saturday, July 2, 2016

A Journey of a Thousand Miles...(Subfloor, Day 1)

...begins with one step. 

I guess, TECHNICALLY, I would say I took my first big step back in February when I ordered my trailer. And then another big step in April when I drove across the country to pick it up. However, since then, I've been working a lot and the weather here in Texas went haywire with crazy rains and flooding (and now the resulting battle with the Texas State Bird - the mosquito). As a result, my poor little trailer just sat. 

If I'm being completely honest with y'all, I think there was also a bit of a fear factor in the delay as well. Buying a bunch of supplies and actually puttin' in the work are two very different things. What if I couldn't make the straight cuts or the right measurements or what if I just didn't have the strength to get it done? Whatifwhatifwhatifwhatifwhatif????

Well, I'm happy to say that the delay is OVER! 

Although, it's officially summer with 90-100 degree days and crazy humidity, I sucked it up and got started on installing my sub-floor last week. It's tough working in the heat but with plenty of water and short, frequent breaks in the shade, I'm finding it bearable. I'm hoping all this sweating helps me shed some excess poundage too. 

Here is day 1 of construction:

Fascia boards all installed.

I LOVE these clamps. They make my life soooo much easier since I'm working alone most of the time.

All thread rods with fascia boards installed.

These all thread rods are welded to the trailer frame in strategic locations. The wall framing will be attached to these rods using hurricane ties to keep the house fixed to the trailer. The 2x4 fascia boards have to be cut so that they accommodate the rods and still lay flat against the metal frame. 

At the end of day one (6 hours total), all the fascia boards were installed and my trailer was ready for the sub-floor insulation. There were some small challenges. If you watched the time lapse video, you saw that I noticed my trailer doesn't exactly match the measurements on the plans. I had to go off plan some and do my own math. Eeek! 

Everything is working out great so far and this first phase of the project is giving me the confidence I need to keep it pushin'. 

Stay tuned for insulation installation. 

Thanks for stoppin' by!

-Big Jerm

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