We’re in the middle of five straight days of winds over 25 mph. I’m tired of it already, and it’s going to keep up until late Wednesday! I can’t really work on anything outside with this going on. I’ve tried but after about 5 minutes it feels like I’m being battered!
I did get the floor framing all done before the wind arrived though. Here is the floor flipped upside-down with 1/4″ hardware cloth stapled on. I used tons of staples so no little mousies can possibly find a way in! And I’m proud to say that the frame was absolutely square…the mesh went on straight in both directions. The hardware cloth was 36″ wide and since my floor joists are 16″ on center, it overlapped by about 4″ in a couple places.
Then my kindly neighbors Frank and Tracy came down and helped me flip the whole thing over. You could only do it this way with a VERY tiny house!
I attached the framing to the foundation beams with metal hurricane ties like this:
Next comes insulation. I’m putting 1/2″ of rigid foam between the joists, on top of the hardware cloth, then R19 fiberglass on top of that. I am not looking forward working with the fiberglass, especially since I can’t rinse it off. I suspect I’ll be gladly paying $5 to take a shower at the little store up the road! I am chomping at the bit but must wait for the wind to die down, darn it! Starting Thursday the forecast for the next 5 days is for light winds, but some heat, up to 85 degrees. I hope to get the floor all done so I can start building studwalls. Hopefully things will go much faster then.
I’m having a terrible time with the propane refrigerator in the camper. This wind keeps blowing out the pilot light, and by the time I notice it, everything in the fridge is warm. I’ve been trying to pay closer attention to it lately because I can’t afford to let the food go bad! It has happened three times already just today. I have stuff piled in front of the outside vent to try and stop the wind but so far it’s been ineffective. I’m tempted to just tape some cardboard over the whole vent but I’m pretty sure it’s there for a reason.
I have shelved the water tank problem for right now. I think the best way to deal with the oil in the tank is to borrow a trailer, wrestle the tank up onto it, and take it to a carwash where I can use hot water, soap and plenty of pressure. I have a 55 gal. drum that contained honey that needs cleaning out too. As much as I would love to have a good supply of water, I hate asking for even more help from the neighbors! I just hate not being able to do everything myself.
I have been waking up way too early. Roxie starts fidgeting as soon as it gets light, around 5:30 a.m. There’s only about 6 or 7 square feet of usable floor space in here but she manages to stomp around and make her four tiny feet sound like a hundred! The more I ignore her, the harder she stomps. And the really funny thing is, once I sit up or get up, she goes and lays down and can be content for up to an hour before I actually get around to taking her out!! She just wants me up. Man’s best friend? I think not.
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5 replies on “Wind Wind, Go Away”
Hi Janis, I can only say that I admire your ambition to get this done. I’m not sure I would want to do something like this, then add the frustration of your pilot light going out on the fridge. I wonder if there’s a problem with it and the wind is just adding to it. Even on windy days, the pilot light on ours doesn’t go out. A friend gifted us with one of those inflatable lights. We keep it in our fifth wheel. We haven’t used it yet, but I think it’s a great light for the grand kids to use.
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No, the fridge is fine when it’s not windy. Some people can run their fridge on propane while going down the road, but I can’t; the pilot goes out. So it’s something about my particular fridge, evidently.
Wow Janis! You’re amazing! So impressed with your determination. If it will make you feel any better, in Michigan we’ve been having high winds on a off during the last two weeks. Wishing you all the best for your new house you’re building to be a wonderful abode when you are done! Oh, we’ve bookmarked and have been using the old link you used to give out. Hope when we purchase items you get some monies from that! Jerry & Lisa
Thanks! But I think with A’s new rules, you have to use a product link in order for me to get credit, not the general Home Page link. Could you bookmark one of those?
Will try using a product link as you suggest!
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