4 Walls Build

If you want something to eat, you have to put on your pajamas, Arthur.

Just kidding.  I hope you like Dexter, because it’s COMING BACK 30 SEPTEMBER!

3 walls (out of 8) are screwed

I don’t quite know how I’m going to erect the walls once I’m ready to put them up, but I’ve started building them nonetheless.  Jess and I made some final decisions about the size of the bathroom, so I adjusted the SketchUp file accordingly.  I then went out and pre-cut all the lumber, to be ready to be assembled the next day.  Only a few of the pieces were twisted and warped, so only about 3 had to be re-cut.

I’ll be putting the three walls I’ve already done up on Monday, then I’ll start constructing the three walls that belong on the other side of the house.  My goal is to have all of the walls up by the time the windows/door get here.  I think they will arrive around this coming Friday.  I can do it!  Here’s some Tiny House porn for you.

Notes

  1. Pre-cutting your wall studs might lead to them warping.  I can’t prove this, but it happened, and the non-cut 2x4x8’s I have are still not warped.
  2. Per note 1, cut your wood the same day you’re going to frame it.
  3. Use screws, not nails.  Easier to remove if you make a mistake, and they hold things together better.
  4. Once again, it doesn’t have to be perfect.
  5. I learned how to frame a window (and door) here.

10 Replies to “4 Walls Build”

  1. About warped (or warping) wood: find wood that has been stored out doors. Since that’s we’re your construction is happening, if it’s straight when buy it (having been outside) it’ll be straight when you cut it and frame it etc. keep up the good work.

  2. Screws are great, but do not have any of the shear strength of nails, once you’re happy with the framing pound some good framing nails in. Moving these beast subjects the framing to stress and loads well over most screws design strength.
    Just try twisting the top of a nail off…

  3. From experience what does need to be perfect or as close as possible is squareness.
    When you have all the stud walls up be sure to spend plenty of time squaring corners, Triangulating diagonals etc. the extra time spent doing it now before you tie everything together with sheeting is time well spent. Everything flows into place a lot easier if the bones are level and square.

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