Added more plywood sheathing

I spent another half day at the farm this past weekend right before the storms blew back into northern California. I got a few more pieces of plywood screwed onto the exterior of the house.

The only wall left is the back wall and then I’ll trim off the bottoms of the plywood where they run too long and cut the wheel well openings. The trailer has no fenders like you see on so many tiny houses built on new trailers so I’ll need to frame the wheel openings in with wood and cut the exterior wall sheathing and siding over the wheels in arches to make it look right.

I’m still on the lookout for the right kind of roofing. I’m holding out for corrugated metal roofing. I hope to finish the roof before moving onto the siding.

8 thoughts on “Added more plywood sheathing

  1. Yay Michael!
    This will be a great tiny house when completed and I hope you will see it thru with the enthusiasm you had during the early progress of the project. And I’ll bet you’ve made some helpful refinements in your plan, too. Great job! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. For the past several years I have been saving tin cans with the hopes of using them as shingles on my roof. My Dad gave me some electric tin snips which makes the job of cutting them up a lot easier. So far I’ve just been flattening them with my feet. I’ve been eying pasta makers as a possible quicker flattening machine. Heating contractors and others who work with sheet metal have very nice machines for rolling and flattening metal.

    I’ve looked into what kind of paint they put on tin roofs. It has a zinc coating. I don’t know if the zinc in pineapple cans is enough to resist regular rust. The cans seem to rust quickly enough if you open it to air while the high acid content juice is still in the can. It might be possible to galvanize cans using discarded chrome parts from cars.

    The next issue is how to attach them on the roof. I was initially thinking about just shingling the roof like you do with cedar shakes, but a flat piece of metal has the potential to be bent in a strong wind, although several layers might prevent that. So I’m thinking of creasing the edges and interlock them together. The advantage of that would be that I would need few cans for the same area. But to crease the cans I would need access to a sheet metal bender.

  3. Thanks Maria.

    I’ve had a lot of the same thoughts on the long term durability of using cans. I love the idea but I suspect some used corrugated metal is the final route I’ll probably go.

    If you do something with cans I’d love to see/hear how it turns out.

  4. Hello Michael, I thought this might help…check out “Pheonix Commotion”. They have a lot of good ideas for recycled materials to use on houses. There is also a youtube video. I’m sure they won’t mind if you “borrow” a few of their ideas. :P

  5. Salvaged insulation panels from refrigerated tractor trailers fit perfectly inside the pallets – just cut to fit! Super lightweight. We built an insulated goat barn with 2 wings using these units – it’s just too easy and sensible – hoping the idea catches on and these bulky panels are kept out of landfills.

  6. Is there a later progress report? Just stumbled onto this and would love to see the end result. Very cool project,

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