Thursday, October 18, 2007

Insulation Installation

I'm not a carpenter - but I can kinda make stuff up. I can measure some things and cut some things, so that's what I did. Matt Klopp has some more experience and he spent a little time showing me how it should kinda sorta work when he was down from Vermont. Today, I picked up where we left off, and wound up installing the majority of the insulation that I'll need. I used 1 1/2" foam board insulation. The studs are screwed right into Truck House's walls. There are big gaps that are going to be filled in with spray-foam expanding insulation. It looks like yellowish shaving cream, and it expands into the gaps. If you get some on your finger, don't touch your eye an hour later. Aside from that, it's very user friendly. If I was a little more experienced, this might not have taken so long. It took me a good number of hours to get to the point where you see me in these photos. I hope to have all of the insulating wrapped up, and have sheets of wood installed over all that very soon. The hard part is over. Now that I'm re-acclimated with the use of saws and tape measures and sharpies, the sky is the limit.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

The door is installed!

My brother in law, Karl, has tools and knows how to do stuff with them. It's a good thing too, 'cause I was pretty worried about cutting a big hole in something that I want to call a house. He claims it was fun - and that might be - but if he wasn't married to my sis, Cathy, I don't know if this job would have gotten completed so easily.

The door is fantastic and I think it looks great. It's just what I wanted. We chopped out a big hole, fit the door into it, and screwed it in place with some caulk for waterproofness and good measure. Here are some pictures.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Door update

This is a quick update to announce that I got an entry door for Truck House yesterday. It's designed for use on an RV, which makes it pretty appropriate for what I'm going for. The picture is from the eBay auction. With shipping, it set me back $182. It has a screen door, and installation looks straightforward. Should be as easy as tracing the inside diameter, cutting a hole with a sawzall, and screwing it in place. Caulk for waterproofness. We'll see how easy it really is.