Another week has passed and the only work on the trailer was done on the weekend. Not as much progress happens when I work full time, but hey, I'm not complaining. It's just that working on the Tiny House is way more fun and gratifying! So all I got done was some frame bracing and installing one of the rear perimeter rails. Unfortunately, I am short one joint (20 ft.) of angle iron. I will have to make a run to the "metal store" and pick up another joint of angle iron. This will be all the metal I will need for the frame. Next will be floor joists and insulation under the decking. As usual, I have posted some pics below.
Here I am cutting some angle iron to length using my dad's plasma torch. It cuts metal so fast! He has all the cool tools. LOL
Here you can see the V shaped bracing in the center. This was installed to help take away the bend the trailer had in the rear (think fish tail to the right). The bend was minor but needed to be corrected. The other shots are of the perimeter brackets and the perimeter rails.
Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there!
I got to do a little welding today. I welded on the perimeter rails on the front of the trailer. It is made of 1 1/2" X 1 1/2" angle iron. This was a pain in the ass to get started because the frame is not really that square. I mean it's square-ish but there's really not anything to start from as a base line. The two main I-beams that run the length of the trailer are not exactly ruler edge straight. They appear really straight but it if you look really carefully they flex side to side ever so slightly. This was throwing us off for a while but we managed to get a straight base line to work from. Now that the rails are in line, the rest of the frame and frame work will be square. You know what they say about starting with a solid foundation, well in this case it is a straight and square frame.
Unfortunately, we have not been busy on our Tiny House. It has been a busy week and weekend due to the end of the school year, graduations and grad parties, and beginning of summer. Oh and I forgot to mention that I just started a new job. Actually it's my old job that I just got re-hired back on. So my dad has offered to do some welding and fabrication while I'm busy at work. He is retired and thrives on projects. He loves to build things. It's his passion. I don't have any new pics yet, and for that I apologize. I will post some as soon as I take some.
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So we got some welding done today! Welding goes fast but just like almost everything, the planning and prep work takes so much time. Measuring and measuring and cutting and measuring and aligning cannot be rushed. I am trying to make as few mistakes as possible. Welding is about as permanent as you can make something. We are going to use most of the side support/knee bracing that was originally on the trailer. On those, we will weld on a perimeter rail to support the decking and floor plate.
Tomorrow we will continue welding the rails and then fabricate some floor joist hangers. The floor joist hangers will be welded to the main support beams of the trailer. I'll post up pictures of those as we build and weld those. For now, enjoy some of the welding pics from today.
Being fully clothed in long pants and long sleeves is not real pleasant in 90 degree super humid weather, but "the juice is worth the squeeze".