Our Tiny Home Bus Project: Putting in the Walls

Reader Contribution by Faithful Homesteader
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We have been making slow progress on our tiny home bus project. Finances really do slow us down and my husband was feeling bummed that we had not done more on the bus. We ended up with a little extra cash that we decided to put toward it. My husband decided it would be good to start putting up the first section of wall.

Projects like that are definitely foreign to me, but I have wanted to try new things. I always love to learn, so I was willing to help. I took shop back in the day. I can’t remember if it was middle school or high school. I am now in my 40s and wood shop was the last time that I had used any kind of power tool.

Being an active participant in putting up the walls required me to use a jigsaw and a drill. We bought cedar wood planks for the wall. My husband likes the light weight of the wood. He also likes the smell. Previously my husband installed the insulation so we were ready to put up the planks once we cut them to size. Once we measured, we cut the pieces down to 5 1/2 feet. This brings them right to the point where the walls start to curve toward the roof.

I cut most of the pieces myself after my husband showed me what we were doing. Unfortunately, I didn’t always do a good job of being totally straight. Fortunately, I didn’t need to be perfect since we are going to overlap the top of the planks as it curves into the roof. Anything that needs more precision, I will leave to my husband.

Next we were ready to put up the wall. We made our marks on the planks to drill the holes. Then we changed out to a smaller drill bit and put the planks in place and drilled a pilot hole into the wall framing. Finally, we manually screwed in the screws. I ended up doing the majority of the work since I was learning and it also kept me warm in the freezing temperatures. My husband was happy to supervise the whole thing.

It is definitely good to have a sense of accomplishment. I was glad to try something new and to be a part of the bus project. It is all new to me, but my husband likes the idea of us both working on the bus. Thankfully he has the skills to do what we need to do and he can teach me a thing or two.

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