The Creation Begins with Destruction

The trailer has been re-located down next to the cabin. I've got the pressure-treated lumber to build the base. And if my motivation keeps up, I should have it framed in by the end of the summer. Hopefully.

Apr 26, 2011

Repair Work - Axle & Wheel-well

Spent yesterday morning taking the upward bend out of the front axle on the driver-side.  And hammering out the folds and creases in the wheel-well.

I hammered down on the top of that front tube ...
which brought the top of the front wheel inward - 
more aligned with the rear wheel. 

Here's what it looked like when I removed it.
This is NOT the way it is supposed to look.
So a LOT of hammer-work is involved to flatten and straighten it.

Look at all the crinkles in the metal.
This thing was in two pieces and folded up somewhat severely. 
Using a plastic hammer, I managed to straighten most of the that out. 

Although you can see it isn't perfectly smooth ...
it is flat enough that it went back into shape
and I connected the two pieces of seam back together. 

Here's what it looks like from the tire side of the wheel-well.
Lots of work hammering it "flat" on a 2 x 8. 

Zoey said it was a good thing she kept her wheel-well covers.
So I had to fix this one up.  In order to re-use mine. 

Apr 20, 2011

While I'm sanding & Painting

I'm looking at things like this materials list from the Sonoma Shanty plans that I purchased a year ago.  I'm looking at the stick-built version ... instead of buying more expensive plans.  Particularly since I don't need to run this past the Planning Commission. 

The Sonoma Shanty plans are for an 8' x 15' and I'm building an 8' x 20'
but they are really helpful.

As are the 8x20-tiny-solar-house-plans.pdf

They don't cover plumbing, electrical wiring, cabinets, etc. I can get books at Home Depot, Lowes, or Camping World for those.  But they do help in the basics of getting it framed up and dried-in.  And give me an idea of how much of what I'll need to buy to do exactly that.