Wall Raising

In the last two weeks, Kyle has figured out the problem with the self-drilling screws that kept breaking off when we tried to drill into the trailer frame. (Read about it in this blog.) After a visit to the lumber yard to find some self-drilling screws that worked, we discovered that the screws that Kyle had ordered online were pansies. If we had wanted to drill through a cardboard box or something, that would have worked. But steel… “No thank you – It’s the weekend!”

So he picked up the right kind of screw that was buff enough to get through our trailer frame. Screwing down the rest of the sub floor to the trailer was no problem with these guys. So note to self: go to Fastenal or your local lumberyard, tell them what you need and they will point you in the right direction.

This was Memorial Day weekend and a few friends joined us for the day of wall-raising. It’s funny how long it takes to get ready to raise the walls, but when it’s ready, all of a sudden you go from just a trailer with some wood on it, to a house frame. I admit it was a little surreal, and I was a little giddy…ok VERY giddy 🙂 I even got to give a few “grand tours” for people who stopped by.

I’ve been pondering how this little project is already promoting community. Already, it has stopped folks on their walk to ask questions or see progress, pulled friends and neighbors from their homes to join in on the building, created curiosity, and prompted thoughts on materialism.

A few final comments: Today, as Kyle and I sit on the front porch (of our rental house) and watch the rain that has been falling off and on all weekend, we are thankful for it. God is good. And even if the rain slows building progress, it gives us a chance to rest, take it in, and build community with each other, our housemates, and our friends who have so tirelessly helped us. I pray we keep that attitude this entire build.

My prayer for this process:

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. Psalm 127:1



One thought on “Wall Raising

  1. Lisa says:

    It looks like you have a really strong start there. I have been watching the tiny house movement bloom for a few years now. It seems to me that most people tend to live in only one room of their house. They make short visits into other areas, but spend the majority of their time in one place. I have a friend with a three story house who hadn’t been off the main floor since she bought the house 16 years ago. This year she wanted to open up the extra bedrooms to offer to people coming in for a wedding. Our home group helped her clean, but really, I don’t think I’d seen that much dust in my entire life. My friend now jokes about quitting her job and opening up her home as a bed and breakfast. The experience opened up a dialog among us about what we really need, and how when we try to fill that need with things we miss the things that are important. We’d mentioned it before, but that just put a structure around the whole idea.

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