This week I am working with a fabulous woman named Meg who has come all the way from Boston to participate in our T42 Build Blitz to work on exterior tasks like waterproofing, rainscreen, windows, trim, and siding. Meg plans to build her tiny house, starting this fall, with her dad who has been building most of his life. He's been boneyarding materials including an amazing door and some great windows in preparation for her build. It sounds like it's going to be an awesome little house! We started out the week on Monday with the assistance of Teresa, a Portlander who was in my Tiny House Considerations E-Course last fall. Teresa plans to build her tiny house in the next couple of years and situate it so that she can have a garden.
Our main project for Monday was doing touch ups on the R-Guard liquid-applied waterproofing system and flashing the windows. We first filled in gaps with Joint & Seam Filler and then slathered a layer of Fast Flash in the rough openings and around them on the exterior. It's similar to frosting a cake but very sticky work. Fortunately, there are no power tools involved so we were able to yak the day away.
Towards the end of the day on Monday we did a chop saw lesson as we cut down our bottom and middle trim boards so that we wouldn't seal wood we'd be cutting off. I'd much rather use those cedar planks for grilling fish this summer than send them to the landfill! It was so great to see Meg and Teresa getting a feel for this power tool and I was downright impressed by how quickly they braved up to it! Woohoo for power tool empowerment!
On Tuesday Meg and I sanded and oiled our exterior trim boards with OSMO One Coat, which is a stain and sealer in one that we picked up at Green Depot. It goes on with brushes and you spread the oil in as thin a layer as you possibly can. The boards we're using for the trim are salvaged, so they're rough in places and it was interesting working with them since the wood has so much character! Fortunately, we got into a rhythm with it and were able to spend most of the day talking, which was lovely. I am so delighted with how these boards look and how the OSMO makes the grain of the wood pop! While we were waiting for the boards to dry before flipping them over we made a trip to my favorite lumberyard, Shur-Way Building Center so we could pick up our cedar plywood siding and some lath for our rainscreen. We're on a roll and eager for our windows to show up tomorrow so we can start installing them!