Remember how in the hole-digging post I said that the key to good holes is a post-hole digger?
Well, the key to not giving up when you're framing is a framing hammer.
|Get a framing hammer. It's the big one on the left.|
Crazy, I know. A post-hole digger for post holes and a framing hammer for framing.
But for real. Don't try to frame walls with a wimpy little hammer that you would normally use to hang pictures and set nails. Or you'll do something crazy like run out and buy a framing nailer, which is what I nearly did. The hammer's almost as good for a project this small. Plus it'll give you sweet forearm muscles.
|That's 48 8-footers, 4 10-footers, and 2 12-footers to |
build the walls.
This video in particular, which did not feature a Canadian but instead a Jersey guy, I think, was the most helpful when I was trying to figure out how to build the roof trusses.
Even though I wouldn't need the trusses for a while, I built them before the walls since I had the big Bunkalow floor to use as a work surface. Then I set them aside while I built the walls. In the end, I wasn't able to put up the walls or trusses by myself, but together Scott and I got the walls in place and then lifted the trusses on top.
Here are my trusses. The two little ones in front are single trusses that go in the middle of the Bunkalow. The two doubles, in the back, are for the front and back of the Bunkalow roof. I wanted to create a 12" overhang on the front and the back but wasn't sure how to do it, so this is the method I came up with. I'm sure it's not right or standard or recommended by the pro's, but it worked for me!
To attach the trusses to the walls I used hurricane ties. I wanted to use the birdsmouth method, like the truss video and the inspiration house, but my math skills weren't up to the challenge, so hurricane ties won out. We've had one serious wind storm since the roof went up and it still seems to be hanging on...hopefully we're okay. They must be called "hurricane ties" for a reason, right?
My walls ended up being a few feet taller than the ones that inspired this build. It was a mixture of laziness and frugality and, well...laziness that led me to build 8' walls instead of 6' walls. I'm not 100% happy with my choice because working on walls that are 8' high which makes for a roof that is 12' high on top of a floor that is 5' off the ground in some spots? Slow and difficult. And frustrating. It's kind of impossible to put any of our ladders on the sloped ground outside the Bunkalow, but somehow I'm managing and haven't (yet) broken my neck.
The upside to 8' walls? Once I had them standing, I walked through the doorway and thought, "Crap, these walls are high. I'm going to have to add lofted beds in here so we don't have so much wasted space in the ceiling." And then the girls came home from school and saw the walls and said the same thing. So, yeah, now they have built-in lofted twin beds in the Bunkalow. Why sleep on the floor on a camping pad when you've got 12 feet of space above you?
But before I could build the bunks, I had to get a roof up on those trusses. That's Part Six!
Psst...see the rest of the Bunkalow posts here.