Siding started and gable closures to the rescue…


Saturday we picked up some redwood 2×4’s for the outside corners and spent most of our time trying get the hitch end ready for siding. Much of this involved sorting out the (more confusing than it probably ought to be) task of putting up lath. Each piece of 1/4″ lath is intended to be placed over one of the 2×4 studs in the wall framing, leaving a little space between the siding and the housewrap for water to escape.

It sounds simple enough, but by the time we got up the window borders and the redwood 2×4’s on the corners, the number of studs that hadn’t just been covered amounted to all of 2. And naturally these happened to be the two surrounding the window, which become no longer useful a few feet up when the borders start.

We ended up screwing some boards on the inside wall of the house along the windows and at each side to which we eventually attached the lath. This is accomplished by a nifty little tool called a stud sensor which, in theory, beeps to inform you when a 2×4 is present under the plywood. In reality, our sensor seems to be a bit confused and/or broken and either beeps all the time or refuses to do so, and the process was extended by a good while and several bouts of cussing. It was nearly dark by the end of the lath labyrinth, but we put up a few of the cedar siding boards to improve the aesthetic.

Sunday was a glorious sort of day. Not only did the gable closures I ordered for the roof finally arrive, but they happen to cover my uneven plywood issue so brilliantly that we have dodged the feared act of house sawing, and that will do wonders for making any day glorious.

We got all but the last one on, and they look so very nice over the redwood facias. My neighbor also came over to put the shiny electric plug thingy on through the siding. Technical term, you know.

Today marks the first where I have worked entirely on my own. Last night, my dad gave me a severe lecture on the use of the big circular saw and several other implements of construction, so I set off this morning with determination and a healthy fear of power tools.

I managed to problem solve my way through the little issues that came up and got the siding on all the way to the top of the window. It’s really amazing what you can learn when it’s important you do so! That said, some parts look slightly funky up close, but that’s why you start at the end least likely to have viewers 🙂


9 responses »

  1. Such amazing progress, Ella! Question about the electrical plug: had you already drilled the hole in the wall for that before putting up the siding, or did the guy who installed it drill the hole? Also, just to make sure I understand what that is.. is that the main electricity hookup for the house that goes to your breaker box?

    • The hold was drilled after the siding got put up. We figured it would be a bit of a nightmare to cut the boards around it and I’m glad we waited. Yeah, as I understand it, that will be the main hookup (attached to the breaker box) so with an RV connector thing and a big ole extension cord, it should be good to go! I’d also really like to figure out how to make it run on solar, I’ve got so few electricity draining devices that I think it could be powered by a few panels. Hope to figure that out!

  2. Ella
    A Rv store can get you set up with a12v dc system of a deep cycle battery, inverter and a couple panels you would plug small appliances directly into inverter.

    Another opt is to install a converter that attaches to your breaker box that would sense if 110 v ac is present and if not switch it automaticly to your 12v dc battery system. This would also run the 12 v lites and pump for a sink. Solar panels would keep the batts charged.

    While at RV store look at the stoves, heater, fridges- they will give you option of ‘fuel’ (120 AC, 12v dc, propane) depending on where the trailer is parked.
    I know this sounds overwhelming but go to an RV dealer and have someone walk you thru the inside workings of a popup camper. Bring your dad or someone who works on cars or boats.

    You are building a camping trailer in essence. We did this set up in our 14×16 cabin because of power outages. We gave you some other ideas in previous posts..

    Good luck,
    Suzanne and Jeff

      • You should send a demo harp cd to Jim Brickman, i know his brother in law and sister, but don,t think i have connections for you. i can also see you playing with alyson krause or lady antebellum. Oh,You can get ahold of Jim Brickman thru tracy silverman ( He plays electric violin– gotta check him out at his website.
        Do you play just classical or pop, folk, bluegrass, country? Any other instruments?

      • I play mostly traditional Scottish and Irish tunes, as this is what I studied at university. I also write songs that tend to be sort of bluesy though, and have recently taken up banjo to play old time sort of stuff. I used to play the flute, and can bash out a few notes on a piano but it’s mostly harp and voice for me. Hopefully I’ll get good on the banjo someday!

  3. Hi Ella, Just curious to know the amount of cedar siding you used for little yellow. We’ll be ordering our siding soon and if you’ve already calculated it, I figure I’ll save myself the extra work. Hope you’re settling in nicely.

  4. Hey Ella! Where did you get the pretty external hookups for Little Yellow? (Electric and water?) Were they from RV stores or a regular hardware store or? THANKS lady!

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