So I have been trying to make a final push on my tiny house, but I’ve had some delays with a window. One of the things that I realized the other day was that there was a really important “tool” at my disposal that I’d never really thought of and frankly, at first didn’t realize I was even using. It isn’t a traditional tool, but I’ve found it has been invaluable during this process. The best part is that you have several of these in your possession already.
So what is this tool? It’s a chair for thinking.
There are times in your build that you find something that stumps you, there are times where you have discovered a mistake, or there are times when things aren’t going your way. Enter a chair to sit in and consider the problem. It seriously have been invaluable, sitting in that chair, staring at the problem with your plans in your lap, you work it out in your mind.
A perfect example of this was when I went to put in my collar tie beams for the loft. I cut them to the correct length, put it up on the top plate and notice there was some wiggle room. At first I freaked out and thought I had cut the beam short, but after remeasuring I realized it wasn’t them. What had happened was over the span of the wall, the center had bowed out slightly with the weight of sheathing. The left side was bowed out 1/8th of an inch and the right side was out a 1/4th of an inch at the top; the bottoms were spot on.
Now at this point I had to figure out how pull the top of the walls inward the correct amount. This is much easier said then done, because these walls now are secured firmly and are very strong. I also had to pull one wall in more than the other.
So I sat down and thought about the problem, several ideas came to mind, but after a while an elegant solution emerged. I didn’t want to put holes in my floor and I noticed one important thing. I had to bring one wall in twice as much as the other. So I went to the store and bought a huge eye hook and fastened it halfway up the wall into a stud in the center of the bow. From there I connected my trailer ratchet strap to the eye hook, and then to the top of the other wall.
What this did was allow me to pull the wall together, but since I fastened one side half way up the wall (the side I need 1/8th), it gave me a mechanical ratio of 1:2. Meaning I pull in one wall an eighth of an inch, I pull the other wall in a quarter of an inch, which is exactly what I needed! From there I dropped in my collar tie and fastened it through the outside of the wall to hold it in place. After securing all the ties, I released the straps and the wall stayed perfect.
There are times you will get frustrated, upset, maybe even mad, but I have found the chair to be an important thing to use to clear my mind and get to a solution. It has saved money, time and frustration; ultimately building a better house. So consider a chair as a valuable tool that you already have.