I am beginning to move into the inside of my tiny house, to insulate and to put up the pine paneling. A little bit ago I put up some of the pine paneling on the interior wall for what will become the back of the closet. I had wanted to get back to the tiny house to keep putting up the walls, but some work pulled me away and then it rained, a lot.
The result was the wood paneling swelled up as it absorbed the moisture in the air. Before anyone ask, yes I did have the wood sitting out in the space to normalize, but with so much rain and the house not being climate controlled yet, the moisture did its damage. This also happened before I could seal the panels, so that didn’t help either.
You can see the wood had swelled so much that it tore itself free from the nails and bowed out majorly.
I guess the value of my mistake is to prevent this from happening to others. I just did a little wall when this happened. Imagine if this were to happen when someone just finished the entire inside! So how do I plan to prevent this from happening again?
- I’m going to make a concerted effort once I start to not stop until I’m mostly done with the main wall panelings.
- I’m going to choose a week where the weather should have a pretty even moisture level in the air
- As soon as I get the wall paneling up, I’m going to start sealing it right away. I’ll be trying Tung Oil
- I built a insulated temporary door which has weather stripping on it
The temporary door I built is pretty overbuilt honestly, but I figured if I was going to have a temporary door, I might as well do it right and honestly it only took me an hour. Now if I was building a tiny house inside or if the weather where I lived was even keeled, then this wouldn’t be an issue. In the past week here in Charlotte it has been dry-ish and 73 degrees and then three days later we had snow where it was 20 degrees. Its a nightmare for this type of stuff.
For the door I made a frame that fit inside my door frame and then attached a cheap piece of OSB board. The 2×4’s were $2.30 each (3) the OSB was $7 (1) Insulation was about $7 worth from a larger pack I’ll be using for the walls. So $20.90 for the door total.
Now many of you might be asking why I don’t just put on my regular door right now. The reason for this temporary door is that I decided to put the floor in near the very end of the build so I don’t scratch it. Since I decided that, I’m still feeling out what the actual final height of floor will be, I don’t know exactly know how low the door must hang. The door is made, but I want to put the floor in, add the threshold, then adjust the door height and hang it.
Here is the temporary door I made:
In the above photo you’ll notice that the OSB actually extends beyond the frame, this was intentional. I push this into the door frame and the extra OSB gives me a lip and something to mount the weather stripping to.
On the bottom of the temporary door I had the OSB go flush so that when I move it around the brunt of the force is on the 2×4’s and not on the OSB. This is because OSB is pretty fragile and it can break down.