Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tiny Pallet Home Part 2

Home Sweet Home?
Its been a while since an update on the tiny pallet home.   Temps dropped here alarmingly fast so work was accelerated quickly.   I wasn't there to document some of the process, but I do have some shots of it being built even if I dont have the specifics on construction.

In the last post the bottom part of the walls were constructed as well as the floor.   Next the upper portion was raised.  The pallets were connected like they were with the floor, a board was used to bridge them in the middle.

One side of the walls was dropped a foot to make the roof have an angle for shedding rain and snow.  Openings were left for a door and 2 windows.

Originally the idea was to add plywood sheathing to the walls to seal them up, but the cost was just prohibitive.   So more free pallets were broke down and the boards used to solidify the walls.   This would have taken forever if someone didnt lend us the ultimate secret weapon for breaking down pallets.

The CLAW.  This little tool in combination with a sawzall made it so much easier to take the pallets apart.  Just a little tapping and it slices right through the nails.  If you plan to make anything from pallets, save yourself a lot of headache and borrow or buy this tool.

Some neighbors had torn down an old building, and offered up some old foam insulation, and thick plastic.  Lots of people will be happy to give you the materials for hauling it away.   This was used to insulate and completely seal the walls.   They had some thin plywood that was in rough shape, but was nevertheless used for the flooring.

One thing you have to have is a sturdy roof, so a few sheets of osb plywood and a few new 2x4s (9 total) for lowes went toward that.   You could nail together pallet wood for the 2x4 but you dont want pointsof failure here.  Also add a roll of good tar paper for $35 since we wont be putting metal up there.

NOTE:  If you go to lowes, the stacks of osb plywood will have a top sheet on a stack that is painted blue or green on the broad side/top.   These are often discarded because they get swollen or damaged by rain.  But often you can find serviceable ones on top or they'll have them stacked up.  Don't be shy about picking through for the best ones!   They typically run 50% off, or $5 in this case.   The cashier may act dumb if they don't have them stacked and marked, but you can call for a manager and point out how different it is from the others.   So 3 sheets were bought.

The boards on the walls were nailed up to better keep the plastic tight, under the plastic is foam board (1/4 inch) that was donated.    Windows were also donated from the demolished building, but the door was made from more pallet wood.

The outside is pretty much finished, not the prettiest but it is definitely serviceable.   Inside, the remaining foam and plastic was used for more insulation.   More pallet would was used to create shelves, bed.   My old bed was split in 2 to create a tall desk and night stand.

Sorry I shot a little too high to see the furniture :(   Just rest assured, even tho it might not look fancy it is very cozy inside.   A Mr. buddy in there keeps it toasty.  Bathroom is the luggable loo. 

All thats left is the kitchen ;)

So for less than $100 and plenty of elbow grease, a little hustle, and you can have a shelter.  

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