A Quest for Power

You flip the switch, the light comes on. Simple, right?

Thinking about all the stuff going on behind the walls to make that possible, though, is another story.

I’m really glad I bought the eBook, Shockingly Simple Electrical for Tiny Houses, so I could at least be familiar with the basic concepts of wiring before getting started.

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Helpful for understanding the basics and how to calculate how much amperage you need.

Tiny House Design & Construction Guide had a lot of good info on electrical systems and detailed wiring diagrams as well.

Includes 4 diagrams on how to hook up regular and three-way switches.
First, I needed to figure out how many light switches and outlets to have, and where to put them. Here’s a diagram of the electrical layout:

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MAJOR THANKS to Dad for helping me decide what supplies to buy and roughing in the wires to all the boxes, and to Jack for installing all the outlets and switches for me! You guys are the bomb 🙂

Here are some photos of getting it all set up!

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The first step was positioning and labeling the boxes.
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Then it was time to drill some holes!
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Drilling through the studs was touch and go at times. I managed to bend this giant drill bit somehow in the process!
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The perfect little tunnel for cords!
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Yay, wires! They look harmless here but I found out that wires love to get mysteriously twisted and can be really annoying to work with…
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Dad was the master at drilling holes to get the wires through impossible areas 🙂
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Wires loosely run to boxes
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Wires after being secured every 4′ and within a foot of each box. You can also see the propane lines for kitchen appliances in this photo (that’s a topic for a different day but thanks Dad for being the brains behind that operation!)
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Jack was a man with a plan and so helpfully offered to hook up my outlet and light switch “guts.” Thanks, Jack!!!!! 🙂
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Early in the wiring process
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Wires all secured and roughed in to boxes
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…And the same area with box guts installed!
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Dimmer switch for the future chandelier 🙂
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Double switch
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A new outlet nestles in its bed of insulation. I will be using spray foam to insulate around each box.
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And last but not least… the electrical box!
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With breakers and wires all connected!
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This will be where the outdoor extension cord will plug in to give us the power we crave! Thanks Jack for installing this box 🙂

Now I just have to choose light fixtures and get ready for the moment of truth… testing out the new system!

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Shaking it Up!

I’m so excited to share some photos of a much-anticipated part of the build… siding the Tiny House! I’d been dreaming about this for a long time.

I wanted to go with cedar shake siding because of its resistance to decay, light weight and ease/fun of installing. I decided not to stain or paint the shakes because I like the look of weathered cedar, so it just wasn’t worth the time and energy to me. Thanks very much to Dee at the Home Depot Pro Desk for taking the time to help me place my siding order and explaining how to install it- very helpful!

During one of Mom and Dad’s recent visits, we started the party. First, Mom cut the house wrap even with the bottom of the walls.

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Next, a cedar trim board needed to be installed around the bottom edge.

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Then, Mom got started with a double-row of cedar shakes, securing each one with two or three stainless steel nails.

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After that row we moved up the walls, leaving 8 1/4″ of each previous row exposed.

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The house is looking so pretty with its fancy new exterior! Here’s a gallery of photos from the siding process- enjoy! Thanks to Mom, Josh and Adam for helping on various days!

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We’re still working on finishing up the house’s weird triangle wall areas, so more photos to come, but it’s really been amazing to see the transformation!

I’m loving the new look! The Tiny House is looking more and more like a home 🙂

Porch Post Gets Some Love

This quick post is a shoutout to a very special lady who has spent so much time and energy helping with this crazy Tiny House project. Thanks Mom for all your help with roofing, windows, plumbing and electrical and for your endless patience during all that and through many long Home Depot trips (your favorite, I know)!

Anyway, also thanks to Mom, the porch post looks awesome now with a couple fresh coats of white paint. Yay!

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