The Wright Way – Tiny House Construction & Building Tips With Curt Lyons #1
I have been talking with Alex about doing a series of building tips for people building their first tiny house. Admittedly, I am currently building my first tiny house, however I have years of professional construction and teaching experience to share with you. I have built log homes, done historic preservation, additions, new construction and home repairs. I also started a company that specializes in helping home owners get involved in their own projects, knowing they have professional hand holding help. In all this time I learned a lot about streamlining a building process, building safely, problem solving, and helping people become more empowered.
As I began construction of my own tiny house and found myself taking advantage of what I already knew, as well as my own head scratching moments, it reminded me how daunting this process must feel to first time home builders, and it seemed like a great opportunity to be able to help. Many of these lessons, I learned the hard way, and would be happy to help you skip that path by learning from my mistakes.
Curt’s Tiny House Building Tip #1
So we’ll start with my first tip.
I often joke that I had to learn construction because I had a history degree, which wasn’t in big demand, “That’s great kid; can you swing a hammer?” One time I had leaned a 4′ level up against a wall in between uses, only to walk away and have it slide off the wall and hit the floor. Now this is not a good thing, since a level is a potentially delicate instrument that is worthless if it can’t be trusted to be accurate. Upon seeing the level slide to the ground, one of my carpenter mentors said, “You know a tool that is laying down, can’t fall down.” So in the case with the level it was best to lay it on the floor in between uses, or better yet put in a nail on a stud that the level can securely hang on, out of the way of being bumped, knocked over, or stepped on.
Think of this idiom, “Tools that are laying down, can’t fall down,” when it comes to using cordless drills as well. Some batteries are so big that the natural tendency is to stand the tool up in between uses. Yes I admit you’ll see me do this from time to time, but I have also had my cordless drill get knocked over onto its drill bit, snapping or bending the bit and costing me precious time when I realize I don’t have another bit that size with me, which means a trip to the hardware store.
So hang up your levels, and lay down your drills, so you can prevent them from falling over and getting damaged.
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