The Wedge

A Laney College Net-Zero Tiny Home

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Who needs a truck?!

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Design & Construction | 0 comments

Now that The Wedge‘s tiny house predecessor , The Dandelion” has been sold and moved to its new home, we could move The Wedge into a better spot in Laney’s construction courtyard. Rather than wait until truck could be available, the intrepid Laney Team rose to the challenge and gracefully rolled The Wedge into its new position. Cheers to...

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Tying Down the Roof

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Wall & Roof Framing | 0 comments

Our next project was framing the roof. Once that was complete, we received a lesson in the importance of tying the roof framing to the walls with structural metal clips. It’s easy to imagine how these will be in action when The Wedge is roaring down the highway on its way to the SMUD competition in Sacramento. It took many hands to install the clips...

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The Wedge Moves Outside

Posted by on Oct 10, 2015 in Design & Construction | 0 comments

With the walls framed, it’s time to move The Wedge outside to its next temporary home in the covered courtyard so we can continue construction. It will be parked next door to Laney’s previous Tiny House project, “The Dandelion“, which is receiving it’s finishing touches....

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1, 2, 3, LIFT!

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Wall & Roof Framing | 0 comments

After carefully checking that everything was square, we added several pieces of diagonal bracing and we were ready to put the wall in place. It was all hands on deck to stand the wall and carefully lift and move it into position at the trailer. More diagonal bracing once the wall was on the trailer and we could see the beginning of The Wedge taking...

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Framing the Rear Wall

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Wall & Roof Framing | 0 comments

It takes a lot of careful coordination to work as a framing team — especially when you are just learning to read blueprints and use your tools for the first time. And especially when you are building such a unique structure as The Wedge. We had to carefully measure to make sure we accounted for the framing going around the wheel well and at the...

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Insulation & Subfloor

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Insulation | 0 comments

We kicked off this Fall Semester with The Wedge by insulating the floor and adding the plywood subfloor.  We are using 3 1/2″ thick R-Max Thermashield rigid foam insulation for the floor, packed tightly between the 2×4 floor joists. The whole floor assembly is covered with 3/4″ plywood. We have lots of new students on hand this Semester to...

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Standing the First Two Walls

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Wall & Roof Framing | 0 comments

Now that we have the floor completed, we were ready to stand up the two walls that were previously framed. It took the entire class to lift the walls into place!! After making sure they were square and completely plumb, we added many rows of diagonal bracing to keep them in place. It’s great to see the wedge shape coming...

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Framing the Front Wedge Wall

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Wall & Roof Framing | 0 comments

Now that we have selected our featured windows for the front face of The Wedge, the class was excited to learn how to frame our distinct wedge-shaped wall. We are doing things a little out of sequence because we have not finished insulating the floor or installing the subfloor, but we really wanted to see how the wall would look standing on the trailer...

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Preparing the Trailer

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Trailer & Floor Framing | 0 comments

Before we could start framing the floor, we needed to prepare the trailer to provide protection from moisture, pests and road hazards. This was accomplished by installing sheet metal flashing. The flashing was applied directly to the metal frame of the trailer with adhesive...

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