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THE STORY OF ONE MAN'S EFFORT
TO BUILD A TEARDROP TRAILER

 
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BUILDING DIARY - PHASE 3
SIDEWALLS, INSULATION, AND WIRING   
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01/24/06 (14) Laid out side on 3/16" x 4' x 8' veneer. Cut off water heater closet door, made new door hole, cut hole for window. Epoxied wooden formers inside for strength. (2 hr/54 hr tot)
01/25/06

(15) Drilled doorknob hole, installed hinge. (1 hr/55 hr total)

01/26/06 (16) Ripped wood 1" thick X 1-1/2" wide for sidewalls. Did rough layout of sidewalls. Laid out cross-section of trailer.  (5 hr/60 hr total)
01/27/06

(17) Did exact layout of sidewalls. (2 hr/62 hr total)

02/06/06

Bought 9" roof vent $42.10. (Cost 42.10; tot cost 231.77)

02/07/06 (18) Cut and dadoed wood braces for both trailer sides. Drew scaled drawings of side bracing. (6 hr/68 hr total)
02/08/06 (19) Bought Gorilla Glue. Cut and dadoed wood braces for both trailer sides. Gorilla glued and screwed skeleton frames together. Each side frame weighs about 15 lbs. (Cost 14.36; tot cost 246.13; 6 hr/74 hr tot)
02/09/06

Bought 1/4" plywood (1), 1/4" Masonite (1), 3/4" pink foam (3), misc glue. Drew electrical diagram. (Cost 78.58; tot cost 324.69)

(20) Rough cut five 16" radius front bottom corners. Spray painted outline of bracing. (1 hr/75 hr total)

02/10/06

(21) Test-clamped side frames to deck, checked fit of porta-potty, propane tank, A/C unit, water jug, 5 18-qt. boxes and 3 7 qt. boxes. Rough cut three 24" radius top front and back corners. Sanded all radiuses to matching edges with Roto-Zip, sawed to right shape. Gorilla glued front top and bottom radiuses to interior plywood. (6 hr/81 hr total)

02/11/06

(22) Moved rear top radiuses back 6 inches to increase interior shelf space and Gorilla glued them to interior plywood. (1 hr/82 hr total)

02/13/06

(23) Bought waterproofing roofing compound. Stood trailer on its side, coated wooden bottom & boxes with roofing compound to waterproof it. Glued right frame to 3/8" interior plywood on unpainted lines. (Cost 19.23; tot cost 343.92; 10 hr/92 hr tot)

02/14/06 (24) Gorilla glued additional frame members to right frame. Designed and built fuse box. (6 hr/98 hr tot)
02/15/06 (25) Glued foam insulation and plastic/space blanket insulation in right side of trailer. Wired for top fan/top light switches. Right side weighs 51 lbs. (7 hr/105 hr tot)
02/16/06 (26) Spray painted outline of bracing. Glued left frame to 3/8" interior plywood on unpainted lines. Varnished right side inside. Trimmed linoleum edges and floor lids. (4 hr/109 hr tot)
02/17/06

(27) Bought 1 glue. Gorilla glued more frame members to left frame.  (Cost 2.70; tot cost 346.62; 3 hr/112 hr tot)

02/20/06 (28) Bought 1 foam glue. Glued foam insulation in left side of trailer. (Cost 9.34; tot cost 355.96; 2 hr/114 hr tot)
02/21/06 (29) Bought 3 caulk. Used soldering gun to melt channels in foam insulation for top fan/top light switches. Glued plastic/ space blanket in left side of trailer. Made 10 3" long aluminum angles to secure wall to floor. (Cost 7.70; tot cost 363.66; 3 hr/117 hr tot)
02/22/06 (30) Wired for top fan/top light switches, galley 12V and 110 VAC, and trailer tail lights. Glued plastic/space blanket in left side of trailer. Cut out window. Sanded trailer edges until they matched. Left side weighs 68 lbs. (7 hr/124 hr tot)
02/23/06

(31) Varnished left side of trailer. (1 hr/125 hr tot)

02/24/06 (32) Cut, screwed, and glued longerons for countertop, galley storage bottom, and suitcase storage bottom to interior veneer.  Same for rear of galley, lower rear of interior, and closet front. Did right and left sides. (5 hr/130 hr tot)
02/25/06 (33) Sanded squeezed-out glue from inside longerons. Put second coat of varnish on both insides. Put first coat varnish on other interior paneling. Test-fitted left side of trailer to floor. (5 hr/135 hr tot)
02/27/06

(34) Used jig saw and sander to remove 1/4" from each long side of floor, to get more tire clearance. Then removed linoleum strip 1-3/8" wide from long sides of floor and sanded adhesive off. Gorilla glued and attached both sides of trailer to floor with aluminum angles and 1" wood screws. (6 hr/141 hr tot)

03/01/06

(35) Trailer sides are now free-standing. Cut panel for closet front. (1 hr/142 hr tot)

 


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