Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Learning Process

About a month ago, I had finished building a 20’x5’ roof panel and was ready to put it in place. I had called on a group of guys to come with tractors, jacks and trucks to help with the process of fork lifting this panel on to the top of my house. The past couple of days I had not been feeling to well, and on this particular day I was pretty bad. So I was sleeping in the car as people arrived and the 20’ panel was dragged outside and my house was hooked to a truck and moved so the tractor could get as close as possible.

When all was set, the panel was on the tractor, which was on a trailer bed - ready to rock and roll. One of the guys, a contractor walked into the house, looked around, and said “Ya know, I don’t think the structure is ready to handle the weight of the roof.”

This is where we run in to the limits of our knowledge and experience. Neither my dad or I have built a house before, let alone one on wheels. Also given we are building this structure out of new materials (Sing panels) and inside out and backwards it just wasn’t ready yet.

So at this point I was feeling even worse, a bunch of people had taken time out of their day to bring their tractors and trucks to help… and I wasn’t ready. A couple of the guys went on to tell stories of professional contractors and builders working on projects where the structure wasn’t ready for the roof and a three story building collapsed, or an entire wall slid off a house. This made me feel a little better, even professionals make mistakes.

After everyone had gone home and my disappointment had settled, I sat down and made a list of everything that needed to be done before the roof went up. Now I am almost through that list! Just a bit more research on using rods to tie walls together, and steel framed windows. I am hoping that within the next month the roof will start to go up.

Off to work,



  1. Hey!
    Just wanted to drop you a line to keep going on your journey. =)
    This is truly a massive undertaking, and you're doing an amazing job!
    My husband is a contractor, and he has so many hair-raising stories about people learning things like this the hard way. As well as squirmy, embarrassing, pitiful stories about having to tell people to come back, like what your described. It truly does happen all the time.
    Sounds like you are surrounded with people who love you, believe in you, and want to help you succeed.
    So I'm betting you WILL. =)