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Dale Hodgins
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This one isn't mine. It is being built buy a young woman who lives a few doors down for my daughter. It will be occupied on a part-time basis, by two women who go to music festivals and other events where it's nice to have a solid structure, rather than a tent. This will be a pretty simple structure, since it is not a full-time home.

She is a third-year carpenter apprentice so I expect it will be built to a reasonable standard. She has given me permission to document the process, whenever I see that something has changed. We exchanged names and I showed her all of my fancy cordless tools, but I have forgotten the name. In talking about the plan for lighting, I demonstrated my Makita and Milwaukee lights, that work just about forever on a charge. Some of these events involve walking around outdoor events at night, so they may mount some of these and forgo some of the lights that were planned. This will allow them to easily set up the lights outside or to carry them on excursions. She already has Makita tools and a number of batteries to go with them.

The trailer was formally loaded pretty heavily, and the Builder is keenly aware of keeping everything within safe and legal weight limits.

I have stumbled upon at least six small house builds, in my travels around the Victoria area. About the same number of people have come to my demolition projects in search of materials for something that is in the works. We have a shortage of rental units at the bottom of the market, and I'm sure that this is a contributing factor to interest in small houses.

Yesterday morning, I met at a different young woman who lives in a high top van with her dog. She has a very  simple set up that is partially based on a few  built-ins , and the rest is in Rubbermaid tubs. There was no clutter. She informed me that the city changed the bylaw a couple months ago, to make street camping legal. I didn't know this. I have done it on and off for years, without regard for what the suits want me to do. She is a mobile yoga instructor, who didn't like the expense of maintaining a permanent home, and work took her away from home often, so an expensive apartment sat idle. Now her housing cost is about $50 per month. The cost of keeping the van insured.
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A little more work was done this weekend. I will ask if she plans on any sort of gusset for these joints. Thin strips of steel, bent to shape, could give the joints strength without impeding the attachment of plywood sheathing.

The camper in the background, was built by the same woman. It proved impractical to take it on and off, so it is being dismantled. Some portions are being incorporated into the new trailer.
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Dale Hodgins
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There was not much progress for a few weeks, but now it is moving along again. The frame is complete and it's being covered. The wheels are being replaced with heavier ones, but the axle is strong enough to carry the additional weight.

I just finished a job where I tore down lots of shelving made from plywood. There were many metal connectors, that have been donated to this project. I was in the car with my daughter, and stopped off to deliver the bucket of connectors. When I got back into the car, there was a message from Habitat for Humanity on the radio, imploring us to donate so that others could create their own housing. My daughter commented that we had just done that, but bypassed the middleman.
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Nice!
 
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Looks a great job. One possible problem could be gravel stones flipped up into front window. A shutter to protect on the road might be worth the trouble.  Enjoy!
 
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not sure how much or how that loft s supported but the project looks pretty cool.   
 
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I'm glad she's a carpenter,otherwise I'd suspect the frame of being too fragile.
Shows how much I know!
Those angles you brought her are really robust, with a proper anchor they can support me(250lbs) on a concrete wall.
 
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I also thought the framing was quite light. I think this unit will be supported as much by the sheeting, as by the frame. I'm going to suggest that a couple temporary jack posts be placed when not in use during the winter. The biggest risk is snow load, when it's just sitting.
 
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