High Strength Rod Installation & Interior Insulation

High Strength Rod Installation & Interior Insulation

BBBBq #4 completed, high strength steel rod installed, but sheathing is still unfinished…


We had a couple of hurdles slow the build yesterday: our usual delicious food and blistering sun! It was a whopping 98 degrees outside and even hotter in our tiny wood box of a house. Hydration was key!

Gabe and Jen braved the heat to help with sheathing and the installation of a threaded rod in the above video.

Jen and Jenna started fitting the insulation in the walls… because why not make it hotter, right? This is actually challenging and tedious work because you have to cut two sets of foam boards – a 1-inch and a 2-inch in order to create 3 inches of insulation. As you recall, we don’t have much room to work with, so most of the cutting happened inside the house.

The dream teamRead more here: https://tinyhousegiantjourney.com/2013/10/07/more-sheathing-bbbbq/ Subscribe here: www.facebook.com/tinyhousegiantjourney

While soaking up the rays in our sun soaked sauna, we realized our insulation boards made great light reflectors for portrait photography. So we ended the day with a fun and sweaty photo shoot.

Guillaume channeling Miley Cyrus in “Wrecking Ball”



  1. Maisi
    September 22, 2015 / 10:59 am

    Wow, some fun photography in this post! Well done finding yet another function for insulation boards. Seriously, you guys look like promo posters for the next great DIY/FYI/HGTV series “Tiny House Crash Extreme Road Nomads!”

  2. February 24, 2015 / 12:33 pm

    I cringed watching the second video of the steel grinding. Please wear a face shield like you have on in the picture. Those grinding wheels can shatter and the pieces can embed into your body. Without a face shield, they can disfigure you. Also wise to use a grinder with a guard over half the blade. The guard faces you so if the blade shatters, the guard can catch the pieces headed for your body, at least to some extent. And be sure to wear safety glasses under the face shield as well. Be safe.

  3. fngrpntr
    October 23, 2013 / 12:46 pm

    I’m trying to understand the “high strength rod” business — I’ve never seen this on any other build. Where exactly is it & what is its purpose?

    • October 23, 2013 / 12:52 pm

      Good question. I also had to call Tumbleweed to make sure I was doing it right. The front of the house (next to the front door) is framed using big parallam posts. The window there is so wide that you don’t have your usual studs (24″ or 16″ off center). That makes this part of the structure a little weaker. There is also a metal strap that goes all around the house except for this front part. Lastly, the plywood only covers the lower half of the wall (plywood sheathing helps solidify your structure). The metal rod is there to keep the wall for buckling out and keeps it sturdy.

  4. Joe
    October 22, 2013 / 4:28 am

    Nice blog!

    One word: Sawzall…Buy one today.

    • October 22, 2013 / 7:41 am

      Thanks! I’ve been considering one of those. So far the skillsaw did the job for when I thought I’d need a sawzall… What I want too is a router. It’ll make those window cutout much cleaner and easier!

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