Even though I have 80% of Sparta’s wall insulation installed, I have come up with yet another enhancement to this trailer project to beat the cold and remain comfortable and productive in the coming months. I have cordoned-off the rear section of sparta as my living/sleeping quarters. Using two 10X12.5 foot sections of 6 mil. plastic sheeting (a 10×25 piece purchased at HD cut in half) and duct tape, I hung two drapes from the ceiling about one foot apart, taping them down along the opposing ribs of the trailer. These curtains have created an effective baffle and, along with a 1500 watt ceramic heater (also purchased at HD for $19), helped me awaken yesterday morning to 70 degrees. Because this Imperial Mansion has doors front and aft, I can access both sections leaving the plastic undisturbed. The other great benefit of dividing the trailer regards the use of chemicals. Very shortly I will be getting into the real fun stage of this undertaking – striping, sanding, staining and sealing wood. Depending upon the types of products I choose (petroleum vs. water-based), I may be creating a very noxious environment and one not suitable for sleeping in. I will now be able to perform all of these nasty wood-related tasks in the front section without compromising the livability of the rear. I will vent the forward section with a fan to ensure healthy airflow and not worry about heat conservation or killing brains cells.
I neglected to mention in my earlier posts that, as I have installed custom-cut sections of foam sheeting in the ceiling and walls, I have followed up with spray foam gap filler and foil tape to seal off seams and breaks in the interior.