I quit my job. There, I’ve said it. Two months ago I couldn’t have imagined it. I really enjoyed my work. Now, I’m semi-retired. I could go into a lengthy explanation providing the details here but I won’t. I will just say I had an epiphany and concluded the following:
1). I am no longer cut out to be an employee.
2). I have too little time, relatively speaking, to let someone else dictate how I spend it, and
3). There comes a time (and age, I suppose) when certain principles can no longer be compromised (like, is anyone permitted to talk down to me?).
So this is, as are most things in life, a good news/bad news scenario. First the bad. My job came with room and board (I was a chef for a retreat center in a fairly remote location) so now I am homeless. The good? There is plenty of time to work on Sparta and additional incentive to make progress on her as she is now my primary dwelling. There is a method to my madness.
Now that I’ve had my Johnny Paycheck (or lack thereof) moment and the fleeting satisfaction of self-willed recklessness wanes, I must confront this reality:
Yup, this is where I woke up this morning. Sleeping in Sparta a little sooner than expected and subjecting myself to dust, the morning chill and the dreadful possibility of putting my foot through her belly skin whilst stumbling in the dark. But it’s almost Summer and the cold nights will soon be gone, only to be replaced by the searing hot sun as my little solar oven bakes me to a crisp. I am quickly learning just how effectively aluminum conducts temperature extremes and how poor an insulator it is.
So, mobilized by this new reality, I had a very productive weekend. These pictures and their captions will bring you up to date:
The floor construction is basically the same as on the original – wood slats affixed to the steel frame with machine screws (#12 ) and then 3/4″ inch plywood on top using the same screws wood-to-wood.
Before laying subfloor, I made sure all by plumbing work was sound and then packed the baffles with insulation.
Sparta is basically eight feet wide measured from the exterior walls, so I had to cut the stock 4 x 8′ sheets down to 93″. That is a heavy piece of timber, especially when manhandling it inside of a warm trailer. The real trick, though, is that the subfloor should be tucked under the exterior shell, in effect supporting the trailer skin around the entire perimeter. This I could not do without cutting the subfloor section in half and pushing in both pieces from the middle. I chose not to do that, fearing the strength of the floor would be sacrificed with resulting bounciness. I chose, instead, to force only one side of the subfloor under the shell and drop the other side straight down along the trailers ribs. I first provided a foundation for the shell on that side by pounding a 3/4″ piece of ripped plywood, saturated with Copper Green, underneath. Perhaps a picture will clarify:
So, I reinforced the bottom edge of one side with a plywood strip and then hammered the sheet in under the the other side to drop it into place.