Timelapse: installing the rain screen

Installing the rain screen and venting behind the siding has been an interesting learning experience for me. Brian has built many structures, but for me this is the first time I’m building something from scratch.

Going into this project I felt like I had a good grasp on the basics of plumbing, electrical, HVAC, insulation, and interior finishes & trim from my house remodel a few years ago, and a decent understanding of framing. I understand what happens on the INSIDE of the house. But the exterior wall package was a mystery. I think I just thought you wrapped the house with some stuff and then slapped on siding. Which – to Brian’s last post – I guess IS how it was done… but now there’s housewrap and cap nails and rain screen and and and ….

It’s been interesting to do this project the “right” way and learn the function of each of these components, and to be able to make an informed judgement as to what truly serves a purpose and what might be overkill in a tiny house application. (I thought the cap nails were a gimmick until the first gust of wind hit our Tyvek!)

Learning all these things is great, but really I’m anxious to get all these details wrapped up so we can see that beautiful cedar in place on the house!

– Liz

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