Wow it’s hot outside! I am afraid of gettiig heat exhaustion and hurting myself again. Or at least that’s what I tell myself as I watch Buffy and drink iced coffee on my multiple breaks from working 🙂
I am not good at precision with power tools. I’m getting better, but my work isn’t pretty and probably never will be. I console myself by thinking of the amazing houses built before precision tools were available. On the carpenter forums, professionals are always talking about having to “eyeball” levels and straightness in old homes, stating that it’s better to do that so things look good, than to actually be level but look askew. In other words, perfectly good homes aren’t necessarily perfect.
Using reclaimed materials necessitates compromise. There might be gouges, scrapes, nail holes, etc in otherwise useable goods. As you can see in the pictures, the 4×4 I’m using has metal connector pieces still attached, which I couldn’t figure out how to take off. The lumber is square and true, no dry rot or any damage, but it has these big metal “things” on it. What to do? I’ll tell you, cut off what you can and smash flat the rest with a hammer. Problem solved.
The next puzzle was how to firmly join the planks with the joists I cut today. The solution here? Push all the planks forward so the ends are hanging off the metal frame, then clamp each one individually to the doubled end-joists in order to get them firmly screwed into place. One screw in the front joist, one in the back joist on each plank. Of course this must be done by leaning out and over the edge (basically upside down) to use the screwdriver, as I couldn’t reach the area from below, unless I stood on the hood of the Beast. I didn’t want to do that, so monkey time it was. It worked, and I didn’t fall and break myself today!
That’s all I accomplished though. The heat combined with climbing up and jumping off the truck many multiples of times wore me out early, and so I’m back here with another iced coffee, watching an episode of Buffy, and writing this. I’m OK with that.
I hope you were able to solve a problem or two today. It feels good. 🙂