Tuesday, July 5, 2011


I am learning many things as I journey along on this homebuilding adventure.  How to use some of the tools is one of those things.  So, today's toolturial is concerning the combination square.  It is used to draw straight lines on the 2 x whatevers.  I know.  It doesn't sound like it should be that complicated does it?
Here goes:
No, now just relax.  I know how to use a tape measure,
but it is step one.

There are my two marks.   Now I need to make a straight line
so my little husband can cut.

Here is the tool.  It has a lip on the leg that is pointing up. 
This is to lock it onto the 2x securely...not as you
see it in this photo.
See the lip?  If I hook it over the 2x, the line will not be straight.
That is the problem.  Just look at all the ways this tool
can be used incorrectly...
Still not gonna get those two marks hooked together.
Still not right...so many ways to turn this thing....
Yes!  It is lined up with the marks and I can make a straight line.

So, there you have it.  The combination square used correctly.
And of course, my little husband just lays it down right
without even thinking every time!
I'm learning from a pro.
Good news is I got much better.  Hardly ever have to flip it about by the end of the day.

Excitement for the day=photo of me looking out one of the bedroom windows!
Ah.  News flash...that thing is HEAVY.  I am holding on
and praying it doesn't fall down!  Oh, and it goes on the other end
of the house with the other two walls, but we had more room on this end.

We had two of our neighbors and another friend visit today.  Crissy and William even brought homemade popsicles with the icy cold drinks!  Yummy again!  I was a little late for Zumba, but it is always worth the effort.


no spring chicken said...

You are so my kind of lady! I loved the tooltorial. Better yet, I loved that I'm not the only numnut that needs a tooltorial! Things seem to be really coming along. And you look great in that room by the way. :)

Thank you so much for your prayer and encouragement. I'm doing a bit better today.

Blessings, Debbie

Donna said...

Debbie, it is fun to learn new things and thankfully, my little husband is a patient teacher, because sometimes it just all seems counterintuitive to me.
Take care of you.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Donna, thank you so much for stopping by today. I can see you are really into this building project!! Good for you!! I have tried to e-mail an answer to your question and also put one in the comments on my blog. I am wishing you lots of good luck with your home and look forward to watching your progress! blessings ~ tanna

Donna said...

Thanks for joining the journey, Tanna. I'm sure I will have more questions for you....

W-S Wanderings said...

Have you ever tried holding one of those up to a young child and telling them that it's a square? They're not easily convinced. But the older ones will crinkle their noses and offer that "it's half of a square."

I chuckled my way through your toolturial.

I'll get that email out to you, but right now my battery is dying...

Donna said...

We never got to that square problem in my class, but I love how they take the rules you give them and apply them - or try to.
Once a little girl came up to me and said your better tell me how to spell "hope" because I wrote all the sounds I hear and it still spells "hop"! She was not happy....ah, yes, time for the silent e lesson.

K said...

Oh, phooy. I am so far behind. I added novel reading to the work I'm investing in getting back in the saddle. And there's Murphy and the wedding - and I keep wanting to pick up the computer - but the kids keep showing up. But I think of you ALWAYS. And I want to build with you. I'm here. really. really. really. I wonder how many silent e lessons our Father keeps trying to teach us? And how many how-to-use-a-square ones. But I know I keep turning the thing over and over in my life-hands, still puzzled. So much I don't get. So much I can't even see. The river is only a metaphor for me for now.

But seeing you holding that framing - it's REAL. Building a house - you can see it and set up walls, and you can be SURE THAT THEY"RE FINISHED. I yearn for that. For finishing something. For real. Knowing you can mark it off the list as "job done."

Donna said...

Kristen, you see things and say/write things the rest of us can only enjoy after you put them into words for us...here's a couple of examples from TTrueson:
"brilliant little stream all chimes and chuckles" I would never have been able to articulate this but knew it was exactly right as soon as I read it.
Arvin explaining how she and Giddy are different - powerful.
So, whatever you are doing to get back up to speed, it seems to be working and I am so happy I get to share the journey in whatever small way I can....just like I am thrilled that you are joining me in my journey.
You, my friend, are one of my anchors to the beauty and possibilities of this world and one of my most lovely windows into the world beyond.
I am so thankful to have found you out there...