Clearly, you must have a "headquarters" area...with food, drinks,
sunscreen, hats, and chairs, and reading materials in the shade.
Can you find all of these things in the photo?
And then you need gloves.
Nice new gloves...a great retirement gift!
Or old and trustworthy gloves.
Here are my husband's last 3 pairs of gloves...
he's a hard workin' kind of guy.
Not at all sure why they shrink up as they age....hmmm.
My first problem solving assistance. We had to lay out the sill plates all around the perimeter. Some had to be cut carefully to fit because we did not order extras. So, how to know which boards to cut which pieces out of???? Hey, I have some sidewalk chalk in the car (couldn't throw it away when packing). Let's label the spaces that need filled, and then label the boards that each piece will be cut from...using the sidewalk chalk! Oh. Hope it doesn't rain tonight....
See? We need an A piece and a B piece...
And they, along with the G piece, will be cut from this board
using this lovely chalk. I had to restrain myself from
off task doodling...don't know how long that will last.
Now, it's time to drive some nails...
Lay out the pieces...
...give the nails a head start....
...then whack the heck out of them.
The first nail driven!
Did you just say, "WooHoo"?
OK. So his form is possibly better than mine, but
my nail...the second one of thousands...is doing it's job just as well.
Wall #1 done. Studs, sill plate and top plate.
Wall #2 ready for window stuff.
I'll learn the words for that stuff tomorrow...something about
king studs and cripples....
A husband happy with his first day....priceless!
And that is his granddad's bandanna getting a new chance at life.
All in all a spectacular day. Good weather, good food, good progress.
Oh, and our first non-working friends came to see how we were doing and they established a very nice precedent. If you are coming to view the work we are doing - bring us an icy cold drink like they did. If you are coming to help us work - bring yourself AND us an icy cold drink! Gotta stay hydrated!