I’m back with my family, though I hesitate to say I’m home. (It’s tough to know what to call “home” right now.) Nonetheless, I have returned safely with some valuable house building experience under my belt. Here is what the house looked like when I left along with two of the other guys who had been working on it:
Some of the building team remained and some other guys joined as well–there is still lots of work to be done, obviously.
These are some lessons I learned over the last few days:
- Dried hardwood is tough to nail into. Rubbing soap on a nail helps.
- If you don’t want a nail to split a piece of lumber, blunt the end–I can’t believe I had never heard this.
- If you want lumber from a PNG saw mill in a timely fashion, you may have to pay-off the workers.
- If you don’t like the idea of living in a warped house, it is good to buy lumber far in advance giving it time to dry. (This may only be true here.)
- The mechanical advantage of a framing hammer is no joke.