Framing (alternatively titled “So Many Studs, So Little Time”)

Ah, a fine weekend of framing, in which Aaron got to use two of his fancy new tools: the sliding compound miter saw and the pneumatic framing nailer. The saw is quite nice, very quiet and smooth. The framing nailer is much scarier, though.

It looks intimidating, with its magazine full of 3-1/4-inch-size-12-pointy-nails waiting to shoot your eye out. It sounds intimidating, and it has a warning in poorly-translated English about “person injury” and wearing earplugs to prevent hearing loss. And it feels intimidating: it’s heavy and usually requires two hands to wield. And even with the second hand for support, I was still afraid I was going to miss and shoot a nail into my thumb or, worse, someone’s face.

Once I got over my initial fears, however, the nail gun wasn’t so bad, and it sped up the pace of our work incredibly. My only regret is that we didn’t buy it last year, when we rehung the entire floor in the addition.

The great thing about construction, as opposed to demolition, is that you can look back on your day’s work and immediately feel good. The results are tangible, right there in front of you, and you can see something that was not there when you woke up that morning. Demolition, on the other hand, sucks out all your energy and crushes your soul, and at the end of the day all you have to look at is an empty shell. While framing is tedious work, what with all that checking to confirm that things are plumb and square and level, it is infinitely better than demo!

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