I Am Woman, Hear Me Screw
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Mind out of the gutter folks (for now), I participated in Habitat for Humanity (H4H) last week and I hung and screwed in drywall for 6 hours. 5 of my friends and I took to the challenge of Women Build in Brampton and we had a blast!
I first did the Women Build two years ago (last year I couldn’t go because of my concussion). I spent a day framing a house with people I had never met. I pounded in nails for an entire 7 hours and really never got out of the tub for the following 3 days. Despite the pain, I felt great knowing I was helping a family make a go of it.
I wanted to participate because my grandfather (now 98) did them for many years. As did my dad. They were the electricians on the job and my grandfather was even presented with an award for the neatest panel (or something like that). If you have ever seen electricians work, they are notorious for their haphazard way of stringing wiring through joists. My family are just like me. Nice straight lines and sweep up afterwards.
Grandpa was ‘inspected’ on site in Thunder Bay more than once while not wearing his hard hat (which sat proudly in the back window of his car) or steel toed boots while standing on the top of the ladder alone in a home. The inspector always just shook his head and gave him a stern warning, I’m sure he knew that he was never going to teach an old dog new tricks, but he had to try.
Now that my friends are joining me–we have caught the Habitat bug for sure–I am hoping it will be an annual outing. But the outing was not all roses and ratchets. You knew I would find something funny in the day and share. So here goes…
Put your mind back in the gutter because, did you know that drywalling can be sexy? Really, driving is sexy, starting a motor is sexy, so it goes as no surprise that I also found drywalling sexy. The sexy side of drywalling, aka the things that made me laugh all day while I worked my ass off, are as follows:
- You need to counter sink those screws. Good and tight is best.
- Always remember to mark your stud so you know where to screw.
- Leave 1/4″ off the measurement to give some wiggle room. Nobody likes the fit to be too tight. You need room for the compound to work it’s way in there and do its job correctly.
- Start from the top and work your way down. Working from the top will support what goes on down below.
- Screwdriver… that’s just fun to say.
- Always put the smooth side against the smooth side and the rough with the rough. It doesn’t work as well if one side is rough and the other is smooth.
- Always double up on protection if there is danger of noise. Use two layers and bang away.
- To score properly, take your tool and run it lengthwise along your material. You don’t even need a guideline if you have a steady hand and the right pressure.
- Best to put your screws about 8″ apart.
- When the woman who did the job yesterday didn’t screw tight enough, there is still time to make the job right.
- You can never have a drill too powerful.
- I love when you finish the job and can say that the closet was good for me too.
If you care to support me in my campaign for H4H the link is below. The link is open until the end of the month and it would be great if you could help.