In my last post about cirular saws, I mentioned a building
crew I worked with in the 70's.
One of the guys was Thaddeus, a rather large, powerful man
that drove sixteen penny sinkers with brutal effieciency.
He framed with a 24oz ripping claw hammer, methodically driving nails
in two licks, starter lick would sink it a little over a third of the way
and the next lick contersunk the head.
Thaddeus was a deaf/mute, and one of the most expressive people I have
ever known, all it took was a glance at him to know what he thought of the
status of your work.
There was no "good enough", either it was right or not, if not out came
the big ripping claw hammer, demolishsion ensued and you got to do it
The stud walls in these houses would be covered with drawings,
instructions, lunch orders, weather forecast, women trouble,
sermons to young and ignorant(me), current events.
I have wondered more than once what a story those walls will tell
when these house are torn down.
Thaddeus is long since gone on to his maker, but he left a lot of himself
Thanks for sharing that ...
Started out helping my uncles add rooms to their houses and building
barns and everything that went inside them, from stalls to feed and tack
rooms ... thought everyone knew how to make things, and helping with the
framing was one of the first things you did as a kid.
To me, even as a kid, I somehow instinctively felt that framers were the
cream of the cream of construction, and later on, that Larry Haun had to
be their leader ... still feel that way.
Basically, I'm still convinced that framers are the heroes in the
building of a house. ;)
Hope you can see this stuff. If not, let me know, particularly this:
The above is his story, "One Carpenter's Life" ... a must read for any
one who has ever done any framing in earnest (it should be free)
And what we were just talking about:
God speed to Thaddeus. Thanks for the tribute, basil.
Everyone else - please don't leave your message to the future
as a beer can in the wall ! Yuk.
...here's a James Keelaghan song about leaving
A Message To The Future ..
Another - about sawdust apparently.. or grain ? or life lessons ..
.. or something. enjoy.
Right. The homeowner had to fill the cavity with razor blades
Any of you home-renovator types ever come across a thousand or two
rusty razor blades inside a bathroom wall? Or didn't they have those
"razor disposal" slots in the rear wall of the medicine cabinets where
you come from? As a kid I wondered where they went; i didn't know they
just fell behind the lath, laying in wait for some poor bastard to
come along 50 years later with a sawzall.
I don't know. I haven't run into the problem myself. But I talked to a
contractor once who said he always told his guys to be careful tearing
out old bathrooms for that reason (among others). I would have to be a
pretty odd noise, at the very least.
Anything built mid 70's and earlier when disposable because ubiquitous,
is almost guaranteed to have them, and a slit in the back of the
medicine cabinet is a guarnateed sign to be careful.
If you think about it, nothing more than a manifestation of an all too
human failing, "out of sight, out of mind", particularly when it comes
to waste of any kind, from toxic to plastic ...
My parents' house was built in 1939; they bought it in 1960. I can vouch
for the same medicine cabinet since I was old enough to remember, which
would have been the early 60s. At a time when people perhaps didn't gut
and re-shape their homes with such regularity, maybe it didn't seem like
such a bad idea.
Arguably the product of a sophomoric, immature, dickhead mentality ...
Nowadays, with our much ballyhooed cultural diversity, on construction
sites it's more likely beer cans in the plumbing ... shortly after the
National soccer team, from whatever third world country the
electrician's crew came from, got beat by the National soccer team, from
wherever the plumber's crew came from.
That, and/or a bit of feces and urine left behind the master bedroom
closet walls ... in retribution for coming from a "have not" origin??
You tell me ...
Maintaining a clean, safe construction site these days is more like
cleaning up after a herd of incontinent three year olds, too lazy to
walk downstairs to the portapotty, to not having ever learned that the
used toilet paper goes into that big hole under their butts, instead of
on the floor.
But you, the buyer, pays for it in the end ...
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