David is anxious to get his cabin-building off and running. When he got his income tax return, he went out and bought enough plywood for the subfloor. And this past weekend, he fired up the cutting torch and cut the angle iron pieces he’d salvaged from the trash at work in half, making two 18-inch pieces of each one. Then he went to the cabin site and drilled holes through each support beam as the steel brackets would hold the ends of each beam together for eternity. Once the holes were drilled, he marked each piece of steel.
Then he brought them home and drilled holes in each end of the steel to receive the ½-inch bolts our friend had given him (also thrown out at work!). Even though it was snowing and about five degrees above zero with a good stiff wind blowing, David got the beams all bolted securely together. Next weekend, he hopes to get ready to put on the floor joists. (Now if his cough from the flu would go away…) Yep, he’s taking homeopathic remedies and plenty of vitamins.
All this reminds me of when we were building our log house. (You can read that story in my book, Starting Over, in case you’ve missed it.) David would like to build with logs but just can’t afford it. But I’m sure his place will be beautifully rustic anyway. — Jackie