Last week, I finished the raised floor in the section of our garage that I’m adding to my workshop. On Monday, I started building the partition wall. This was easier said than done. The wall runs parallel to the ceiling/roof trusses and it falls directly between two of them. That meant that I had to install some 2×4 bridging between those two trusses to support the top plate of the wall. It wasn’t a difficult task, but it was time-consuming.
The picture in the gallery (above and below) is a favorite “tool” of mine. It’s a wrist band that is elastic and secures with a Velcro strip. It has a magnetic plate sewn in, and you can stick about 12-15 nails or screws to that magnet. It’s great when I’m working on a ladder, or just over my head, when I don’t want to wear a nail apron. The Editor bought it for me, years ago. Each 14 ½” section of 2×4 had a joist-hanger on both ends. Both of those get screwed into truss with four special screws. So, when each one was ready to attach, I moved the ladder, put eight screws on my wrist band and went to work.
My father would have put those eight screws in his mouth. I have to admit, I’ve done that, but it’s not a good practice. Even though my father would do it, he cautioned me not to. Of course, your father telling you not to do something that he does is meaningless to a little boy. I wanted to be like my dad, and that meant nails were held in my mouth.
My father’s sister, Adele was my favorite aunt and our next-door neighbor. She saw me helping my dad one day with a mouth full of nails and called me over. She shared some information that worked where my father’s best advice had failed.
“You know, when the men in the nail factory have to go to the bathroom, they just pee into the bin of nails.”
Every time I load a few nails on my magnetic band, I think of my Aunt Adel. I’m sure she’d be happy to see me using it.
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