The guys work 10-hour days Monday through Thursday which is nice because we have long quiet weekends–and I can sleep past 7:30 a.m. three whole mornings! This morning I went upstairs to see what got done yesterday.
The subfloor is almost finished in Aslan’s tent.
The subfloor is completely finished in the hall. You can see where the wall will be, in that groove the yellow cord is running along. The studs on the right are temporary supports and will be removed.
The only part that doesn’t have a subfloor yet is the bathroom.
Things are really quiet up here and nicely dim. It feels very peaceful compared to the industrious buzz that goes on during the week. As I walked around I began to notice the tools of the trade and whipped out my camera to list them. (Hopefully this will help my French readers figure out certain words that might be difficult to Google-translate.)
The air compressor powers the nail gun. It doesn’t run constantly, but likes to suddenly kick on and startle unsuspecting home-owners and electricians. The carpenters are so used to it they only notice it when one of us jumps sky high at the sudden loud noise behind us. Poor Chris said he had just touched a wire that he thought he’d disconnected when the air compressor kicked on right behind him and scared the liver out of him–he thought he’d done something by touching the wire!
The silver nail gun is loaded with its black cartridge of nails. There’s a giant nail gun, too, for really big nails. The carpenter’s tool belt and old-fashion nail gun (i. e., hammer) get a lot of use, too. Zephyr has a Rule about both the nail gun and the hammer, the the sharp, gun-shot sound of the nail gun especially drives her crazy!
The table saw (how would you like to carry that up the stairs?) stands next to a major shop vac. Todd uses it at the end of every day to vacuum all the sawdust and insulation that gets tracked downstairs into the living room. That’s one thing I love about having Stuart do a job for us–he has his guys clean up beautifully at the end of every day. It makes living in a house with construction going on so much easier!
The circular saw gets used a lot, too. Both of them are in Zephyr’s Rules because they make so much noise.
The saw horses are the circular saw’s inseparable companions–which doesn’t stop the circular saw from being quite cutting with them!
This is one serious radio! It’s made by a respected tool manufacturer, and you can see that it has some pretty major bumpers and roll bars! No matter what might fall on it, the guys will never have to be without their country radio station. I don’t know about the rest of the United States, but down South I think it’s a law that all carpenters listen to nothing but country music. I don’t mind; they keep it down enough so we can’t even hear it downstairs.
A cordless drill is a wonderful tool. It’s so much better climbing up ladders and getting into tight spaces without a cord around your ankles.
This huge shop light sheds a lot of light on work areas, can be set on the floor or hung from a nail, and has a protective grill over the glass in case of wildly swing 2x4s or falling chunks of wood.
A shovel for scooping insulation out of the way or serving as a dust pan for big piles of construction debris sits beside a box fan. No need to tell you what that’s for! It helps, but even with three or four of them running, it’s still really HOT upstairs during the day.
I’d never seen this tool before. It’s an extender for an electric drill with a yellow cartridge of screws that reminds me of bullets for a machine gun! I’ve never seen it in action, but I’m pretty sure they were using it to screw down the subfloor without having to be on their knees the whole time.
The caulk guns loaded with tubes of adhesive were used to glue the subfloor to the joists before screwing it in. That’s one subfloor that won’t be popping up in the future.
Finally, resting against a step ladder, is a good old-fashioned broom and a scraper for cleaning up the piles of sawdust, bits of wood and stray nails that accumulate during any carpentry job.
On the way out of the attic after looking at all these “big boy toys,” I popped my head in the craft room (currently unusable since the old AC unit was removed) to take a look at my pile of toys.
Those are some of my decor elements piled up in the corner waiting for the REALLY fun part! But for now I’m enjoying the carpentry part, and every whine of the saw or shot from the nail gun means progress. Narnia is gradually coming into being!