It’s true you never know where you’re going to get lumber. Today we were delayed in the construction of our roof as we didn’t have a piece long enough to use as a ridgeboard. After school, I went over to Hyatt’s house. Hyatt is one of the four members of the build team. He said “We’re going to the beach. Lumber. Get in the truck.” Well, who am I to question that? His mom had seen some 2×6’s on the beach that had washed up. So on our way we were. I live in Hatteras, NC. In the old days, whenever a ship wreck would wash up on the shore, they’d salvage the lumber and build a house. Boats always used straight high quality lumber, so it was a great, and free, source. Many homes here were built that way. Today, while this wasn’t a boat, I felt a spiritual connection to those early settlers of the island. Here go the photos.
The lumber as we found it.
After about 45 minutes of digging, we were able to flip it. We realised it was actually part of a board walk.
We ran back to the house to get drills to dissasemble it. That decking is the plastic composite stuff. It’s HEAVY.
There’s Hyatt getting kung-fu with the drills. The screws were torx bits and stainless steel. Those we shall be using again…
Post dissasembly. Each of those weighed about 20 lbs. We carried them the quarter mile over the beach back to the truck. And then for the four 16-foot 2×6’s. Score.
Not really in the truck, but atleast near! Having a truck is a good thing.
Side profile for drama.
So that’s where our ridgeboard and probably some other roof pieces came from. It was about a three hour process in total. We’ll most likely use the composite “wood” in the bathroom and maybe the kitchen. It’s VERY expensive to buy new. The 2×6’s were in great shape. A little wet, but perfect otherwise. Never make assumptions about where you can and can’t find lumber, aye? As a sidenote, last year an entire 50 foot container of Doritos washed up. More tasty, but not nearly as structurally sound. Living on an island has its perks.