The Scrap House

Give me a brake. | June 3, 2009

No really, they make metal working a lot easier. More on that later.

The final window is in. And it’s adorable! Wow… that didn’t sound masculine at all. I meant, uhh, with a lot of grunting and sweating we wrestled it into place. That’s better.

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Hyatt and Havard worked on the remaining side of the roof. It’s now done except for the top cap. The good news is, if we ever have to replace any shingles, at least we won’t have to worry about matching!

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Which segways me into my next point. Twenty pounds of potatoes, fifteen pound sack. Which seems awfully heavy for burlap, but that’s is beside the point. The kitchen. We set everything in place to see how it worked. I think this is the layout we finally decided upon. The counter top will go on top of the fridge, and I’ll make a cover so the back (left) part of the sink can be used as counter space too.

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The stove will of course be at a regular height, but that didn’t stop Hyatt from the simulation of cooking eggs at a lower level. How novel.

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We finally are to the point where we don’t really need any more framing material, so we started hauling off scrap today. It’s all scrap, so it’s second level scrap, which probably prompts the removal of the “s”, but whatever. That’s our teachers truck, BTW. Never underestimate how fun a Ford Ranger with the V6 and no muffler can be.  After he gave me the keys to it, I’m suspicious it’ll break the tires free pretty easily in the school parking lot. Not sure why I have that theory, but either way, it’s a great truck.

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The only other thing accomplished today was the cedar shakes which were already done on the front. You see,  Our teacher’s other class wanted to help out while we were gone. Which we greatly appreciate. However, they suck at doing cedar shakes.  So Havard and I had to remove those and start over. But it’s all good. We were able to save all but about five shakes, so it wasn’t a great loss. If I wasn’t such a paranoid perfectionist, it probably wouldn’t have been an issue, and they still aren’t perfect, but oh well.

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Now friends. You all know me, kind of. And y’all know I wouldn’t make a reference without eventually coming back to it. So the brake reference. Even though we don’t have to build to code, it is still nice to vaguely be influenced by it. Especially stuff involving fire safety. As dictated, we needed a metal enclosure for our circuit panel. Our teacher also teaches a computer engineering class, so he had some left over cases. The size worked out perfectly. We’ll bend and rivet it into shape tomorrow. You see? Looky there, full circle. Or something like it.

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I give up on the endings. Bye. Peace. -Ted

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This blog is dedicated to an experiment a group of three other fellow students and I are doing at our school in Buxton, NC. My Drafting III class and I set out to see if we could build a house for free. It's small, but functional. All the materials come out of dumpsters. And most of all, it's working.

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