The Scrap House

Under lock and key. | June 19, 2010

Actually made some fairly significant progress today, thanks to my awesome dad. Happy Father’s Day, btw!

He worked on wiring some. We were limited in material but we’ll hopefully be getting more tomorrow. We now have… *drum roll please*… one switch wired! Specifically for the bathroom light. We already have all the lights but are a little short on switches and outlets. We’ll see what we can do.

It’s strange how happy that switch makes me. It’s somewhat symbolic of progress and also of it becoming a real house. I to this day am amazed at what has and can be accomplished and something as simple as a working light switch just cements that.

The other project of the day was the door. It had never closed right, as it wasn’t even close to square. In addition there wasn’t a doorknob so I’d just been nailing it shut which was annoying. To fix the squareness issue we cut the nails at the bottom of the stud(on the knob side) and hammered the edge over until it was more or less straight. After toe nailing that step was done.

Now the observant among you will notice a couple of things in that shot. First, the door actually closes. Gasp! Also, we got the stop-trim installed so the door is sealed.

I didn’t have quite enough for the last side so I had to piece some together. I’ll get another little piece somewhere to fill in the final gap.


Lastly, a true testament to modern invention. It used to be that there was little or no control over when a door was open. The cavemen always found this perplexing. If you wanted a door shut, you had to put a rock outside. But then you’d be inside the cave, and the rock would be out. Well, this posed a problem. Generally they’d gather around and draw stick(no straws then either, sad..). Whoever drew the short stick would be the one who placed the rock outside the cave door, and thus, by definition, slept outside. Many “dooranderthalls” as they were called froze to death. Some were trampled by hapless animals. It was a rough existence. But then one day in 1897 a caveman said “If knob had door then inside close be possible.” Admittedly his English left something to be desired, but it was difficult being a caveman in the late 19th century. Regardless, his resulting invention, the doorknob, was flawless. Today we inbrace his invention. Thanks Mr. D. Orville Nob!

And one more just in case you’ve never seen one…

I didn’t think I had a striker plate.  But I found one!  The strange feeling of exuberance I felt was shocking. I was recently reading a blog where a guy tried to eat for $1 a day for a month, so $31 for all his food for a month. I’ll post the link below, it’s a good read. Anyway, he described how excited he was when he was sent two free promo-samples of Wheat Thins in the mail. He says he jumped out of his chair. As thus, my striker plate. It’s the little things, y’all, the little things.

Well, that’s all for today. Hopefully there will be a stream of updates this week as we now have time to focus on it. At some point Hyatt might even make a guest appearance to finish the gable pallet siding. We’ll see.

So, I shall leave you with a quote that highlights the virtues of improvising.

“I went to the store to buy a candle holder. But they didn’t have any, they were sold out. So I bought a cake.”

-Mitch Hedberg

Link to food dude blog: http://www.grocerycouponguide.com/articles/eating-well-on-1-a-day/

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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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