Typical Frustrations of an Inexperienced Builder.

Welp, I’ve got those skids in place, so now it’s time for the subfloor assembly. I decided on 2″x6″ joists for a hip-shot at being strong enough without overdoing it. The joists are only spanning eight feet, and they’re supported underneath by the pressure treated beams. Should be good.

Having no hands-on experience with carpentry or housebuilding leads to a lot of frustrating head-scratching moments. I routinely have questions which are so elementary in nature, I am almost embarrassed to form them in my head. Today’s difficulty was with stripping the heads of screws as I attempted to drive them through the band boards and into the joists. I was stripping screws and Phillips bits like no tomorrow.

I have a system for dealing with these situations: First, I throw a little temper tantrum to get warmed up. Next, I put everything down and go read some loosely-related information for a few hours while drinking coffee. Soon enough, my Adderall has worn off and I can begin preparations for sleep. Hopefully, by this point I will have found some kind of solution to try out the next day.

So, what’s the answer? Don’t be lazy about drilling pilot holes. Drill them. Then, when you’re driving the screws in using a drill – push WAY HARDER. Once I drilled pilot holes and really leaned into the work, everything was much smoother. It was a very simple solution which an experienced builder would barely think to mention. If I were on a job site, I could just look at someone more experienced and copy what they were doing. This will be a recurring theme. I’ve accepted this.

 

Advertisements

3 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

3 responses to “Typical Frustrations of an Inexperienced Builder.

  1. Kyler

    Are you using a drill or driver? You might not need to pre-drill if you use a driver, not a drill!! And if you do pre-drill it’ll still be way easier with a driver. I’d consider a driver (or drill/ driver combo) a necessity!

    • sandwichbear

      My impact driver should be showing up today. Driving 3 1/2″ screws should be a lot more fun once it gets here. It’s something I could probably live without for this one project, but I figure I’ll be making more stuff, so I should have the right tool for the job.

  2. Carl

    Square drive screws are your friend. I had my own remodeling business and use square drive screws when ever possible. Makes a huge difference.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s