Kristin took a list of lengths and a tape measure and started cutting studs for the second-floor knee walls. I took my two drills and started screwing together all of the members of the front and rear walls. One drill has a bit to bore pilot holes, and the other drill is a revolving door for Phillips #2 bits. The bits are lasting longer now that I’ve developed better technique, but using a drill and not a driver will still eat up loads of bits. Kristin takes the “measure twice” mantra very seriously, and her cuts are precise enough to re-calibrate calipers.
I ordered an impact driver. Over morning coffee, I researched exactly how an impact driver is superior to a drill for driving long screws. I was sold – just like I wanted to be – and Amazon will be delivering my Porter Cable impact driver on the 9th, they say. Just in time to be mostly finished with the hard part. I’m dragging my feet getting started on the knee walls, hoping that the driver will arrive in the interim.