Moving sheets around like a cowboy.

After the wall framing is up, the next step is to screw or nail plywood to the outside. There have been many points – and there will be many more – when I wished I had some goddamn extra help. Yesterday, for example, I bought sixteen sheets of 7/16″ OSB. They come in 4’x8′. Getting that into the van was a hoot. Fortunately, an employee at the store helped me load. But today I was on my own.

It takes kind of a long time to pull heavy sheets of plywood out of an old van one at a time. It takes more time to ease them onto a hand truck and move them a couple sheets at a time across uneven ground while they flop around and threaten to maim and escape. The whole ordeal makes you want to sip iced tea pretty bad.


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