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2x4

A rough 2x4 is slightly less than 2 inches thick and approximately 4 inches wide.  The drying process and planing of the board reduce it to the finished 1.5x3.5 size.

Today, we switched things up and instead of working at the construction site, my group went to another house to help paint the exterior. Some were tasked with painting the sides of the house while others were tasked to build a fence in a backyard. I volunteered to go to a different house and paint the back door. After our long day of painting, we headed over to Veterans Village where people who were gifted Habitat homes gave us a cookout lunch to thank us for our service on the job sites. I don't have any experience in construction or painting but that's what has made this trip so much fun! Everyday, I get to try something new and I learn new things. I love seeing the progress that we…
Today was like a half day for group B. We all split up in the morning and went to two different locations.  My group went to a neighborhood to paint houses and clean. My duty of the day was to power wash the outside of a house so it can be painted tomorrow. Despite the many spiders webs that attacked me, it was a very satisfying job. In the end, I was very wet and covered in dirt, but I felt very accomplished for the three hours.   In the afternoon we all went to the Kings Of Knight Village for a cookout. Although my group was not there yet, they had a small ceremony for the owners of houses that never got a little celebration. At this little neighborhood, I saw a stone thanking…
  Today was a scorcher for February!  Maybe not for the Floridians, but it certainly was for those of us from New England. Temperatures on site reached 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Despite the heat, the cadets worked tirelessly on both sites. Group B continued to put up siding on both houses. Teams of cadets worked on measuring, cutting, installing, and ensuring each board was level. The teams moved quickly around the homes, adding more and more boards each time they went around. Groups of other cadets worked up on the roofs. They installed the facia for the gables of the roof. The heat of the sun hit the cadets on the roof very hard. All cadets were instructed by the Habitat staff and…
Today was a very first day on the job sight. Despite my lack of experience and knowledge in the field of house building I had a wonderful time at the work site. Following a hearty breakfast, my group headed to our first job site which was quite literally a stone's throw away from where we are housed. There we completed some yard work, which entailed leveling the soil around the foundation of the house. Then we constructed a wall! My nailing skills were subpar I will not deny it.  Later in the day at the second job site, however, I feel that I redeemed myself. Along with several of my classmates, we began to put on the siding of the house, and not to toot our horns but, it looked pretty…
Today was an amazing day and something really special to be a part of. We started the morning off with a prayer circle which Carlos, who is in charge of where we are staying led us in a prayer to protect all workers on the job site.  It really started our early morning off on a relaxing positive note before we headed to work. So far I can say this experience has been beyond rewarding. I learned so many new tasks that I never thought I could have completed but with the team work at the job site, I am convinced that we can complete anything together. When we began our journey today on the job site the house was missing parts of the roof and had no siding or doors. By the time we left the…
  Today was Group B’s first day in the field. Upon arrival at Site 1 in Lake Panasoffkee, the cadets were greeted by Volunteer Coordinator Carlos and Site Supervisor Travis. The two gentlemen briefed the cadets on site safety and the Habitat’s mission once again. Group B also had the wonderful opportunity to meet the future homeowner of house number one. She enlightened the cadets on her current less-than-fortunate situation and thanked them for helping to improve her life in the near future. After the brief words, the cadets were divided into two groups, some stayed at Site 1 and others ventured down the road to Site 2. Group B started off a little slow, but quickly got the hang…
  The cadets of Group B started early this morning with a 0530 wake up. In a change of pace from Group A, the cadets were treated to a briefing at Port Canaveral. The group was greeting by the CEO of the Port Authority and his staff. The brief included presentations from operations, environmental, and emergency management departments. The group was intrigued by the EM presentation and even received a few words from MMA’s own 1/C Joe Binda, a Port Canaveral EM intern this winter semester.  The cadets gained knowledge of private sector emergency management, a field which is rapidly expanding. Following the briefings at the port, Group B was shuffled off to the Kennedy Space Center.…
After an early wakeup and sleepy flight down to Orlando, Group B and Professor Cadwalader were greeted by the faculty and rates. Upon arrival, the cadets were corralled into the vans for the ride to the Domestic Global Village. Offloading led into a tour given by Dr. Valla and a Habitat safety video. After lunch, the cadets enjoyed some free time and a trip to Walmart to pick up some forgotten necessities. The group dined on the award winning barbecue from Dan at the Barnwood Bar-B-Que. Dr. Valla then enlightened the cadets on our purpose for volunteering here in Central Florida. The cadets look forward to watching the Super Bowl and enjoying some free time before a much needed night’…
The past two weeks have been a blast. We started with a foundation and built most of a house. The team work and camaraderie between us and the rates was excellent. The rooms were a bit cramped but we made it work.  Disney, the cookout and the Lake County EOC were a lot of fun. The work sites required a lot of hard work and vigilance. I can recommend this trip to anyone with a strong work ethic and appetite for learning opportunities. I can say this was by far the best trip I had in a long time.      
Today’s was our last day on the worksite.  It was amazing to see all the progress that can be made in 8 days of work. We went from having just the frames up to having a roof completed and the whole house wrapped and began to install windows. I learned how important it is to be precise with measurements and cutting because if you don the whole house could get messed up affecting not just your job but everyone else’s. It’s important to be thorough when working as a team because there are a lot of different people relying on you to do your job correctly.  At the end of the day, we all went to a place called Eatons Beach Sandbar & Grill were we all relaxed ate food and sang some karaoke…