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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.

Text below Over the past two week, Group A cadets left their mark in Florida as they worked with Habitat For Humanity.  They also inspired a class of kindergarten students at the Aborn School in Lynn, Massachusetts.   After looking at photos of cadets building houses and listening to their teacher read the daily blogs aloud, these young fans were ready to design their own houses. When their plans were made, the kindergarten students began to build. Just as the Group A cadets discovered in Florida, the kindergarten students learned the importance of teamwork, patience, and determination. Thank you, Group A!  Thank you, kindergarten students!   Text below  
Over the past two weeks I have spent in Eustis, Florida, I have had some great experiences on and off the job site. I came down here with Group A not knowing anyone else, and am leaving here with many more good friends that’ll be waiting for me back at school. We bonded on our trips to Cape Canaveral, Disney, and St. Augustine, as well as on the job site. My favorite part of working with Habitat for Humanity was helping a family in need by applying the skills I have learned since I was very young. I’ve been doing construction and carpentry work with my dad since I was around ten years old.  He has taught me everything I know. I also enjoyed educating my fellow cadets with all of the…
  Greetings Family and Friends of Group A. Dr. Valla here with a quick note before I turn the Blog over to Mr. Moriarty. I want you to know that your cadets performed admirably throughout the entire two weeks. The worked tirelessly on the job sites, and the fruits of their labor are evident in two new houses, and a variety of other projects. They also came together “after hours.” We played volleyball, basketball, played cards, and generally enjoyed each other’s company. They are an amazing group of young people, and on behalf of my faculty colleagues—Professor Coonan, and Commander Kelleher, I thank them for making this an incredible experience. They have set the bar for Group B. …
  Knowing that the end of their trip is near, the cadets were firing on all cylinders this morning; crews were eager to complete a majority of the work on the homes before their departure. The groups returned to Sites 1 and 2 to continue work on the roofs. At Site 1, they worked to sheet the roof and cover the exterior walls with weatherproof barrier. Another crew onsite finished framing the interior walls and began to raise them. On Site 2, the cadets completed the roof OSB and applied the weather barrier to the exterior walls and roof. As the cadets completed their work 1/C Sawicki and 1/C Moriarty worked to fix a corner of the porch’s roof. This corner has posed quite the…
When doing electrical work around a home, a wire stripper  is a "must have" tool.  The average wire stripper is small, flat, and resembles a pair of pliers.  When the handles of the wire stripper are slowly pressed shut, the head closes up and forms holes.  The plastic coating around copper wire is cut, but the wire remains unharmed.  Whether the carpenter is installing recessed lighting or a heater, he or she needs to have the exposed copper ends come in contact with the terminals or other wiring.   A more deluxe tool is the self-stripping wire stripper.  This version may cost three times as much as the inexpensive wire stripper, but performs two steps in just one squeeze of the…
  Today in Florida started like every other day that we’ve had on our job site. We all woke up at 06:00 and began to prepare for room inspections. Following room inspections we went off to our cleaning stations. My area of concern is the backyard. For this station a few other cadets and I walk around the backyard of our compound and pick up any sports equipment or trash that was left from last night. Then as a group we proceed to breakfast at a different location and try to enjoy the meal. As breakfast ends we grab our lunches provided by the restaurant and move to our assigned job site. At the job site today a few of us cadets wrap the entire house in a weather resistant plastic…
  So today was a pretty good day.  We woke up at about 0600 and got moving early.  We went and got breakfast and then we were at the house by 0800. I led us in prayer as I have everyday this week, and we started. We worked on the roofing a lot it was a fun time. We left early so we could go to the Lake County EOC and that was a good time.  We learned a lot.   
  Today we woke up at 0600 to prepare ourselves for another great day in Eustis,Florida. After room inspections and cleaning stations we headed to breakfast at Barnwood where we ate pancakes, bacon and biscuits. After breakfast we headed straight to our job sites where we began working at 0800. We continued work on  the roofing and the interior walls. We left the job site at around 1200 to head back to the DGV(Domestic Global Village) to change from our boiler suits to our at seas uniforms. We then headed over to the Lake County Emergency Operations Center where we learned about all the operations that take place within the facility. We are all looking forward to getting back to…
Today we went back to the worksite to continue working on the same house we have been since we got here. We continued to work on putting the interior walls in to start making rooms while others worked on hoping to finish the roof. The jobs that we are assigned are very tough and can get on your nerves very quickly if you can't get it right. But with help from all the other cadets and rates, and by working together we can help each other with whatever the task may be. Being involved in the experience has made me really humble, but has also given me and I'm sure everyone else here a sense of happiness and joy knowing that we are building homes for those who need it the most. Those that…
Diagonal pliers are used to cut copper, brass, aluminum, and steel wire.  The cutting edge of the jaws intersect at a diagonal, thus giving the tool its name.  Diagonal pliers cut wires by making an indentation and then wedging it apart.  They are made of tempered steel.      Rubber handles not only make the pliers more comfortable to use but provide some protection against electric shock.   In the England and Ireland, diagonal pliers are called "snips".  In Canada and Australia, "side cutters" is the name given to diagonal pliers.   Elementary School Connection:  The rubber handles on the diagonal pliers provide the carpenter with protection against electric shock.  This is because…