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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.

The success of a building project depends on careful, accurate measurement.  That’s why you’ll find at least one tape measure in every carpenter's toolbox. All modern spring tape measures can trace their origin back to New Haven, Connecticut.  That's where A.J. Fellows received a patent for the first spring tape measure. Some carpenters choose tape measures that have small black diamonds every 19.2 inches.  These are used to mark out equal spacing for joists.  Joists are horizontal supports for ceilings or floors.  There are 5 joists in a standard 8-foot length of building materials.  Other tape measures used by carpenters have an arrow every 16 inches.  This is the standard interval…
As last week came to a close, we started the new week off at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It was a nice change of scenery, in comparison to our usual work week routine of Eustis, Florida. We rode the rides and stood in lines that couldn’t move fast enough.  I was left wanting a little something more. It wasn’t to skip the lines or never go home. It was to be back at the job site continuing construction on the house. I have deeply enjoyed my time her in Florida and I am thankful that I have another week to continue to make a difference. Doing things for other people will give you a feeling that surpasses anything else on the planet. This Florida experience has shown me the…
Today we went to Disney World.  This was a particularly special day because it was a break from our regular routine. For the past week we have done everything exactly the same everyday down to the very minute. We would leave to get breakfast at 0630 and arrive at 0645.  We would get to the work site at 0845, work until 1430, and be back by 1530. Everything is planned exactly how the rates want it to be. Today was extremely different. Today we had our normal schedule up until they dropped us off, as soon as we got out of the van at 1000, we had free reign until 1800. I was with a group of guys that made the day especially fun. They had never been before so I got to show them all around.…
  Today we visited Disney World.  I have to say it brought back a lot of memories from the past. Walking around the park and seeing all of these characters that I admired as a kid brought a smile to my face.   The food was great and my favorite ride of the day had to be Space Mountain.   I had never been on it before and it was actually a lot of fun.   I am glad our Habitat For Humanity trip allowed us to go to Disney.  If we didn’t go today, I probably wouldn’t have been able to go for a very long time.  I am very thankful for that.      
Our first week at the Domestic Global Village was topped off by a trip to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Upon arrive the cadets set off into the park on their own. On top of the rides and characters the Happiest Place on Earth has to offer, the day was filled with long lines and expensive snacks. A total of 10 hours was spent in the park. The cadets enjoyed their time. Group A is looking forward to another day off tomorrow in St. Augustine.   Content  
When 4/C Nick Simonds from Uxbridge, Massachusetts meets Cinderella on Saturday, hopefully he will be a little happier than he was here. 4/C Colby Barbieri from Haverill, Massachusetts recalled her first visit to Disney, "We went during Christmas so seeing the park decorated was breathtaking." 4/C Ryan G. Kirven from Marshfield, Massachusetts is looking forward to seeing the security at Disney. 4/C Jackson Roux from Lowell, Massachusetts is no stranger to Disney.  He would visit every year with his family. 4/C Aviva Beringhause from Providence, Rhode Island, will be able to share tips about Disney World with her fellow cadets because she visits the park once or twice each…
Today at the Habitat for Humanity job site our group finished putting the rest of the hurricane straps on the house. Hurricane straps are used to hold the wooden frame together so it can resist high winds. After that we started to put up panels on the back side of the roof. With the roof we used electric saws to cut off excess materials and then used hammers and nails to fasten the panels down.
  Today the cadets were divided into four crews. Two crews were sent to the two regular worksites. The other two were sent on missions for Habitat. The first crew was led by 1/C Sullivan. Her crew worked on preservation projects for the community of Wildwood. The cadets painted homes and removed dormant wasp nests from the rafters. Habitat’s home preservation mission focuses on the external maintenance of homes. Volunteers partner with families based on income and the families’ willingness to help. The other crew led by 1/C Gill led a cleanup of the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Wildwood. Restores are Habitat For Humanity’s version of a thrift store. They receive donations of…
  Today I woke up around 0600, getting ready for inspections with my roommates.  This involved shaving, making our beds, getting in uniform, and then eating a good breakfast to start the day. When we arrived at the building site, everyone started to unload the equipment.  We picked up where we last left off on Wednesday. The first task I had today was to finish nailing off the walls around the frame of the house. Next, I was assigned to put up the houses trusses and get the frame on the roof in place.  We used various power tools to cut off parts to even out the structure. After lunch, we ended the day by putting in hurricane weather braces connecting the roof frame to the walls so…
A hacksaw is a fine-toothed hand saw that is used by carpenters to cut metal, plastic, and wood.  It has a C-shaped frame with a blade that is under tension.   For a standard size hacksaw, blades are available in both 10 inches and 12 inches.  The pitch of the teeth on a blade can range from 14 teeth per inch to 32 inch per inch.  A carpenter chooses the type of hacksaw to use based on the thickness of the material that he or she needs to cut.  The abbreviation tpi is used for teeth per inch. Elementary School Connection: Solve: What are the total number of teeth on a 10-inch blade that has 32 teeth per inch?  Explain and show how you found your answer.   Solve: How many more teeth…