Share the Experience Logo

 

Florida

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 was a very productive day on both worksites. Cadets made their way back to the two homes to be built in Lake Panasoffkee. The crews picked up where they left off yesterday, hanging nail base and finishing off the nailing schedule. Both sites pushed ahead onto to trusses. Trusses are the structural members of the roof. They come prebuilt and are engineered specifically to support the roof. Each truss has to be meticulously placed in order to hold the weight of the roof. Site 1 got their first truss up and will continue placing others tomorrow. After dealing with a few hiccups with placement, Site 2 was able to raise and secure all the trusses for the roof. Tomorrow they…
  Today I worked my second day at Site #2.    We started the day by finishing up putting nails into the plywood on the outside walls. Then we started to put the trusts up for the roof. I personally brought them from the side yard into the house while others helped the rates and supervisors put them up. After a bit of doing that we broke for lunch. After lunch Ernie, the supervisor, brought me and a few other cadets to help him put up the trusts on the back of the house. This was my favorite part of the day by far. I enjoyed it because I was able to walk away at the end of the day and see something on the house and know that I did that, and it will always be part of that house. I…
Today started off by waking up at 0530 by putting on our boiler suits and cleaning our rooms prior to our room inspection in the next half hour. Our room past with a breeze because of teamwork and cooperation. We then fired up the vans to set off for our first day of a new adventure. We stopped at a restaurant called the Barnhouse for buffet breakfast.   On the table was eggs, biscuits, and gravy, sausage, bacon and of course fruit.  There was a choice of a beverage between orange juice and water. After breakfast, it was time to drive about an hour to the worksite where we got the opportunity of a lifetime to help build a house for someone less fortunate. The drive was unlike anything I…
Today was probably the most exciting day during our trip to Florida for Habitats for Humanity. Starting the day off nice and early waking up at 0530, we got our rooms inspected and did our cleaning stations. Right after that, we hopped into our boiler suites and we were off to breakfast. The breakfast was actually very enjoyable and delicious. Next we were off on the road to the first day of construction of the house we were building. Right when we got there we got right to work after our coordinators talked to us about safety. From hammering to sawing, we all worked very hard constructing the foundation of the house. I actually learned many new things on building which could be very…
  Today the cadets made the journey to the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. The Kennedy Space Center is home to NASA’s space program, both past and present. The cadets split into groups to explore the park. Organized into mission zones, the attractions of the park vary, covering the history of space flight to the future of space travel. A bus tour took cadets “Behind the Gates,” around launch sites from the moon era and active SpaceX launch pads. Beginning with the “Race to the Moon,” exhibits include a full size Saturn V rocket. Around the largest rocket ever flown are artifacts from the Apollo missions. The next stop in the park was the Shuttle exhibits, which was…
  Today was our first day of construction! Following morning chow, the cadets made the one hour drive out to the two work sites. Meeting at site number one the cadets received a brief on construction site safety from the construction managers they will be working under. They also participated in Habitat’s morning ritual, the cadets link hands and together say the Habitat For Humanity motto, “Habitat is not a hand out, but a hand up.”  The cadets were then divided into two groups to begin work on the two homes to be built. On both sites the framing of the home had already been completed. The cadets immediately began work on sheeting the two homes. The day was filled with banging…
The cadets are sure to see framing squares in use around the job site.  The framing square is considered one of the most useful and versatile carpentry tools.  It is also referred to as a carpenter's square or a steel square. The framing square consists of a long arm and a short arm that meet to form a right angle.  The long arm, 12 inches by 2 inches, is called the blade.  The short arm, 16 inches by 1.5 inches, is called the tongue.  Tables and scales appear on the framing square, designed to assist carpenters in their calculations.  Today, many carpenters prefer to rely on computer software. The framing square was patented in 1819 by Silas Hawes, a blacksmith from South Shaftsbury,…
  Today we went to the John F. Kennedy Space Center to walk around and learn about NASA’s programs, past missions and get to see where flights took off. It was interesting to see where they kept the space shuttles, see the launch pads, and get to look around through the museums to learn about different missions. One of my favorite parts through the day was seeing the Space Shuttle Atlantis that had thirty-three missions and went into space in almost all of those missions.  It was amazing to see something so historic only a few feet away. They also had a few fragments of the moon in large glass cases which is also interesting to see up close.  There was also a part of the moon that…
  Today we went to the NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center.  I got to see some amazing exhibits. It’s truly impossible to describe the scale of these giant rockets. It was incredible to see the technology and evolution of progress for space travel. It made me excited for the future of space travel and also more exploration into the limitless unknown.         
"My brother went into the air force and how this changed him really influenced me. I'm not interested in going out to sea but I wanted to come to MMA. I also like the idea of being prepared for emergency situations." Name: 4/C David W. Doherty Hometown: East Falmouth, MA   "My dream of working in public service and health." Name: 4/C Nicholas A. Eaton Hometown: East Falmouth, MA   "I've always wanted to pursue a job in law enforcement." Name: 4/C Cole J. Keefe Hometown: Merrimack, NH   "My sister has a degree in EMHS and the stories of her work greatly intrigued me. I always knew I wanted to work in human services and help people, but I wasn't sure how. The EMHS  major allows me…