When 500 nails is not enough
They don’t sell nails by weight any more, and they’re not nails
Surely I don’t need 1000?
It is quite easy to undertake a task without really seeing the magnitude of it until some tiny detail exposes true scale of the project
This weekend I will be building a balcony on top of our kitchen’s flat roof at the back of the house. It’s a great space, and most of our neighbors have already converted theirs with some decking and a few planter boxes.
We found some half price planter boxes at Homebase last weekend — bought 10 of those. I have ordered the 90 linear meters of deck boards, and the 16 floor joists. But the thing that made me realize that I’m not doing a small job was the decking screws.
When I was a kid, helping Dad extend our house, we bought nails by the pound. For years we had tins of 1.5″ and 2″ galvanized jolt head nails leftover from the back deck. Many of them were stuck together because the galvanizing was still warm when the nails had been poured into the sack that was sent to Lumbies, from where we bought them.
I scribbled some numbers on my cutting sheet. I prodded a few keys on my calculator.
I will start charging my electric screwdriver, and its spare battery, when I get home.
Copyright © Damian Clarke, 2020. First published on the Our Albion blog, October 2nd, 2007.