Friday, April 23, 2010

Where can you do this in high school?

I did it! I have built a deck. Me and Tiana, with Daddyrit coaching, have created a walkway from one door to the rest of the (larger)deck.

A few days ago I had no idea how to use a hammer, let alone a drill. So when Linda asked me to 'Toenail' The boards, I seriously didn't know what she was talking about. [Insert "a...Duh?" face here]

So she showed me how, and I was pretty good at it. The most times I missed a nail (yes, I counted.) Was four times. The least amount of hits it took me to drive a three inch nail was six. Course, Linda could do it in four no problem. :D

Next came measuring where the boards went for the walkway. That was pretty easy, we just layed them down. Then dad hands me the drill, and a bunch of screws.


Okay then....

He showed me how, by "Keeping pressure on the drill at all times." To drive those screws right down "Below the surface." At first I was terrible at it. The screws flew all over the place. But it got easier. Tiana and I took turns driving them in. After a while i went into the garage and found another drill, So tiana started at one side and I the other, and we worked our way to the middle.

After that, We did the railing. Again, Daddyrit showed us how, and went and sat down to observe.

Me and Tiana were a team. She held those two by fours and I drove screws into them.

We failed.

I had to reverse some of them and try again, but eventually we got it straight. Ish.

Then Dad decided to go get the pick-up from the repair shop. So he and Linda ran off in the van, giving us instructions to finish the railing.


So, we did. And actually it was fairly easy and better then the first time. We got it done, and went in for a quick tea. When dad came home we did the spindles. Tiana held them in place (not an easy task) And I (again) Drove them in. Hazzah! The walkway was done.

Then we started to set up the pool. Rachel came around this time to pick me up to babysit, so she helped us to lay down the tarp and set up the durn thing.

And after much blood, sweat and tears (Not really.) We finished it, Dad put in the hose, And i went off to watch the Bells.

Next morning we found out the pool was leaking. *Sigh* Typical Billson luck.

And now its time to take the junk pool back, and try, try again.

And I love to drill. :D


  1. Seriously. Who learns this stuff before they're 16? *wink*

    And ARG. Setting up was a pain in my arg.

  2. It feels good building something, doesn't it?

    I like using a hammer, even though my wrists don't. And I like drilling.

    Of course, I learned when I was 11. Beat ya.

  3. You're taking it back, eh? I thought you were going to try to patch it.

    Yay for learning life skillz! :D


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