It's one thing to watch and learn, quite another to actually do something. Yesterday, however, I managed to be "on my own" for 5 boards worth of installation -- let's see how it goes today. Not a lot of time available, but here goes.
Measuring for Wall #2This puny little tape worked better than holding onto a "real" one. I have lots of real ones at hand.
9. DONE. Admire the work already completed.
10. UNDERWAY: There is a section of baseboard that is not screwed to the wall.
- Cogitate on how to screw it, realizing that it requires a #6 screw hole, a smaller screw hole into the masonite, and a countersink. All to be done with the drill, sometimes resting on the floor. (both me and the drill. The good news is that the drill holes for this are already marked.
- Decide on a 1 1/2" screw.
- Realize that the chuck on the drill will not open. Cogitate on that. It is really humiliating when you can't figure out the simple stuff.
- Realize that the drill will not run. Plug it in. Go have breakfast.
- Discover that the forward/backward button is in neither position. Fix that. The drill starts, the chuck opens. There is too much to know!!
- Change the bit and drill the missing holes. Insert the smaller bit and drill into the masonite. Oh, this is going well.
- Think about the countersink thing. Why do we not have 20 or 30 of these bits? Yesterday we tested the one marked #6 and it is too big. I try a 1/4" bit and it seems dull -- turns out to be too small anyway, and if I had been bright enough I would have just used the bit from the drill press, but I don't want to change that until I am done drill pressing.
- Muddle a little more and decide to tackle another part of the project.
11. DONE: Measure for the positioning of the next 4 stiles.
Trish helped me with the spacing of the stiles on wall #2, and eventually we get it right -- I still think this is the hardest part. (It is also humiliating to need a pencil to divide 118 by 4. School kids today can do that in their head).
This is not a lot of shout about, but not bad for the time available. Tomorrow should show some real progress. Fingers crossed I do not fall amok of the stupidness factor.