Building for Habitat – I CAN use a hammer

If you were to witness my personal exploitations in home repair and improvements you’d probably think that I haven’t a construction-oriented bone in my body.  I find I’m often clumsy and awkward.  I don’t know intuitively what the risks are of combining chemicals or the direction a tree will most likely fall or whether something looks “plumb.”

Today was my second stint at “construction.” The local Habitat for Humanity organization is building a house in memory of a friend of mine that passed away in 2010.  The first day we built the walls in the Habitat warehouse. Today we put ALL (yes, I said ALL) of the walls up onto the foundation.  An entire house is framed and ready for a roof, windows, siding, wiring, HVAC, etc. and it took about 6 hours.  Of course there were about 15 of us, but that’s something, right?!?!

I only botched 2 nails today … a marked improvement from the first go-round when I had to be pulled aside by the head of construction for a special, “I don’t usually do this” lesson in how to use a hammer. A girl volunteering for her sorority asked me if I do this all the time.  “You look like an expert,” she said.  I blushed and said something along the lines of “did someone record that so my husband can hear it?”

I haven’t done much in the way of volunteerism in my life but I definitely think Habitat is one of the most fulfilling to be involved with.  You literally get sweaty and see unbelieveable progress … and you’re helping someone get on track and own their own home.  And to top it all off, I now have some pretty decent skills and understanding of how a house goes together.  Not my wacky 1947 cinder block wall house but someone else’s more modern house for sure.

Happy Saturday. I’m going to need a massage … odds of that happening? Right.


About The Momster

The Momster is the mother of three little boys, living in North Carolina. A former bike racer, she currently works stupidly long hours in advertising and marketing, runs stupidly long distances for the sake of sanity and has made it her life mission to find Patience.
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