Lessons I learned from the first *real* day doing work…
- The first thing you need when you start any project is a workbench. And sawhorses.
- Said workbench is a “non-essential” at this juncture, but it’s fun learning how to use the new circular saw and power screwdriver.
- Using power tools is kind of fun and when you see the finished product, you really do kind of feel like a bad ass.
- Plywood is frickin’ expensive. Seriously, it’s highway robbery.
- If you wear your diamond stud earrings and cucumber body-spray, it is possible to feel a little like a girl in work clothes.
- Wallowing in the dirt covered in sweat and sawdust, however, quickly makes you forget you even put on earrings.
- Metal flashing doesn’t look intimidating, but it is SHARP and the slightest wrong touch will slice your thumb open and get blood on your shirt.
- No matter how much you like a t-shirt, if it is white, don’t wear it on construction projects.
- Also, don’t forget the Aleve at home.
- Bring snacks. Lots of snacks.
- Wear sunscreen. Farmer’s tans on one arm aren’t cute.
- Eventually you will get dirty. Embrace it.
- Drilling through metal is a workout.
- Read. The. Manuals.
- The extra Liquid Nails adhesive on your hands seals up cuts nicely.