Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Bread and Butter



Ahh... the Full Length Roof Framer by A.F.J. Riechers (yeah, that's RIEchers not REIchers. Don't be a smart ass and try to trace the German spelling and prove that it should be Reichers like some kid already tried to do to me when I told him about it) And Yes - it really is that small. Back pocket action. Although I have a bunch of construction book recommendations, this particular one is really is not for the general masses, because it's really just a big list of rafter lengths according to pitch, span and type with some instruction on roof framing in the intro. I'll be using this book all the time when I start framing the roof. I used it just a week ago when I was consulting about a blueprint takeoff to decide what length rafter stock I needed. The book is old school - trusted companion to carpenters since 1917. That was when carpenters had one giant arm like a fiddler crab from swinging a hammer and ripping wood with a hand saw all day. Those old timers must be turning in their graves when we bitch about our high-tech nail guns and circular saws -- "The new foam grip on the Senco is giving me a blister inside my palm, Jesus, can't they get it right? Hey, Barry, could you pass the cottage cheese and lowfat ricecakes?"

24 Comments:

Blogger thurston said...

Hey Jay!

It's pretty weird that you commented on my blog.

I found yours randomly a few weeks ago and cracked the hell up.

Then I read your comment today and thought "who the hell is Jay?"

Turns out, you're the same funny son of a bitch I checked out earlier.

Good stuff, man.

Speak to you soon!

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6:01 PM  
Blogger Rev. Brandy said...

I have no context for finding your blog amusing --- I rent and have never endeavored to renovate anything, much less a house. But, I have to say, I dig your posts . . . they always make me laugh.

6:13 PM  
Blogger Sally said...

Behold the hand!

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Blogger thurston said...

Behold Sally's hand.

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Blogger jay said...

Sally's my replacement hand model while Monkey0 is in Japan promoting his new autobiography, "Bipedal and Lovin It: A Monkey's Story".

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Blogger Nicole said...

I have been reading your blog for a couple of weeks now, and have recommended it to all my friends who are renovating. You're a great writer - and the posts about the crap you find left behind from the old owners are great!

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Blogger Brandon said...

When do you think you'll finish your remodel?

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Blogger jay said...

REV. BRANDY: Thanks for your comments and glad you stopped by.

THURSTON AND SALLY: Good to see you. Always good to see you.

NICOLE: Welcome to my weird house.

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Blogger Sally said...

Thats my hand!?!?! Man I have to stop drinking to blackout level! I cant wait to tellmy friends "I was so drunk last night I became a hand model."
Theyre gonna think I am SO cool!

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Blogger Sally said...

Its always great to see ya too Jay!

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Blogger Marina said...

There is a thing to tell you Jay about your blog. I check it up frequently because it is so funny.
My man is an amateur DIY, you must be professional. He finds furniture painting very interesting and he does it well. He would like to expand his knowledge in more repairs so he reads plenty of books about how to "build the perfect dog house" or how to "clean the pool".

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Blogger Ursula said...

And there it is again! The sexy left hand! And this time a full thumb! Are you doing this just to get us gals going?

As long as I don't come to find out there's been a slight of hand...

Urs.

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Blogger Grandpa Eddie said...

You better get a fuck of alot of fucking dynamite! I've had those kind of rocks in the yard where I used to live and more times than not they turn out to be the size of a volkswagon!

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do you know any ones blog username or an address

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Blogger Daniel Heath said...

yeah, Sally, it's all glamorous now, just don't think you're gonna get -paid-. next time, get those franklins in cold, hard bills up-front, that's what I've got to say.

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