I’m plodding along on my online course with the objective of obtaining a builder’s license. Not sure what I’ll do with it, although Earl suggested I start with making a birdhouse. I suggested I’ll find a builder and just drive him nuts with my newly-learned knowledge.
Yesterday, we discussed ladders in the class; and it was an eye-opener. Ladders are extremely dangerous if you don’t know how to use them. And most people don’t. I won’t bore you with the ratio (which is 1:4) for leaning a ladder against a vertical wall, but I will say that I learned it’s a serious proposition. I also learned why you don’t step on the top rung of a ladder. No where. No how.
Today, we discussed scaffolding, and it was another eye-opener. I’m sure you’ve seen them; but if you don’t know the definition, a scaffold is a temporary structure around the outside of a building that enables workers to do their jobs while protecting the general public.
As a soon-to-be general contractor, I don’t plan to erect scaffolds – especially since I have a fear of heights and the videos in my class showed scaffolding on the Statue of Liberty. Still, I have a new respect for those who do this job.
Tomorrow, we’re still on scaffolds. So keep the excitement down. There’s more to come.