This weekend I learned a bit about what goes into putting a house together. The biggest take away was that making sure all the pieces are square and level is critical, and saves a lot of time down the road.

For instance: there were two mud sills, or sill plates, on the foundation walls. The original plan was to shim the second course of sill so that it was totally level all the way around the foundation. Somehow, this didn’t happen - probably because I was trying to work too fast. We ended up spending a lot of extra time shimming the floor joists instead.

Also, a nail gun saves a ton of time, and with it you can get into spots that would otherwise be impossible to hammer.