Carpenter Graffiti

by Josh on July 19, 2007 · 2 comments

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Let this be a reminder to all of you who scribble your lumber measurements or angle calculations on the wood itself: for posterity, use nice handwriting and check your math.

As I continue the demolition in the room that will (someday!) be our second child’s nursery/bedroom, I found these nice examples of carpenter graffiti on some of the studs and trim boards. I just like the way this makes the materials seem more personal. (Unlike regular graffiti, which usually just makes things seem more trashy.)

framing numbers

lumber numbers

These walls have been full of little personal mementos– most notably the love note I found in the walls last year. Maybe I’ll leave a little something in one of the walls for a future renovator to find.

As a general update on the nursery project, my demolition is progressing nicely thanks to some quality work time made possible when my Mom came up to watch the kids for a couple days.

With another 10-12 hours of work, I should have the room ready to accept new wiring and electrical boxes. That’s a huge milestone for this project, in which the multiple layers of wall material and hundreds of nails to be pulled from panelling and sheetrock have helped make the demolition take much longer than had I expected.

My new project goal: move my child into his finished “nursery” before his first birthday on January 8.

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ranty July 19, 2007 at 11:26 pm

Ha! I’ve found math errors in my carpenter graffiti too! Hyyyyyyyyyyysterical.

Usually it’s interesting and cute, but the one time I yanked down a bunch of drywall to discover a big, red-inked “F___ You!” on the stud, I was totally traumatized. I ,couldn’t stop thinking of who wrote that, what was happening in their life, and if it was some sort of cosmic message to me! Yikes.


Josh July 20, 2007 at 8:11 am

That would be disturbing, Ranty, especially in your own home. Let’s add that to the list.

Things not to write on wall studs:
“F You!”
“I know what you did last summer”
Anything in big red ink


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