I woke up last Monday morning in a hotel in Mississippi. It was one of those almost cool, humid Southern mornings with an overcast sky and the promise of rain. I was excited to get to the job site and get to work. My excitement was more about getting finished so I could make it home to my first Preparing for Parenthood Class than it was for being on-site. I do enjoy being on-site, but for that day it was trumped by thoughts of the arrival of my first child. Anyway, I should at least say that I was pleasantly suprised by the framing conditions I found. I am not that pessimistic, but problems often arise in wood framing construction.
I was on my 20th, and last, house when I discovered the beauty below. I can understand the need to cut a stud because the anchor bolt is in a bad position. I have seen that happen many times now. This may be the first case where someone decided to beat the stud into submission rather than use a power saw. Maybe it was early in the morning and this guy was full of extra energy. Maybe he was just wielding his authority with his all-mighty hammer. Maybe the wiley ole-timer did this and had the panel set in place before the young thinker could get the saw out of the tool box. I just could not help being reminded of the old saying "Beat to fit, paint to match."