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Thread: How Many Nails to Build a House??

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Melbourne, FL

    How Many Nails to Build a House??

    Another start them young.

    My 6 year old home schooled Grandson asked how many nails to build a house. His Mom (Home Schooler but also a certified Teacher) said well how could you find out.

    How about you build a house and count the nails you use. So off to home depot and the building began.

    Mostly built by Andrew with some Mom and Dad help.

    So if any of you home builders need to know how many nails to build a house the answer is 387.

    Again so proud of Andrew's desire to build and ability to follow thru and finish construction.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Escondido, CA
    Yea! I love it!

    Some say the land of milk and honey; others say the land of fruits and nuts. All together my sort of heaven.

    Power is not taken. It is given. Who have you given yours to? Hmmmm?

    Carol Reed

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    The Gorge Area, Oregon

    Now have him figure out the size of his house, the size of your house and use that to estimate how many more nails would be required for the full sized house
    Love thy neighbor, yet pull down not thy hedge.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
    I would have just told him it takes a Brazilean nails.

    The other member of Mensa, but not the NRA

    Everyone is a self-made person.

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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    The Gorge Area, Oregon
    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Tulk View Post
    I would have just told him it takes a Brazilean nails.
    Aren't brazilean nails the soft ones that bend when you try to use them?

    I'll show myself out...

    Love thy neighbor, yet pull down not thy hedge.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Independence MO
    Hasn't counted the nails for the roof shingles yet (isn't this going outside?)!
    Can he tell you how many bent verses straight ones?

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    324 for a square of shingles nailed 4 to a shingle.. but you need to add for underlayment and the sheeting
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Great project, and I suspect he got some lessons out of it that he'll remember for the rest of his life.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean
    Oh how I love that!!!

    That's the kind of thing we tried to do with our kids. If one mentioned fabric they got a trip to the yardage store. They spent time in jail because they asked for that---Oh yes the fire station got a visit another time. Others: A trip to where they build Frehauf trailers for semis. A trip to LAX where all of the employees seemed to have fun exposing them to luggage, loading areas, they even got to roam through a 707, sit in the pilot's seat, see how the food was brought aboard, lavatories cleaned, etc., etc., etc.

    The kids are so eager to learn --- except when they were in school I think (even so ours managed some "A"s on the report cards). It is a crime that all parents cannot spend some time pursuing their kids curiosity leads.

    Enjoy and keep up the good work with your grandson,
    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Very nice Pete!

    Funny, my dad was hired for a job by a house kit company once, he had to keep a log of every nail and board used so they would know how many of each was required for the kit.

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    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

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