On March 18, 1977, Habitat for Humanity International was formally incorporated under the laws of the state of Georgia.
February 8, 2018
Today was full of hard work and quality food! There were two groups of cadets at two different worksites.
When doing electrical work around a home, a wire stripper is a "must have" tool. The average wire stripper is small, flat, and resembles pliers. When the handles of the wire stripper are slowly pressed shut, the head closes up and forms holes. The plastic coating around copper wires is cut, but the wire remains unharmed. Whether the carpenter is installing recessed lighting or installing a heater, he or she needs to have the exposed copper ends come in contact with the terminals or other wiring.
The cadets are sure to see framing squares in use around the job site. The framing square is considered one of the most useful and versatile carpentry tools. It is also referred to a carpenter's square or a steel square.
The framing square consists of a long arm and a short arm that meet to form a right angle. The long arm, 24 inches by 2 inches, is called the blade. The short arm, 16 inches by 15 inches, is called the tongue.
A hacksaw is a fine-toothed hand saw that is used by carpenters to cut metal, plastic, and wood. It has a C-shaped frame with a blade that is under tension. For a standard size hacksaw, blades are available tin both 10 and 12 inches. The pitch of the teeth on the blade can range from 14 teeth per inch to 32 teeth per inch. A carpenter chooses the type of hacksaw blade to use based on the thickness of the material that he or she needs to cut. The abbreviation "tpi" is used for "teeth per inch."
Diagonal pliers are used to cut copper, brass, aluminum, and steel wire. The cutting edge of the jaws intersect at a diagonal, thus giving the tool its name. Diagonal pliers cut wire by making an indentation and then wedging it apart. They are made of tempered steel. Rubber handles not only make the pliers more comfortable to use, but provide some protection against electric shock.
In England and Ireland, diagonal pliers are called "snips". In Canada and Australia, "side cutters" is the name used.
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