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2x4

A rough 2x4 is slightly less than 2 inches thick and approximately 4 inches wide.  The drying process and planing of the board reduce it to the finished 1.5x3.5 size.

As Group B's experiential learning is beginning to die down, there is an increase in energy at the work sites in an effort to get as much done as possible before departure on Friday. Dr. Valla and 1/C McGrann took eight cadets back to the Habitat for Humanity Restore where they finished their painting project from yesterday. Their work also included chipping and a crash course in ladder safety courtesy of 1/C McGrann. At Site A siding was completed on the exterior walls and gables and painting began. On the interior of the house support beams were placed to ensure maximum structural support. Over at Site B, the cadets were split between the two homes originally worked on yesterday.…
  Group B arrived onsite eager to begin their final week of work. The cadets were sent to three different sites today. The first crew was led by Dr. Valla, they traveled just down the street from the Domestic Global Village to the Habitat Restore. A Restore is a thrift shop that is operated by the Habitat For Humanity. They resell soft goods and home goods to the public at a discounted price. All the profits made in the store are put right back into Habitat projects. At the Eustis Restore, Doc and the cadets preformed general upkeep on the building. Their work consisted mainly of painting. Tomorrow another group of cadets will return to the store to continue the preservation of the…
Today was a great day. It was a beautiful day 85 and sunny. I worked on job site B finishing up the siding with the group I’m working with. Lately we have been getting the hang of the siding job so it has been coming along smoothly. All in all it was a normal work day. Had fun playing around with the lizards at lunch. Also got to play around with the neighbors dog that comes to visit every once in a while. There is about 4 days left and we are excited to see how the houses look in the end.     
Today we had the amazing opportunity to go and help out and Habitat for Humanity's Veterans village, we helped clear brush on the lake side, spread mulch, and took place in a dedication ceremony for some of the homeowners.   Lunch was provided by the Knights of Columbus. After a the day of work we came back to the DGV and blew off some steam with some volleyball, a campfire and play some Xbox with the boys    
  Group B wrapped up the weekend off by traveling to St. Augustine. Upon arrival at “America’s Oldest City,” the cadets toured the Castillo de San Marcos. The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest fort in the United States. It was originally constructed by the Spanish to protect their colony from the indigenous population. The fort has changed hands many times over its years of service, the Spanish, the British, the Confederacy, and finally the United States. Today the National Park Service operates the fort. After walking the walls of the fort, the cadets were fortunate enough to witness the firing of one of the fort’s many cannons. The group was then released for the day to explore…
Today the cadets enjoyed their time in the “Happiest Place on Earth,” Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. After morning chow and the hour long ride, the cadets were set free to venture the park. The day was filled with rides and amusements, fun and games, on top of the insane prices in the shops. Group B enjoyed their time in Disney. Arriving back at the DGV they were joyous, but tired after the long day. They will need to rest up tonight for another day away from the job sites tomorrow. Tomorrow Group B will journey to St. Augustine to tour the Castillo de San Marcos and enjoy the day on the town.     
Today was an awesome day in St. Augustine! We began the day by watching them blow off the cannon at fort the Castillo de San Marcos. Then we all rented mopeds and drove around and explored the city. We stopped and got pizza for lunch then a whole crew of us went over and explored the lighthouse and different hidden beaches. It was by far the best day of the trip thus far and I can’t wait to see what’s in store next.    
  Today was another productive day out in the field for Group B.  All the cadets worked hard and diligently on all sites. Today wrapped up the first week down in Florida. It has been a successful week of work for all the cadets. They truly have filled the boots of Group A on all the worksites. Group B was again divided into smaller groups to head to a total of four sites. Two teams returned to the two main homes in progress. The cadets at both these sites continued to work on the siding and are moving rapidly. Both homes will be completely sided next week. Another team was sent back to Wildwood. These cadets finished painting one of the homes from yesterday and fully painted a…
  Today was a short day of work for the cadets, but very rewarding. Group B was divided into two groups. The first group worked at the Umatilla Veterans’ Village. They began the day with some morning yoga, taught by the Habitat staff. After yoga was the dedication of three of the homes for some of the veterans in the community. The team worked on the landscaping around the homes in the village. Some of those homes were built by some of the rates and their classmates back in 2017 and 2018. A plaque dedicated to the work of these Maritime cadets is emplaced by the village flagpole. The second group began their day in Wildwood. Wildwood is a community that is well below the poverty…
Today, we switched things up and instead of working at the construction site, my group went to another house to help paint the exterior. Some were tasked with painting the sides of the house while others were tasked to build a fence in a backyard. I volunteered to go to a different house and paint the back door. After our long day of painting, we headed over to Veterans Village where people who were gifted Habitat homes gave us a cookout lunch to thank us for our service on the job sites. I don't have any experience in construction or painting but that's what has made this trip so much fun! Everyday, I get to try something new and I learn new things. I love seeing the progress that we…