BGodfrey, My heart aches to hear about your nephew. The effort to get more young people into the trades is a noble thought, but that he felt so undervalued and it gave him so much pain brings up a good point. In this country a person who puts their heart and soul into their trade is put in the same basket as cheap disposable unskilled labor.
IMO since it's a "thing" in building to show structural ties, supporting members etc, make the scabs on the side look like they are an intended feature instead of an afterthought by using the same bolts on both, beveling the edges, making them the same length and using 2x6 or even 2x8 to draw attention to them. Whatever works!
Where are the girls? If there is a shortage of labor, women need to know they have the option of doing construction. Also, there is a false notion that American citizens don't want to do "heavy" "dirty" labor such as carpentry, masonry or cement work: it's because they are being undercut by cheap unskilled labor. 80% of the residential construction in So Cal is being done by immigrants who will work for $10 an hour. This will not change until the authorities start cracking down on contractors who hire undocumented workers. 30 plus year carpenter, licensed general contractor and Operating Engineer
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