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“Fire in the hole”

Basem is back from Central Texas Custom Cabinets to install the cabinet bases that were delivered yesterday. By late afternoon, the base for the microwave and oven is installed on the east wall of the kitchen. The base for the cooktop and sink is installed on the south wall. Bases for the cabinet for plates, glasses and cutlery, and for dry storage, are installed on the west wall.

At top, Basem lays out the first base for the island. He levels everything, several times, from all directions, checking, rechecking. Get the platforms level and the cabinets will be level; miss by a hair and it cascades across the run of cabinets. At the back of the photo are red glass and porcelain tiles that Steven and Jacquela are considering for the backsplash at the cooktop.

Basem hammers the nail gun, loaded with a drive pin and a bullet-like charge that fires the nail through the lumber of the base and into the concrete slab. Before he swings the hammer, he shouts "fire in the hole." The explosion is loud, like firing a gun. Basem wears ear protection. The rest of us heed the warning.
Basem hammers the nail gun, loaded with a drive pin and a bullet-like charge that fires the nail through the lumber of the base and into the concrete slab. Before he swings the hammer, he shouts “fire in the hole.” The explosion is loud, like firing a gun. Basem wears ear protection. The rest of us heed the warning.
Another drive pin is slammed into the concrete slab.
Another drive pin is slammed into the concrete slab.
Basem checks and rechecks, shims and reshims, to get the bubble on the level dead center.
Basem checks and rechecks, shims and reshims, to get the bubble on the level dead center.
One of the final pins is hammered home.
One of the final pins is hammered home.
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