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  • Freedom Week Prep: Building (and tearing down) Your Berlin Wall

    10/24/2013 3:19:37 PM Posted by Patrick Coyle

    Berlin Wall Freedom WeekFreedom Week is rapidly approaching and one of the primary activities is for groups to tear down a mock Berlin Wall to showcase how the socialist policies pushed by the Obama administration are creating a new wall between young people and freedom.

    Many students ask how they should build their wall. Justin Thompson, a conservative activist and graduate of the University of Massachusetts - Amherst explains how to build a Berlin Wall:

    Supplies:

    • 12  4'x8' sections of gypsum drywall. (~$100)
    • 8 2x4 x8' boards. (~$50)
    • 4 2x4 x12' boards (~$25)
    • Screws (~$10)
    • Spray paint, misc colors.  (~$25)
    • Misc, wood sizes- ranging from boards in length of one to two feet, and ply-wood/ composite. 
    • Safety goggles (x2) (~$10)
    • Hammers/ miscellaneous implements of destruction (~$20)
    • Total approx. Cost: $240.00 

    Step 1- build your frame which will consist of two sections. Feel free to make one section if you have limited funds/ supplies. Our conservative club made two and pieced them together into one large structure.  Note: Lay a large, blue tarp down at the beginning of the process, stretch it tight, and stake it to avoid bunching. The tarp will make clean up much easier.  

    Lay the 12' sections of board horizontally and parallel to each other, separated by 8' between them. Then place the 8' boards on the outside, and two on the inside.

     Diagram Berlin Wall

     

     

     

     

     

    Step 2- screw all boards together at corners from outermost piece of wood.

    Step 3- lay sections of dry-wall over each 4x8 section of your frame and screw in along stud every 6". Repeat for both sides.

    Step4- Repeat steps 1-3 for your second section (If you are doing two sections) and then lay them side by side.

    Step 4- Create a footing for each with miscellaneous wood. A piece of particle-board attached with a brace on each side should suffice.

    Step 5- Stand each individual section of the structure upright. It will be VERY heavy. You will need at least one person per 4x8 section to get it upright. Then secure both sections by butting a brace and footing between them as well as attaching them at the top with a piece of 2x4.

    Step 6- Paint!

    Step 8- encourage classmates/ fellow students to help destroy a symbol of communism and tyranny!!!

    Your wall should look like this:

    Freedom Week at UMASS

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