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Career Search Carpenters are involved in many different kinds of construction, from the building of highways and bridges to the installation of kitchen cabinets. Carpenters construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures made from wood and other materials. Each carpentry task is somewhat different, but most involve the same basic steps. Working from blueprints or instructions from supervisors, carpenters first do the layout—measuring, marking, and arranging materials—in accordance with local building codes. They cut and shape wood, plastic, fiberglass, or drywall using hand and power tools, such as chisels, planes, saws, drills, and sanders. They then join the materials with nails, screws, staples, or adhesives. In the last step, carpenters do a final check of the accuracy of their work with levels, rules, plumb bobs, framing squares, and surveying equipment, and make any necessary adjustments. Work environment. As is true of other building trades, carpentry work is sometimes strenuous. Prolonged standing, climbing, bending, and kneeling often are necessary. Carpenters risk injury working with sharp or rough materials, using sharp tools and power equipment, and working in situations where they might slip or fall. Although many carpenters work indoors, those that work outdoors are subject to variable weather conditions. Most carpenters work a standard 40 hour week. Hours may be longer during busy periods. In May 2006, median hourly earnings of wage and salary

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Linda asks…

looking into building your own house?

i was just wondering about this. im really tired of owing people money and loans. i could get a piece of land(i live in the middle of nowhere) and build my own house slowly piece by piece. ive seen people do this. heck i have a 3d program i can design the thing in myself.
i have plumbing, carpentry and electrical experience and a ton of my own tools. i have worked as an electrician so i can handle that part no problem, the only thing i honestly dont know about is building codes and concrete.
maybe i should work with some people and learn for a few years first. but i think it could be done.
the houses i see today are cheaply built, theyre not getting any better. and they cost a fortune, especially the ones in subdivisions. i dont want a mobile home they dont last and theyre just slapped together.
whats the best way to go about this? just wanted to hear from someone with experience…

Dusty answers:

YES it can be done.

I know this because I designed and built my own home by MYSELF with the help of my wife. I did hire someone to do the flat cement work, but I did my own basement (lower walk out level) walls. I used “Styrofoam” forms that you leave in place to make a finished R-25 wall.

I hired a crane to help set the trusses, I also had my two brothers and a friend help on this step. But other than that I did EVERYTHING else myself.

Don’t think it is cheap, building materials will still cost you a lot of money. And it takes a LOT of time. I took an entire year off work and devoted it to working on my home. I have been living in the home for 5 years now and am still finishing up parts of the trim work and my kitchen cabinets don’t have doors on them yet.

As far as building codes are concerned, you may have to hire some parts to be done by a licensed contractor. For example I had to have my well and septic systems put in my professionals because of State codes. You need to do the research with your local government to see what they require for zoning and permits.

My house is 3,400 square feet on three levels. I will E-mail you a picture if you want.

Charles asks…

How to tell employer I dont want to use saw?

I am 18 and I got a summer job where I am required to occasionally use a table saw. I have taken a wood shop class 5 years ago, however I am very scared of the darn thing. I am young and will have plenty of uses for my hands and fingers later. During the interview I was asked if I have any carpentry skills, to which I replied that I can use hand tools. It was never discussed that I will be using a table saw, nor was that mentioned in the ad for the position. I have told the shop manager that I am uncomfortable using the saw, and for a week I was not asked to touch it. But for future I need advice on how to refuse using the table saw without breaking or tensing relations with the employer. Any help would be appreciated.

Dusty answers:

If you are asked again; dont refuse… Be passive there and after finishing work show your concerns again by way of PERSUASIVE CHANNEL.

Share your concern with employer “tell him that customer might be dissatisfied over your performance”.

Maria asks…

motorbike or car/van?

OK im doing a carpentry apprenticeship , but i have Always been in to motorbike (buying fixing tuning selling) that kind of thing and i would like to fit both into a career BUT money is not good i currently ride a 50cc moped and can take my car test in February ( i can a car) but i cant afford the licence and insurance for a car but io can a bike, but if i was to do the full bike test how would i get tools about?
open to suggestion’s anything helps

many thanks Dan

Dusty answers:

Definatly go for the car mate. I made the mistake of spending all my cash on a bike as soon as i was old enough to drive. Was great in the summer, come winter your Riding to work in the rain and cold, its no fun trust me and pretty dangerous

Im a biker through and through, but the car is more practical for your tools and stuff. Get the car now, and the bike after that when you can afford it

Laura asks…

Justice or not Justice?? pt 2

Here’s what Happened.
For about 2 days now there has been some people ( A Carpentry Company ) working next door somewhere on the roof.. In order for them to work they need our permission to get into our property. So we give them permission to work in a certain Space and nowhere else. First at they have all these heavy tools on the lawn!!! and at the end of day one they “mistakenly” take a 20 ft. ladder it would of been gone if my father didn’t notice. On day two they get into our garden taking our tomatoes without any permission ( they were caught with a bag full by my mom. ) and leaving behind some plants crushed ending up in a huge argument with my mom the supervisor of the company! ( My father wasn’t home ). Note** Their supervisor sent them To take the tomatoes!

So my Question is this a situation to be held in court for their abusement to our property they had no right to do these things.

** On day 2 they finished work..

Dusty answers:

Only if you are suing them for damages which sounds like they crushed plants and stole some tomatos. I would simply wwrite them a letter and ask them to pay for damaged plants and stolen tomatoes. If they don’t and you think it is worth filing a suit do so but if not, I would file a complaint with the better business burea.

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