Working Alone: Tips and Techniques for Solo Building

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Working Alone With this unique book, you won't have to wait for a helper or pass up a job that seems too difficult to do alone. Written by a builder with 30 years' experience, Working Alone is packed with more than 50 innovative tips and techniques. You'll learn how to handle nearly every aspect of home construction alone, from foundation layout to raising walls to building decks.
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Overview

Working Alone With this unique book, you won't have to wait for a helper or pass up a job that seems too difficult to do alone. Written by a builder with 30 years' experience, Working Alone is packed with more than 50 innovative tips and techniques. You'll learn how to handle nearly every aspect of home construction alone, from foundation layout to raising walls to building decks.
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Carpenters will be enthusiastic about both these new efforts. Together they make a complete package for anyone interested in building. Spence has produced a hefty textbook-style guide to carpentry that covers the entire process of building from planning through finishing. The scope is impressive--704 pages and 2300 black-and-white photographs and drawings, building codes, foundations, framing, doors and windows, exterior finishing, cabinet construction, and tools. Newer techniques, such as steel framing and popular trends, like post-and-beam construction, are covered in separate sections. The comprehensive safety section is outstanding. Many of the processes are way beyond the comfort zone of the average do-it-yourselfer; however, there is something here for everyone, beginner to expert. Most do-it-yourselfers have encountered jobs where they could have used three or four hands; Carroll, a solo homebuilder, has come to their rescue with a slim volume that shows many of the tricks he uses to safely and efficiently complete work on his own. Readers who have completed projects will be suprised at how much easier their projects would have been had they known Carroll's techniques. Using straightforward text and line-drawings, he shares a variety of tips and labor-saving techniques for masonry, framing, siding installation, measuring, and hanging drywall. He shows how to cope with problems such as the collapse of the overextended tape measure. There really isn't anything else like this book on the market. Spence's title will get greater use in the library because it is a more general reference title; but both are excellent and will appeal to both do-it-yourselfers and professionals. Recommended for larger public library collections.--Jonathan N. Hershey, Akron-Summit Cty. P.L., Akron, OH Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561585458
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Series: For Pros By Pros Series
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 837,269
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 9.94 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

John Carroll began his career in the late 1960s roofing houses during summer vacations from high school. He is still building and repairing houses in and near Durham, N.C. He is a frequent contributor to Fine Homebuilding and JCL magazines and is the author of three books on building.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 2
Chapter 1 Replacing a Helper's Hands 4
The principal challenges of working alone 6
Three ways to overcome the challenges 7
Chapter 2 Masonry Work 18
Working with mortar 19
Laying out a foundation 21
Squaring up small projects 32
Setting up scaffolding 33
Chapter 3 Floors and Walls 36
Framing floors 37
Building walls 41
Erecting walls 43
Chapter 4 Stick-Built Roofs 57
Laying out the roof 58
Building the roof 68
Chapter 5 The Shell 77
Framing nonbearing walls 78
Finishing the eaves and rakes 82
Installing windows and doors 88
Shingling the roof 91
Installing wood siding 93
Chapter 6 The Interior 98
Hanging drywall 99
Working on doors 103
Running trim 103
Hanging wall cabinets 110
Squaring up a large tile layout 110
Chapter 7 Decks 117
Outside structure 118
Inside joists 135
Final steps 139
Chapter 8 Limitations of Working Alone 141
Jobs for more than one 142
Using subcontractors to finish the job 145
Facing the workday alone 146
Resources 149
Index 151
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