If your'e working alone, this book will be your second set of hands. You won't have to wait for a helper or pass up a job that seems too difficult to do alone. And if youre a homeowner working on your own house, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.
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.
This book, the only one of its kind, offers a myriad of unique solo solutions. A perfect example is the problem of bringing a large sheet of plywood up a ladder. Even with a helper, this is a difficult and dangerous task. But if a large C-clamp is fastened to one end of the plywood, it's easy to pull the sheet up the ladder from behind. Clever techniques like this will have you solving common problems safely and efficiently.
About 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.
Table of Contents
|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|
|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|
|Working on doors||103|
|Hanging wall cabinets||110|
|Squaring up a large tile layout||110|
|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|