Working Alone: Tips and Techniques for Solo Building

Working Alone: Tips and Techniques for Solo Building

by John Carroll


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561585458
Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/28/2000
Series: For Pros By Pros Series
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 792,195
Product dimensions: 7.94(w) x 9.94(h) x 0.45(d)

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 1Replacing a Helper's Hands4
The principal challenges of working alone6
Three ways to overcome the challenges7
Chapter 2Masonry Work18
Working with mortar19
Laying out a foundation21
Squaring up small projects32
Setting up scaffolding33
Chapter 3Floors and Walls36
Framing floors37
Building walls41
Erecting walls43
Chapter 4Stick-Built Roofs57
Laying out the roof58
Building the roof68
Chapter 5The Shell77
Framing nonbearing walls78
Finishing the eaves and rakes82
Installing windows and doors88
Shingling the roof91
Installing wood siding93
Chapter 6The Interior98
Hanging drywall99
Working on doors103
Running trim103
Hanging wall cabinets110
Squaring up a large tile layout110
Chapter 7Decks117
Outside structure118
Inside joists135
Final steps139
Chapter 8Limitations of Working Alone141
Jobs for more than one142
Using subcontractors to finish the job145
Facing the workday alone146

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