By John Carroll
This targeted publication is worthy a moment set of fingers. It deals solo developers and do-it-yourselfers confirmed suggestions, strategies, and shortcuts for cautious, particular, and secure development.
There are repeatedly whilst a helper may make a role more straightforward, and now and again potential in any respect, yet with John Carroll's smart, professional information, there's little need to attend for aid. This publication, the one one in every of its sort, deals how one can get by way of with not just one pair of fingers yet to paintings extra successfully to boot. an ideal instance is the matter of bringing a wide sheet of plywood up a ladder. regardless of a helper it is a tricky and hazardous activity. but when a wide C-clamp is fixed to 1 finish of the plywood, it's effortless to drag the sheet up the ladder from in the back of.
Professional developers and contractors who paintings by myself or in small crews will locate this publication packed with necessary how one can retain the paintings relocating, with out expensive delays or the necessity to rent extra helpers. householders, who're usually confronted with operating on my own, will use those shrewdpermanent innovations to resolve universal difficulties correctly.
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Square at each end of the lay out (see the drawing on the facing page). I use the diagonal of that square to get the side walls of the porch perpendicular. This technique allows me to use a measuring stick for the diagonal measurement instead of fabricating a bracket to hold the end of the tape. To create the triangle, I attach a string to batter boards centered 6 ft. MASONRY WORK Squaring the Sides of a Long, Narrow Addition Block off a square section at each end of the layout and calculate the hypotenuse.
They are quick and accurate, and they often require less time than it would take to get a coworker to stop what he's doing to give you a hand. Laying Out the Walls The only purpose of the second person at layout stage is to hold the end of the tape measure, and it's not that difficult to find a mechani cal means to do that. Laying out the walls by yourself not only frees the helper's hands for more prof itable work, but it can also make your job easier. I find the presence BUILDING WALLS of another person distracting, and I prefer to do the layout by myself even when there are others avail able.
I find the presence BUILDING WALLS of another person distracting, and I prefer to do the layout by myself even when there are others avail able. When I need to provide an edge to hook my tape to, I nail my speed square in place as I did when laying out floor joists. When I lay out small items, like closets, doors, and windows, I use measuring sticks, which are stiff, lie nice and flat, and don't need to be anchored at one end. Straightening the Wood Carpentry textbooks make building a wall seem like a mere matter of assembling parts.