Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Working Alone: Tips And Techniques For Solo Building By John Carroll

Working Alone: Tips and Techniques for Solo Building

Working Alone: Tips And Techniques For Solo Building By John Carroll

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Product Description

-- Discusses all aspects of laying foundations, raising walls, and more for small or one-person crews
Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #33910 in Books
  • Published on: 2002-01-09
  • Released on: 2000-12-15
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .45" h x 7.94" w x 9.94" l, 1.14 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 152 pages
Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal
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 impressiveA704 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.AJonathan N. Hershey, Akron-Summit Cty. P.L., Akron, OH
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

97 of 100 people found the following review helpful.
5Very Useful and Informative Book
By Reeder Lyons
I've been in the remodeling business since 1975, and have worked most of this time by myself.

I'm just finishing a 10 x 20 room addition for a customer. I purchased this book at the beginning of this project and have found Mr. Carroll's book refreshing and informative. There were many ideas and suggestions that were benificial. I found the rafter layout-jig very useful.

His suggestions about the "math" of the rafter was very useful, and increased my capacity to complete the job in a timely maner which helped my bottom line.

I appreciated his easy reading style and found his book enjoyable.

I wish his information on the cornice system had been a little more detailed, but found his explanations sufficent.

I found his information about clamps and holding jigs to be of special interest and enjoyed all of his book. I even bought his other book, "Measuring, Marking, and Layout", which I also found enlighting, enjoyable, fun, and benificial, to my professional standing as a remodeler.

Thanks for two great books, that help take the mystery out of some of the more complex parts of our profession.


Reeder Lyons IMH Remodeling & Repair

47 of 48 people found the following review helpful.
5Gleaning one useful tip alone worth the book's price
By John A. Grossbohlin
It has been some 30 years since I first helped build a 4 car garage and there have been many "working alone" projects, ranging from additions, to decks, to complete home remodels since. I'm completely remodeling a house now... Over those years I figured out many of the tips in the book myself. However, it would have been far more efficient to have had the book 30 years ago. The book somewhat makes up for not having a mentor... i.e., someone to "cause [you] to be taught Informed and Instructed in the Trade, Art and Mystery of a [builder]." (Paraphrased from an 18th century apprenticeship agreement). I'm about to order another copy for my brother...

45 of 46 people found the following review helpful.
5Speaking as a novice...
By MicrobeMentor
this book was extremely helpful to me in building a detached room for my son. The book was recommended from a website about building small houses, so I reserved it through our library. Having read the book, I found the tips and explanations for framing rafters provided clarification for the sketchy instructions from the 5 other books we have about building outbuildings. Perhaps using clamps and homemade jigs to support work is a given for a professional, but it was an eye-opener for me! I did extensive renovation on my historical house, but had help from friends to do it. Building this room from the ground up mostly alone is a different matter. I wish we had this book when we were trying to square the foundation. I am now ordering the book for myself, as the library wants their own book back!!



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