Carpenter Talk

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by disconnected, Jan 22, 2016.

  1. disconnected

    disconnected brap

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    I enjoy reading through threads about how-to topics. I know very little about plumbing, electrical and hvac, but commercial carpentry is my expertise. Are there many other professional carpenters here?
    Have any questions? Ask here, maybe we can help.
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    disconnected brap

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    This weeks job- Macy's in White Plains NY. Transferring "men's fragrance" to a "Sunglass Hut"

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  3. MrBob

    MrBob Knee-jerk liberal

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    Over 35 years here and still doing remodeling work during the summer. Started out as a union apprentice building clothing stores the Minneapolis area. Also operated a woodworking shop in Minneapolis during the late 70's. I built sets on the movie Beautiful Girls and have done a lot of work for museums.
    The link below is to my handyman business in Boulder, CO.
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  4. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    Used to work for a Canadian based company that manufactured store fixtures, signage and decor. Traveled all over troubleshooting and helping the Union Carpenters install our products in the finished stores. A&P, Waldbaums, Food Emporiums, Pathmark, Grand Union Etc. here in the NE.
    Staples all over the country and Canada, UK. Safeway on the West Coast.
    If you have been doing commercial interiors for 15 years or longer we may have even crossed paths. Who do you work for?
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    disconnected brap

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    I worked for a small General named Deklewa for about 9 years, latitude 40 did not pay there bills for the Pittsburgh facility and the closed there doors. We did lots of work at Pitt and the UPMC medical centers. I now work for a small company named B&B installations. Nice interior type projects. Our main client is Macy's. ;)
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    I went through the four year apprenticeship in Pittsburgh. I'm still in the Pittsburgh Local- :)
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    Where's the link? I was In Boukder in Sept. We made a trip to Boulder Beer.

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  8. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    Where is B&B out of?
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  9. Tweaker

    Tweaker ...

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    I used to do a lot of commercial floor work in SF Bay area out of the carpenters union, so I guess that makes me one. of sorts. We even got a dollar over scale. Actually, I have been doing finish work for 30 years, all residential now.
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  10. muddywater

    muddywater Long timer

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    All residential finish, all the time.

    Best job ever.
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  11. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    One man show general contractor here. My jobs range from handyman stuff to kitchen and bath remodels to furniture building to the occasional commercial trim/cabinet job. I've been on my own for a couple years, and I did residential remodel stuff for about 10 years before that- mostly here in the SF bay area. I really like the variety I get with being a one man show- foundations, framing, trim, tile, etc. I get bored if I do just one thing for too long.
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  12. Vince

    Vince Been here awhile

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    I would like to know how to develop the bevel cuts on creeper rafters Little joke, been a chippy, carpenter for 40 years in Sydney.And have had a Builders License for 25 years Done just about everything except maybe built a Dam, whatever it takes to make a buck. I actually did a little work on your typical Yank house construction a while back,everything covered with ply roof included .First time for me as its way different to our methods. We do some wall bracing with a sheet or 2 but not the whole house. Seen a few of your building TV shows and find the differences in methods interesting. Just to show how different before we went metric, 30 years ago the way we expressed stud sizes was 4 x 2, its such a jolt to hear 2 x4.
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  13. mhasek

    mhasek n00b

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    I have been a commercial residential cabinetmaker for 30 years. Never got rich. My wife and I own a 100 year old farm house and barn here in Wisconsin. It is in the middle of the suburbs. I have been doing remodeling over the years on the house with tax return money, new windows, kitchen usual stuff. What I need help trying to figure out is the barn is falling apart on me and has anyone ever taken a barn down and used the still good lumber and rebuilt a smaller shop/garage. I have pictures as soon as I figure out how to load. The front half still has full size lumber the back pretty much ant eaten. The concrete floor is sketchy but I hate start over. I was just wondering if anyone has ever tried undertaking something like this?
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  14. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    The most stupid question ever...

    I really Hate MDF, i find it weak, lame holding screws and even glue, heavy, prone to bow if is to loaded (I can have more than two times the span with the same thickness of plywood (3/4" Usually) but on youtube pretty much every time somebody is making a top for a router table, feeding table for a saw that is what they used..

    Why..?? because is slipery, easy to finish... ?
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  15. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    Do you mean mdf (brown, very fine grain) or melamine (particle board with thin slippery white coating)? Both are nice and flat and smooth. Melamine is slippery but weak and chip prone. MDF is ok strength wise if you work within it's limits, but not as good as ply of course. If you don't like MDF, often you can sub MDO, medium density overlay- it's a thin MDX layer over fir plywood. also known as signboard.
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  16. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    What do you use for sheathing? You're right, most everything is fully covered in plywood here, but there's starting to be more homes that have ply shear panels near the corners and use rigid foam for the rest of the sheathing, with strapping over that to nail the siding into.
    Over here those rafters on a hip roof are called cripples, not creepers. . . lots of regional difference in building terms though, always fascinates me to hear the variety.
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  17. Dr. Pinetree

    Dr. Pinetree Michael Motorcycle

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    Is your bathroom done?
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  18. Vince

    Vince Been here awhile

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    Yes it is, only took 15 years after adding a 2nd bathroom. We do a lot of Brick veneer, thats a structural stud internal wall with a cavity and then a skin of bricks outside, ceramic tiled roof or gal steel roof. A lot depend on what material is really available in your area or what the market is comfortable with. Very hard to come up with new ideas, it scares buys to do this. And then we get real cleaver Architects who push the limits, and then I spend years trying to keep the rain out. I love a good eave,but there out of fashion these days/
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    One of my favorite parts about a small company is fabricating our own cabinets. I love shop days.

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    I think because it's more stable if different humidity conditions.
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