Synopses & Reviews
-- Discusses all aspects of laying foundations, raising walls, and more for small or one-person crews
A unique guide written by a builder with 30 years of experience, offering innovative tips and techniques on handling nearly every aspect of home construction alone, from foundation layout to raising walls to building decks. Includes b&w illustrations. Carroll is a contributor to Fine Homebuilding ma
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.
This unique book is worth a second set of hands by offering solo builders and do-it-yourselfers proven tips, techniques, and shortcuts for careful, precise, and safe construction. 130 drawings.
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.