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Working Alone: Tips & Techniques for Solo Building (For Pros By Pros) Paperback – December 15, 2000
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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
That might sound like a negative statement considering that I gave it 4 stars. On the contrary... this is a VERY helpful book.
My only complaint would be that the author recycles the same methods over and over again in a book that is structured to follow the phases of construction.
If the book is actually intended for an experienced builder, it would save time to describe a particular method and then discuss it's various uses.
Instead, this book goes phase-by-phase through the construction process. Utilizing many of the same techniques over and over again. Yet I felt compelled to keep reading in case there was something new around the corner. There wasn't.
I think this book is a "must read" for anyone who's looking to tackle a project on their own. Or a professional who's looking for some new ideas. It's full of great ideas that only come from necessity, and I fully intend to employ many of them at the first opportunity.
That being said; once you've mastered the concept of site-built brackets and using clamps as extra hands, the biggest contribution this book makes is in some of the author's solo-measuring procedures.
All three are worth the price of the book, just don't get so caught up that you think there's more in store "in the next chapter".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this as a gift for my dad and he loves it! He's done construction projects for over fifty years but said he's learning new tips from it.Published 15 days ago by Molly Hodgdon
Its ok, especially if your new to building. But if you have done much building at all, quite a bit of this is common sense.Published 2 months ago by Brian S
If you're building without a helper, this book will help you plan how to safely/efficiently move materials and tools to just the right spot.Published 4 months ago by KJ
JUST WANTED TO SEE IF IT TOLD ME HOW TO GROW ANOTHER ARM/HAND OR HOW TO NINJA WOOD AND NAILS THRU THE AIR
One of the best books I've picked up in a while. John Carroll has a great perspective on how to use tools and set up your work space. Read morePublished 8 months ago by E. Wasnetsky
Just what I needed. Lots more information that I expected. Everyone should have one.Published 10 months ago by COLLECTOR