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Offline Justin F.

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When the lone carpenter needs a helping hand
« on: August 03, 2008, 10:38 PM »
O.K.  --- I'm not a real carpenter but I do try to play one on weekends -- time off, etc., ---- and I'm usually alone.   Now I could ask some specific questions (but I don't know enough) , so I'll just generally ask the question:  "What tools have you found that make the lone carpenter's job easier?" 


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« Last Edit: August 04, 2008, 05:05 PM by Justin F. »
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Offline Tom Bellemare

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Re: When the lone carpenter needs a helping hand
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2008, 10:39 PM »
Clamps!


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Offline Peter Teubel

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Re: When the lone carpenter needs a helping hand
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2008, 10:57 PM »
This Book has helped me a great deal:

Working Alone

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Offline Greg in Memphis

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Re: When the lone carpenter needs a helping hand
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2008, 11:00 PM »
I love being able to rip 8 foot sheets of plywood all by myself safely with the help of my TS-75 and a rail or two.
I've got a friend with a table saw. He needs help every time he's gotta rip something big.

Greg

Offline Per Swenson

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Re: When the lone carpenter needs a helping hand
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2008, 11:08 PM »
This is turning into a fast cap day.

Author's disclaimer.  Fast cap give's me nuttin.

Folks, I don't leave home with out theseeither.

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Offline Justin F.

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Re: When the lone carpenter needs a helping hand
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2008, 11:10 PM »
Per, actually me thinking of those is the reason I started this thread ------ figured what else is out there to help that I don't know about.


Appreciate all the replies fellas.


Justin
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Offline Per Swenson

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Re: When the lone carpenter needs a helping hand
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2008, 11:21 PM »
They go by many names Justin, but look into a door lift, sheetrock pump,

ahh, hang on let me go find a picture.

Nah, go here

don't ever get the one that wraps around your foot. It is truly painful.

But these have more uses then just drywall.

Doors, cabinets, etc.

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Offline b_m_hart

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Re: When the lone carpenter needs a helping hand
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2008, 12:35 AM »
After perching precariously on a ladder and holding up a half a sheet of sheetrock while the better half stands by below putting screws onto my drill - I guess I was too tired to come up with a thread like this, haha.

Offline Eli

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Re: When the lone carpenter needs a helping hand
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2008, 05:50 AM »
I just don't bother trying to save the rental on a drywall lift anymore, I'll just get it. More than half a sheet overhead, drywall lift. I don't need the hassle.

Working alone, definitely clamps. I have the Bessey squeezy ones, great for holding one end of a board. The quickclamps are good I've heard, same thing cheaper. Pony or other brand spring clamps.

A good hand truck. Two wheeler, longshoreman dolly. I've got a fiberglass one, doesn't rust, lighter.

A lumber yard that delivers.

ratchet straps

radio w/ipod

a wheel for the MFT (thanks qwas?)

roller boy dollys

ikea bags (pass the long handle through the short handle on the opposite side, then tie the two long handles in an overhand knot. Great handle, you can carry heaps)

44 Gal rubbermaid can on wheel dolly. I took a whole bathroom through the front door of the house with this.
« Last Edit: August 04, 2008, 06:05 AM by Eli »
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Offline greg mann

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Re: When the lone carpenter needs a helping hand
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2008, 09:13 AM »
This is turning into a fast cap day.

Author's disclaimer.  Fast cap give's me nuttin.

Folks, I don't leave home with out theseeither.

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I'd like to see Karl Malden but those in his back pocket.
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Offline Mirko

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Re: When the lone carpenter needs a helping hand
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2008, 01:23 AM »
The "french cleat" don't make a wall cabinet with out it.


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Offline Eli

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Re: When the lone carpenter needs a helping hand
« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2008, 06:18 AM »
do you make the sides long and inset the back side for it Mirko?
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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: When the lone carpenter needs a helping hand
« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2008, 08:49 AM »
The "french cleat" don't make a wall cabinet with out it.


Mirko

Mirko, what do you do when the wall isn't flat?

Offline Tom Bainbridge

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Re: When the lone carpenter needs a helping hand
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2008, 08:53 AM »
put a pair of short ones in

or use thin plastic shims
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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: When the lone carpenter needs a helping hand
« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2008, 09:36 AM »
So the end or exposed side scribe panel has to be added after?

Offline Tom Bainbridge

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Re: When the lone carpenter needs a helping hand
« Reply #15 on: August 05, 2008, 12:27 PM »
if its kitchen work or modern cabinet construction, yes



if its high end modern work, or traditional cabinet

you dont have that option

you might even bin the cleat and use another fixing method
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Offline Mirko

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Re: When the lone carpenter needs a helping hand
« Reply #16 on: August 05, 2008, 08:25 PM »
1,001 ways to skin a cat...

If you over think this method... I would think, your losing the point?
end of the day, it all works.

Mirko





Offline Tom Bainbridge

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Re: When the lone carpenter needs a helping hand
« Reply #17 on: August 06, 2008, 03:20 PM »
tend to agree mirko

what works in one situation

is crap

in another
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Offline Steveo48

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Re: When the lone carpenter needs a helping hand
« Reply #18 on: August 16, 2008, 11:23 PM »
I love being able to rip 8 foot sheets of plywood all by myself safely with the help of my TS-75 and a rail or two.
I've got a friend with a table saw. He needs help every time he's gotta rip something big.

Greg

You can do it alone, you just gotta be a little inventive.  ;)  Rolling carts are great!

The last deck I built I did all by my stupid self.  10' off the ground,  I set nails into the posts to hold the beam in place while I drilled bolt holes.

You can work alone, but you don't have to like it.


Offline richard.selwyn

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Re: When the lone carpenter needs a helping hand
« Reply #19 on: August 17, 2008, 07:55 AM »
Accurate laser measure.  (I have a Hilti one)  I find it very hard to measure long distances in a room single handed (fitting coving etc) For example I measure with the laser, transfer the dimension onto the piece with a regular tape or use the Kapex rulers and the cut is as good as if I used a tape all the way through.

Much cheaper, but just as useful is the simple handle for carrying sheetrock (I actually brought a Stanley one back from the US as I couldn't find one here at the time.)

A spirit level with magnets for leveling up and fixing steel studding (sorry don't know the real name)

I'd like to get, but haven't yet, a level with an audible sound to tell you when its level.

Offline Eli

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Re: When the lone carpenter needs a helping hand
« Reply #20 on: August 17, 2008, 04:45 PM »
I'd like to get, but haven't yet, a level with an audible sound to tell you when its level.

my 2' Stabila does this, and I thought I'd really like the feature, but I don't use it as often as I thought. It can be annoying, usually I leave the beeper off.
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Offline Grinding One

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Re: When the lone carpenter needs a helping hand
« Reply #21 on: August 29, 2008, 10:54 PM »
Get a Gorilla Gripper,you can haul sheetgoods all by yourself very handily....WWW.Gorilla gripper.com
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