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  • Installing Exterior Doors All types of exterior doors have advantages and disadvantages. Depending upon your needs, you should choose a new door with looks, durability, price, and energy efficiency in mind. All door types are available with windows, transoms, and…

  • Dropping Hip Rafters Dropping hip rafters is required in order for the jacks to plane properly with the rest of the roof. Since a hip rafter travels at a 45 degree angle to the commons the stand of the rafter…

  • Door Framing Rough Openings Determining rough openings for door framing can sometimes be a confusing task. With the multitude of pre hung door manufacturers, its no wonder there are sometimes mistakes made. The general rule of thumb being, the rough…

  • Dome Ceiling Roofs by Bolisman (Guam) Not a carpenter by trade but very involved in church projects. Latest project is to build and install a 12 foot radius dome and install it in a room on the ceiling. Perferred materials…

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  • Deck Stairs Riser Height by Don (Pittsburg MO) I’m trying to build a set of stairs for my deck and I come up with a riser height of 8 and 1/8 inches. My overall rise is 56 and 7/8 inches…

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  • Cutting Rafters Accurately Cutting rafters is not hard, the difficulty lies in finding the correct rafter length and using the framing square to lay them out accurately. Nice tight rafter cuts are the key to a sturdy well built roof.…

  • Cutting Hip Rafters When cutting hip rafters I prefer to cut them one at a time, because of the size and complexity, gang cutting is impossible. If you are not already familiar with the parts of a hip roof feel…

  • Cordless Power Tools How did our forefathers ever get along without cordless power tools? In recent years advancements have been made in battery life, charging time, ergonomics, and motor technology. In light of these improvements, maybe it’s time to retire…

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  • Basic Concrete Forms Poured wall concrete forms come in a wide variety of different forming systems. Over the years I have become familiar with several types, some of which worked very well, others not so well. Perhaps you remember the…

  • Chalk Line Clamp I’m for anything that makes my job easier. The chalk line clamp invented by Albert Cruz of Kansas does just that. I’ve been at this for nearly thirty years, and had accepted the fact that a slipping…

  • Ceiling Joists 24 X 24 Garage by Phil (Old Mazon, IL) I am in the planning stages of building a 24 X 24 foot garage with a 5/12 pitch gable roof. Instead of using scissor trusses I want to cut…

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  • Carpentry Training Courses Carpentry training courses are offered by almost all trade schools as well as local union apprentice classes. While the majority of experience will be gained from on the job training, in order to move up the ladder…

  • Common Carpentry Terms A lot of the carpentry terms and definitions vary from region to region and sometimes from town to town. I’ve tried to use the politically correct name as well as all the slang used in house framing,…

  • Carpentry Schools Carpentry schools are an excellent way to receive the training needed to move up the pay ladder in the construction industry. This type of training is available thru high school vocational classes, carpentry trade schools, and the local…

  • Carpentry Math In mental terms, carpentry math is the hardest part of any rough framing carpenter’s job. Many carpenter’s never venture beyond simple addition and subtraction. Simply because they are intimidated by words, such as trigonometry, geometry, hypotenuse, or Pythagorean…

  • Carpentry Tips for House Framing Use this page to find new carpentry tips on all aspects of house framing and related tools as they are added. Tips including house framing, roof framing, how to build stairs, carpentry tools,and related equipment.…

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  • Planning to Build a Shed The first and most important step to build a shed is the planning part, without a good plan you probably won’t be very happy with your shed in the end. Always Remember, “A Failure to…

  • Basic Carpentry Tools List First and foremost, when choosing basic carpentry tools, never choose the cheapest available! It has been my experience when purchasing carpentry tools, that you get what you pay for. When you buy cheap tools they hurt…

  • Balloon Framing Gable Walls Modern balloon framing, lay out and construction methods for framing a gable wall. This wall framing method is only used in certain situation’s by carpenter’s in today’s age of platform framing. In today’s carpentry world there…

  • Basic Roof Framing Instructions The first step in conventional roof framing is to layout and cut a common rafter pattern. The rise and run of the common rafter will determine the height of the ridge board as well as the…

  • Modern balloon framing, lay out and construction methods for framing a gable wall. This wall framing method is only used in certain situation’s by carpenter’s in today’s age of platform framing. In today’s carpentry world there are many advantages and…