Interior Trim Carpentry – Jobsite Assessment and Preview

I have previously posted concerning the necessity of assessing components when pricing and planning interior carpentry jobs. Jobsite assessments are just as necessary. Jobsite assessment influences pricing, logistical planning, and schedules. If planning an assessment visit, bring your tape measure, the blueprints, and a level. Scout accessibility, available workspace, storage possibilities and the workmanship of prior trades. This exercise affects the profitability of any job....

Carpentry Tips – Use a Story Pole to Save Time and Money

Story pole use saves time and money. Story poles also increase consistency and accuracy when doing layout. The correct placement of shelving, molding, or other carpentry components requires precise measurement. Layout measurements repeat in order to keep components at the same elevation or at the same interval spacing. Carpenters and other craftsmen use tape measures for layout but for repetitive measurements. Doing a one-time...

Saw Bench Risks-Attitudes and Examples

Saw bench risks include several injury possibilities. Cuts, amputations, lifting injuries, trips and falls, hearing loss. This post will deal with lacerations and amputations. When I left the teaching position and took up carpentry, my first mother-in-law was not happy. Her prophesy (and perhaps her wish) was that I would cut off my hand or at least a finger in short order. I suppose...

Construction Safety Consultation-OSHA and State Agencies

  Nobody knows everything about safety. Unknown safety violations lurk in every industry. Construction safety consultations from some professional source are probably necessary for most companies in order to develop safety programs. Paid consultants can are effective or not. OSHA provides free safety consultations and safety consultations are available at the state level as well. I have included a link to OSHA’s On-Site Consultation...

Interior Trim Carpentry Components Assessment BuilderSavvy.com

Which interior trim carpentry components are specified for a job, how much, how many and what sizes are all questions to consider when pricing a trim job. The other day I was asked, “How much do you charge per square foot for trim?” My reply, “It depends.” Him, “Don’t you have a standard installation price that you can give me?” Me, “Do all of...