Somerset Carpenters provide some useful infomation about the services they provide.
It is pretty easy to think about carpenters because everyone has heard about them. However do you really know the types of activities carpenters are involved in and what kind of equipment they use in order to carry their work out? I expect not. In addition to this, their demand is much bigger than you may think.
Carpenters and joiners work with wood. They work on building sites and in workshops. They make, fit or repair doors, windows, staircases, floorboards, roof trusses and partitions. They use traditional tools, as well as specialised modern power or hand tools which they use for cutting, shaping, smoothing and finishing.
Carpenters specialist work is needed in a broad variety of activities, ranging from installing kitchen cabinets to building roof trusses. They may be employed by small home builders, remodeling companies and large construction contractors, they may be required to build formwork ready for concrete to be poured in to or simply make a new set of doors.
There are four main types of carpenter and joiner
- Bench joiners who are mainly workshop based, using woodworking tools and machinery to make parts such as doors, windows, roof timbers and skirting boards
- Site carpenters who work on site, fitting the prefabricated parts into buildings
- Shopfitters, who specialise in producing and fitting shop fronts and interiors
- Formwork carpenters who make moulds (formwork) for concrete structures, such as pillars for motorways and multi-storey car parks, bridges, suspended floors and staircases.
Although a carpenters day-to-day activities may vary, they follow a similar procedure when producing their work. For instance, the layout, including the phases of measuring, making and arranging all the necessary materials comes first. Next, they fix the materials together by using nails, staples, screws or adhesive substances. Finally, carpenters use a wide-ranging variety of tools in order to ensure that their final work is precise and accurate, adjusting whatever needs to be corrected. They may use rules, framing squares, plumb bobs and levels for measuring the accuracy.
Carpenters need to posses the following traits
- Be practical and have good hand skills
- The ability to follow drawings, plans and both written and spoken instructions
- To be fit and agile in order to cope with the physical demands of the job
- Be interested in working both indoors and outdoors
As well as working on new buildings, carpenters or joiners find work in a variety of different areas such as building maintenance and repair, adding fittings and extensions in existing houses, and working for building contractors, local authorities and shopfitting companies. Many carpenters are self-employed.
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