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Old 07-02-2011, 08:15 PM   #1
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I am thinking about picking up some punch list carpentry work. I am wondering is trim carpentry, rotten wood replacement, and door & window install a good place to start? I am cutting lawns in the neighborhood to fund the tool buying.
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Old 07-02-2011, 08:25 PM   #2
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If that's what you're good at, it's probably a good place to begin.

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Replacing exterior trim,soffit and facia is a good start--

I'd leave exterior doors and trim for a time when you have some more experience doing them. A goof up on a window install may not show up for some time and some expensive damage could be the result.

If you find a customer who knows and trusts you--like a relative---I'm sure you can figure out the best and safest methods--then sell your new skills.

Interior trim and interior doors---Crown molding---and built in book cases are right up your alley. (and you have all or most of the tools to pull that off already)

Believe it or not,there is a guy around here with a truck filled with mail box post and mailboxes----sells the hell out of that truck---

Neighbors wander over to the guy as he works----one job gets him 3 or 4.

Post hole digger wheel barrow and a hoe---rack displaying his posts and boxes--

Brilliant.----Good luck---Mike---
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Mike, I have install some new construction windows at trade school.
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There is a differance between installing some windows at trade school and in the real world. At trade school I bet you had someone to help guide you through. I'm not saying you can't but somtimes they ain't the easiest things to do. Good Luck in your Quest.
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I understand, I really dont wont to get installing windows just yet, because replacement windows are not the same as new construction windows.
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In my opinion, from my experience in starting two companys the first one being a complete failure. It has allot to do with your start up capitol. If your mowing lawns to buy tools you definetly dont want to start a commercial company.
And your just a one man show, here you need a builders license to work residential for a home owner. I would think the best place to start out would be for property management companys. Dry wall patches, rekeying locks, cualking, low overhead and faster paying small jobs.
Everyone wants to be there own boss but guys dont realize that carpentry even for a artisan company is not even half the work. I spend more time checking and sending emails and faxes. And writing checks and bidding prints than I do wearing my tools. My younger brother makes a good living as a residential contractor/ superintendant and I would be suprised if hes ever owned a tool belt. But hes got the gift of gab and hes a people person. I do not have these qualitys fortunately the commercial jobs I bid could careless and really only depend on my price and paperwork.
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I forgot to say good luck, And I feel that my few years of holding a forman position was a really a important building block for me.
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I am thinking about picking up some punch list carpentry work. I am wondering is trim carpentry, rotten wood replacement, and door & window install a good place to start? I am cutting lawns in the neighborhood to fund the tool buying.
Tools can be borrowed or rented or bought when absolutely needed. The critical key for your success is not buying tools it is in getting and keeping customers. Print some business cards, get a website, place signage for your vehicle, pick up the phone and try and get hired as a sub to a siding & window firm.

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Tools can be borrowed or rented or bought when absolutely needed. The critical key for your success is not buying tools it is in getting and keeping customers. Print some business cards, get a website, place signage for your vehicle, pick up the phone and try and get hired as a sub to a siding & window firm.

Good luck to you in your endeavor.
If you insist on going into construction, then I think carolinahandyman has the right advice.

But I think you may want to hold on to the lawn cutting business. I know alot of "landscapers" who have made alot of money. The liability is much less and if you doing a cash business, you can keep alot more of your income. JMO.
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I am mowing lawns for income, it never hurts to make money.
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Make sure you tell all your lawn care customers you specialize in home repairs and finish carpentry, since they know and trust you, it may land you something.
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I am wondering is trim carpentry, rotten wood replacement, and door & window install a good place to start?
NO it's notGet your self in a framing crew on a fresh slab in june humping lumber all day long You need to learn from guys with experience! You need to be barked at when you do dumb chitIt builds character. Plus how you gonna put crap back together wihtout building skills
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CJ21 i am not been smart but you will want to get moving you are in your 20s you are eager to work yes ? , well when i was starting out i worked for nothing at the weekends to learn the trade , a young lad on my team he is working for a contractor for about 120 euro a week and the deal is he will qualify and have 4 years experience as a carpenter its short term pain for long term gain , so go to a contractor and do some type of deal like that it might help you
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I would like to work for a contractor first, but I have try to get a job with a contractor for two years with no sucess. So thats why I am going to try carpentry work on my own.
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well when i was starting out i worked for nothing
Yea there's a good ideago work for nothing, in fact you could pay the contractor to let you hump his wood around all day long
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I would like to work for a contractor first, but I have try to get a job with a contractor for two years with no sucess. So thats why I am going to try carpentry work on my own.
If this is really want you want to do then move to where the housing market is doing good.
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I wish I could, but cant afford a move at the momment! Things will get better!
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Yea there's a good ideago work for nothing, in fact you could pay the contractor to let you hump his wood around all day long
well over here in ireland in the 80s things were bad i wanted to be a carpenter so to get a heads up i worked the weekends for nothing , it was only my time and it gave me the confidence and experience that i wanted , times a tough and CJ could work with a contractor on trial on a lower wage to gain the experience he needs , you would let someone into your home with no experience to do work ?
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well over here in ireland in the 80s things were bad i wanted to be a carpenter so to get a heads up i worked the weekends for nothing , it was only my time and it gave me the confidence and experience that i wanted , times a tough and CJ could work with a contractor on trial on a lower wage to gain the experience he needs , you would let someone into your home with no experience to do work ?
There's always someone willing to take a chance to save a few bucks for someone they trust with less experience. Trust me I did it taking on paint jobs and repairs at age 19 with little experience.. confidence is key..and not botching the job obviously haha

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