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Old 01-11-2011, 07:58 AM   #16
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I remember those.... does that mean I'm old??? LOL

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Old 01-11-2011, 09:16 AM   #17
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When a 'greenie' starts it is always as a helper--first step up is cut guy- then nailer-eventually you will be trusted to made the layouts--Mike--
Man that hurts, now I know why my crews wanted me to do all the cutting.

I would suggest trying to work with a carpenter who does additions as you will sure get a lot of different situations and learn a lot quickly. You have already been on the job and seen some things so now go to reading all you can. There are mail order classes and if you are a vet, you can go through the vet program, I think it is still around.

After I had been working with my dad for a couple of years I wanted to do some reading to see if there was an easier way to build, that was the best move I had made as I learned formulas and ways to figure things and to put that knowledge into practice. You can learn the basics and whys and hows from someone else and books but you will develop your own techniques because what works for someone else may not work for you, in other words what seems easier for some may not be the easiest for you.

You will find you will do most of the learning by doing and reading and asking questions then applying.

The TV DIY programs are OK but you may not learn all you need to know from them. Also, I have seen them do things that were wrong and should not have shown what they did.
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The TV DIY programs are OK but you may not learn all you need to know from them. Also, I have seen them do things that were wrong and should not have shown what they did.
Boy, you got THAT right!

I've almost had a heart attack seeing the ways they do a few things!

Really makes you wonder how much they're paying their 'consultants'!

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