More Tips for Working Solo
Another example of how creative problem-solving can put the biggest of jobs within the reach of a single carpenter (and his tractor).
Recently I posted a video of me trimming a porch by myself, which I shared in response to a podcast discussion where we argued about the value and efficiency of trying to tackle projects without a helper. Feedback showed that the video struck a chord with people, and we got a lot of requests for copies of John Carroll’s book, Working Solo. So when I was recently taking a stroll down memory lane and flipping through issue 1 (circa 1981) of Fine Homebuilding and came across an article titled Solo Timber-Raising, I knew I had to unearth the illustrations from that old gem and share them with everybody.
If you haven’t checked out our archive of old issues, I urge you to take a look! Some of the things we used to talk about are outdated, for sure, but others are useful because of their age. For instance, the illustration in that same issue about mapping out a whole-house drain-waste-vent (DWV) system shows cast-iron pipes and other strategies that are now antiquated. But for remodelers looking to work on their old house or a customer’s old house, they’re pure gold!