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Everything you need to know about finding a Carpenter

Carpenters build, erect or repair structures that are made of wood, steel or wood substitutes. They can build the frame of the house, walls and roof; install doors, windows, floors, cabinetry, ceiling tiles; erect scaffolding; complete other structural work such as sub-floor framing; and may even repair damaged furniture. Carpenters may specialise in a particular area of the trade, so be sure your chosen professional is able to complete your specific project.

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Role of a Carpenter:

  1. Layout/design: Carpenters must select the materials for the project and measure and mark them to ensure that they are the correct dimensions required.

  2. Cutting and joining materials: Cutting may be done with power or hand tools. The cutting stage also includes any shaping that needs to be done. Materials are joined using nails, glue, screws or bolts and rulers. Levels and other framing tools are employed to ensure accuracy in joining.

  3. Estimation: Carpenters estimate the amount of materials that will be required to complete a project.

  4. Interpretation: Carpenters interpret and read blueprints and other plans to find out what will be required for a project.

  5. Follow building guidelines: Carpenters are required to follow local and national building codes and standards when working on any project. 

Projects Carpenters Can Assist With

  1. Doors:  Carpenters install, repair and replace all types of doors from standard bedroom doors to complicated ornate doors. If the old door frame is no longer adequate, they can install an entirely new frame depending on your needs. See carpenters - doors for more information.

  2. Windows: As well as doors, carpenters can install new windows and repair or replace old windows. They can also install window accessories such as hinges and openers. For more information see carpenters - windows.

  3. Formwork: This is needed when concrete is layed on your property. A carpenter is the ideal professoinal for designing, building and dismantling formwork and ensuring it is durable and able to support the structure (see carpenters - formwork).

  4. Handrails: These are necessary to ensure staircases, balconies, patios and decks are safe and secure. Carpenters are skilled at working with timber, so can construct a simple or ornate handrail to suit your home decor and tastes. For more information see carpenters - handrails.

  5. Building decking:  A carpenter can design and build a beautiful deck, so you can enjoy your outdoor space year-round. They can also install necessary accessories such as stairs, ramps and handrails. See building decking for more.

  6. Architraves:  These are an attractive feature in any home, as they go around windows or doors to hide gaps between the window or door frame and the wall (see architraves). Carpenters can help choose the ideal architrave and the appropriate type of fixing to match.

  7. House frames: As the house frame is the skeleton of the home, it is important to ensure it is erected correctly. Carpenters can erect house frames for new homes and extensions or additions, be it flat roofs, gable roofs or other types of house frames. For more informatoin see carpenters - house frames.

  8. Ramps: Carpenters are able to build any type of ramp you require, including wheelchair and access ramps, skate ramps, boat ramps and so on. They can also help you obtain the required permits for the ramp, and design a ramp that is safe and suitable. See carpenters - ramps for more information.

  9. Renovations: Whether you are undertaking small or large renovations in your home, carpenters can assist throughout the process. They can help install kitchen cabinets, add an extension or deck, install new floors, wardrobes and so on. They can also help you obtain planning permissions and permits where required and assist with the design of your renovation. For more information see carpenters - renovations.

  10. Skirtings: Skirtings are a decorative feature that can help finish off the look of a room. Carpenters can install new skirtings or replace old skirtings with ease using wood, MDF or plaster. See carpenters - skirting for more options.

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How Much Does a Carpenter Cost?

Carpenters will typically charge anywhere from $30 to $50 per hour, depending on your location and their experience. This will include their time and you should confirm if materials are part of any quote. More expensive hardwood timbers, for example, will carry a price premium over soft timbers such as pine. Carpenters can advise you which type of timber is best suited to your project. If you are building a large structure such as a timber deck, any quote should include itemised labour and materials costings.

Carpenter Licensing

In some states carpenters are required to be licensed to do work above a certain value. This is a legal requirement and ensures your job is done by a qualified tradesperson. There is more information on licensing of carpenters on Licensedtrades.com.au.


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