Carpentry in Fort Myers

How to build Staircases

  1. Measure the height of the area where you will install the stairs
  2. Divide the total rise by the typical rise per step
  3. Divide the total rise by the number of steps to get the actual rise per step
  4. Establish the run of each step
  5. Find the total run of the staircase
  6. Decide if your stairs need landings
  7. Calculate the length of the stringers
  8. Determine how you will attach the stairs to the existing structure
  9. Count how many stringers you will need
  10. Lay out a sufficiently long piece of 2 in × 12 in (5.1 cm × 30.5 cm) lumber
  11. Mark a carpenter's square to the height and depth of your steps
  12. Modify the top of the stringer to account for the overall angle
  13. Measure and mark each step along the piece of lumber
  14. Use a circular saw or hand saw to cut the step notches
  15. Square off the bottom of the stringer so that it will sit flush with the ground
  16. Test the stringer by setting it in place
  17. Use the first stringer as a template off of which to base the next stringers
  18. Install the stringers
  19. Secure and stabilize the stringers by installing risers
  20. Secure and stabilize the stringers by installing risers.
  21. Install the treads
  22. Attach trim boards to the outer stringers
  23. Varnish, paint, or seal your stairs if necessary

How to do Framing

  1. Plan the layout
  2. Cut the plates
  3. Mark the plates for studs
  4. Secure the bottom plate
  5. Attach the top plate
  6. Install the studs
  7. Install blocking boards
  8. Take measurements in the space where the wall will go
  9. Cut studs and plates to the appropriate lengths, given your measurements
  10. Mark where the studs will go on the top and bottom plate
  11. Assemble the frame
  12. Fill in blocking boards
  13. Raise the wall
  14. Shim each section and check for plumb
  15. Secure the wall to the beams or joists accordingly

How to install Trusses

  1. Measure your structure to determine how big your truss needs to be
  2. Use a simple king post truss to reinforce small, lightweight structures
  3. Build a Fink truss to bolster a floor, roof, or deck
  4. Construct a Howe truss to provide unshakable support from below
  5. Size the bottom chord 0.25 inches (0.64 cm) longer than the floor
  6. Incorporate overhanging top chords to add extra visual flair
  7. Cut plywood gusset plates to fasten together lightweight trusses
  8. Use steel gusset plates to secure trusses for weight-bearing structures
  9. Create a detailed sketch of your truss design
  10. Submit your building plans to your local licensing authority
  11. Measure and mark your timber with a pencil
  12. Cut your truss pieces to size using a jigsaw
  13. Assemble your truss in the desired shape
  14. Use construction adhesive to hold the truss components together
  15. Attach gusset plates at each connection site to fasten the finished truss

What do you need?

  • Common Nails
  • Chalk reels and Chalk
  • Plumb Bobs
  • Safety Glasses
  • Carpenter Squares
  • Cutting Knives
  • Pencils Crayons and Chalk
  • Drywall Panels
  • Pressure Treated Lumber
  • Standard Level
  • Hand Saws
  • Framing Hammers
  • Tape Measures
  • Stud Finders

Carpentry Suppliers in Fort Myers

84 Lumber
The Home Depot
Lowe's Home Improvement

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Carpenters in Fort Myers

Ken Bunting Carpentry Inc
Woodland Custom Homes
Haworth and Sons Carpentry & HVAC LLC

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