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hi i was wondering what the average day of being a carpenter looks like?

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Scott’s Answer

Hey Josh, it really depends on what sort of carpentry you are interested in. Certain branches stay in shops, and fabricate, some install/ build onsite. Either way, there is always a set up, a production, and a clean up period. We tend to start early, and finish early, but that almost always depends on your job progress.
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Connor’s Answer

Hi, Josh! I’m glad you’re interested in Carpentry. The trade varies, as there are many subcategories like framing, concrete forming, and finish carpentry. Typically carpenters start their day early and arrive to the job site around 7:00 AM. Once you get to the job site, the foremen will come up with a goal/plan for the day. Meanwhile, the apprentice(s) set up the job site. (moving lumber, sawhorses, extension cords, tools, nail guns, etc). After this, the team will come together and go over/share the plan with everyone. Then, you get started working. Around 11 you will break for an hour-long lunch. After lunch you continue working on what you were doing in the morning, or start a new phase. Generally, we begin to clean the job site up around 3:30-4:00 and load the tools neatly into the truck. Some days are harder & longer than others, but this is a typical day in the life of a carpenter!
Thank you comment icon Connor, thank you! Josh
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Dan’s Answer

Hey Josh

Looks like a few good answers to your question here already. The great thing about the Carpentry trade is that there are quite a few different avenues to go down. Finish carpentry, cabinet making, rough framing, Union and nonunion. the trade has so many different areas and when you find the one you like the most you will enjoy going to work every day.

What i liked best about it when i started was the fact that at the end of the day you could see what you had accomplished. A framed wall of a house, or a nice oak railing installation in a home.

Its a rewarding career in my eyes and something you can have as a skill later in life if your path takes you to a different career.

Best of luck,

Dan
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