June 2001 — February 2013
During my employment at J.B.J. I worked for my father who was the owner. My main responsibility were to load the work trucks daily for the next days work making sure the proper tools and materials were ready and loaded for the next day. I was responsible for driving one of the company trucks and getting to the job on time. I helped supervise employees as well as train them in areas where they had no experience. I was sometimes responsible for keeping the hours for the employees and running the crew whenever my father was not around. I was sometimes responsible for taking some employees and doing jobs on our own. We specialized in new construction and residential remodel as well as commercial and industrial. During my employment here I learned how to work on scissor lifts and with many power tools. My father's company did little sub contracting. We did all the work from ground up. The only thing we always sub contracted was concrete, brick laying and heating and cooling. During my employment for my father I have become very proficient in many trade skills.
My skills include:
Framing- I learned how to frame houses from the ground up. I learned how to build and frame headers, walls, rafters, floor and ceiling joists and beams. I learned how to frame metal by doing commercial work in restaurants and stores. I learned how to sheet walls and roofs with plywood and how to wrap the walls with Tyvek. I became very proficient with air and gas powered nail guns, skill saws, miter saws, saws alls, table saws, hammers, hammer drills, concrete anchors, joist hangers, nail sizes, and ladders.
Electrical- I know how to bend, cut and install electrical conduit. I know how to cut, run and install electrical whip as well as romex wire. I have experience in running wires and using the correct wire size and colors per application. I know how to install junction boxes and how to install boxes in finished walls. I know how to install new switches and outlets as well as replace them or upgrade them. I am very skilled at installing new construction and remodeling cans. I know how to hang and install electrical boxes. I know how to install ceiling fans. I have a little experience wiring in electrical panels but still need more training. I have experience running t.v. cable, phone wires, high speed internet wires and surround sound systems. I have good working knowledge of electrical hand tools, cutters, crimpers and drills.
Plumbing- I have very good skills in plumbing. I know how to install pvc sprinkler systems as well as running pvc drains and air stacks. I know how to clean and glue pipes together as well as knowing how to lay out more complex installs. I know how to install floor drains for toilets and wall drains for sinks and washing machines. I know how to cut, clean and solder copper pipe. I know how to install shower valves, undermount sinks, disposals, shower heads, jets, tubs and shower stalls. I know hot to install green board Durok and Wonder Board. I know how to install and replace toilets, sinks and many different plumbing fixtures. I have good working knowledge of pipe cutters, solder, glue, flex, Teflon tape, propane torches, drills and pipe mounting hardware.
Drywall- I know how to measure, cut and install and finish drywall. I know how to hang drywall nod account for electrical and plumbing and other things that need to be avoided by screws when installing. I know how to measure and cut the holes for switches, outlets and whatever else needs to be exposed through the wall. I know how to use drills with drywall tips as well as automatic drillers that are belt fed. I know how to use ceiling lifts to install ceilings. I Know how to tape all joints and seams. I am very skilled in using Durabond 5-90 as well as Plus3 for mudding joints, corners and seams. I am very skilled at sanding and finishing as well. I am very skilled at fixing and repairing damaged drywall from nail holes, scrapes, gouges, water damage and huge holes. I am skilled at skim coating as well. I have very little skill in texturing but I learn quick and usually need very little training with new things. I have good working knowledge using mixers, tape, knives, rasps, T-squares, chalk lines, rotozips, drills, screws, sanding sponges and sticks, trowels and ceiling lifts. Drywall is probably one of my best skills.
Carpet/Tile/Flooring- I am very skilled in tile. I am very skilled at using a wet saw to cut tile. I can cut tile very well to fit around pipes, door frames, tubs, showers and very weird angles and shapes. I can use a grinder with a diamond blade to make cuts that a wet saw can't make with very high precision. I know how to mix and use mortar for floor tile as well as mastic for walls and ceilings. I have worked mostly with tile but I have used some stone, marble and granite. I know how to mix and use floor and wall grout. I have used latex and silicone based grouts. I have very little skill laying carpet. I have only installed about 3 or 4 rooms. I am very skilled at installing hard wood floors. I know how to lay out the pieces to get a nice flow of length and seam placement. I know how to measure, cut and nail the pieces in. I have used air powered hammer nailers to install wood floors. I know how to sand and finish wood floors as well. I have great skill in laying the floor tile used in most department stores from new installation to replacing single damaged tiles. I have even made designs with different colors in floor tiles at department stores. I have some experience doing epoxy floors as well. I have good working knowledge with wet saws, hand cutters, tile splitters, spacers, grout, trowels, mixers, miter saws, table saws, jig saws, nail guns, finish nailers, brad nailers, carpet tape and glue and many other flooring tools and supplies.
Trim/Windows/Doors- I have experience installing new rough in windows and replacement windows. I know how to insulate and seal windows in the interior and exterior. I have some experience hanging new doors. I can install new lock sets and hand set hinges and cut in slab doors to install the knobs or handles. I know how to install pre hung doors as well. I have some skill in fixing sagging doors as well as doors that don't latch or have trouble shutting or opening. I have some skill cutting and installing door and window trim, crown molding and chair rail, base board (wood, composite and vinyl). I am very good at caulking in trim to be painted with a very clean and professional finish. I am also very good at mixing and color matching wood fillers to fill in nail holes, as well as using a punch to get nails to the correct depth. I have working knowledge of drills, drill bits, punches, nail guns, finish nailers, caulk, nail sizes and application, copping saws, miter saws and many other tools needed to complete the job.
Painting- I am highly skilled at painting. I am most skilled at interior and exterior residential painting. I have done quite a bit of commercial and industrial work as well. I have used paint sprayers and lifts to paint industrial and commercial jobs. I am VERY skilled with a paint brush and have received numerous complements on my hand painting ability. I have little experience with texturing, glazing and other special painting finishes but I learn quick and enjoy learning new painting techniques. I was often sent out to do painting jobs on my own. I have painted basements to 25 foot walls to spraying steel ceilings in a printing company. I have good working knowledge of brushes, rollers, sprayers, taping and prep work.
Roofing- I have good skills at laying felt, ice shield(in places with freezing temps), asphalt shingles, ridges and valleys. I know how install new roofs, replace damaged plywood, reroof and tear offs. I know how to use ladders, planks and scaffolding. I have worked in extreme temps from freezing to scorching hot. I only have experience installing asphalt shingles. I have good working knowledge of air compressed nail guns, chalk lines, cap nailers, ridge vent and tin work, flashing and sealing products and tools.
Tin/Soffit/Gutters/Facia/Siding- I have experience installing pre cut and on the job seamless gutters. I know how to pitch and install gutters with gutter hooks. I know how to cut in down spouts and install them. I know how to install drop edge and how to use a break to bend and install tin. I have very good skills cutting and installing vinyl siding. I know how to pre drill and mail tin to soffits and facia boards. I know how to install soffit vents as well. I know how to seal gutters and outside materials with tar, caulk, silicone and other sealing materials. I have good working knowledge using siding saws, caulk guns, drills, hammer and nails, tin breaks, tin snips and other hand and power tools for the job.
Cabinets/Countertops- I have good knowledge installing new cabinets as well as fixing existing ones. I have knowledge with custom hand made cabinets to manufactured cabinets. I know how to level and install base and wall cabinets. I have some skill installing counter tops as well. I have good working knowledge using hand saws, miter saws, table saws, nail guns, sand paper and sanders and use of all other tools and materials for this type of work.
Custom and odd jobs- I have done some different things in the construction trades. I have built a custom train table worth between 15,000$ to 20,000$ with hundreds of working lights and digital controls. All the trains components and trains themselves were German and in German so I had to figure out how to get them working without any instructions. The customer inherited all of this in pieces from his deceased father and we had to figure out how to assemble the sections and tracks.