Glossary Term – Volume Builder

What is a Volume Builder?

A Volume Builder is a contractor that takes on several projects at one time and usually has a key project manager floating from job to job keeping a crew or several crews organized.

The advantage is that they are usually available and will simply hire to keep up with demand. The disadvantage is that communication can be tricky with many different player on site – sub trades, lead carpenters, labourers, and equally many different players in office, in sales, and in customer service. Sometimes these builders take on too much work without proper trades in place. When done well it is good but it is not how we choose to run our operations.

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In Kelowna – Barnabas The Builder is interested in your renovations, additions, decks, fences and custom wood related projects.

Call today 778 581 0617 and book your consultation for work to start in late Fall – we will be doing site visits intermittently during Barnabas’s HOME days.

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Glossary Term – Miter Joint

What is a Miter Joint?

A miter joint is a woodworking joint where the ends are cut at a 45 degree angle and then glued together. This is a much stronger joint than a butt joint because a larger surface area is created for the adhesive.

Mitres

Miters

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In Kelowna – Barnabas The Builder is interested in your renovations, additions, decks, fences and custom wood related projects. We are booked for the next couple of months but are interested in consulting and planning ahead for your next big projects. Call today 778 581 0617 and book your consultation.

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Prairie Bound

Barnabas and Jose are prairie bound. They are off to do some new home finishing for one of our favorite project managers. It has been over a year since we last took on these new home finishing projects and while it is repetitive work it requires the skill and standards that Barnabas likes to execute.

Hmmmmm it appears that our dog really wants to go with him but she must stay home and protect the family.

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Stay tuned for pictures and I will do my best to make the baseboard, casing and door installs look exciting!

In Kelowna – Barnabas The Builder is interested in your renovations, additions, decks, fences and custom wood related projects.

Call today 778 581 0617 and book your consultation for work to start in late Fall – we will be doing site visits intermittently during Barnabas’s HOME days.

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Glossary Term – Casing

What is a Casing?

Casing is the trim around the interior of your closets, windows and doors. It can be made from MDF or a variety of different woods. The most critical part of your Casing is the miters – a quality woodworker will have tight miters.

Often the big build builders will count on the painters to hide loose and sloppy miters. This is not an option when you are using natural wood that will not be painted nor should it be your preference.

Tight Mitres

Tight Mitres

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In Kelowna – Barnabas The Builder is interested in your renovations, additions, decks, fences and custom wood related projects.

Call today 778 581 0617 and book your consultation for work to start in late Fall or the new year. Or call super quick as we might be able to fit in a couple of small jobs before things get full tilt end of next week.

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Local Kelowna References

It is official – we have three jobs under our belt since our relocation to Kelowna in May. Well three officially but the deck job turned into a variety of little jobs within the job.

Job one was just a small simple stair build and that client is now on our reference list while job two was a deck but also structural work to Carriage House, drywall, drop down ceiling, ladder to hatch access, and some minor tile application. We did not do plumbing but we brought our plumber on site that the client was able to utilize. This client is also on our reference list and it feels good to be getting established locally. Last but not least was the “itty bitty” fence – I never thought to ask her for a reference. I am a local girl but we serviced and lived in Calgary for the past 15 years……. it is good to be home.

In Kelowna – Barnabas The Builder is interested in your renovations, additions, decks, fences and custom wood related projects. Call today 778 581 0617 and book your consultation for work to start in August – beat the Fall rush……it is the busy season always.

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Glossary Term – Red Seal Journeyman Carpenter

What is a Red Seal Journeyman Carpenter?

A Red Seal Carpenter is a certified carpenter who has worked under a Journeyman as an Apprentice for 6480 hours and put in the required four times, six week sessions of training at a trades school.
In BC this training is as follows:

“A carpentry apprentice must complete a four-year program including 6480 workplace hours and 720 in-school hours of training completed in four levels of training, each for six weeks. After completion and achievement of a passing grade, the apprentice will hold the B.C.Certificate of Apprenticeship, B.C. Certificate of Qualification, and the Interprovincial Standard Endorsement also known as Red Seal.” BCIT Web Site (http://www.bcit.ca/study/programs/3200appr)

Hiring a Contractor with Journeyman Carpenter on site is a must as this certification differentiates the handy guy with tools from somebody who has chosen this path as a career to be taken seriously. As you are taking this into consideration when you are hiring your contractor watch for the following other points:

How long has the Journeyman Carpenter been certified – the more experienced guys refer to young journeyman as “baby journeyman”?

Who has the Journeyman Carpenter trained under and most importantly was that commercial construction or residential construction? The difference is substantial especially when we are dealing with the sensitive construction involved in renovations.

Is the Journeyman Carpenter actually on site or just one paid supervisor that checks on less experienced carpenters? We see this with bigger companies in boom times especially.

Does the Journeyman have a certificate that they can produce if you request verification of Red Seal Journeyman Carpenter status?

I do believe this is an important consideration when making hiring decisions and especially when comparing quotes – the more experienced contractor might not be the lowest price but he is also more likely to see all of the factors involved in the construction of your project.

In fairness to the guys who’ve been on job sites building since they were young boys – these guys often do not bother with certification and can run laps around “baby journeyman” and even fully certified/with experience Red Seal Journeyman Carpenters. Use your best judgement of course.

Want more information and help understanding construction terms? Ask me questions and I will add terms to my glossary as requested.

Here is my new glossary page – growing weekly:

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In Kelowna – Barnabas The Builder is interested in your renovations, additions, decks, fences and custom wood related projects. Call today 778 581 0617 and book your consultation for work to start in August – beat the Fall rush……that is the always the busy season.

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Composite Deck and Endorsement

This is a deck Barnabas built back in 2011 and the client endorsement from after completion. It is a composite deck – very low maintenance if that is your number one priority and you like the look. Many options otherwise for low maintenance decks – call Barnabas for a consultation.

2011: “We are extremely pleased with the workmanship and the fact that Barnabas could meet our timelines – our new deck looks awesome! For anyone who has a small project (that many other contractors might decline due to the size) Barnabas is the guy you want to have work for you – he was also good with giving us some suggestions when we were not sure about what materials to use; and used materials that we had on hand instead of buying new stuff. Thanks so much for the wonderful job you have done” Ann Tyrell

In Kelowna – Barnabas The Builder is interested in your renovations, additions, decks, fences and custom wood related projects.Call today 778 581 0617 and book your consultation for work to start in August – beat the Fall rush……it is the busy season always.

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