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Carpenters in Benoni

Situated in Gauteng’s East Rand, Benoni is more suburban with its tree-lined neighbourhoods than other towns in the East Rand. With gold being discovered in the area in 1887, Benoni was officially founded in 1904. Later on, gold mining made way for the various business industries, which became the primary job sector of the town.

With more than two dozen separate suburbs, Benoni offers a number of activities for locals and visitors, including a local museum, various public parks, shopping centres, plus a bunny park which contains hundreds of rabbits.

Benoni is also known for its race track, which opened in 1907. Even though it was disproportionately large compared to the town's size, the horse-riding tradition continues to this day, and currently Benoni contains more horse stables per square kilometre than anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere.

In terms of property prices, the average estimated value of a house in Benoni is about R1,1 million, and for an apartment the price is slightly lower at R700,000. Buyers between the ages of 18 and 35 make up the majority of recent property buyers in Benoni.

What does a Carpenter do?

There are numerous jobs that Carpenters can do when it comes to construction, building or repairing structures—anything from framing a house and building a staircase and door frames to installing cabinets and drywall.

A Carpenter might build something brand new out of raw materials, or install pre-built items.

To do his/her job, a Carpenter must be able to read blueprints, plus use a wide assortment of tools and measuring devices. Even though wood is one of their most used materials, Carpenters are also experienced working with drywall, fibreglass, and others.

A Carpenter can work in the residential industry (building homes and apartments), commercial industry (constructing office buildings), or industrial industry (building scaffoldings and creating concrete forms for large construction projects).

The important skills and job requirements of a Carpenter

·         Attention to detail: Since nobody wants a crooked house (or staircase, or kitchen cabinet… ), a Carpenter needs to ensure his creations are level and square.

·         Manual dexterity: Steady hands are a necessity, since Carpenters use their hands to work with hammers, saws, and various other tools.

·         Math skills: Whether it’s to measure a piece of wood, calculate the layout space of cabinetry, or work with a client’s budget, basic math is used by Carpenters every day.

·         Strength: Carpenters lift heavy lumber, cement, and other objects on a regular basis.

·         Problem-solving skills: No two projects are the same, which is why a Carpenter must be able to adjust plans to compensate for any environmental issues that might pop up.

·         Stamina: A Carpenter must be able to spend long days on their feet, often outside in various types of weather (depending on the project).

What is the difference between Carpenter and Joiner?

To the uninformed, joinery and carpentry might seem like the same thing. However, there are quite a lot of similarities, and key differences, between these two trades.

Carpentry

Carpenters are highly skilled tradesmen working with wood (among other materials) to build furniture, boats, building structures, etc. Working in the construction business, Carpenters build roof trusses, erect timber walls, and lay floors. They are involved in all stages of a construction project.

Joinery

Although Joiners do a job very similar to Carpenters, the main difference is that they don’t use metal screws, bolts, and other fastenings when working on a project. Instead, they are experts when it comes to creating joints to hold two pieces of timber together – to put in simpler terms, a Joiner “joins” wood. They might use wooden pegs, but something like a screw gun will not be one of their tools.

Which professional do I need?

If you want to build a house or your existing home requires a new roof or partition wall, you will need a Carpenter. But if you want something like a handmade coffee table for your living room or need a custom-made bookcase for your study, a skilled Joiner is the preferred option.

5 interesting questions to ask a Carpenter (before you hire them)

1.    What type of carpentry experience do you have? This will reveal whether they have more experience working in the residential, construction, or industrial industry.

2.    What safety precautions do you take when operating machinery? It is vital that you use a Carpenter who has knowledge of health- and safety regulations.

3.    Have you ever encountered a problem while working on a project? How did you solve it? This question will show whether the professional has leadership- and problem-solving skills – two crucial requirements, especially since you probably won’t be there to keep an eye on the Carpenter 24/7 while they’re completing the job.  

4.    How do you ensure that your work is accurate? You want your Carpenter to have attention to detail and job knowledge.

5.    Can you describe the process of constructing a large wooden deck / bookcase? Although you don’t have to be 100% clued up on the process of completing these types of jobs, this will reveal whether the Carpenter has job knowledge, math skills, plus a general knowledge of safety rules.