The Carpenters Friend - BUILD AN INTEREST
     About US
     27 + years Experience for William Gustavson, Director
     William started his own Carpentry, Remodeling and Repairs business in September 1982 in Connecticut. I, along with a crew build house additions, remodeled kitchens and baths to include major house rebuilding jobs. Commercial renovating and repairs to chains such as CVS and Wawa food stores and steel stud and drywall office projects. In the mid-1980’s I hired a semi-retired Carpenter who worked for me for 2 years. We went on construction projects which is where I learned the basics for the Carpentry trade. I was then able to hire inexperienced men and taught them Carpentry skills as we went on various Carpentry  projects. Plumbing, Electrical and Painting subcontractors were hired  and brought is as needed to perform their portion of the work.
     He also worked in Florida rebuilding houses after Hurricane Andrew which included 2 winters of
5 months and 4 months. 
Blighted New Orleans House, before and after,pictured at right-
     In 2000, my wife and I bought this “ blighted” house and rebuilt it to current building code which took 3 ½ years to complete. Hurricane clips were added to all the attic rafters. Interior walls of 2”x4” studs were built inside the bargeboard planking which enabled new 3 ½” insulation, electrical wiring and plumbing to be installed into the walls. A new 200 ampere electrical service  and a new fiberglass 3 tab shingle roof to replace the original one hundred year old slate. The bungalow,"Shotgun style"house  approxitmately
100 years old and was completely updated to current code. William performed most of the Carpentry work to include replacing 60 linear feet of the 6” x6” pressure treated sills, new 2"x 6" rafters on one side of the roof and braced the existing 2"x 4" rafters on the other side. Three new Pella windows and vinyl siding on both 42 foot sides of the house were installed.   
     They moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in February 2007, where he started Charlotte Handyman and retired from that in July 2009. Small maintenance and repair jobs were performed prior to retirement.     My new career in teaching includes a 3 Saturday teaching course at Central Piedmont Community College where he learned about the 3 types of learners. When teaching a trade students must be able to have hands-on instruction where they actually build a project in the shop to learn the trade, which follows classroom instruction. The hands-on work builds the confidence required to perform in the trade.
Other experience-    
     Ten years of Industrial Purchasing as a Purchasing Agent and Manager in the field of electronics, manufacturing Printed Circuit Boards. Sourcing and working with vendors negotiating contracts and ordering necessary products for production  was  key to performing these positions.
     B.S Degree in Industrial Administration from the University of New Haven, in West Haven, CT., 1967
William in Office
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