Careers in Building & Construction: Carpenter


For today’s instalment of ‪#‎ShowUsYourTool‬, we visited a Simonds Homes site to interview a fix carpenter. Check out the gallery for Leon’s take on carpentry, fixing guns and keeping things tidy.

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Name: Leon, 32
Trade: Carpenter
Tool of the trade: Fixing gun


“I’ve been a carpenter for 16 years. All my uncles were carpenters, so I wanted to do it because of them.”


“I’m working as a fix carpenter on this site. The fix is basically all the internal, visible parts of the house. All the architraves, the skirtings and the doors. All the stuff you see – not so much the structural stuff.”


“You use all the tools on a fix – the nail gun, the trimmer, the hammer, pencils, rulers, squares, tapes … but the fixing gun is specific to fixing. It shoots from 25 to 65mm nails. It’s got a blower on the top to blow out the dust in the corners. It runs on air.”


“I’ve had this one for about six years. It’s a nail gun, but it’s a fixing nail gun. It uses smaller nails, whereas a framing gun uses big nails and is a pretty rough sort of gun. This one finishes off the nails pretty well.”


“On a fix, your work’s got to be neat and tidy. I like that.” Legend, thanks Leon!

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