TSA has been presenting Hands-on Carpentry training for many years in several different formats.  We have now developed this two-day workshop for the needs of PHA staff members who are doing Vacancy Turnarounds. 

We plan to schedule this training session a couple of times in 2016.  However, before we select the exact locations, we would like to know if any individual PHA or group of PHAs would like to consider hosting this training or if anyone would be interested in seeing this training held in their state. 

This TSA workshop is designed for:

  • Entry Level Maintenance Staff needing an introduction to carpentry
  • Maintenance staff doing vacancy turnarounds
  • Maintenance staff who would like to learn the basic skills of carpentry to assist them with their work in facility maintenance
  • Experienced Techs wanting to practice and review or update their knowledge
  • Other Trade Technicians who require or want cross-training

The Carpentry Trade is one of the oldest trades known to mankind.  Today, there are more tools, techniques, and equipment available for carpentry work than in any other trade.  To do Carpentry tasks on the job, it is important to start with a solid, basic knowledge of carpentry techniques, tools, and the safety precautions required so that no one becomes injured.

This workshop was developed at the request of Maintenance Departments around the country that want to give their employees a basic working knowledge of Carpentry. Participants at this training session will learn hands-on how to properly use the most common tools in the carpentry trade. While working in small groups, they will learn firsthand the carpentry skills on the agenda under the supervision of the workshop leader, who will take them, step-by-step, from the beginning of their assigned projects to their successful completions. The skills they learn at the workshop can be applied to doing vacancy turnarounds and processing work orders.  For the carpentry tasks that cannot be done “hands-on” during the workshop, demonstrations will be used to cover the topics.

Each participant will receive a detailed workbook that explains the basics of carpentry, which will be theirs to keep for reference later on the job. This informative hands-on workshop will take place in a non-threatening, interactive group setting that will be a lot of fun for everyone.  TSA certificates will be presented to all those who attend.


First Day:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Second Day:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Day One
  1. Safety concerns when doing carpentry work
  2. Understanding measurements, fractions, and basic calculations
  3. How to determine center, level, plumb and square
  4. Common hand tools, power tools, and measuring devices used in carpentry
  5. Common materials:  lumber, sheet materials, fasteners, adhesives
  6. How to locate wall studs and ceiling joists
  7. Methods for adding backing to an existing wall or ceiling
  8. Hanging wall-mounted hardware (towel bars, hooks, toilet-paper holders, etc.)
  9. Special concerns for railings, handrails, and stair rails
  10. Repairing closet shelves and replacing closet-rod hardware
  11. Adjusting and replacing closet door hardware (bypass and bi-fold)
  12. Replacing broken cabinet hardware (slides, hinges and handles)
Day Two
  1. Removing and installing wooden baseboards and door trim
  2. Making adjustments to interior and exterior doors
  3. Replacing weather-stripping and thresholds
  4. Replacing and adjusting door-sweeps
  5. Replacing door hardware (hinges, knobs, deadbolts, latches, strike-plates)
  6. Installing security hardware (peepholes, chains, security-bolts, swing-latches)
  7. Installing door-stops and spring-hinges
  8. Repairing and replacing window sills
  9. Installing window blinds, patio blinds and curtain rods
  10. Replacing window screens and solar screens
  11. Weatherization concerns for exterior doors and windows
  12. Other types of doors (pocket doors, sliding glass doors and screen doors)

If you would like to have more information about holding this workshop in your area, please CONTACT US.  Be sure to tell us in the message section which workshop(s) you are interested in.