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Most remodeling contractors will agree that when hiring a good lead carpenter, technical skills are just the baseline requirement. We construction company owners expect lead carpenters to understand the plans and specs, take off and order materials, manage the job site, oversee our production crews and subs, and communicate intelligently and responsibly with clients. In short, we expect them to leap sawhorses in a single bound — like Clark Kent with an air nailer. Unfortunately, we rarely let our lead carpenters know that we have these expectations, and we don't train them for the job. We simply assume they understand their responsibilities, and that they already have the skills they need or can pick them