CDN$ 16.57
  • List Price: CDN$ 22.65
  • You Save: CDN$ 6.08 (27%)
FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25.
Only 5 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by
Gift-wrap available.
For Pros by Pros Building... has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

For Pros by Pros Building Stai Paperback – Feb 1 2004

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
CDN$ 16.57
CDN$ 16.32 CDN$ 17.43

Frequently Bought Together

For Pros by Pros Building Stai + Framing Roofs: Completely Revised and Updated
Price For Both: CDN$ 32.83

One of these items ships sooner than the other.

Buy the selected items together

Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; Subsequent edition (Feb. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561586536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561586530
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 0.9 x 27.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

About the Author

Andy Engel grew up near Belvidere, NJ, in a house that his father nearly always had under construction. Woodworking and carpentry were just what you did. When other teenagers were dancing to The Bee Gees and Donna Summer, Andy was in the shop building a dulcimer inspired by a chapter in The Foxfire Book. For a few years after high school, he alternated between college, dead-end jobs, and travel. In 1982, he found his feet and hired on as a woodworker in a pre-hung door shop. From 1985 through 1996, he was self-employed as a carpenter and home builder. In 1996, Taunton's Fine Homebuilding magazine offered him an assistant editor’s position. Andy left Taunton in 2005 to chase a living as writer, carpenter, and building consultant. He now lives in Connecticut, with his wife and two sons, in a house that’s nearly always under construction.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
First Sentence
I started out as a laborer on a framing crew ten years ago. Read the first page
Explore More
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Front cover shows curved staircase, it's written about in the back pages of the book with only a wall mount style, not a free standing curved stair as well. Online search is far more profitable - and FREE.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
By Mel Shypitka on July 26 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
built a winding staircase with the help of this book
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 14 reviews
61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
At best, a poor collection of ill-connected articles. Sept. 28 2004
By Kevin - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have a large amount of admiration for the Taunton Press. Fine Homebuilding is quality magazine and the For Pros books have been worth the money. This book is a poor collection of disjointed FH articles that have no cogent flow to them. I should know better than to buy books by "Editors," but I made a mistake here. William Spence's "Constructing Staircases, Balustrades & Landings," while not a perfect book, is much better than this collection.

Taunton's "For Pros" books on Electrical (Caldwell) and Plumbing (Hemp) are well worth the money, particularly Caldwell's offering.
48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
do not buy this book!! Nov. 14 2004
By N. Williams - Published on
Format: Paperback
As an installer by trade, I urge anyone interested in learning the construction of stairs to consult another book. I wish I had read the other readers comments before I wasted my money on this book.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Not enough detail Sept. 29 2006
By D. Lynch - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
So I don't know why I bought this book without reading the previous reviews. I usually check those first and avoid books like this. It had too many types of stairs to be documented and not enough detail for each one. I would have rather had just three basic types of stairs covered in detail than all of the types in here. The writer appeared to be showing off.

Still, it did show me what I needed to purchase (bending rail) and had about two pages worth of useful information. I finished my curved baluster, but I see flaws in my work. I am a pretty ambitious DIYer and I would not recommend that anyone try doing this but a professional. This book did not give enough detail or complete instructions to help me through the rough spots.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Why bother July 11 2007
By Robert Enger - Published on
Format: Paperback
The book addressed building stair-related structures that were just not relevant to standard stair building needs...
This one is a compilation of Fine Homebuilding magazine articles on building stairs Jan. 28 2015
By Amazon Shopper - Published on
Format: Paperback
Folks, Taunton has two stair books with the same title. I did not write this one. I wrote the other one. This one is a compilation of Fine Homebuilding magazine articles on building stairs. Mine is far more cohesive and much better ranked. Just thought you ought to know. I'm contacting Amazon to have them rectify this mistake in attribution.