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The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling [Paperback]

Charlie Wing
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Dec 8 2009
This enlarged, updated, and expanded third edition of the classic reference on home systems and materials includes the latest code information, new full-color drawings, and a completely new section on making your home green. The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling is an established standard reference for DIY homeowners, as well as builders, contractors, and architects. The 1,600 full-color drawings provide a clear look at every aspect of home construction and systems, enabling the reader to visualize exactly how to tackle any building project or problem. All the information is presented in straightforward language anyone can understand.

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Charlie Wing, an acknowledged authority on home building and remodeling, specializes in translating technical information into layman’s terms. He founded the Shelter Institute, the nation’s first owner-builder school. He has been the host and writer of a national PBS TV series about remodeling and is the author of 14 home-related books, including How Your House Works. He lives in West Bath, Maine.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Book June 22 2000
By Ric
June 2000
I have been using Mr. Wing's book for about 9 months for remodeling my house. It is an absolutely indispensable source of information about remodeling or rebuilding. You will easily get your money back from the saved time that this book will provide. It also will provide you with guidelines to check against what the contractor(s) you hire tell you they are going to do. Unfortunately, many contractors are not worth spit and many are dishonest. This book will help you to avoid them.
It is not a perfect book. The section on plumbing, while quite good, is minimal for the remodeler. E.g., Do-It-Yourselfers need more information on how to replace 50 year old(i.e., Cast Iron or Concrete) DWV plumbing and the MAJOR pitfalls of Galvanized piping and items like Drum Traps. It also does not have explanations or formulas for calculating flow rates and pressure for water supply lines. It should. One cannot install an irrigation system or even the house water supply without knowing that info in advance.
The electrical section is missing the worksheets for calculating the house loads, proper techniques for rewiring an old house, i.e., where should all those runs go and how to properly install the wire so that nobody can 'accidentally' pull them loose, and could use more diagrams of wiring techinques for lights and switches. The short section on circuit theory is a joke, I think. Mr. Wing must have felt obligated to put Ohms law in the book. If you don't understand circuit theory and the basics of electrical wiring, do NOT use this book to do your wiring - hire a contractor or go to school for a year or two and learn about them.
Mr. Wing tends toward 'hiring a contractor' to get those jobs done.
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If you are contemplating building your own home, or if you're having a custom home built, this book can give you basic information on the choices available to you in choosing materials, styles of construction, etc.; and, can supply you with the basic knowledge needed to know if your contractor is being honest with you about the need for some things involved with the construction which the average layman might question - e.g. - why do I need radon protection?, or why is plastic sheeting really necessary under my basement slab? If you are building your own house (like I am) there are tables to guide you in choosing things like glue-lam beam sizes or the pros and cons of various types of kitchen counter tops, or what height should a bathroom lavatory be if your mother in law might move in two years from now and she's in a wheel chair. All in all, a very informative book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The MUST HAVE guide when building a house!!! July 29 1999
Charlie Wing brings his ample expertise into this book. It tells and shows everything you need to know about building or remodeling a house. It has span tables, code checklists, instructions on estimating materials, etc. I've been in the construction industry for more than 5 years so I know what information is essential. You name it....it's in this book.
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A great book that includes many of the technical aspects involved in today's construction of residential housing including renovations. A good reference book that can help any seasoned tradesman refresh and enhance their technical skills. "Meet The Code" sections in the book are great basic references and can be helpful in initiating proper construction practices on any site.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Visual Handbook of Building & Remodeling June 10 2001
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I just purchased this book and what i want to know what is the difference between isbn #076210192 and the updated versing isbn #0762101938, other than one is hard back and the other is soft back.Has the information changed in the two book?
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