Ultimate Guide to House Framing, 3rd edition Paperback – Feb 1 2009
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House Framing: Plan, Design, Build leads homeowners through the steps of building a structure by means of platform framing, the most popular style of framing in use today. Beginning with background information, the book provides readers with everything they need to know about building, including structural loads and how they interact, sizing lumber, working with tools, and reading blueprints. The book then takes the reader through the framing process-from foundations to floor framing, wall framing, roof framing, sheathing, and more. This expanded and revised edition ends with three project chapters: building stairs, finishing a basement with steel studs, and framing a bay window. Each chapter covers both construction and design information.
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Ultimate Guide to House FramingHouse framing provides you with the information and construction techniques you need to know to frame your dream home. Or use the easy-to-follow information to construct a room addition, install windows and doors, finish a basement, or build a shed or garage.• Over 750 photos and illustrations to guide you through the layout and framing processes• More than 55 detailed step-by-step construction sequences• Original home plans from award-winning house designers See all Product Description
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Well written - If you plan to do any building a must own.
What I liked:
-1/3 of the entire book is diagrams showing "how" to.
-book covers many different types of framing, and shows several different techniques.
-It points out where you should consult your local building codes to see if certain items apply ( i.e. do you need hurricane straps)
-well organized into logical chapters.
-A high emphasis is placed on safety and the proper use of power tools.
-The author take the time to explain the basics and tell you how to do thing properly.
What I didn't like.
The book is chock-full with pictures. It starts with safety suggestions, tells you what tools you'll need, talks about some engineering basics and goes into great detail on floors, walls and different kinds of roofs. There are additional sections on stairs, basements and bay windows.
If you're new to framing and want to build your own home, or at least understand how a lot of it works, you will enjoy this book.
I'm told all good carpenters can do this feat; I have yet to gain this expertise. The book helps me by taking the lead in "what to do next".
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