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The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling: A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing the Right Materials and Systems for Every Part of Your Home Paperback – Dec 8 2009


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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; 3rd ed. edition (Dec 8 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600852467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600852466
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 3 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 880 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

 

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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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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Great book with great illustrations and charts. Very detailed.
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Home building must Have Oct. 14 2010
By gadgetman - Published on Amazon.com
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I have dozens of books on home building and this one is the best. It covers the topics in a very straight forward manner with great illustrations. His sections on the thermal envelope, heating , cooling , lighting, and sound are great. These are areas that the average builder does not cover well at all. Anyone building a house should read this book. A home is the largest investment a person makes and reading this book gives you the basic knowledge to see that it is going well. I am an engineer and I used this book while I was the general contractor on my own house.
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Everything You Will Ever Need! Nov. 8 2011
By rollerroman - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a general contractor that often needs to quickly see how things are built in every phase of home building over the past 100 years. This book has been indispensable. If you are looking for a how to guide, this probably isn't it, however if you are looking span tables and great diagrams of how different beams are connected to posts as well as hundreds of other items, this is it! Buy it today, it's only twenty bucks!
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Each new edition has had great additions made to them to keep up with new ... May 15 2015
By CRWMD - Published on Amazon.com
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I put myself through college doing constrution work- since then I have worn out 3 copies of this book just looking through it and imagining how I would build different things. It has saved us money as well, because I have used it to show different remodeling contractors how I expect certain things to be done. Each new edition has had great additions made to them to keep up with new technologies such as solar.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Finally a useful construction book Dec 22 2012
By Robert (Buff) Leboeuf - Published on Amazon.com
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I am very impressed with this book. The name "The Visual Handbook of Building And Remodeling" pretty much says it all. This book, which is approximately 1 inch thick and printed on high-quality paper, is beautifully illustrated with hundreds of full-color, isometric, and cross-sectional views of just about anything to do with the construction of a building. There are page after page of design guidelines including dimensions of just about any room in a home. Diagrams and dimensions of walks, ramps, level changes, kitchens and seating are clearly illustrated including the recommended dimensions. Brick sizes, brick veneer construction and various brick building tables are included. The cross-sections of every construction detail are clearly drawn with each part distinctly labeled. Table after table of easily understood joists and rafter dimensions, allowable spans, truss construction of various types with tables and again clearly illustrated. There are chapters on roofing, with asphalt,cedar and other shingles and flashings. Plumbing fittings are illustrated along with water wells and pumps, PVC pipe, sizing drain pipe, roughing in and dimensions. "Meet the Code", including a partial list of the requirements from the 2006 international residential code are included for many of the trades. There is also excellent coverage of electrical wiring for residential buildings including conduit, switches, lights, tables and cross-sections of each of these. I have only touched on the surface of what's available in this book. If you're planning to build a home from the ground up or just planning to do a little remodeling in a few rooms, you will find this book well worth the investment. Even a building contractor would find some useful advice and perhaps a few new ideas contained in this excellent book.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Good book, but it is starting falling apart already Oct. 1 2012
By T. Scott - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is filled with a lot of useful information. Anyone who wants to know anything about building in a clear, easy to understand way should get this book. The diagrams are very nicely draw and are good sizes so it is easy to read. I really like it. For content, I give this book 5 stars. But for the way it is made, I give it 2 stars! I have looked through this book every day for the past 2-3 months. The pages are beginning to come loose out of the binding. The cover is too soft, and gets damaged too quickly. It is very disappointing. If this book was a hardcover, I would have no problems with it. I don't think I am handling it roughly either, just turning the pages over and over again. That is what you are supposed to do right? So why is it falling apart? I imagine in a year or two it will be in pieces.


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