Basic Engineering Calculations for Contractors

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McGraw Hill Professional, 1997 - House & Home - 306 pages
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Make Accurate Calculations And Cut Redesign Costs Dramatically In this indispensable reference for contractors, project managers, and other construction professionals, you get everything you need to save money by performing engineering calculations yourself with confidence. Complex engineering concepts and calculations are simplified with nontechnical formulas and explanations. And provided with valuable field calculations, you have the number crunching practically done for you. You can avoid expensive redesign fees by calculating changes yourself! Answers to residential construction's most vexing, frequently asked questions--including those on code and regulation compliance--can be found here. Experienced structural/civil engineer August W. Domel, Jr., delivers practical information and guidance on a wide range of topics, from concrete reinforcing to dead, live, snow, and wind loads--beginning with basics and ending with more advanced technical discussions. Main topics covered in this time--and money-saving field reference include: Stresses, tolerances, and loads; Materials, including structural steel, concrete, and wood; Codes, specifications, and recommendations; Steel members, beams, and columns; Wood members, joists, headers, and trusses; Concrete members, slabs, footings, and walls. Example computations and formulas will save you money!

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The book started out good by being very basic, esay-to-read straightforward. However the example on page 31 wiped all the good away. 1. No where does it say from where Fb came ("1650 psi") (assume it's from a table of plywood characteristics but would be nice to at least confirm with a reference or table). 2. All of a sudden the uniformed applied load (plf) equation change from a division by "8" (correct) to a division by "10" (no idea from where 10 came). 3. Biggest problem is the units for "w"..."w" is plf (pound per linear foot), not "psf" (#/ft squared) as the book consistently shows. Very poor!  


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August W. Domel, Jr., Ph.D., S.E., P.E., is structural engineering manager at an engineering consulting firm specializing in construction-related legal issues and failure investigations. Also an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, he holds degrees in law and structural/civil engineering from Loyola University and the University of Chicago, respectively. Other books by Domel include Engineering for Contractors, Residential Contracting, and Legal Manual for Residential Construction. He resides in Dundee, Illinois.

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