Housebuilding: A Do-it-yourself Guide

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Sterling Publishing Company, 2007 - House & Home - 702 pages
Housebuilding has always been the book of choice for prospective home builders--and with this extensive, thoughtful revision, it becomes a resource readers will continue to depend on for years to come. In addition to showcasing 800 exciting new full-color illustrations and more than 50 color photographs, an improved two-column design makes the text easier to follow. Photo captions--not in previous editions--allow readers to browse through quickly. Also included for the first time: a chapter on environmentally friendly building alternatives; increased emphasis on safety; information on modern cordless tools; updated techniques, materials, and standards; energy-efficient options, from structural insulated panels to radiant floor heating; a current appendix of major manufacturers, resources, and websites; and much, much more.
 

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Housebuilding: A Do-It-Yourself Guide, Revised & Expanded

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Revised and updated since its initial 1977 release, this large book encompasses a broad topic well. With an emphasis on preparation, the late DeCristoforo coaches the amateur builder through the ... Read full review

Contents

Codes Permits
1
Permit Requirements
8
Before You Build
14
The House Plans
20
Build a Dollhouse First
26
Some Typical Sites
32
Laying Out
51
Other Construction Levels
57
Sheathing the Walls
321
Sheathing at the Sill
323
Installing Panel Siding
329
Plank Siding
337
Installing Plank Siding
343
Vinyl Siding
353
Installing Doors
360
Installing the Jambs and Stops
367

Batter Boards and Building Lines
63
Thickness of Foundations
69
Footing Forms
77
Form Release
83
Mortar for Block Work
90
Reinforcement
97
Anchor Bolts
104
General
113
AvoidingTermites
119
Girders Beams and Posts
125
Nailing Specs
133
Circular Saws
139
Framing the Walls
160
Marking the Soleplate
168
Headers
174
Partitions
180
Framing Hardware
186
Spacing Joists
192
Framing the Roof
200
Names and Terms
206
The Pitch and the Slope
209
Working Full Size
217
Reinforcing an End Wall
223
Jack Rafters
230
Gambrel Roofs
238
Roof Sheathing
247
Seeing the Roof as a Whole
254
Building Cornices
262
Vent Requirements
269
Roof Flashing
283
A Saddle for the Chimney
289
About Roll Roofing
295
Nailing Asphalt Shingles
301
Installing Wood Shingles
307
Installing Shakes
313
Installing Door Trim
376
Café Doors
382
Installing Windows
390
Sizes Types and Placements
398
Wiring 44
441
Power Flow
448
Bringing in Power
457
Receptacles
466
Wiring for Sound
472
21
475
Chimneys for Fireplaces
499
Circulator and Prefab Fireplaces
507
Woodstoves
517
Insulating Your Home
523
Insulating the Attic
531
Insulating Other Locations
539
Hanging Drywall
550
Finishing Walls
563
Installing Plywood Panels
571
Wall Tile
581
Suspended Ceilings
587
Building Stairways
596
Treads and Risers
603
Installing Finished
613
Laying Engineered
622
Wood over Concrete
625
Ceramic Tile Showers
633
Installing Trim
639
Cutting and Joining
646
Nailing
652
Cob Construction
658
Resources
685
Metric Conversion Table
692
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