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  • J. Lin says:
    20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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    Indispensable, September 4, 2010
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    J. Lin (Toronto, ON Canada) –
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    This review is from: Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods, 5th Edition (Hardcover)
    I’ve owned it for six years, and it is still one of my go-to reference guides whenever I have doubts regarding certain materials & methods. The authors not only explain the construction process and materials involved, but also provide the (building) scientific context for many of the typically encountered assemblies in today’s construction industry. If you’re a student, please don’t be intimidated by the sheer mass of this book. You’ll be thankful for the solid foundation this book provides when you transition from academia to practice.

    With that said, this book will not provide exhaustive detail on any particular type of construction (such a book will most likely not fit on any one bookshelf or hard drive), but it will certainly point you in the right direction whether you are searching for pre-determined solutions or are developing your own details.

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  • A. Bell says:
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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    Great Purchase, April 9, 2009
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    A. Bell

    This review is from: Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods, 5th Edition (Hardcover)
    I bought this book for a class I was taking in graduate school and it is phenomenal. It explains everything in great detail without the useless wordy paragraphs other books contain. Great pictures and overall great explanations of how things work.

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  • David B. Sherland Jr. says:
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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    The kindle version is good by needs improvement., May 14, 2013
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    David B. Sherland Jr. (Long Island, NY) –
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    This book is required for my Building Construction classes (Architecture Major). The book itself is well written and is full of helpful drawings, details, diagrams, and photos.

    I opted to get the Kindle version, the ability to search the book by keyword and reducing the size and weight of the book down to my tablet being the biggest reasons. I really liked it but it has had its shortcomings.

    First off, it has no page numbers. Many kindle books have page numbers that coincide with their hardcopies (it may read Location 500 Page 60, Location 501 Page 60, Location 502 Page 61, etc) I can’t see why it wouldn’t be done here other than the fact that there are a lot of pages. Still, with the amount I am charged to buy the book I should expect these things.

    Next, there are periodic mistakes in the book. Some are simple like sentences with no spaces in them but other are more severe. For example in Chapter 14, Location 13563 Figures 14.43 and 14.44 the images for each Figure are exactly the same. 14.43 is supposed to show One-way sitecast concrete framing systems but instead it shows a copy of the two-way. Mistakes like these are unacceptable in a book like this.

    Lastly, there is on average one image for every two chapters that is “not available in this digital edition”. I can understand that the copyright holders of some images may not want them available on a digital format but if that is the case why not come up with a substitute. Especially because, to my memory, all of the missing images I’ve seen are photographs of existing buildings (for example the end of Chapter 12 Location 11885 the photo of the sciences center at Dartmouth). Omitting the image shouldn’t be the answer.

    The book is otherwise a fantastic book and over the 6 months I’ve owned it I have been able to use it as a reference even outside my BC classes.

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