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  • T. Scott says:
    34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good book, but it is starting falling apart already, October 1, 2012
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    T. Scott (Dallas, GA) –
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    This review is from: The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling, 3rd Edition (Paperback)
    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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  • gadgetman says:
    25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Home building must Have, October 14, 2010
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    This review is from: The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling, 3rd Edition (Paperback)
    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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  • Robert (Buff) Leboeuf says:
    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Finally a useful construction book, December 22, 2012
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    Robert (Buff) Leboeuf (San Francisco, CA) –

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    This review is from: The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling, 3rd Edition (Paperback)
    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.
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