DEWALT Carpentry and Framing Complete Handbook (Dewalt Professional Reference)

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  • Scott Saccenti says:
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    accessible to amateurs, August 30, 2011
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    Scott Saccenti (Colora, MD USA) –
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    This review is from: DEWALT Carpentry and Framing Complete Handbook (Dewalt Professional Reference) (Paperback)
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    I have some experience with basic construction from ground up, having built a cottage, including electrical and plumbing, by hand, from the poured pier foundation to the roof shingles.

    My guide at the time was _A Place of Your Own Making_ by Stephen Taylor, which I would strongly recommend, if you are willing to build things his way. I was, and his way turned out great. Taylor’s book is probably long out of print. It has the basics of construction from ground up, in a conversational style.

    This DeWalt book is very good as well, and a much better choice if you need to be more flexible in your construction approach. This book will show you the three or four most common ways to do something (not just ONE way, and also not a DOZEN ways…). The illustrations are numerous and spot on. Things are made clear. What more can you ask? I find this book a resource not only in a build-from-scratch projects (I am finishing my basement, framing out rooms), but also in helping to identify existing construction techniques, used in my own home by the builder.

    It is a short book, matter-of-factly written. You could skim the whole thing in a half hour, read it from cover to cover in an evening.

    This has found its way next to my tools as a constant reference. A really excellent value for an amateur builder.

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  • Steve Summers says:
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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    Less a “complete handbook” than a better-than-average framing primer., August 23, 2011
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    Steve Summers (Grants Pass, OR) –
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    This review is from: DEWALT Carpentry and Framing Complete Handbook (Dewalt Professional Reference) (Paperback)
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    At 230 pages I didn’t expect much beyond a quickie how-to-add-a-room book, but was pleasantly surprised at how much useful information was packed into this thin book. It is light on text, but heavy on excellent color-coded drawings which quickly cover the essential ground on how an orthogonal house is (usually) framed, and it includes a useful appendix of (generalized) span tables for different woods and nailing schedules for different fasteners.

    Only a few pages up front are set aside for homeowners’ design considerations before getting down to the gritty job of erecting the structure. There’s no baby talk. The reader is presumed to be at least mechanically competent with a grasp of basic algebra, if not experienced in carpentry. Alternative ways are illustrated for laying sole plates, supporting stair treads, and hanging the barge rafters (“fly rafters” in this book) which project the roof beyond a gable end. The math formulas are there if you need to “stick frame” a complicated hip & valley roof, or frame a barn-like gambrel roof. There’s a very useful discussion of the uses of engineered lumber (LVL & PSL beams, I-joists and the like) but no warnings about the pitfalls of mixing shrink-proof engineered stock with “green” dimension lumber.

    There’s also scarcely any coverage of framing hardware, and none of fire blocking or bird blocks. Not good: Even though code-required use of these varies wildly, blocking is necessary in virtually all residential structures, and hardware–even if not mandated locally–is too cheap and useful to ignore. (Fortunately for the reader, illustrated hardware catalogs are available free online and at lumber yards)

    None of this is advanced framing. It dwells exclusively on modern platorm framing methods. The semi-obsolete “balloon” framing method still has uses, but not in this book. Nor any coverage of say, how to join angled walls to support a cathedral ceiling, or how build a circular staircases, arches, or skylight chutes. For these you’ll need more specialized framing manuals. But if you need a good explanation of framing basics this book is page-for-page more informative, well-illustrated, straight to the point, and easier to read than any I’ve seen to date.

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  • L. Jones says:
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    Great info for beginners or DIYers., August 24, 2011
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    L. Jones (Maine) –
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    This review is from: DEWALT Carpentry and Framing Complete Handbook (Dewalt Professional Reference) (Paperback)
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    I picked this up for my carpenter husband hoping he would find it useful. Unfortunately, he didn’t find much info inside that he wasn’t already aware of. He said it would be a great resource for someone who is just starting out their carpentry career or for a DIYer who wants to know more. But if you’ve been in the business for awhile it probably won’t be necessary.

    It is well laid out and has excellent color diagrams that are straightforward to understand. Durable binding built to last.

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