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First published in 1955 as U.S. Department of Agriculture Handbook No. 73, this highly popular guide presents sound, time-tested principles for wood-frame house construction, complete with expert advice on selecting suitable building materials. For this edition, it has been completely revised and updated to incorporate advances in home building brought about by the availability of new materials, use of more manufactured components, and changes in construction techniques.
Chapter 1 covers the preliminaries that should be considered or dealt with before beginning construction ― financial planning, site selection, design, etc.
Chapters 2-4 discuss laying the groundwork (including foundations, footings, and retaining walls), framing and closing in ― describing each step in the order it is usually completed.
Chapters 5-7 describe later tasks that don't necessarily have to be done in the order they are presented. Topics include porches, decks, interior wall framing, plumbing, heating and electric installation, flooring, interior finishes, cabinets, and more.
Chapter 8 covers special topics often associated with wood-frame construction: protection against decay and termites, energy conservation, all-weather construction, maintenance and repair, and other matters.
Technical notes, an annotated list of suggestions for additional reading, and a glossary round out the book.
Clear, thorough, and easy to follow, with nearly 200 helpful illustrations, Wood-Frame House Construction offers a detailed, informative guide to construction techniques invaluable for the do-it-yourselfer or as a review for the professional.
Completely revised and updated edition of popular U.S. Government manual. Authoritative presentation of construction process plus expert advice on selecting suitable building materials. Topics include site selection, excavation, framing, roofing, plumbing, insulation, flooring, more. Also options like fireplaces, garages, porches. Nearly 200 illustrations enhance easy-to-follow text. Bibliography. Glossary.
Clear, thorough, and easy-to-follow, with nearly 200 helpful illustrations, WOOD-FRAME HOUSE CONSTRUCTION offers a detailed, informative guide to construction techniques invaluable for the do-it-yourselfer or as a review for the professional.
Completely revised, updated edition of popular U.S. Government manual. Expert advice on site selection, design, excavation, materials, framing, roofing, plumbing, insulation every step of construction process. Nearly 200 illustrations. Bibliography.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-246) and index.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1-Before construction starts
Effience use of materials
Protection of materials
Schedule of activity
Chapter 2-Laying the groundwork
Excavation and footings
Basement floor and crawl space
Concrete floor slabs on ground
Chapter 3-Framing and closing in
Recommended nailing practices
Exterior wall framing
Exterior wall sheathing
Ceiling and roof framing
Chapter 4-Completing the shell
Flashing and other sheet-metal work
Windows and exterior doors
Exterior covering materials
Exterior covering installation
Chapter 5-Specialty features
"Fireplaces, wood stoves, and chimneys"
Garages and carports
Porches and decks
Driveways and walkways
Chapter 6-Working inside
Interior wall framing
"Plumbing, heating, and electrical installation"
Insulation and vapor retarders
Interior wall and ceiling finishing
Other floor coverings
Chapter 7-Finishing touches
Cabinets and other millwork
"Finishes for interior walls, ceilings, and trim"
Finishes for floors
Finishes for exterior surfaces
Maintenance of finishes
Chapter 8-Special topics
Protection against decay and termites
"Wind, snow, and seismic loads"
Maintenance and repair
Heat flow and insulation
Design values for visually graded structural lumber
Finishing pressure-treated wood
Glossary of housing terms