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Wood-frame house construction
Sherwood, Gerald E.
Personal Author:
Dover edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dover Publications, 1990.
Physical Description:
v, 260 pages : illustrations, map ; 28 cm
General Note:
Reprint. Originally published: Rev. ed. Washington, D.C. : U.S. G.P.O., 1989.
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Central Library TH4818.W6 S55 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Before construction starts
Financial planning
Site selection
House design
Selecting materials
Labor-saving techniques
Materials delivery
Effience use of materials
Energy conservation
Protection of materials
Schedule of activity
Chapter 2 Laying the groundwork
Site preparation
Excavation and footings
Basement floor and crawl space
Other features
Concrete floor slabs on ground
Retaining walls
Chapter 3 Framing and closing in
Recommended nailing practices
Floor framing
Floor sheathing
Exterior wall framing
Exterior wall sheathing
Ceiling and roof framing
Roof sheathing
Roof coverings
Chapter 4 Completing the shell
Flashing and other sheet-metal work
Attic ventilation
Windows and exterior doors
Exterior covering materials
Exterior covering installation
Exterior trim
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
Wood flooring
Other floor coverings
Interior doors
Chapter 7 Finishing touches
Interior trim
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
Energy conservation
Noise control
"Wind, snow, and seismic loads"
All-weather construction
Maintenance and repair
Technical notes
Heat flow and insulation
Lumber grades
Design values for visually graded structural lumber
Plywood markings
Finishing pressure-treated wood
Nailing schedules
Square corners
Selected Bibliography
Glossary of housing terms

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