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Carpenter's calculations manual
Tarbox, Roger.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : McGraw-Hill, [2005]

Physical Description:
ix, 278 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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TH5612 .T37 2005 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
TH5612 .T37 2005 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This illustrated, tip-filled guide gives you all the formulas and examples you need to solve a broad range of problems in carpentry -- and much more! Coauthored by a master carpenter and a popular construction author and master builder, Carpenter's Calculations Manual can help you construct a gazebo or a complete housing project. From calculating cuts, figuring lumber needs, to producing full takeoffs and tight joints, this guide helps you avoid wasted wood, flawed construction, and do-overs.

Carpenter's Calculations Manual helps you estimate and do it right the first time with:

Solutions designed specifically for the building trades Easy-access answers in illustrations, photos, and boxes Dozens of quick-read charts and tables Minimal text -- just enough to explain the calculations Fast help with framing requirements Simple-to-use roofing calculations Master-carpenter tips and tricks throughout And much more

SOLUTIONS FOR EVERY CARPENTRY TASK * Site Work * Footings * Foundations * Sills and Joists * Subflooring * Wall Framing * Stairs * Rafters * Trusses * Roof Sheathing * Wall Sheathing * Roof Coverings * Windows * Exterior Doors * Sidings * Exterior Trim *

Author Notes

Roger Tarbox is a master carpenter with 30 years of experience. He is a native of Maine who has worked in Colorado, New Hampshire, and Maine. Mr. Tarbox has build countless homes, garages, additions, and similar structures. In addition to his work as a carpenter and contractor, he has intimate knowledge of running a sawmill and creating perfect wood products. Mr. Tarbox resides in mid-coast Maine with his wife, Lynn, and enjoys woodworking as a hobby.

R. Dodge Woodson has owned and operated his own building, remodeling, and plumbing companies since 1979. His licenses have included those of a Class A builder, a master plumber, and a master gasfitter. He has built as many as 60 homes per year and remodeled countless homes. The author of dozens of books, Mr. Woodson has a reputation for delivering technical data in a reader-friendly way. R. Dodge Woodson is the president of The Masters Group, Inc., a construction, remodeling, and plumbing firm in Maine.

Table of Contents

About the Authorsp. viii
Introductionp. ix
Chapter 1 Site Workp. 1
Soil Propertiesp. 1
Swellingp. 2
Capacityp. 2
Trench Specificationsp. 2
Estimating Excavation Volumep. 5
Treesp. 5
Chapter 2 Footingsp. 9
Footing Depthp. 10
Capacity and Areap. 11
Calculating Concretep. 11
Concrete Mixesp. 13
Waterp. 14
Reinforcement Barsp. 15
Chapter 3 Foundationsp. 17
Estimating Concrete Needsp. 17
Concrete Mixturesp. 20
Reinforcing Concretep. 20
Curing Concretep. 24
Bricks and Blocksp. 27
Types of Blocksp. 39
Mortarp. 41
Stress Factorsp. 42
Chapter 4 Sills and Joistsp. 45
Framing Practicesp. 48
Calculating Joist Spansp. 50
Wood Speciesp. 51
Don't Skimpp. 59
Chapter 5 Framing Walls and Floorsp. 61
Joists and Beamsp. 61
Subflooringp. 65
Fastenersp. 71
Fast Mathp. 74
Rough Openingsp. 82
Framing Exterior Wallsp. 84
Partition Wallsp. 89
Multi-Story Wallsp. 91
Full Framingp. 91
Chapter 6 Stairsp. 95
Figuring Stair Risep. 95
Calculating The Runp. 98
Stringersp. 102
Tread Thicknessp. 103
Stairway Openingsp. 108
Windersp. 108
Chapter 7 Raftersp. 111
Rafter Spansp. 111
Rafter Framingp. 123
Roof Pitchp. 125
How Do I Use A Rafter Square?p. 126
Chapter 8 Engineered Trussesp. 127
Speedp. 132
Top Three Trussesp. 132
Truss Spansp. 133
Chapter 9 Roof Sheathing and Coveringsp. 139
Figuring Sheathingp. 139
Hip Roofsp. 142
Gambrel Roofsp. 143
Slope Multipliersp. 143
Asphalt Shinglesp. 144
Other Types of Roofingp. 147
Chapter 10 Wall Sheathing and Sidingp. 155
Sheathingp. 157
Types of Sidingp. 158
Calculating Siding Needsp. 160
Nailingp. 162
Coveragep. 162
Chapter 11 Windows and Exterior Doorsp. 169
Doorsp. 169
Windows and Skylightsp. 172
Chapter 12 Interior Doors and Trimp. 175
Types of Trimp. 175
Interior Doorsp. 178
Chapter 13 Cabinets and Countersp. 175
Common Cabinet Factsp. 175
Chapter 14 Conversion Tablesp. 221
Chapter 15 Math for the Tradesp. 245
Indexp. 277