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Old 08-04-2011, 12:17 AM   #1
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Books that teach the basics of construction - recommend them to me?


I was unsure where to post this, but this seemed to most relevant part of the forum.

I'm an architect student on the 3rd semester and I need to learn the basics about construction ASAP.

Im 29yr and never had any contact with construction prior to the architecture course - So, I need a book for beginners, absent of complex parts. I need the basics.

What I really wanted is a book that tells step-by-step what is to be done on the construction of a simple concrete house. From the preparation of the land, to a simple pillar structure, to the roof and everything in between. Nothing complex.

Can anybody recomend me 1 or more books? I'll buy anything I can put my hands on about basic construction books. I'll buy them on ebay.

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DeCristifos(?) House building----long out of print---but good for a basic understanting.

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DeCristifos(?) House building----long out of print---but good for a basic understanting.
This one?

http://books.google.com/books?id=fIE...page&q&f=false
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:56 AM   #4
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I think it might be---I gave the book away long long ago---

Good start for a for a complete greeny.
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We used this book in one of my classes and it was very good.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/159070...032658-9171069
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You know I was thinking and I always think it is easier and quicker to pick things up if I do and see them rather than read about them.

What about volunteering at a habitat for humanity build or contacting a local builder and asking him for a tour of one of his sites with and explanation of the process.

I'm assuming you aren't in Austin since you are asking about a concrete house but if you are I'm happy to give you a walk through.
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Oh'Mike - Is that the one :

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/140...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

I think I'm gonna buy it.

Broughton - I've located yours on amazon too, but WOW! Pretty expensive!

http://www.amazon.com/Modern-Carpent...2490378&sr=1-1

Why is it that expensive? Is it much better than the others?

Yes, for sure, I'll do the pratical part too, but on my free time I want to read about it. Sorry, I wrote it wrongly, not a concrete house, but a house made with masonry (tiles, bricks, cement).

And yes, you guessed right, I'm not on Austin, heheh, I'm in Brazil.

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Here's one I've used.

http://www.amazon.com/Principles-Pra.../dp/0130496626

Same picture on the cover as one of the others, but different author(s). Kinda weird.
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Yep!---The book is old but excellent for gaining a basic understanding of practice and technique.
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Have a read through these ten.
http://www.bostonleadershipbuilders.com/vitruvius/
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I purchased the book oh'mike suggested; at the price it seems a great value. Or it could be my book addiction.

Will try to report back about it...

Also, my favorite book since buying my house has been "Codes For HomeOwners".

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Looks good! But that edition is pretty expansive.

Do you know if the two books below are exactly the same? Because the black-and-white one is much cheaper :

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/013...F8&me=&seller=

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/013...sr=1-4&seller=

Its the same authors, but the title is slightly different.

OH'MIKE

great, added to my list.

STUART

These are books written by Vitruvius, the roman architect?

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What is your edition?

Is this the other one?

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-C...2517335&sr=8-1

How is it? Codes?
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CODERGUY

What is your edition?

Is this the other one?

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-C...2517335&sr=8-1

How is it? Codes?
This is the edition I bought:
ev Exp edition (June 1, 2007)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1402743165

That is the other one; it is great. I really like the diagrams in it. I remember one night my wife asked me how the whole "air behind water" thing worked for plumbing. So I whipped it out and showed her the big whole house plumbing diagram. I mostly use it for reference in regards to stuff like that.

Amazon already shipped the other book; I may get it tomorrow (Amazon Prime).
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ok man, thanks! I'll look into it.

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