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Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation Lowest new price: $6.90
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Author: Steven Johnson
Brand: Riverhead Books

The printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery--these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? What kind of environment breeds them? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How do we generate the breakthrough technologies that push forward our lives, our society, our culture? Steven Johnson's answers are revelatory as he identifies the seven key patterns behind genuine innovation, and traces them across time and disciplines. From Darwin and Freud to the halls of Google and Apple, Johnson investigates the innovation hubs throughout modern time and pulls out the approaches and commonalities that seem to appear at moments of originality.

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2018 International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings

2018 International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings Lowest new price: $125.00
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Author: International Code Council

This comprehensive code comprises all building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas and electrical requirements for one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses up to three stories. The IRC contains many important changes such as: An updated seismic map reflects the most conservative Seismic Design Category (SDC) based on any soil type and a new map reflects less conservative SDCs when Site Class A, B or D is applicable. The townhouse separation provisions now include options for using two separate fire-resistant-rated walls or a common wall. An emergency escape and rescue opening is no longer required in basement sleeping rooms where the dwelling has an automatic fire sprinkler system and the basement has a second means of egress or an emergency escape opening. The exemption for interconnection of smoke alarms in existing areas has been deleted. New girder/header tables have been revised to incorporate the use of #2 Southern Pine in lieu of #1 Southern Pine. New tables address alternative wood stud heights and the required number of full height studs in high wind areas.

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A Timber Framer's Workshop: Joinery, Design & Construction of Traditional Timber Frames

A Timber Framer's Workshop: Joinery, Design & Construction of Traditional Timber Frames Lowest new price: $32.87
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Author: Steve Chappell
Brand: Brand: Fox Maple Press

This revised edition of A Timber Framer s Workshop has over 150 new photos and includes updated engineering specifications for pegged joinery, along with expanded in-depth technical information on the joinery, design and construction of Traditional Timber Frames.

The major portion of A Timber Framer's Workshop was first written back in 1983. Over a period of a number of years several revisions and additions took place, as it was used as the handout workshop manual for Fox Maple Timber Framing Workshops. At last, it was published for general distribution in 1998.

When this book was first published in 1998, scientific testing results for pegged mortise and tenon joinery simply did not exist. The corollaries that could be made at that time were drawn from testing results for bolted connections. This is common in engineering as the essential physical laws concerning force and motion, primarily Newtonian physics, are symmetrical. However, nothing ever beats a direct test for a specific condition as the results end with an emphatic exclamation point. In the past five or six years testing has at last been carried out for a number of the most common pegged joinery conditions and the results have been published. The impetus for this revision was in large part to update and to include these new testing results so that the readers would be privy to the latest engineering results available for timber frame joinery.

Along the way, over 150 new photos and drawings were added and editorial additions were made to clarify specific conditions, or to more fully explain a critical aspect of timber framing. While the essential book is the same, virtually every element is expanded in some way to paint a more vibrant picture of the technical aspects of how to build a traditional timber frame. In addition, there is an expanded element of color and nuance to help the reader more fully understand the magic of timber framing... and that timber framing really is the Jazz of building.

Illustrated with over 500 photos and CAD drawings.

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2012 International Residential Code for One- and Two- Family Dwellings (International Code Council Series)

2012 International Residential Code for One- and Two- Family Dwellings (International Code Council Series) Lowest new price: $92.50
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Author: International Code Council
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This comprehensive code for homebuilding combines building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, energy, and electrical provisions into a single resource. The 2012 International Residential Code For One- and Two- Family Dwellings Softbound Version uses these provisions to provide detailed insight into the construction of one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses up to three stories high. Using foundational principles that facilitate the use of new materials and building designs to guide the content, this reference guide also establishes minimum regulations using prescriptive provisions. Check out our app, DEWALT Mobile Pro™. This free app is a construction calculator with integrated reference materials and access to hundreds of additional calculations as add-ons. To learn more, visit dewalt.com/mobilepro.


New in the 2012 IRC®

Key changes include:

  • New Seismic Design Categories maps.

  • Wind design including new maps.

  • Exterior wall clearances to lot lines.

  • Wireless smoke alarms.

  • Prescriptive roof connections to resist wind uplift forces.

  • Required clearance between townhouse separation walls and roof penetrations.

  • Prescriptive requirements for isolated masonry pier foundations.

  • Gypsum board under non fire-resistance rated floor assemblies.

  • Wall bracing provisions including a new simplified method.

  • Prescriptive design of whole-house ventilation systems.

  • Gray water recycling systems.

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2018 International Building Code

2018 International Building Code Lowest new price: $134.95
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Author: International Code Council

This code applies to all buildings except detached one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses up to three stories. The 2018 IBC contains many important changes such as: Accessory storage spaces of any size are now permitted to be classified as part of the occupancy to which they are accessory. New code sections have been introduced addressing medical gas systems and higher education laboratories. Use of fire walls to create separate buildings is now limited to only the determination of permissible types of construction based on allowable building area and height. Where an elevator hoistway door opens into a fire-resistance-rated corridor, the opening must be protected in a manner to address smoke intrusion into the hoistway. The occupant load factor for business uses has been revised to one occupant per 150 square feet. Live loads on decks and balconies increase the deck live load to one and one-half times the live load of the area served. The minimum lateral load that fire walls are required to resist is five pounds per square foot. Wind speed maps updated, including maps for the state of Hawaii. Terminology describing wind speeds has changed again with ultimate design wind speeds now called basic design wind speeds. Site soil coefficients now correspond to the newest generation of ground motion attenuation equations (seismic values). Five-foot tall wood trusses requiring permanent bracing must have a periodic special inspection to verify that the required bracing has been installed. New alternative fastener schedule for construction of mechanically laminated decking is added giving equivalent power-driven fasteners for the 20-penny nail. Solid sawn lumber header and girder spans for the exterior bearing walls reduce span lengths to allow #2 Southern Pine design values.

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Carpentry & Building Construction, Student Edition, 2016

Carpentry & Building Construction, Student Edition, 2016 Lowest new price: $67.99
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Author: McGraw-Hill Education
Brand: Ingramcontent

Carpentry & Building Construction is a comprehensive carpentry program that focuses on residential construction with many procedures also applying to light commercial construction. The informative text provides detailed, heavily illustrated information about materials, tools, and processes, with many step-by-step procedures.

Includes hardbound student edition aligned to the content standards.

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Super House: Design Your Dream Home for Super Energy Efficiency, Total Comfort, Dazzling Beauty, Awesome Strength, and Economy

Super House: Design Your Dream Home for Super Energy Efficiency, Total Comfort, Dazzling Beauty, Awesome Strength, and Economy Lowest new price: $50.29
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Author: Donald R. Wulfinghoff

SUPER HOUSE was written to empower anyone to create an ideal home. If you want to design a new home or make an addition to an existing home, it leads you step-by-step through everything you need to know. For renovations and repairs, you will find the critical information that guarantees a perfect job. If you are buying an appliance, Super House advises you how to make the best choice. If you are shopping for a home on the market, Super House is the ideal guide to all the features you want.

The author, Donald Wulfinghoff, is a world renowned expert on building design. He wrote Super House to enable anyone, regardless of background, to enjoy the benefits of a home that is super-efficient, totally comfortable, free of health hazards, strong, and beautiful. A host of innovations advance the state of the art, while using conventional materials and construction methods for economy and reliability.

Super House is organized in Eight Steps:
Step 1 shows you how to design every room, how to arrange the rooms for convenience and efficiency, and how to create a beautiful style
Step 2 explains how to make the best use of windows and skylights for daylighting, view, ventilation, solar heating, and emergency escape
Step 3 creates a super-efficient structure that will remain intact for centuries, protecting the family from radon, fire, tornadoes, earthquakes, and intruders
Step 4 recommends the best methods of heating, cooling, and ventilation for comfort, energy efficiency, and freedom from health problems
Step 5 covers elegant plumbing fixtures, efficient water heating, and making your water supply safe
Step 6 explains how to achieve the most efficient and visually effective lighting
Step 7 gives you tips for selecting every type of major appliance
Step 8 advises you how to deal with your contractors to get your project done perfectly.

In addition, Super House explains alternative energy sources and technologies, including wood burning, solar energy, wind energy, geothermal heat pumps, earth-sheltered construction, water recycling, and living off the grid, with important cautions about each.

Super House shows you how to design and select the best features for your home, while leaving the toil, tools, and special skills of construction to contractors. To enhance your practical understanding of house construction, it includes an illustrated primer that shows how a house is built from the foundation to the roof.

Worksheets, checklists, and over 600 illustrations make every project easy and fun. Sidebars provide fascinating insights. Each topic recommends the best choices to consider.

Super House is a first-place winner of the Benjamin Franklin Awards. It was named a Book of the Year at the 2016 American Library Association convention. It has earned rave reviews from the leading book review publications, including Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Foreword Reviews, and Midwest Book Review.

Super House is unique, powerful, and fun. It pays for itself the first time you use it. And, it makes a great gift for anyone dreaming of a perfect home.

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Get Your House Right: Architectural Elements to Use & Avoid

Get Your House Right: Architectural Elements to Use & Avoid Lowest new price: $14.04
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Author: Marianne Cusato
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Sick of McMansions? Marianne Cusato, creator of the award-winning Katrina Cottages, is a champion of traditional architectural principles: structural common sense, aesthetics of form, appropriateness to a neighborhood, and sustainability. She presents the definitive guide to what makes houses look and feel right, revealing the dos and don'ts of livable home design. Hundreds of elegant line drawings--rendering the varieties of architectural features and displaying “avoid” and “use” versions of the same elements side by side--make this an indispensable resource for designing and building a timelessly beautiful home.

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The Black Circle (The 39 Clues , Book 5)

The Black Circle (The 39 Clues , Book 5) Lowest new price: $1.89
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Author: Patrick Carman
Brand: Scholastic Press

The highly anticipated Book Five of the #1 bestselling The 39 Clues series.

A strange telegram lures fourteen-year-old Amy Cahill and her younger brother, Dan, deep into Russia and away from the only trustworthy adult they know. Signed with the initials NRR, the telegram launches a race to uncover a treasure stolen by the Nazis and the truth about the murder of the last Russian royal family. All too soon, the treasure hunt starts to smell like a Lucian trap. But the bait might just be irresistible . . . what will Amy and Dan risk to find out what really happened on the night their parents died?

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What Your Contractor Can't Tell You: The Essential Guide to Building and Renovating

What Your Contractor Can't Tell You: The Essential Guide to Building and Renovating Lowest new price: $15.03
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Author: Amy Johnston
Brand: Amy Johnston

This book equips owners with the information and strategies needed to turn their vision into a home or renovation project that can be executed on time and within budget. Chapters give detailed coverage of critical topics: design options, selecting and supervising the architect and contractor, cost estimates, budgets, plan specifications, contracts, dealing with town officials and keeping track of everything along the way. For each stage of the project there is detailed information on common pitfalls and how to avoid them, as well as insiders' tips which reveal what most contractors can't tell you. This book was previously published by Warner Books (2004) and titled What the "Experts" May Not Tell You About Building or Renovating Your Home.

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