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Graphic Guide to Frame Construction: Fourth Edition, Revised and Updated (For Pros by Pros)

Graphic Guide to Frame Construction: Fourth Edition, Revised and Updated (For Pros by Pros) Lowest new price: $17.38
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Author: Rob Thallon
Brand: Thallon Rob

If you’re in need of info on framing construction, look no further. This newly revised and updated edition of our classic visual handbook is loaded with up-to-date code information, the latest material advice, and detailed construction methods. Building on the success of earlier editions--which have sold hundreds of thousands of copies―accomplished architect and teacher Rob Thallon delivers on the details you need to get the job done right.

Covers a broad range of projects. Whether you’re setting a foundation, erecting a partition wall, or flashing a window, you’ll find information on the project in this book. The book’s major categories include:

  • Footings and Foundations
  • Beams, Joist Systems, and Subflooring
  • Wall Framing, Bracing, and Sheathing
  • Roof Framing, Flashing, and Insulation
  • Exterior and Interior Stairs and Handrails

Filled with 500+ meticulous drawings. There are well over a hundred new drawings in this updated edition that precisely explain best practices for energy-efficient construction, advanced framing techniques, how to control moisture in wood-framing, installation information for new building materials, and more.

Whether you're a builder, architect, or homeowner, you'll find this up-to-the-minute resource is the perfect visual aid to help you tackle a wide range of framing projects with confidence.


  • Graphic Guide to Frame Construction Fourth Edition Revised and Updated

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2018 International Plumbing Code (International Code Council Series)

2018 International Plumbing Code (International Code Council Series) Lowest new price: $66.14
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Author: International Code Council

The IPC provides minimum regulations for plumbing facilities in terms of both performance and prescriptive objectives, and provides for the acceptance of new and innovative products, materials, and systems. Important changes include: Updated table for the Minimum Number of Required Plumbing Fixtures. Single-user toilet facilities (a room having a single water closet and a single lavatory) are not required to be labeled for use by only a male or female (separated use designations). Solar thermal water heating systems need to conform to the ICC 900/SRCC 300 standard. Well systems are required to comply with standard NGWA-01 where local requirements do not cover subject matter or are lacking in detail on others.

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Construction Project Management (4th Edition)

Construction Project Management (4th Edition) Lowest new price: $143.46
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Author: Frederick Gould
Brand: Brand: Prentice Hall

This up-to-the-minute text addresses all facets of successful construction project management in today’s complex environments. Construction Project Management introduces all key players in the process, walks through each project phase, and presents tools for effectively managing both people and projects. Co-authored by an academic and an industry professional, it fuses theory and practical reality, and interweaves roles of owner, designer, and construction professional throughout. It first introduces the modern industry and profession, presenting emerging trends, roles, contractual arrangements, and opportunities. Next, it focuses on the project itself, from concept to occupancy, and address the construction professional’s growing role during design and early construction. Students also master modern tools for estimating, scheduling, control, and feedback. The text provides many charts and images, as well as real-world sidebars authored by industry-leading professionals. This edition presents new technologies, techniques, statistics, trends, and career information throughout, including new approaches to collaboration, project delivery, and continuous improvement.


  • Used Book in Good Condition

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DEWALT Construction Estimating Complete Handbook: Excel Estimating Included (DEWALT Series)

DEWALT Construction Estimating Complete Handbook: Excel Estimating Included (DEWALT Series) Lowest new price: $17.73
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Author: Adam Ding
Brand: Ding Adam

This affordable, real-world guide to success in construction estimating is loaded with tips, checklists, worksheets, data tables, and step-by-step tutorials to help you navigate every step of the estimating process. The text focuses on "how-to" essentials, with on-the-spot answers, visual examples and a strong focus on key factors affecting profit, such as marketing, bid planning, drawing review, scope planning, quantity take-off, pricing, quote evaluation, cost summary, and bid closing for all trades and divisions. Drawing on extensive experience in the industry, the author provides practical solutions for the unprecedented challenges that construction professionals face today, including fierce competition, material price volatility, skilled labor shortages, and strict regulations. He also illuminates the relationship between estimating and project management, with coverage of overhead expenses, value engineering, turnover meeting, and change order pricing.


  • Dewalt Construction Estimating Complete Handbook Excel Estimating Included

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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: $14.44
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Author: Marianne Cusato
Brand: Sterling

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.


  • Sterling

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Estimating in Building Construction

Estimating in Building Construction Lowest new price: $165.09
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Author: Steven Peterson

The only complete, up-to-date guide to estimating modern building construction projects -- now updated, expanded, and incorporating many additional workbook problems.


Now updated and expanded, Estimating in Building Construction, Eighth Edition, brings together everything needed for a complete, modern course in estimating. Building on well-proven previous editions, it combines sound coverage of principles with step-by-step procedures to help students learn concepts more easily. Ideal for construction, architecture, and engineering students, it reflects the popular approach of tracking a complete project's progress. There are examples of estimating portions of the building that many General Contractors perform, and thorough coverage of the use of specialty subcontractors. This edition adds a new discussion of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and more detailed discussions of estimating equipment cost, electrical, plumbing (including fire sprinklers), and HVAC. For convenience and cost savings, workbook problems that accompanied the previous edition have been incorporated into the book.


Teaching and Learning Experience


This book will help construction, architecture, and engineering students quickly master today's best practices for estimating building construction projects. It provides:

  • Extensive examples and problems designed to link theory to practice: Helps students deepen the judgment skills they will need to succeed in real-world estimating
  • Expanded and updated coverage of today's key challenges and techniques–Helps students master the latest industry practices and standards, and utilize key innovations such as Building Information Modeling
  • Includes extensive reference resources for professional estimating: Gives students resources they can rely on throughout their careers, from sample specifications to spreadsheets

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2018 International Mechanical Code

2018 International Mechanical Code Lowest new price: $73.95
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Author: International Code Council

Establishes minimum regulations for mechanical systems using prescriptive and performance-related provisions. The IMC was developed with broad-based principles that make possible the use of new materials, methods and design. Important changes include: Added coverage of pollution control units. A new exception was added to recognize Type I kitchen hoods listed for clearances to combustibles of less than 18 inches. Added coverage for a newer type of non-metallic duct, phenolic duct. New coverage for high volume large diameter fans (HVLD), also referred to as high volume low speed (HVLS) fans. Relaxed requirements for sealing of duct joints and seams for Snap- and Button-lock duct joints located within the thermal envelope.

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Tiny House Designing, Building, & Living (Idiot's Guides)

Tiny House Designing, Building, & Living (Idiot's Guides) Lowest new price: $12.78
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Author: Andrew Morrison
Brand: ALPHA

Do you have what it takes to live tiny? Take the first step to achieving the dream of designing, building, and living in a tiny house (typically between 100–400 square feet). Idiot's Guides: Tiny House Designing, Building, and Living is the one-stop guide into this innovative concept of minimalist living. Dozens of helpful images and a full-color insert displaying different types of tiny houses help you visualize your dream. The book explores what it mentally takes to become a tiny house dweller and covers the best approach to designing and building a house that ideally fits your needs. The book includes an in-depth discussion on foundation types, financing and insurance, and legal standards, as well as building techniques, must-have utilities, and going off the grid, and home placement. Functional suggestions for décor, storage, and more are also featured. Bonus: three tiny house floor plans to illustrate what these homes entail.



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Core Curriculum Trainee Guide (5th Edition)

Core Curriculum Trainee Guide (5th Edition) Lowest new price: $63.52
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Author: NCCER

This exceptionally produced trainee guide features a highly illustrated design, technical hints and tips from industry experts, review questions and a whole lot more! Key content includes: Basic Safety, Introduction to Construction Math, Introduction to Hand Tools, Introduction to Power Tools, Construction Drawings, Basic Rigging, Basic Communication Skills, and Basic Employability Skills. A new module titled Introduction to Materials Handling has also been added!

New printed instructor’s package includes lesson plans, instructor’s copy of trainee guide with an access code to download TestGen software, module exams, PowerPoints®, and performance profile sheets from

Printed Instructors package ISBN: 9780134296340

NCCERconnect – eLearning Series is a new and improved online supplement in XL platform.
This unique online course supplement in the form of an electronic book and essential course management tools is delivered through an exceptional user-friendly interface  NCCERconnect provides a range of visual, auditory, and interactive elements to enhance student learning and instructor delivery of craft training.
NCCERconnect ISBNs:
  • Stand Alone Student Access card: 0-13-423592-4
  • Hardcover Print Core + Student Access card: 0-13-428567-0
  • Paperback Print Core +Student Access card: 0-13-439192-6 

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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: $15.01
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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.


  • What Your Contractor Can t Tell You The Essential Guide to Building and Renovating

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