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Joseph Truini has worked as a remodelling contractor, cabinetmaker and union carpenter. He writtes extensively for magazines and appears regularly on American television.

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  • Series: Taunton's Build Like a Pro
  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; Revised, Updated ed. edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561589667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561589661
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.5 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book to help me with the building of my first shed. This book is a great resourse to help you with the basics. If you have a basic knowledge of construction all you need is this book to build a shed. It does not have plans (they are offered as a seperate purchase), but it does have a detailed overall isometric of each shed. From that you can create you own plans. What this book does have is details on how to actually perform the construction to make your job easier. They tell you what fasteners to use where, there is a step by step process to build each shed and they provide a lot of tips that will result in a better final product. I am glad that I bought this book to help me with my design.
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I needed a shed of 12 x 16' dimensions. I looked at the many pre-built or build-on-site local offerings but was not impressed by the quality of materials and/or craftsmanship. I had never constructed a building but decided I could do at least as well as the thrown together sheds I looked at. I bought a few sets of plans and read much about shed building but still wasn't completely comfortable since I had trouble putting all of the pieces together in my mind. I decided that this book might fill in the gaps and it definitely did that plus more.

A picture is worth a thousand words and this book has many pictures, so I guess it equals thousands of words about shed building. I did not follow any specific plan from the book but used it as a guide to develop my own plan. With the information provided I felt confident that I could not only build the shed but it would be done well.

My shed has been completed and it turned out nice looking and sturdy (to toot my horn), and it is way better than the sheds that many of my neighbors had put up. Of course, those sheds went up in less than one day while mine took months doing it solo. But I'm pleased with the outcome and this book was extremely useful to me as a guide.
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I am a beginner in this field and this book is a fantastic resource. It really goes over ALL that you will need to build a shed. Just expect to pay more for decent plan; that said, the 'how to' is all here.
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This book is a good resource. It does not have plans, so if that's what you're looking for don't bother with this book. What this book does have is a lot of great information on the building of sheds, design ideas, building options, etc. The author goes through the steps to build a foundation, framing, roof, even ideas on internal storage and external finishes. The text is easy to follow and understand. There are many sidebars that give tips and advice which most laymen probably wouldn't have considered. The photographs are great quality too. This is a great book and I'd recommend it highly for anyone needing or interested in building a shed.
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This is a great book with a lot of good construction tips. The sheds featured in this book are probably built better than most peoples' homes. The author uses only the best materials and methods. It proved to be a great resource for my little 8' x 10' shed project. If you are turned off by the flimsy tin and home center kit sheds; if you want a shed that has some character and can be used as an extension of your home; then this book is for you.
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Definately worth the two bucks I paid for mine used. Alot of good info in here to set you straight on how to build a shed or outbuilding. Well put together information. Some of the featured projects are definately not for beginners. I would have liked to see a little more detail on some aspects of framing and roof sheathing, but I guess there had to be limit on some specifics in order to get every thing between the covers. I'm a mechanic, not a builder, so some carpentry calculations are a little fuzzy for me. I would most certainly recommend this book, but I'm going to get another that stays with one or two simple designs step-by step, right down to what size nail to use, and how to lay the roof sheathing . I used to know a carpenter who could build a shed with a gambrel roof without a second thought. It just came natural to him. I would say that this book is not really a beginner book, more beginner/intermediate level Again, still a very good book, especially if looks are important.
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I am building a new shed. Haven't do so in over 20 years, so I wanted to see what kind of ideas I could find. Very good instructions, and lots of pictures along the way. I plan to incorporate some elements from this book and the "Sheds: The Do-It-Yourself Guide for Backyard Builders" book, making a unique product. For some reason, I like the writing a little better in this one.
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This book breaks down building a shed into pieces that includes tips from the experts so you don't repeat their mistakes. I'm planning a quality shed and I don't want waste my time or money. This book will pay for itself before you even begin. There's nothing like the combined knowledge of all these experts laid out in an easy to read format.
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