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Concrete Portable Handbook Paperback – August 29, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0123821768 ISBN-10: 0123821762 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann; 1 edition (August 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123821762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123821768
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,747,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

R. Dodge Woodson (Brunswick, ME) has over 20 years' experience as a home builder, contractor, master plumber, and real estate broker. He is the author of many McGraw-Hill books, including Be A Successful Building Contractor 2/e, and National Plumbing Codes Handbook 2/e.

Customer Reviews

This book is written more like a textbook than a handbook.
Mark in Idaho
If you are in the business of pouring, selling, or just want to know everything you can about concrete, then this is a great book for you.
Jeff Anderson
I very strongly recommend this book to anyone in the construction trade or anyone else who may be interested in concrete.
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Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
The ISBN 0123821762 (Concrete Portable Handbook) is a compact, professional reference illustrated with black and white photos, schematic diagrams, tables, and form samples. It is thorough enough, but not handy, as resembling rather a textbook. A slightly smaller size and hardcover binding would be beneficial for its portability. But the book is well written and its content covers the entirety of the concrete works and business. It includes not as much the theory as practice of selecting ingredients, making, testing, reinforcing, pouring, controlling the quality of, repairing, rehabilitating, and maintaining concrete, as well as paperwork, codes, cement, pavement technology, and foundry sand. 2 extensive glossaries make it self-sufficient. The book is well done graphically, printed on very good paper, but in small type, and soft-bound in flimsy covers.
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A good handbook for concrete professionals, 'The Concrete Portable Handbook' by Dodge Woodson aims to provide a ready reference for any questions on concrete performance. The book starts of the constituent materials of concrete and then covers concrete properties, processes, repair and rehabilitation. There is a good coverage on all types of testing and repair. Coverage of Codes is rather weak but the book is a good asset to professional in the field.
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This is an outstanding reference for the industry. The book targets industry professionals, although anyone seeking insight into the precise details of concrete work could retain some useful facts. Anyone can benefit from the maintenance section; the notes on stain types and treatment might prove useful for an individual who desires to be fully prepared before taking on such a task.

The layout of the book is excellent. The book's first half consists of main chapter topics, which will appeal as a handy tool for casual concrete knowledge-seekers and as a brush-up reference and checklist for professionals in the industry. The smaller, second half of the book consists of appendices most applicable toward professionals. Topic sections are sensibly organized. Presentation is clean. Though, visually a bit "top-heavy" with blank page-bottoms and soft grey-printed tops, it's quite easy on the eyes. I like it.

In the next printing, they should reverse the captions for figures 4.4 and 4.5, as they appear misplaced - a simple oversight. Content consists of such topics as materials, repair, safety, terminology, a "How Much Do You Know?" test section and so much more. The "Concrete Portable Handbook" is, as I see it, a well-crafted, thorough text.
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This book is not a "how to " guide for putting in a patio or sidewalk. Instead this book gives you all raw data and definitions of concrete work. The different types of concrete, the basics of mixing, pouring and curing. Most importantly, the code requirements. As I can attest from many years ago when my dad put in our patio, there is no more frustrating thing than getting your concrete in and then having to tear it out again because you forgot something (see page 47: Rebar reinforcement bars). I especially like how every chapter includes Code Considerations in side boxes. Sometimes, the code descriptions are too technical for a DIYer to understand. Here, they are explained along side the descriptions of the process. The book also covers the maintenance of concrete, cleaning, repairing and resurfacing. There is even a chapter on the kinds of injuries that can happen when doing concrete work and how to treat them.

This book is probable most useful to the contractor, but if you are the Go-To DIY guy for your family or neighborhood, you might want to make room for this book on your shelf, because sooner or later, someone is going to ask you about concrete.
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Obviously you don't need this to make a patio, or to set some fence posts. But for the contractor, the code considerations throughout the text are useful, and the compilation of information (especially in the concrete pavement section) seems quite complete while still being accessible. My main criticism is that the depth of coverage varies widely from topic to topic in the book. For example, there's a long safety section that is completely lacking in detail, though it may well be a good overview of the concepts, it's not especially useful in the handbook sense. Contrast that with the detailed table of OSHA office phone numbers and the great detailed coverage of hydraulic cements.
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I'm about to start on a concrete project and I thought this book would be more useful, but actually it reads more like a dictionary. I don't feel like I learned much besides what certain terms mean.

I'm not sure who would benefit from this book. Maybe it would help a general contractor to learn to "speak the language" used by concrete professionals. But it won't help much if you're looking for a book to improve your concrete skills because each topic is covered only on the surface. The book is broad and shallow other than some regulatory data tables.

For example on p.125:

Judicious Neglect
Judicious neglect is a decision not to take any action in the repair of a concrete member. A complete investigation is required before a decision to ignore a problem can be made. Sometimes no action is the best action. This may seem a bit strange, but if existing damage is not likely to escalate and is not causing structural damage, the defect may be monitored instead of being repaired.

And then later on p.151:

Moving Water
Moving water channeled by concrete structures can contain destructive elements. Abrasion from waterborne sand and rocks can extensively damage a concrete surface. Generally, the water must be moving quickly for this to be a significant problem. This type of defect will be evident by the polished appearance of the concrete surface. When repairs are required, they are usually made with either polymer concrete or silica fume concrete.

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