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Product Details

  • Series: For Pros By Pros
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561581828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561581825
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,217,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

"Fine Woodworking "was launched in 1975 in response to the lack of quality woodworking resources available. With a circulation of 287,000 woodworkers of all skill levels, the magazine has become the #1 source of how-to information on techniques, tools, finishing, and inspiration.
Since 1981, the pages of" Fine Homebuilding" have inspired and instructed people who care about quality of home improvement and construction. With a circulation of more than 300,000, the magazine is the premier source for information on how to build projects better, faster and more efficiently.

Customer Reviews

You see how it's done, but you can't make a Lamp after watching Mr. Rogers.
Horse
If you are planning to do a project yourself, or even if you will hire someone else to do it, read this book first.
Becky Smith
This is not really a book per se... it's a collection of disjointed articles all written by different authors.
Pablo Bridges

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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Robert.Heal@au.mensa.org on May 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book consists of a collection of articles which have appeared in the "Fine Homebuilding" magazine. As such, it covers the topics which the people who wrote the articles chose to discuss, which implies that some topics are covered more than once, while others may not be dealt with at all. There is not necessarily comprehensive coverage of the subject, which a beginner or student of the material may require.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Rob Stokes on March 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book with the intent on learning about laying my own forms, and pouring footings for a small garage addition. Although there is good information in the book, it is not cohesive, nor does it flow and in fact is quite dis-jointed. I did not learn what I needed to know about form building, but I did learn more than I really needed to know about several other areas of concrete work.
I was really hoping that a "project progression" approach would have been a natural means of writing a book such as this, but I gambled and lost. This book goes on the shelf and I'm poorer for it's purchase.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J Dravis on June 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I'm removing my current driveway and wanted to replace it myself to save labor costs. I did find an article on driveways which was useful to me. I also found several other article of interest becuase I plan on building my own house from the ground up in the future.
As some other reviewers have pointed out, this is not a "project progression" book. There are plenty of others out there, go buy one of them. If you want to find out what's new and innovative in the trade, try this one! I recently went of a "Parade of Homes" in my area (northern Wisconsin) that was supposed to show off homes of the best builders in the area. Was I disappionted!! Only 1 of 16 homes had used any of these new ideas. Nearly every one had a damp/wet basement. People just stick with the same techniques that were used 25+ years ago.
If you are about to build, buy a book like this, get informed and either do it yourself or make your builder, build you a "modern" home.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pablo Bridges on April 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is not really a book per se... it's a collection of disjointed articles all written by different authors. For example, one author says to use brick for "dobies" to space rebar off the ground, then the next author says to *never* do this, then some topics are addressed in 4 or 5 different places with no cohesion. There are definitely better books on the topic, although this may be good recreational bedside reading for some.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matt Cottam on May 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
The book does offer some useful insight into how to lay concrete forms, and I bought it to do that. With no prior knowledge of concrete forms, I poured footings, and walls for a separate entrance to my basement. The only resources I used were this book and what I asked people that worked with concrete. Although I found the book helpful I am looking for one that includes things such as building concrete stairs. Overall the book will show you how to make concrete forms for footings and walls.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald J. Wichman on May 23, 2011
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After reading this book, I knew everything a DIYr should. In my case, I learned it was too much work and I hired a pro. You can tell if your pro is doing it right without the back breaking work.

If you are young enough and good shape, you will learn what you have to do. If older like me, you will learn what you don't want to do.

Good luck on your project.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Horse on September 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
I almost bought this book. However, although the cover is now Yellow, it looks exactly like the older version from all the page previews I've seen.

This all applies to the older version, which looks identical to me.

I did not like this book.

It only shows an overview. It gives minimal direction on actually doing any of the work.

It is intended for a manager? or homeowner hiring a contractor?

It does not deal in depth with setting beater boards, forms, and leveling, except in respect to basement walls.

I didn't like this book as a California builder, it was practically useless. I already use the Pythagorean theory, and strings... thanks for no good tips.

If you are having a pain setting forms, don't buy this book.

If you are "curious" about the process, buy this book.

It reminds me of the T.V trips to the Lamp Factory with Mr. Rogers.

You see how it's done, but you can't make a Lamp after watching Mr. Rogers.

Especially since all the examples are for pouring basement foundations.

Also there is nothing about stamping and coloring driveways.

This books should not be in the "Pros" series. It should be in the children's section.

Also recycles content from the magazine and "Additions", which I already owned. That made me mad.
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Format: Paperback
Was OK but a little more detail information on hollow block foundations for homes is needed not just walls.
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