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Radiant Floor Heating Paperback – June 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0071347860 ISBN-10: 0071347860 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Construction Series
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071347860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071347860
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,618,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

OLD AS THE ROMANS, RADIANT FLOOR HEATING IS WHAT CUSTOMERS WANT TODAY!

Customer demand has made in-floor radiant heat the fastest growing sector of the home heating market. And no wonder. This healthy, quiet, economical, and clean method of heating--invented in the Roman empire--is now also durable and reliable, thanks to new materials and advances.

This guide from master plumber, longtime contractor, and renowned how-to author R. Dodge Woodson brings plumbing and construction pros (and even savvy do-it-yourselfers) all the details and know-how needed to:

* Understand and explain the advantages of in-floor radiant heating
* Install, test, and debug embedded and dry radiant heat systems in new or existing homes
* Create heating zones for variable temperatures throughout a house
* Offer hot water heating as part of your system
* Heat seldom-used areas and provide outdoor ice removal and other add-on amenities
* Select superior equipment--tubing, boilers, expansion tanks, pumps, and controls
* Troubleshoot and repair system problems
* Avoid common errors and mishaps

RADIANT HEATING IS HOT!
More and more customers want in-floor radiant heat because of these benefits:
Low cost operation, installation, and equipment
Healthy and cozy warmth for lower body without overheating upper body
Quieter and cleaner than forced air systems
Can be combined with hot water heating for additional savings

About the Author

R. Dodge Woodson (Fort Fairfield, 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.

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.

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This book will not benefit anyone.
L. Smith
Many repetitions of the limited material as if the author had prepared several drafts and included them all in the published version.
"arthurguthrie"
Really not much info in this for it's size.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

114 of 115 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book provides an overview of the concept of radiant floor heating (RFH) systems. Although there is useful information provided in the book, it is lacking for useful design tools. Those who are adept at surfing the web are likely to find as much information about RFH from a couple of hours of searching than is contained within this book. Certainly not written for professionals, the text is at times poorly written and somewhat repetitive. I recommend that interested home owners consider the books on RFH by Siegenthaler (Modern Hydronic Heating....) and Holohan (Hydronic Radiant Heating).
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
I learned only one thing from this book: never buy a technical how-to book unless the author's experience and qualifications are given. R. Dodge Woodson dodged this point because he doesn't have any. As the author of several diverse titles in the McGraw-Hill "Professional" series, he is, obviously, just a non-technical writer. In this case, he has strung together useless platitudes based on what he understands from manufacturers' literature, which isn't much. He can't give any "real answers," as the book cover claims. Only the appendix of this book is useful. It contains data provided by the manufacturers, and that information can be obtained from them directly, probably at no cost! McGraw-Hill, years ago a premier publisher of informative and authoritative technical and scholarly books, should be ashamed of itself.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By L. Smith on January 30, 2005
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This book will not benefit anyone. It is repetitive and lacking the necessary detail to truly plan and install a radiant floor heating system. It's unfortunate that books like this are not screened before being made available to the unsuspecting public.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By "arthurguthrie" on February 28, 2004
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This one of the worst books I have ever purchased. It does not provide "real answers contractors need" as is advertized on the cover. The information provided is mainly taken from web pages and other vendor supplied information. Many repetitions of the limited material as if the author had prepared several drafts and included them all in the published version. Don't waste your money.-Ag
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2003
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Nice table of contents, but each section was littered with poor writing and repetitive comments about how great radiant heating is. This is obviously just a hidden manufacturer's pitch for radiant heating products.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Robert F. Rasmussen on January 16, 2001
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I will be returning my copy of Radiant Floor Heating by R. Dodge Woodson! I was primarily interested in "Dry Piping Systems. The chapter focused on dry piping systems in the text was redundant, cursory, and didn't "go" anywhere. The figures did not even remotely reflect what the text said. R. Dodge Woodson should start over from scratch with some SUBSTANCE.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 2000
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There are much better books for the those of us who are really technically oriented. I would buy this for my mother.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Paul on February 21, 2000
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This book only tells you that radiant heat is in the floor. Very basic
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