From Library Journal
These are hefty works from two veteran home remodeling/renovation writers. Renovation: A Complete Guide was first published in 1982 ( LJ 10/15/82), about the same time Litchfield started Fine Homebuilding magazine. The first edition was comprehensive, clearly written, and soon became a standard. The differences in this volume are matters of refinement rather than large-scale revamping. Some topics (roofing, the case histories, ceramic tiling, and security) have been noticeably expanded, but others (assessment and planning, tools, demolition, structural carpentry, plumbing and wiring, and finish work) have been only modestly revised. This remains one of the essential guides to renovation; any library lacking the earlier edition (or having a well-worn copy) will want it. Wing has written several how-to manuals, mostly on heating and energy conservation. While covering some of the same ground (and more) as Litchfield, Wing approaches the topic quite differently. Wing reverses the organizing principle of most how-to books by subordinating the explanatory text to the graphic information displayed in diagrams, line drawings, charts, and graphs. This works remarkably well, not only as a visual reference but even as a comprehensive building manual that includes--in equal measure--materials, techniques, and design specifications. Everything from the commonplace (lumber specifications, nailing schedules, interest tables, and wiring diagrams) to the more esoteric (soil classification tables, snow load maps, steel beam specifications, and Spanish tile roofing methods) is addressed. This outstanding compilation of home construction and remodeling information is highly recommended for all libraries serving amateur or professional builders.- Bill Demo, Tompkins Cortland Community Coll., Dryden, N.Y.
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