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Building Backyard Structures: Sheds, Barns, Bins, Gazebos & Other Outdoor Construction Paperback – June 30, 1997

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (June 30, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806942169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806942162
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,415,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 18, 1999
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This is the best book of this type I have seen. Separate chapters cover all the basics, such as foundations, roofing, siding, doors & windows, etc. Good hand-drawn plans and drawings and lots of pictures make it easy to visualize how to proceed. The book includes step-by-step plans on how to build 7 different structures, but it's the background "how-to" stuff that I found really helpful.
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[Just over 1.5 stars]
"Building Backyard Structures" is a deceptively good-looking book. Alas, nice color pictures won't help you design and build the shed or other small building you need in your backyard. A more accurate title would be "Plans for Seven Backyard Structures". If you want ANYTHING other than these exact seven plans you'll need to look elsewhere.
The deception starts right at the beginning. The chapters are:
1. Building Materials
2. Planning Your Project
3. Foundations
4. Framing
5. Roofing
6. Siding
7. Doors and Windows
8. Utility Shed
9. Pole Barn
10. Woodshed
11. Garbage House
12. Pool or Patio Shed
13. Gazebo
14. Children's Playhouse/Outdoor Toy Storage Shed
and you'd reasonably expect that the first seven chapters would provide a useful framework for creating your own small backyard project. You would be wrong, however.
In Chapter 3 the book illustrates five types of foundations. Unfortunately, the text then only discusses how to work with two of them; if you've got a wooden post or concrete slab project in mind, for instance, you're out of luck.
Chapter 4 is even more disappointing. Rather than tell you what you need to know to frame a shed wall, it merely states that "Local codes and the structure's design will dictate the stud spacing". The chapter goes through the steps of framing in numbered order, but again doesn't tell you enough to know what you're doing. Another quote: "Step 12: Add the Bracing. Walls with plywood sheathing or siding generally do not require additional bracing." There's no further explanation about when this "generally" applies, or why.
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Nice overview of building some sheds etc.

+ Easy, pretty good examples, nice detail in some projects

- choppy, some structures are very ornate, some would be $$$$$$ today

I would have like more info on the finer details, like flashing, door and window fitting, etc.

I'll try to write a separate review of the seller. The bottom line is the copy I received reeked of cigarette smoke. Not just a little smell. It reeked. Like, stick it outside on the deck and find a way to open most of the pages for days stink. Like, use a deodorizer stink.

If you're a contractor, or do regular projects, this may be too basic. If you can swing a hammer and use a saw, this ought to be ok.
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