- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann; 1 edition (August 29, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0123821762
- ISBN-13: 978-0123821768
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
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But if you take the claim of portability away, this is an awesome reference text. It gives some common sense advice about issues you may experience in the field, some "cheat sheets" and some more in-depth guides to using different materials in the field. Employee and injury issues are covered, some tips about what may or may not be up to code so that you can do things right the first time, and a hefty amount of material on topics such as using foundry sand in different applications, hydraulic cements, removal and repair, etc.
Whether you're new to working as a concrete contractor or experienced and just want to reinforce and fill in the gaps in your knowledge, this is a thorough book that covers a lot of topics with a clear layout and language.
It could be tucked in the back of the truck, but just keep in mind when buying that it is not actually portable in any unusual way. I think the publisher was probably referring to having a clear layout and easily-referenced style more than the shape or weight of the book.
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 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 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.
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.
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.