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The fact is, you cannot build a house, work on plumbing or electrical systems, repair or remodel, or do anything of much use for your home without a rudimentary understanding of basic mathematics. The Hamiltons have approached math not as a theoretical or abstract academic exercise, but have instead created a system of understanding and remembering mathematical concepts with highly practical applications for the builder, both professional and amateur do-it-yourselfer. They have eliminated confusing and intimidating terminology in favor of clear, straightforward language, guiding the reader through easy-to-understand steps and exercises that virtually guarantee retention of the information in usable form for practical applications. This book should be a standard textbook or required reading for anyone in the building trades--contractors, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and all the rest--and will likely turn into a classic text for any vocational school or class. --Mark A. Hetts
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Construction Trades Press; 1st edition (1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962419710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962419713
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the perfect book for someone entering into the fabrication trades or for those already in, too brush up on your math skills. It is layed out in a clear and concise manner and the tests at the end of each chapter are a definite assest. When you do use this book be sure to start at the beginning and follow through each chapter as there is a great deal to be learned, even though some areas may at first appear quite elementary. Top notch study material.
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I found this book in a library and am now going to buy it. I am an interior design student. I have taken algebra, but never trig or geometry. Since I have a drafting class coming up (my first) I was really in a panic...until I found this book. Already I understand so much, and I've only been reading for a day! I highly recommend this book.
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I am just getting into this book however I did scan it when it came in the mail and it is great. I have dozens of books on building,fabricating etc. This one is one of the few that I will keep indefinitely. If you REALLY want to build like a craftsman then I would seriously suggest owning this book. The information in it can help set you above those that merely "build stuff".
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I found the book to be a little light. The first half is almost all fluff, leaving the real good stuff cramped in the second half. The problem with this is that in that second half, some of the concepts are not as detailed as they might otherwise be (i.e. some lack of real world examples), or what the book strives for in the first half. Alternatively, if the first half was not so light, possibly more information/concepts could be offered to the reader. I say all of this as somebody who failed geometry in bot high school and again in collage, but is now a machinist/fabricator (at least at heart). To that end I would recommend this book for an entry level fabricator--and I do mean neophyte. In and of itself that is not a bad thing. Just be sure you know who, what and where you are before you purchase a book which may well be redundant for even a hobbyist who has a year under his/her belt.
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Very few books actually do what they claim . This one does in a straight forward but easy going way. I learned more from that book than in 12 years of school. Take that however you want to. Very informative.
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This is a good book for those of us who haven't been using math on a regular basis for building. Also a lot of entry level job tests contain math, this book is good for brushing up on rusty skills, or helping build new ones. It has tests, practices and memory aids. It is mostly US measurments but also contains a chapter on Metrics. This book is focused on the skills used in the building trades. I found it helpful and easy to work with.
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I haven't had a math class in years and this book was very helpful. It is easy to use and very practical.
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