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  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprinted edition edition (1 Sep 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684172860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684172866
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 1.3 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Building and Remodeling" Instructions are so complete that if you have (or can command) basic carpentry skills, this could be your sole house-building source.

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Tedd Benson is the founder and owner of a post-and-beam construction firm in New Hampshire. A builder for ten years, he has specialized in timber framing for six.

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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Aug 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was used as the course textbook on a timber framing course I did in the UK. It covered all we needed to know. The only shortcoming being a lack of metric stress loadings which are required for UK and european building regulations, however conversion doesnt take long.
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 April 1999
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My wife and I built a hybrid timber frame home using this book as a guide. Although we have construction skills, this book was invaluable in guiding us through the process. We can't wait to build another. We highly recommend this book to anyone considering a timber frame house.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By percy on 14 Nov 2011
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I was looking for a guide to building a large oak timber frame extension to our house and this was all I needed. It naturally gives some interesting history of the timber frame, but doesn't get too bogged down with that. It gives clear diagrams of all the joints and how to make them. The best positions to use each individual joint and stress areas etc. The photos and diagrams are clear and simple to understand and, whilst it's an American book it cross's over easily with the English style of building. These Oak frames were being constructed in England before America was even discovered, of course. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to undertake a project of this sort. You don't need to grow a big bushy beard though as it seems every American carpenter must have as part of his equipment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Aug 2010
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There are books that have lots of words and pictures in but frustraitingly dont actually say much but this book is definitly worth the money. I was delighted with how much usefall information it had pact into it and was a pleasure to look at and read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Davis on 18 Aug 2011
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I keep re reading this book, I,m just starting to teach myself joinery and found this book invaluable.

Well written, with clear diagrams, it guides you through the whole process of planning and building a timber frame house.

I didnt know when this book was written, I just assumed all timber framing craftsmen had beards!

So the biggest surprise is at the end, Tedd Benson describes how timber frame houses are perfect for modern highly insulated designs, to quote him "Energy conservation is the hope for the future. In conscience, we must mark the end of the era of sub standard housing that is cheap to build but expensive and wasteful to maintain" This was written in 1980!!!!!
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