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Foundations and Concrete Work (Best of "Fine Homebuilding") [Paperback]

"Fine Homebuilding"
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May 1997 Best of "Fine Homebuilding"
In these collected articles from Fine Homebuilding magazine, professional builders, masons, and engineers show you how to mix and cure concrete for lasting installations, build a concrete or block foundation, avoid the most common mistakes in concrete and masonry, build a foundation on a sloping site, insulate and drain foundations, even in the coldest and wettest climates, make a permanent wood foundation, and work with concrete to build retaining walls and driveways.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press Inc (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561581828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561581825
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 22.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,445,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Since 1981, Fine Homebuilding magazine has been providing information and inspiration to everyone who cares about quality home improvement, renovation, and construction. The magazine is the best source of home improvement information and helps readers build projects better, faster, and more efficiently. See more at www.finehomebuilding.com. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 23 July 2012
By p-tip
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usual good standard and read from the pros for pros books, but this one is actually a lot thicker than the other ones i have which was nice surprise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars solid concrete 22 April 2014
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nice and informative with the typical yank/Canadian no nonsense approach; unfortunately Amazon has a different style so i must ramble on a bit
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative 2 Aug 2014
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Plenty of useful info for anyone tackling a major project using concrete.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know about concrete laying 29 Nov 2009
What more can I say. The concrete layers bible, simple as that. A must have if contemplating any serious concrete laying project.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is an interesting and information book 4 May 1999
By Robert.Heal@au.mensa.org - Published on Amazon.com
This book consists of a collection of articles which have appeared in the "Fine Homebuilding" magazine. As such, it covers the topics which the people who wrote the articles chose to discuss, which implies that some topics are covered more than once, while others may not be dealt with at all. There is not necessarily comprehensive coverage of the subject, which a beginner or student of the material may require.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so great.... 20 Mar 2001
By Rob Stokes - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased this book with the intent on learning about laying my own forms, and pouring footings for a small garage addition. Although there is good information in the book, it is not cohesive, nor does it flow and in fact is quite dis-jointed. I did not learn what I needed to know about form building, but I did learn more than I really needed to know about several other areas of concrete work.
I was really hoping that a "project progression" approach would have been a natural means of writing a book such as this, but I gambled and lost. This book goes on the shelf and I'm poorer for it's purchase.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Variety of concrete methods 19 Jun 2001
By Daniel J Dravis - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book because I'm removing my current driveway and wanted to replace it myself to save labor costs. I did find an article on driveways which was useful to me. I also found several other article of interest becuase I plan on building my own house from the ground up in the future.
As some other reviewers have pointed out, this is not a "project progression" book. There are plenty of others out there, go buy one of them. If you want to find out what's new and innovative in the trade, try this one! I recently went of a "Parade of Homes" in my area (northern Wisconsin) that was supposed to show off homes of the best builders in the area. Was I disappionted!! Only 1 of 16 homes had used any of these new ideas. Nearly every one had a damp/wet basement. People just stick with the same techniques that were used 25+ years ago.
If you are about to build, buy a book like this, get informed and either do it yourself or make your builder, build you a "modern" home.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars poor book construction 9 April 2003
By Pablo Bridges - Published on Amazon.com
This is not really a book per se... it's a collection of disjointed articles all written by different authors. For example, one author says to use brick for "dobies" to space rebar off the ground, then the next author says to *never* do this, then some topics are addressed in 4 or 5 different places with no cohesion. There are definitely better books on the topic, although this may be good recreational bedside reading for some.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The book served its purpose. 3 May 2001
By Matt Cottam - Published on Amazon.com
The book does offer some useful insight into how to lay concrete forms, and I bought it to do that. With no prior knowledge of concrete forms, I poured footings, and walls for a separate entrance to my basement. The only resources I used were this book and what I asked people that worked with concrete. Although I found the book helpful I am looking for one that includes things such as building concrete stairs. Overall the book will show you how to make concrete forms for footings and walls.
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