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Garages and Carports (Quick Guide Series) Paperback – Apr 1998


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"Light on text and heavy on illustrations with step-by-step instructions, each paperback in the Quick Guide series contains enough checklists, diagrams, safety instructions and tips to make it a useful reference for even novice do-it-yourselfers." "-Chicago Tribune"

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You can do it if you have the proper instructions & plan
I've crammed into a few pages all you need to know to build professionally a garage or carport, detached or attached, If saving money while getting the construction you so desperately need then open this book. Its based on my own the job, hands-on experience!

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A garage or carport can add to the value of your house, provide extra storage space, and help preserve your vehicles by keeping them out of the weather. Read the first page
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Terrific book for beginning/intermediate do-it-yourselfers 24 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Here is a cogent, extremely useful book, one of a seemingly scant offering of books on the subject of building your own carport. (Garage construction is much easier to find reference material for) Unfortunately, this brief manual deals primarily with garage building, devoting less than equal space to the special problems associated with the construction of a free-standing, unseathed structure. Nevertheless, I found it most helpful as a starting point. Besides, how can you argue with anything that costs as little as the publisher charges for this book. You will be hard pressed to find a better value for your $8.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
One of the best guides 15 Sept. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When you start a major project, whether a do-it-yourselfer or a builder or contractor, you want the best and most up-to-date building instructions and guidance you can find. This book is the one that instructs you as to the hows and whys, giving good shortcuts in money-saving and time-saving techniques on building that garage or carport.
As a general contractor who is on the job working with my crew, I found this one to be one of the best.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This book will save me thousands!!! 30 Aug. 2005
By T. Denyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The garage I currently own is not only leaning to the South but is also put together from what looks like 3 other garages. I bought this book to help me with designing and possibly doing part of the new garage myself. After looking through it for an afternoon, I now know that we will be doing the entire thing ourselves.

The book covers:
Design considerations
Requirements (permits, drawings and such)
Tools, materials and fasteners (basic, but discusses nails, screws and framing connectors in some depth)
Lumber and its defects
Site and layout
Foundation (with a good section on footings)
Pouring concrete
Framing (of course)
Building a carport and a shed roof
Roofing, doors, windows, siding, sectional garage door ("roll ups")
4 garage projects - with cutting and materials list! (one-car detached garage, one-car attached carport with shed, one-car detached carport with gable roof, and a two-car detached garage with truss roof)
Truss types (W-type and Howe) plus installation tips
Conversion chart
and a glossary.

For a "Quick Guide" and only 80 pages, this book is well laid out, nicely written and has tons of drawings so that you can instantly see what they are talking about (see the "Search Inside" feature on Amazon.) When it comes to construction, I do better with pictures / drawings / blueprints.

If you are looking to do part of your garage or all of it I highly recommend this book. Or, if you just want to have a better understanding of what your contractor is talking about, this book can help you with the language and the `why' of construction.

Also, my book came with a different cover (see the picture I submitted.) The inside is the same as the "Search Inside", page for page, so I don't think anything major changed.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Quick Guide: Garages & Carports : Step-by-Step Construction Methods (Quick Guide) 22 Aug. 2005
By T. Swansiger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book covered all the basics. It is a good resource, although you will probably need more detailed information if you are going to build the garage completely by yourself.
A great crash course 16 Nov. 2008
By Jared Yates - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a handy reference for general construction techniques. It isn't a big book, in fact it is only about the size of a magazine, but yet it covers so much. It starts with site selection, and goes all the way through siding and roofing. You may still need more detail about certain steps, but this will certainly get you going in the right direction. I think it's a book worth having on the bookshelf for future projects too.
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