This 3rd Edition with its colour photos & graphics is an excellent ready reference book. It is clearly written and covers a broad range of defects to a sufficient depth for both the practitioner, student or competent DIYer. It should be compulsory reading for cowboy builders!
It's a pity the book isn't hard-cover as it's quite big and I can't see it lasting (hence the 4 stars); nonetheless the content is superb - I'm a practicing building surveyor and it's a great reference. Buy it.
Really useful book for anybody on a Building Surveying Course. I have had lectures form 2 of the authors, and they are really experienced and knowledgeable. Perfect book if you are studying building defects, or as a reference for further study.
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This book is very easy to read detailing typical defects of old and modern construction techniques. Well worth students and professionals alike purchasing for reference and to broaden technical knowledge. This book should be complimented with Construction Handbook Edition 8(Chudley)also refered to has the Bible.