Complete Book of Framing: An Illustrated Guide for Residential Construction / Edition 2

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The updated easy-to-learn reference for rough carpentry and framing

Complete Book of Framing, Second Edition is an updated, easy-to-learn guide to rough carpentry and framing written by an expert with more than thirty years of framing experience. This book guides the reader through the steps on framing floors, walls, roofs, door and window openings, and stairs. Hundreds of color photographs and illustrations help the reader understand the basics as well as advanced framing methods. This Second Edition is updated to match the framing techniques to the 2009 International Building Code, and introduces the concept of "green framing" regarding material use and handling.

  • Deals with the new corrosive treating methods that began to be used in 2004 for pressure treated wood
  • Covers the time and energy-saving benefits of positive placement nail guns, which have become the industry standard for fastening light gage hardware
  • Includes a glue-laminated beam weight chart, along with a description of crane operations for setting these beams

Starting with the basics, this book begins with types of lumber, nails, and what tools are needed, followed by detailed, fully illustrated steps for framing each building element—from planning and layout through specific nailing patterns. Framer-Friendly Tips throughout the book show how to get a task done right—and more easily.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Whether you are a beginning construction worker or a crew manager, this book is for you. Simpson, framing contractor, professional builder, and author, has combined a couple of his earlier books into this training manual, covering framing basics from floor to roof and providing instruction on terminology. Details like nailing patterns and how to read lumber marks are included, as is a useful section on how to be a good team leader and construction boss. There are clear diagrams and illustrations throughout, with occasional tips pulled from the author's considerable experience. This specialized book is perfect for builders, both professional and amateur. Strongly recommended for most collections.

—Karen Ellis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118113493
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/20/2011
  • Series: RSMeans Series, #79
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 244,767
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Scot Simpson, owner of S.S. Framing, Inc., in Edmonds,Washington,??has been framing homes, schools, and commercialbuildings for more than thirty years. He developed and refined themethods in this book, using them to train his crews. Scot is theauthor of many articles for construction magazines such as FineHomebuilding and the Journal of Light Construction. He was the 2006chairman of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) FramersCouncil.

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Table of Contents

About the Author



Chapter 1. Introduction to Framing

Chapter 2. Nailing Patterns

Chapter 3. Floor Framing

Chapter 4. Wall Framing

Chapter 5. Roof Framing

Chapter 6. Doors, Windows, & Stairs

Chapter 7. Layout

Chapter 8. Engineered Wood Products

Chapter 9. Wind & Earthquake Framing

Chapter 10. Building Code Requirements

Chapter 11. Green Framing

Chapter 12. Preparing for a Job

Chapter 13. Managing the Framing Start

Chapter 14. Managing a Framing Team

Chapter 15. Safety


Spanish Framing Terms


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    Good book. Written well. Lots of good information. Wish i could read the words on the pictures

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