Plan Reading and Material Takeoff: Builder's Essentials / Edition 1

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A Complete Resource for Residential and Light Commercial Contractors — based on the latest construction materials and methods.

Learn how to:

  • read and interpret building plans
  • create an accurate takeoff, using a complete set of working drawings.

Each chapter covers a major construction division, such as concrete, masonry and carpentry — and uses plans, details and tables to illustrate plan reading and takeoff procedures. A checklist for each material division helps ensure that nothing is left out of your takeoff.

Includes a complete set of residential plans from Home Planners, Inc., the nation's leading provider of home plans. With a detailed material takeoff, from site work to electrical.

With over 160 illustrations, including commercial construction details.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876293485
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/12/1994
  • Series: RSMeans Series, #31
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 485,419
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Wayne J. DelPico is an established residential and commercial contractor. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University and is an instructor in the Northeastern Department of Building Design and Management.

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Table of Contents



Chapter One: Reading and Understanding Plans.

Chapter Two: Calculating Area and Volume.

Chapter Three: The Specifications.

Chapter Four: General Requirements (Division 1).

Chapter Five: Site Work (Division 2).

Chapter Six: Concrete (Division 3).

Chapter Seven: Masonry (Division 4).

Chapter Eight: Metals (Division 5).

Chapter Nine: Wood and Plastics (Division 6).

Chapter Ten: Thermal and Moisture Protection (Division 7).

Chapter Eleven: Doors and Windows (Division 8).

Chapter Twelve: Finishes (Division 9).

Chapter Thirteen: Specialties (Division 10).

Chapter Fourteen: Equipment (Division 11).

Chapter Fifteen: Furnishings (Division 12).

Chapter Sixteen: Special Construction (Division 13).

Chapter Seventeen: Conveying Systems (Division 14).

Chapter Eighteen: Mechanical (Division 15).

Chapter Nineteen: Electrical (Division 16).





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