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Old 01-22-2019, 04:45 PM   #1
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What carpentry books would you consider essential reading for a newbie?
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Watch Larry Haun's series on you tube.

Read contractor talk daily for four or five years.

Watch you tubers do specialty trades like drywall, painting, framing, flooring.

Code book.

Markup and profit.

That should be enough for you to make a decent living be better at your trade than at least half of all contractors, more likely 75 percent.

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Hi Metro M & L!

Thank you for the suggestions. I'm almost done with the first section of Larry Haun's book. I'll watch his video's next.

Are there any particular youtubers you like?

I've added a code book and markup and profit to my reading list.
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YouTube University is fine for some stuff I guess, but the trades have been being trained with professional textbooks for about 100 years now.

If you go to ATP, McGraw-Hill, or Delmar-Cengage, you'll find hundreds of trade textbooks, the ones used by the Unions and Trade Schools.

If you are doing Carpentry, I recommend "Carpentry" by Leonard Koel, and maybe "Concrete Formwork" by the same guy.

If you do other trades, I could recommend books for those as well, but I don't want to overwhelm you.

Books on profit and markup are unnecessary and unfit for a first year apprentice. You need to learn the trade first.

Larry Haun is excellent, and an experienced carpenter can glean a lot of useful information from him. However, his method of building is outdated, as little that he built would meet current code. He was also very production oriented, which is fine, once you know the basics.

You can't get fast till you get good.

There are even a few non-professional books that I highly recommend, like "Measuring, Marking, and Layout", which is a Taunton Press book. Jon Carroll, however, is a very accomplished builder.
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marshall gross for roof framing.

david gerstel books also.

larry haun, read anything you can find that he wrote.

great guy, just no longer with us, but his methods still ring true...
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Gary Katz.
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If you go to ATP, McGraw-Hill, or Delmar-Cengage, you'll find hundreds of trade textbooks, the ones used by the Unions and Trade Schools.

If you are doing Carpentry, I recommend "Carpentry" by Leonard Koel, and maybe "Concrete Formwork" by the same guy.

If you do other trades, I could recommend books for those as well, but I don't want to overwhelm you.

Having read most of your suggested books but not all, are you willing to overwhelm me?

I found those books very informative.
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I like products from the NKBA, especially the planning and guidelines book. It gets straight to the point with a lot of valuable knowledge that you should know if you work in the kitchen and bath remodeling industry. I get my books from amazon.com, super affordable!
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Craig savage wrote a book for taunton press on trim carpentry that is one of the best carpentry books I've ever read.



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Having read most of your suggested books but not all, are you willing to overwhelm me?

I found those books very informative.
OK.



"Concrete Principles", by Fahl.

"Masonry Skills", by Dick Kreh.

"Roof Framing", Marshall Gross.

"Roof Cutters Secret", Will Holladay

"Graphic Guide To Frame Construction", Rob Thallon

"Working Alone", Jon Carroll

"Measuring, Marking and Layout", Jon Carroll

"Plumbing Design and Installation", Ripka

"Plumbing 101, 201, 301, 401", PHCC Educational Foundation (4 different books)

"Builders Guide to Drainage and Retaining Walls"

"Delmar's Standard Textbook of Electricity" Delmar-Cengage

"Electricians Guide to Conduit Bending", Richard Cox

"Electric Motors and Drives", Austin Hughes

"Soares Book on Grounding and Bonding",

"Electrical Wiring, Residential, Commercial, Industrial", Ray Mullin ( 3 different books)

"Setting Tile", Byrne

"Drywall", Myron Ferguson

"JLC Guide to Decks and Porches",

"Hardwood Floors", Bollinger

I like the JLC "Field Guides"


History:

Sir Banister Fletchers History of Architecture

World History of Architecture, Fazio, Moffett, Wodehouse

Building: 3000 Years......., Bill Addis One of my favorites.



Extras:

Running a Successful Construction Company, and Nail Your Numbers, David Gerstel

Welding for Dummies, It's actually very good.



Esoteric: I love Steve Chappell's two books, A Timber Framers Workbook, and Advanced Timber Framing. Only helpful if you're into traditional timber-framing



There's more. Some good books on Masonry Heaters, Clay Plasters, Stone Masonry, etc....








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Thank you for all the great suggestions!
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"Concrete Principles", by Fahl.

"Masonry Skills", by Dick Kreh.

"Roof Framing", Marshall Gross.

"Roof Cutters Secret", Will Holladay

"Graphic Guide To Frame Construction", Rob Thallon

"Working Alone", Jon Carroll

"Measuring, Marking and Layout", Jon Carroll

"Plumbing Design and Installation", Ripka

"Plumbing 101, 201, 301, 401", PHCC Educational Foundation (4 different books)

"Builders Guide to Drainage and Retaining Walls"

"Delmar's Standard Textbook of Electricity" Delmar-Cengage

"Electricians Guide to Conduit Bending", Richard Cox

"Electric Motors and Drives", Austin Hughes

"Soares Book on Grounding and Bonding",

"Electrical Wiring, Residential, Commercial, Industrial", Ray Mullin ( 3 different books)

"Setting Tile", Byrne

"Drywall", Myron Ferguson

"JLC Guide to Decks and Porches",

"Hardwood Floors", Bollinger

I like the JLC "Field Guides"


History:

Sir Banister Fletchers History of Architecture

World History of Architecture, Fazio, Moffett, Wodehouse

Building: 3000 Years......., Bill Addis One of my favorites.



Extras:

Running a Successful Construction Company, and Nail Your Numbers, David Gerstel

Welding for Dummies, It's actually very good.



Esoteric: I love Steve Chappell's two books, A Timber Framers Workbook, and Advanced Timber Framing. Only helpful if you're into traditional timber-framing



There's more. Some good books on Masonry Heaters, Clay Plasters, Stone Masonry, etc....








But I need to stop now.

Time to come up for air.

Looks like he accepted your challenge! This is quite the comprehensive reading list. I've got a lot to learn!
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Looks like he accepted your challenge! This is quite the comprehensive reading list. I've got a lot to learn!
Just remember, most folks don't need that much information.

I, foolishly or wisely, the verdict is still out, decided not to be a specialist. I love the trade, and tied to learn as much as I could.

But most GC's, at least around here, will do concrete, framing, maybe some electrical on residential, maybe not, might hang drywall but don't usually tape and texture, do trim, paint, sometimes insulation, and that's about it.

No GC's that I know of will pipe a house or light commercial building, or install HVAC, or do tile. Or any kind of masonry at all.

Because I'm a small-time remodeler, I can get away with doing most everything in house. But as jobs get bigger, it doesn't make economic sense.

So depending on what you want to do, you won't need all that knowledge. A competent GC must have a good knowledge of all the trades that are involved with his or her project, but they won't have to be a master at all of them.
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What I did was work in the trades 20 years before I specialized. Helped tremendously. Deck building has a lot going on and every bit of experience helps.


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What I did was work in the trades 20 years before I specialized. Helped tremendously. Deck building has a lot going on and every bit of experience helps.


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I've always wondered, if you were out here, where all the PT or any other option for framing lumber is crap, how would build decks?
Steel? Specialize in something else?

Our lumber will look good as it comes off the truck, and you can get a nice looking flat deck, but a year later, everything will have dried out so much that the joists have all changed depth and your surfing on trex.
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Buy KD.

You can also stack it stickered in the shade for a couple weeks.

PT SYP for long rail spans really need to have a chance to cycle through getting wet and drying outside in the shade to see if they'll stay straight. I keep a few 16 footers for that, but I only do decks every few years, I'm more likely to be doing a repair.

You could always go for a consistent moisture content with your framing lumber by testing it, but I never do that. ...
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And Then There Were None,, by Agatha Christie
just to break it up a bit
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I've always wondered, if you were out here, where all the PT or any other option for framing lumber is crap, how would build decks?

Steel? Specialize in something else?



Our lumber will look good as it comes off the truck, and you can get a nice looking flat deck, but a year later, everything will have dried out so much that the joists have all changed depth and your surfing on trex.

I'm a 'make it happen' type of personality. So I'd more than likely get it figured out.



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Here is something for you to learn/read:
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some good suggestions above. What are your goals? For me, I'm an information junky and get it from anywhere. However, i really like to get focused on a particular aspect and go deep. If you are already in the trades, my recommendation would be to take one piece of your next job (or maybe something your company does often) and research the heck out of it. If you don't have the professional opportunity, pick something that you think is fairly common (e.g. hanging a door, trimming a window, tiling a floor, finishing drywall)

After you pick the task you want to answer you might ask yourself some of these questions:
  • What is the difference between a quality and not quality job?
  • What are different processes and techniques to achieve that quality? Is there a best standard?
  • What products, tools should be used?
  • Are there pro's/con's of different materials and do they work differently?
  • How should I fine tune my tools to get the desired result?
  • How can I become more efficient and productive?

The above is not a complete list, but should give you a framework. You can also apply the Fynman Technique: https://getpocket.com/explore/item/t...learn-anything

Then you can use some of the books and resources mentioned. Above all, get out there and do it!

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