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Understanding Construction Drawings
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Preface. Part 1: DRAWINGS: TWO-UNIT APARTMENT. 1. The Design-Construction Sequence and the Design Professions. 2. Views. 3. Scales. 4. Alphabet of Lines. 5. Use of Symbols. 6. Plan Views. 7. Elevations. 8. Sections and Details. Part 1 Test. Part 2: READING DRAWINGS FOR TRADE INFORMATION: LAKE HOUSE 9. Clearing and Rough Grading the Site. 10. Locating the Building. 11. Site Utilities. 12. Footings. 13. Foundation Walls. 14. Drainage, Insulation, and Concrete Slabs. 15. Framing Systems. 16. Columns, Piers, and Girders. 17. Floor Framing. 18. Laying Out Walls and Partitions. 19. Framing Openings in Walls. 20. Roof Construction Terms. 21. Roof Trusses. 22. Common Rafters. 23. Hip and Valley Framing. 24. Cornices. 25. Windows and Doors. 26. Exterior Wall Coverings. 27. Decks. 28. Finishing Site Work. 29. Fireplaces. 30. Stairs. 31. Insulation and Room Finishing. 32. Cabinets. 33. Lake House Specifications. Part 2 Test. Part 3: MULTIFAMILY CONSTRUCTION: URBAN COURTS. 34. Orienting the Drawings. 35. Fire-Rated and Acoustical Considerations. 36. Seismic Considerations. Part 3 Test. Part 4: HEAVY COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION: SCHOOL ADDITION. 37. Heavy Commercial Construction. 38. Coordination of Drawings. 39. Structural Drawings. 40. HVAC & Plumbing Drawings. 41. Electrical Drawings. Part 4 Test. Appendix A: Math Reviews. Appendix B: Material Symbols in Sections. Appendix C: Plumbing Symbols. Appendix D: Electrical Symbols. Appendix E: Abbreviations. Glossary. Index.

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Mark Huth is a former editor at Cengage Learning, a role that took him inside hundreds of classrooms and allowed him to glean the best teaching methods for his students and readers. He travels extensively throughout North America, gaining first-hand knowledge of construction methods and materials. In addition to UNDERSTANDING CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS and BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR CONSTRUCTION, he is the author of several other respected texts on construction principles, technology, and mathematics. Mr. Huth has also taught high school building construction and worked as a professional carpenter and subcontractor. He holds a master of science degree in curriculum and instruction, as well as permanent certification in building construction from the New York State Education Department.

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