Wood-Frame House Construction

Wood-Frame House Construction
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Originally published in 1989 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this book presents sound principles for wood-frame house construction and suggestions for selecting suitable materials to assist the construction of a good house. It can be used as a working guide to modem construction practice and techniques, as a textbook, or as a standard to judge the quality of house construction. Dimensions of wood are always stated as nominal, as explained in the technical note on lumber grades.

The book's organization reflects the general progression of activity in building a wood-frame house, from initial conception to completed structure. Certain steps inevitably cut across categories or fail to fit neatly into any scheme, but the order of presentation reflects the broad sequence of the building procedure.

The first chapter describes matters that should be considered or dealt with before beginning construction.

The next three chapters -- on laying the groundwork, framing and closing in, and completing the shell -- describe steps that are usually taken one after the other in the order that they are set forth.

Chapters 5 through 7 -- on specialty items, working inside, and finishing touches -- describe tasks that increasingly branch out from the ordered requirements of basic construction and can often be done in some order other than that presented here, or in parallel with each other.

Chapter 8 discusses some special topics, questions, and considerations that are often associated with wood-frame construction.

An annotated list of suggestions for additional reading and a glossary are provided at the end of the book. Many of the terms in the glossary appear in the text.

Nearly two hundred helpful figures and illustrations throughout the book.

Contents Covered:

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 -- Before Construction Starts
    Regulation; Financial planning; Site selection; House design; Selecting materials; Labor-saving techniques; Materials delivery; Efficient use of materials; Energy conservation; Protection of materials; Subcontracting; Schedule of activity.
  • Chapter 2 -- Laying the Groundwork
    Site preparation; Excavation and footings; Foundation; Basement floor and crawl space; Other features; Concrete floor slabs on ground; Retaining walls.
  • Chapter 3 -- Framing and Closing In
    Recommended nailing practices; Floor framing; Stairways; Floor sheathing; Exterior wall framing; Exterior wall sheathing; Ceiling and roof framing; Roof sheathing; Roof coverings; Skylights.
  • Chapter 4 -- Completing the Shell
    Flashing and other sheet-metal work; Attic ventilation; Windows and exterior doors; Exterior covering materials; Exterior covering installation; Exterior trim.
  • Chapter 5 -- Specialty Features
    Fireplaces, wood stoves, and chimneys; Garages and carports; Porches and decks; Driveways and walkways.
  • Chapter 6 -- Working Inside
    Interior wall framing; Plumbing, heating, and electrical installation; Insulation and vapor retarders; Interior wall and ceiling finishing; Wood flooring; Other floor coverings; Interior doors.
  • Chapter 7 -- Finishing Touches
    Interior trim; Cabinets and other millwork; Finishes for interior walls, ceilings, and trim; Finishes for floors; Finishes for exterior surfaces; Maintenance of finishes.
  • Chapter 8 -- Special Topics
    Protection against decay and termites; Energy conservation; Noise control; Wind, snow, and seismic loads; All-weather construction; Maintenance and repair.
  • Technical Notes
  • Concrete; Heat flow and insulation; Lumber grades; Design values for visually graded structural lumber; Plywood markings; Finishing pressure-treated wood; Nailing schedules; Square comers.
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Glossary of Housing Terms
  • Index
Format: PDF Digital Reprint, e-Facsimile
No. of Pages: 267
Page Size: Letter (8.5" × 11")
Download Size: 9.8 MB


Product Code WOOM571224
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