Carpentry : 9780137004171


Powell, Keith
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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For courses in General Carpentry at the high school, vocational, and college levels.


Written in simple terms with an emphasis on discipline nomenclature, professionalism, and articulation of content, Carpentry is among the first texts to integrate a full set of building plans with the 2015 International Code Council building standards, and the latest carpentry text built around the ideals of modern and sustainable construction methods. Fully conceived, designed, and written to help develop the first generation of carpenters and builders of tomorrow’s highly efficient green homes, the book is based on building science and the latest materials and techniques. The mathematics, theory, practice, techniques, and applications of carpentry are interwoven within a larger discussion of sustainability, resource and labor efficiencies, indoor air quality, and environmental impact. The book develops building skills that go beyond technique by explaining purpose, code compliance, structure requirements, and introducing plan reading spatial skills.

Table of contents
  • Section 1: Construction Careers, Business Associations, and Organizations
  • Chapter 1 Construction Careers and Entrepreneurs
  • Section 2: The Evolution of Building Methods, Codes, and Green Building
  • Chapter 2 History of Construction Methods
  • Chapter 3 The Evolution of Building Codes
  • Chapter 4 Adapting Codes to Regional Conditions
  • Chapter 5 Efficient and Sustainable Building Practices: A New Paradigm in Residential Construction
  • Section 3: Project Planning and Architectural Plans
  • Chapter 6 Project Planning and Teamwork
  • Chapter 7 Contracts, Permits, and Zoning
  • Chapter 8 Architectural Working Drawings
  • Chapter 9 Reading Plans: Lines, Symbols, Abbreviations, and Notes
  • Section 4: Site Planning with a Green Perspective Section
  • Chapter 10 Building Site Considerations
  • Chapter 11 Green Aspects of Building Sites
  • Section 5: Safety, Tools, Math, and Estimating
  • Chapter 12 OSHA, Personal Protective Equipment, and Job-Site Safety
  • Chapter 13 Hand Tools and Tool Safety
  • Chapter 14 Power Tools and Extension Cords
  • Chapter 15 Working off the Ground: Ladders, Scaffolds, and Lifts
  • Chapter 16 Construction Math and Estimating
  • Section 6: Building Materials
  • Chapter 17 Dimensional Lumber Products
  • Chapter 20 Construction Glues, Caulks, and Coatings
  • Section 7: Levels, Transits, and Building Layout Procedures
  • Chapter 21 Leveling, Layout, and Surveying Equipment
  • Chapter 22 Building Layout Procedures
  • Section 8: Concrete, Foundations, Footings, and Form Work
  • Chapter 23 Concrete Basics: Greener Than You Think
  • Chapter 24 Slab Work
  • Chapter 25 Foundations, Footings, and Piers
  • Chapter 26 Form Construction
  • Section 9: Rough Framing: Floors, Walls, and Ceilings
  • Chapter 27 Supporting the Floor: Posts, Girders, and Beams
  • Chapter 28 Floor System Design, Layout, and Framing
  • Chapter 29 Subflooring and Special Floor Framing\Chapter 30 SIPs and Optimum Value Engineered Wall Framing
  • Chapter 31 Conventional Wall Framing with Dimensional Lumber
  • Chapter 32 Ceiling Framing
  • Section 10: Special Framing: Stairs and Light-Gauge Steel
  • Chapter 33 Stair Framing
  • Chapter 34 Light-Gauge Steel Framing
  • Section 11: Roof Components, Framing, and Assembly
  • Chapter 35 Basic Roof Design, Framing Components, and the Ridge Board
  • Chapter 36 Common, Hip, and Valley Rafters
  • Chapter 37 Jack Rafters: Completing the Roof Frame
  • Chapter 38 Engineered Trusses and I-Joists for Roof Construction
  • Section 12: Closing the Roof Framing: Cornices, Sheathing, and Flashing
  • Chapter 39 Cornice Construction and Stormwater Removal (Gutter Systems)
  • Chapter 40 Roof Sheathing, Underlayment, and Flashing Protection
  • Section 13: Roof Finish Materials and Vegetated Roofs
  • Chapter 41 Options for Finished Roof Materials
  • Chapter 42 Metal Roofs and Vegetated Roofs
  • Section 14: Windows, Doors, and Day-Lighting
  • Chapter 43 Windows, Skylights, and Tubular Day-Lighting Devices
  • Chapter 44 Interior Doors
  • Section 15: Interior Finish Stages
  • Chapter 46 Gypsum Board, Plaster, and Paneling
  • Chapter 47 Molding and Interior Trim
  • Chapter 48 Paints, Stains, and Natural Plaster Wall Finishes
  • Chapter 49 Suspended Ceilings and Ceiling Tiles
  • Section 16: Cabinets, Countertops, and Floor Coverings
  • Chapter 50 Cabinets and Countertops
  • Chapter 51 Finish Flooring Materials
  • Chapter 52 Flooring Installation: Hardwoods, Planks, Parquet, and Laminates
  • Section 17: The Building Envelope and Exterior Siding Materials
  • Chapter 53 Insulation, Ventilation, and the Building Envelope
  • Chapter 54 Exterior Siding: Wood and Vinyl
  • Section 18: Decks, Exterior Living Spaces, and Green Remodeling
  • Chapter 55 Exterior Living Spaces: Decks, Porches, and Patios
  • Chapter 56 Green Remodeling
  • Section 19: Solar and Wind: Renewable Energies
  • Chapter 57 Renewable Energies: Solar and Wind
Features & benefits
  • Students learn carpentry and building skills while developing spatial and critical thinking skills.
    • A full set of building plans is included with the text and integrated throughout the building process.
      • The first chapters present the plan as an integral part of all discussions on green building, carpentry techniques and processes, building codes compliance, and spatial and critical thinking skills development.
      • 3-D, full-colour illustrations and step-by-step procedures throughout further enhance students’ critical thinking, spatial, and associative skills, while learning the processes and technique of carpentry, and put the student into the physical building process for a higher understanding of carpentry application, technique, safety, and process.
  • Develop a higher level of understanding of the building process.
    • All relevant chapters directly reference the 2015 International Residential Code by page and section number to connect carpentry techniques with building processes and their foundation within the codes and safety.
      • Using the International Residential Code, students comprehend structural and safety requirements, as well as energy efficiency measures common to all residential construction.
  • Take learning to the next level of knowledge and understanding in the areas of building, building science, the environment, sustainability, energy efficiency, renewable energies, and a host of other areas.
    • The Green Reference Appendix is complete with websites and other references to a host of governmental, industry, scientific, testing, regulatory, green certifications, energy certifications, and others topics related to modern residential construction.
  • Gain practical, professional understanding and experience.
    • Highly readable and written in common sense terms, the text uses industry-appropriate nomenclature and presents it at a professional level, which is still approachable by all students at the high school, vocational, and college levels.
    • Pro Tip Boxes included throughout put important facts, processes, and techniques in common sense terms.
    • Green Tip Boxes included throughout give students common sense and industry-specific thinking points as they relate to sustainability, energy efficiency, environmental impacts, and the community.
    • Safety Tip Boxes alert students to common sense safety reminders for various techniques common to residential construction—and get them thinking about safety personally, with peers, and on the job site.
    • Key Words enhance students’ industry- and trade-specific vocabulary, while introducing and presenting nomenclature common to green building, sustainability, environmental impact, indoor air quality, and other issues related to modern green and sustainable building practices.
Author biography

W. Keith Powell has a B.S. in Management, and is a third generation “carpenter’s kid” who spent 15 plus years working for the family construction business. He holds multiple state licenses for residential home building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical trades. The author has taught all phases of residential home building at the community college level with an emphasis on modern building science and sustainable construction practices. He has designed, written, and taught contractor’s licensing courses for residential builders, electrical, and plumbing contractors. He is currently the AHR Program Chairman within the Construction Technologies Division of Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. The author is a certified HERS green rater, LEED GA, and holds several other professional designations.

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