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  • Steve Phlegar says:
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    hairline print, February 27, 2014
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    Steve Phlegar

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    I have found the two earlier editions on my shelf to be absolutely invaluable ~ they are disintegrating from heavy use. But, I’m afraid that the old ones will wear even more, because the hair line print, both the text and the drawings in this edition (undoubtedly the best edition yet for content) is a chore. I don’t know what they were thinking ~ going green by saving ink? I’m going to try to adapt to the pale gray but I’m not optimistic about succeeding. A return may ultimately be in order along with the purchase of a new copy of an older more legible edition. Two point five stars for now, but will re-comment if I find it to be keeper.

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  • Gauda says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent resource, March 27, 2014
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    I’ve been a fan of Ching and this book specifically for years. I’ve “borrowed” my brother’s copy he used for school many times. He finally had to ask for it back.

    This book is a great, really great resource. Certainly for a school setting, but also for a homeowner or DIY person. No, it won’t make you a contractor, but it will definitely provide the basics of what is/isn’t allowed, how a structure works, materials, etc. In fact, I think this book is so comprehensive that it can be a little hard to follow the text, even though it isn’t poorly written and the topic isn’t esoteric. There’s just so much information at times I find myself a bit overwhelmed. This is when I take a small break and then get back to it.

    This edition includes newer, more relevant content about “sustainable” building, recent developments in technology and building materials, as well as a companion website. If you’re a serious DIY person or want to tackle a larger project, I think this book is a must have as it will provide far more information than an episode on HGTV or a seminar at the larger home centers. If you’re a student in architecture or similar areas then this is probably part of your book list.

    I really like this new edition, however, I DO agree with the other review about the print. It certainly is more faint and a little harder to read than the print in my brother’s book (probably ten years old now). This is really the only bad thing I can say about it, but content wise, editing, writing, illustrations, et.al. I can’t complain. Highly recommended.

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  • M. Erb says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The content is excellent. The font used is absolutely horrendous and makes the book nearly unreadable, April 1, 2014
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    M. Erb
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    I have been looking for a book such as this for years. I was not aware of this book until it became available to me in the Amazon Vine program.

    It’s a very comprehensive book that covers all aspects of building construction. And by comprehensive, I mean exactly that. It covers everything from the building site to foundations, floor systems, wall systems, roof systems, moisture & thermal protection, doors & windows, finish work, mechanical & electrical systems and notes on materials.

    If you’ve been curious about what it takes to plan and construct a building but you’re not a contractor, this is a great overview. Perhaps you won’t be fully equipped to build a garage or shed if you’ve never built one before or had any experience in construction. But at the very least this will get you up to speed with the lingo and concepts involved in construction. It will enable you to communicate more easily with an architect or contractor if you are having a house built. If nothing else, it is a wonderful way to learn more about building construction if you are not really into building construction.

    The content in this book is excellent. It is illustrated very well.

    What is not excellent is the font used throughout the book, I can barely read this. The font weight is very thin and the font face is horrendous, I don’t think the publisher could have chosen a worse font if they had tried.

    I very nearly rated this book 2 stars because of the difficulty I am having reading it. But the content is king so I’ve given it 4 stars. If legibility is top on your list, then you will definitely be disappointed in this book no matter how good the content is.

    I recommend this book with reservations.

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