DEWALT Carpentry and Framing Complete Handbook

DEWALT Carpentry and Framing Complete Handbook

by Gary Brackett


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With abundant, full-color diagrams and an easy-to-understand writing style, the DEWALT CARPENTRY AND FRAMING COMPLETE HANDBOOK, Second Edition, is an ideal resource to help today s students master the basics of carpentry and framing. The text is logically organized to provide a comprehensive, yet concise, introduction to the trade, from foundations and floors to walls, rafters, and roofs—as well as special topics such as stairs, railings, porches, and decks. In addition, students can take advantage of the free DEWALT Mobile Pro app, a construction calculator with integrated reference materials and access to hundreds of additional calculations as add-ons. To learn more, visit

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781337398794
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Series: DEWALT Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 87,120
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

After completing a B.S. in geology and a graduate internship in remote sensing, Gary Brackett worked for local contractors while contemplating career choices. Thoroughly enjoying the field work, he took steps to become a self-employed contractor, spending 16 years in residential construction before taking a teaching position in SUNY Delhi s carpentry program. While there, he taught a variety of courses related to residential construction, including light frame construction, advanced framing, finish carpentry, cabinetmaking, millwork, woodcarving, and more. Hired as an instructor, he progressed through the ranks to full professor. Mr. Brackett moved into the Construction Technology and Management program in 2013, where he teaches residential building systems I and II, construction materials, architectural graphics, design-build management, sustainable building practices, building science, residential millwork, and more. He was instrumental in landing a grant from the National Housing Endowment to create a Residential Construction Management track at SUNY Delhi. Gary is often involved in hands-on projects to help students gain practical experience through applied learning, and he is currently designing and building several tiny houses for use in the community. He also holds an M.S. in education from SUNY Oswego, is the author of DEWALT CARPENTRY AND FRAMING, and contributes to other publications.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Acknowledgements. 1. HOUSES. House types. House shape vs. material & energy efficiency. 2. FOUNDATIONS. Glossary. Footings. Common foundation types. Squaring & checking for square. 3. SILLS, POSTS & GIRDERS. Glossary. Sill plates. Girders. Post types & spacing. 4. FLOOR FRAMING. Glossary. Methods of assembly. Layout process & symbols used. Framing floor openings & order of assembly. Framing procedures at the sill and options at the girder. Bridging/blocking. Notching & boring holes in joists. Dead vs. live loads for floor systems. Sub-floor application. Cantilevered areas. Engineered lumber options. 5. WALL FRAMING. Glossary. Wall/partition layout. Identifying wall/partition type. Framing details. Other framing details. Framing sequencing/techniques. 6. RAFTERS/ROOF FRAMING. Different roof types. Glossary - basic roof components. The gable roof. Glossary - rafter calculation terminology. Common rafter square layout. Assembly techniques for the gable roof. Special cases for common rafters. Gable studs. Shed roofs. Gambrel roofs. The hip roof. Glossary - Hip/valley component terminology. Calculation of the hip/valley rafters. Calculating the hip ridge length. Layout of a hip rafter. Layout of valley rafter. Calculation of a shortened valley rafter. Calculation of a hip jack rafter. Calculation of a valley jack rafter. Calculation of a valley cripple jack rafter. Calculation of a hip/valley cripple jack rafter. Assembly of a hip roof. The rafter square. Complex roof hip/valley & ridge intersections. Cathedral ceiling framing. Calculating ridge post length. Unequal sloping roofs. Measuring roof slope. Dormers. Octagon roof framing. Octagon calculations. Rafter span tables. Truss considerations. 7. SPECIAL TOPICS. Stairs. Glossary - Stairs. Stair calculations. Stair layout. Stair construction. Newel posts. Railings/balustrade systems. Porch/deck framing concerns. An overview of wood movement issues. Covered porch considerations. Appendix. Index.

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