Building the Timber Frame House: The Revival of a Forgotten Craft

Building the Timber Frame House: The Revival of a Forgotten Craft

Building the Timber Frame House: The Revival of a Forgotten CraftAuthor(s): Tedd Benson, James Gruber, Jamie Page

Publisher: Touchstone (September 1, 1981)

Paperback: 211 pages

ISBN: 0684172860

ISBN-13: 978-0684172866

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For centuries, post-and-beam construction has proved to be one of the most durable building techniques. It is being enthusiastically revived today not only for its sturdiness but because it can be easily insulated, it is attractive, and it offers the builder the unique satisfaction of working with timbers. Building the Timber Frame House is the most comprehensive manual available on the technique. In it you will find a short history, of timber framing and a fully illustrated discussion of the different kinds of joinery, assembly of timbers, and raising of the frame. There are also detailed sections on present-day design and materials, house plans, site development, foundation laying, insulation, tools, and methods.

Do-It-Yourself Plumbing

Do-It-Yourself Plumbing

Do-It-Yourself PlumbingAuthor(s): Max Alth

Publisher: Times Mirror Magazines, Inc.; 1st edition (1986)

Hardcover: 301 pages

ISBN-10: 0060101229

ISBN-13: 978-0060101220

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Do It Yourself Plumbing.

A complete, simple to follow manual.

500 photos and drawings. 316pages.

The Home Water Supply: How to Find, Filter, Store, and Conserve It

The Home Water Supply: How to find, filter, store and conserve it

The Home Water Supply: How to Find, Filter, Store, and Conserve ItAuthor(s): Stu Campbell

Publisher: Practical Action (December 1986)

Paperback: 240 pages

ISBN-10: 0946688222

ISBN-13: 978-0946688227

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If you live in the country or suburbs, you’ve had, are having, or will have water problems.

What’s yours? Not enough water? Too much? Tastes terrible? The pump quits? The water’s contaminated?

No matter what it is, author Stu Campbell addresses it in this book, and offers down-to-earth solutions in language understandable to all of us who aren’t plumbers.

Campbell had coped with water problems in both the East and the West, from the many-state shortages of the West to a cantankerous pump in Vermont. And he’s probed the minds of experts — dowsers, well diggers, plumbers, electricians, and those who know about the flow of water deep underground.

In a friendly, knowledgeable manner, Campbell discusses your difficulties. He provides concrete and money-saving answers to questions that range from locating water to digging a pond to hooking up the plumbing in your home. You’ll know when to try something yourself, when to call a plumber or other expert.

You’ll learn

— How to find water.

— How to move it.

— How to purify it.

— And how to store and distribute it in your home.

Bob Vogel’s illustrations take much of the mystery out of things as the underground flow of water and how pumps and other water-linked equipment operate.

About the Author

Stu Campbell is an accomplished gardener and the author of The Home Water Supply, The Mulch Book, Let It Rot!, Mulch It!, and Improving Your Soil.

Landscaping Makes Cents: Smart Investments that Increase Your Property Value

Landscaping Makes Cents: Smart Investments that Increase Your Property Value

Landscaping Makes Cents: Smart Investments that Increase Your Property ValueAuthor(s): Frederick C. Campbell, Richard L. Dube

Publisher: Storey Books

Paperback: 176 pages

ISBN: 0882669486

ISBN-13: 978-0882669489

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How-To Editor’s Recommended Book, 08/01/97:

The promotional materials that came with this book said, Surprisingly, money DOES grow on trees! I’ve seen a lot of gardening how-to books over the years, and this is one of the first to approach the topic not only from an aesthetic or problem solving point of view, but also from an economic one. The book was interesting and eye-opening and it will certainly be helpful to landscapers, architects, and, most specifically, homeowners. It is well thought out, clearly illustrated, and easy to follow; the information will help people to avoid common errors while giving them ideas for how to landscape with an eye to increasing value.

From Booklist , 02/15/97:
The authors, owners of landscape design companies, offer instructions on increasing the resale value of a home through landscaping. The first section explores the perceived value of landscaping, showing ways to increase the home’s property value. The second section takes the reader step-by-step through the process of setting a realistic budget and how best to invest in walls, fences, patios, walks, arbors, decks, trees, shrubs, flowers, groundcovers, and lawns. The book’s third section tells readers how to choose a qualified landscape contractor, what questions to ask, and how to negotiate a contract. There are 175 black-and-white line drawings. Copyright© 1997, American Library Association. All rights reserved

Two landscaping experts offer practical suggestions on how homeowners can add value to their property through careful landscape design, with helpful tips on how to intall gardens, trees and shrubs, fences, decks, or other landscape features. Original.

Card catalog description
Professional landscaping contractors Frederick C. Campbell and Richard L. Dube lead you step by step through the process of planning and building a landscape that fits your needs and preferences and will maximize the return on your investment. Select elements that will add value and general appeal to your property and set a budget for each, quantify the value of trees and other landscape elements, make the best choices for sustainable low-maintenance landscapes, select, install, and maintain gardens, ponds, fences, lighting, walkways, and more; and evaluate, negotiate, and contract with qualified landscaping contractors.

The publisher, Storey Books , 03/31/98:
Now any homeowner can add substantial investment value and beauty to a home through careful landscape design. Two landscaping experts explore in practical and clear language how to create a landscape plan, determine a budget, choose a contractor, and achieve substantial financial return on a limited budget.

Table of Contents

Pt. I. Money Does Grow on Trees: Increasing Your Property Value
Ch. 1. The Perceived Value of Landscaping
Ch. 2. How Much Is an Aesthetically Pleasing Landscape Worth?
Ch. 3. How Much Are Trees and Other Landscaping Elements Worth?
Ch. 4. Landscaping Considerations When Building, Buying, or Selling a House
Pt. II. Where Do I Start? Developing a Budget and a Plan
Ch. 5. Budgeting for Landscaping
Ch. 6. Designing Your Landscape for Maximum Value
Ch. 7. Investing in Hardscaping Elements
Ch. 8. Investing in Softscaping Elements
Ch. 9. Investing in Sustainable Landscape Alternatives
Pt. III. I Can’t Do It All Myself: Hiring Landscape Contractors
Ch. 10. Selecting Qualified Contractors
Ch. 11. Negotiating Contracts
Ch. 12. Asking the Right Questions of Contractors
Appendix 1. How Valuable Is Your Home Landscape? A Proposed Aesthetic Evaluation Model
Appendix 2. USDA Hardiness Zone Map
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Mortgage-Free: Off-The-$$$-Grid

Mortgage-Free: Off-The-$$$-Grid

Mortgage-Free: Off-The-$$$-GridAuthor(s): Rob Roy, Malcolm Wells

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Company

Paperback: 225 pages

ISBN: 0930031989

ISBN-13: 978-0930031985

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June 1998

This is a banker’s worst nightmarea book that tells you how to live without being enslaved to financial institutions.Chelsea Green has produced a formidable series of books on innovative shelter. But every alternative building strategy, no matter how low-cost or environmentally benign, requires a complementary financial strategy. the accepted path is to go hat-in-hand to a big financial institution, such as a bank, to borrow a lump sum that is repaid over many years. By the time the loan is repaid, the homeowner will have paid several times the original amount in interest.The literal meaning of “mortgage” is “death pledge.” Author Rob Roy is offering an escape route from a lifetime of indentured servitude. “Mortgage-Free! Radical Strategies for Home Ownership” is a complete guide to strategies that allow you to own your land and home, free and clear, without the bank. Included is detailed advice about: Clarifying and simplifying your notions of what’s necessaryFinding land that you love and can affordTaking control of the house-building process, for the sake of sanity and pleasureLearning to take a long-term perspective on your family’s crucial economic decisions, avoiding debt and modern-day serfdom.

MJ Epko:
A helluva good’n, mostly applicable to a rural-U.S. scenario, but full of usable info and musings about lifestyle and living. Review

The origins of the word “mortgage” are Old French and translate roughly to “death pledge.” Rob Roy takes a radical approach here to help the reader understand how mortgages work; explains clearly how, if you have a mortgage already, you can maximize your equity sooner and save tons of money; and how, if just starting the process of acquiring a home for yourself, there are clear alternatives to a standard bank mortgage that will save you massive amounts of money, time, and financial headaches.Roy covers the following subjects in detail: the grubstake–the essential financial asset that will stay with you for life; how to find land that you love and can afford; how to seize control of the house-building process; how to clarify and simplify your ideas of what you really need; and how to construct a low-cost home. Included in the book is Roy’s own personal story of mortgage-free living, as well as those of others. His wry humor makes for an entertaining read, and his ideas, examples, and advice are clear-headed, logical, and hopeful. His financial calculations and charts are clear and imminently sensible while being real eye-openers. Your banker may not want you to read this radical book, but it amounts to a guided, rational plan for home ownership and financial liberation, and will no doubt soon be considered a classic. –Mark A. Hetts

From Library Journal

In this updated version of Money-Saving Strategies for the Owner/Builder (1981), Roy offers his personal experiences and those of others who have successfully achieved the status of living mortgage-free. It is obvious that he has been greatly influenced by Henry David Thoreau, whom he refers to as “the father of the owner/builder movement in America.” Roy stresses that to become an owner/ builder requires a high energy level, good health, and the motivation to educate oneself about home building. In addition, he instructs readers in acquiring a “grubstake” (his term for accumulating enough savings to purchase land and build on it), constructing a temporary shelter near the site of the permanent home, becoming one’s own contractor, using alternative building materials, and building small. Roy’s ideas are radical but worth investigating if your desire is to live mortgage-free. His book is clearly written and offers an extensive annotated bibliography of numerous resources and amortization tables.ABellinda Wise, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY