Timber-Frame Houses (Fine Homebuilding's Great Houses Series)

Timber-Frame Houses (Fine Homebuilding’s Great Houses Series)

Timber-Frame Houses (Fine Homebuilding's Great Houses Series)Publisher: Taunton Press

Paperback: 160 pages

ISBN: 156158150X

ISBN-13: 978-1561581504

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Timber-Frame Houses (Fine Homebuilding’s Great Houses Series)

Publication date: April 1996
Traditional methods and current innovations make timer-frame building more practical than ever. Top teachers and practitioners like Tedd Benson, Jack Sobon and George Nash describe remodels and reconstructions, houses modeled after old-world sytles, and inspiring new designs with open, modern floor plans. 207 color photos.

From Library Journal

A compilation of articles from the last ten years of Fine Homebuilding magazine, this attractive volume reflects the full-scale revival of the timber-framer’s craft as applied to house construction. It features master builders like Tedd Benson, Ed Levin, and George Nash and others who have successfully integrated modern approaches with traditional craft. More than half the 30 or so articles document the design and construction of specific houses, and the remainder survey the latest methods and materials. Included are such topics as milling timbers, cutting and forming various joints, hoisting impossibly heavy frame members, and working with stress-skin building panels and other product innovations. An important addition for any library serving designers, architects, or builders (professional and amateur alike).
– Bill Demo, Tompkins Cortland Community Coll., Dryden, N.Y.
Build a Classic Timber-Framed House: Planning & Design/Traditional Materials/Affordable Methods

Build a Classic Timber-Framed House: Planning & Design/Traditional Materials/Affordable Methods

Build a Classic Timber-Framed House: Planning & Design/Traditional Materials/Affordable MethodsAuthor(s): Jack A. Sobon

Publisher: Storey Books

Paperback: 208 pages

ISBN: 0882668412

ISBN-13: 978-0882668413

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The timber-framed home is attractive, affordable, and easily expanded to meet the needs of a growing family. With the step-by-step instructions in this book you can build your own classic timber-framed house — one that’s enduring, and features a level of craftsmanship rare in modern construction. Following the traditional “hall-and-parlor” home design, architect and builder Jack Sobon carefully and clearly explains finding the ideal building site; creating the master plan; selecting the best tree species; hewing and milling timbers; assembling the frame; installing wall sheathing, windows, and doors; designing and finishing the interior; expanding on the plan.

One of the best-known and most distinctive figures in the timber-framing revival, Jack Sobon knows how to make home building affordable with economical hand tools, by taking control of the processing of building materials, and through using local inexpensive supplies.

The basic house design of this book is easily adapted to meet different needs. Sobon’s practical advice incorporates the latest knowledge on building a healthy house, integrating natural systems, and finding effective home heating solutions.


Sobon outlines a unique craft that is part conventional furniture building, part home construction. In timber frame construction, there’s a minimum of metal fasteners (nails, nuts, bolts, etc.), and wood is joined by many of the basic joints (for example, the mortise and tenon, the dovetail) traditionally used in making furniture. Knowing that one’s home is put together by a variety of pins, slots, and notches may not be reassuring to most, but be assured that timber framing is an old technique that produces very solid structures. It does, however, require quite a lot of timber, since main beams, for instance, can be as much as eight-inches square; the various cuts must be made to rather close tolerances; and the way the timbers are harvested and sawn will have great effect on how they (and the building) respond when exposed to moisture and cold. Although the book’s sample project and copious illustrations do enlighten the initiate, it’s possible to come away feeling that a month-long class on the subject might provide a better education. Still, this is an excellent how-to. Copyright© 1994, American Library Association. All rights reserved –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

The publisher, Storey Books , 04/17/98:
Using actual plans, the book shows how to build a classic hall-and-parlor home. Includes photos and line drawings.

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.

The Electric Connection: Its Effects on Mind and Body

The Electric Connection: Its Effects on Mind and Body

The Electric Connection: Its Effects on Mind and BodyAuthor(s): Michael Shallis

Publisher: New Amsterdam Books

Hardcover: 287 pages

ISBN: 0941533581

ISBN-13: 978-0941533584

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In this controversial, wide-ranging book, Michael Shallis explores the nature of a form of energy that is a feature of the life force itself. Electricity can be found in every animate and inanimate thing on earth. The electric fields surrounding rocks, trees, ourselves, are measurable and can be monitored. And there are clear correspondences between the character of such fields and our moods and our state of health. Natural electricity is generally a beneficent force, controlled as it is by magnetism. But the electricity that now pulses through the cables in our homes, offices, and factories, beneath our feet and above our heads, has been unleashed from magnetic bonds; even the electrical industries acknowledge that prolonged exposure to it is harmful. In our everyday lives it can make us ill; we can develop severe allergies to it. And in its purest, strongest form, in the computer world, it can influence our minds, alter our characters, and markedly affect our health—already physicians have recognized a painful and dangerous physical syndrome that attends intense and protracted work with a computer. And as computer applications proliferate, and still greater numbers of people deal with computers at work and have recourse to them at home, computer syndrome may well become endemic. And something even more threatening may happen: a change in consciousness and character that has already been observed may come to affect an important segment of humanity.

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.

Tracing EMFs in Building Wiring and Grounding

Author(s): Karl Riley

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Tracing EMFs in Building Wiring and Grounding by Karl Riley is a very good source to understand where and when simple (and somewhat common) wiring errors cause high-strength fields. –John Bower, The Healthy House Institut.

Cross Currents: The Promise of Electromedicine, the Perils of Electropollution

Cross Currents: The Promise of Electromedicine, the Perils of Electropollution

Cross Currents: The Promise of Electromedicine, the Perils of ElectropollutionAuthor(s): Robert O. Becker

Publisher: J P Tarcher

Paperback: 352 pages

ISBN: 0874776090

ISBN-13: 978-0874776096

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Dr. Becker tells of the emergence of electromagnetic medicine, which promises to unlock the secrets of healing, and the growth of electromagnetic pollution, which poses a clear environmental danger. He explains the effectiveness of alternative healing methods that use parts of the body’s innate electrical healing systems, and warns that our bodies are being adversely affected by power lines, computers, microwaves and satellite dishes.

Treatment Wetlands

Treatment Wetlands

Treatment WetlandsAuthor(s): Robert H. Kadlec, Robert L. Knight

Publisher: Lewis Publishers, Inc

Hardcover: 928 pages

ISBN: 0873719301

ISBN-13: 978-0873719308

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This outstanding new book examines the planning, design, construction, and operation of wetlands used for water quality treatment. Treatment Wetlands is the first comprehensive book to systematically describe all aspects of this new technology. Topics include all major wetland configurations, wastewater sources, and combinations of climatic conditions.

This complete reference contains detailed information on wetland ecology, wetland water quality, selection of appropriate technology, design for consistent performance, construction guidance, and operational control through effective monitoring. Design approaches that can be tailored to specific wetland treatment projects are also included. Rule-of-thumb methods, regression-based empirical design approaches, and rational methods are explained facilitating wetland design based on multi-parameter input conditions.

* Includes engineered wetlands for municipal, industrial, and agricultural wastewater treatment
* Provides complete project planning, including comparison of specific wetland technology, site specific studies, permitting considerations, estimated construction and operation costs, and case histories
* Presents a summary of North American wetland treatment system database
* Covers design methods for treatment of biochemical oxygen demand, suspended solids, nitrogren, phosphorous, pathogens, and trace metals

Safe Rainwater Collection

Safe Rainwater Collection

Safe Rainwater CollectionAuthor(s): Charmaine Taylor

Publisher: Taylor Publishing & Elk River Press; 1st edition (1999)

Spiral-bound: 28 pages


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Safe Rainwater Collection compiled and written by Charmaine Taylor. Designed for typical American ( traditional housing, not Third World ) collection, with tips and information on water storage, testing, purifying, filters, chemicals to use and avoid, garden use, and use of rainwater and runoff.

Covers simple systems you can build (gutters, alternative containers) tools and supplies needed, and more for low cost home collection. You can experiment and just create a simple system to collect water just for gardening and animal needs, and save on your water bill! Booklet, 8.5 x 11 52 pages, plus additional information provided with booklet.

The Composting Toilet System Book

The Composting Toilet System Book

The Composting Toilet System BookAuthor(s): David Del Porto and Carol Steinfeld

Publisher: Ecowaters Books (May 2000)

Paperback: 240 pages

ISBN: 0966678303

ISBN-13: 978-0966678307

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Composting toilet systems and other ecological waste water management methods are emerging around the world as nonpolluting and cost-saving alternatives to conventional wastewater systems. The Composting Toilet System Book covers a wide variety of ecological toilet options. The book details how to choose, install and maintain these systems, including:


  • Descriptions of more than 40 manufactured and site built systems and where to buy them.
  • Compatible toilet stools and micro-flush toilet installations.
  • Tips on choosing, planning, installing and maintaining your composting toilet system. (Including what the manufacturers don’t tell you!)
  • The experiences of owners-operators worldwide.
  • What you should know about graywater systems.
  • Regulations and advice about getting a system approved.

Long used by off-the-grid homeowners, parks and cottage owners, composting toilet systems are now making their way into conventional year-round homes. The technology has improved and is available in styles compatible with mainstream homes and lifestyles. At the same time, the economics have never been better, as both costs and restrictions for water and sewage are increasing.

In addition to providing technical information on various systems, the book profiles composting toilet system applications, provides United States permitting information and features key maintenance and operation information that the manufacturers do not provide. The book also contains application information about using these systems with graywater systems and flush toilets.

Find out how you can have a smaller leach field, reuse water in your landscape, reduce pollution and help prepare yourself for skyrocketing water and sewage costs.

The Composting Toilet System Book was co-authored by David Del Porto and Carol Steinfeld. David has more than 25 years of experience designing, selling and servicing thousands of composting toilet systems. He has also helped write regulations and performance standards. Carol is a writer, editor and technology transfer specialist focusing on ecological resource solutions.

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