How to Build Your Elegant Home with Straw Bales Manual

Cover, HOW TO BUILD YOUR ELEGANT HOME WITH STRAW BALES.Author(s): Sustainable Systems Support

Publisher: Sustainable Systems Support

ISBN: sselegant

Cost: $55

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HOW TO BUILD YOUR ELEGANT HOME WITH STRAW BALES The How-To Video you have been waiting for. This 90-minute video by Sustainable Systems Support comes with a booklet containing drawings, a summary of the items covered in the video, & a sample of available plans. (The booklet is available without the video for $15). A comprehensive how-to covering the different phases of construction including design, foundation, bale wall raising, roof, electrical, plastering & more.

The New Solar Electric Home : The Photovoltaics How-To Handbook

Cover, The New Solar Electric Home : The Photovoltaics How-To Handbook Author(s): Joel Davidson

Publisher: Aatec Pubns

ISBN: 0937948098

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Rev/Expdd Edition
Paperback
Publication date: July 1987

Good basics, somewhat outdated, but probably best available. This book has been around for a long time. When it first came out, in 1987, it was the best book available. Unfortunately, it has not been updated since then, even though it has been reprinted several times. It has excellent basics for planning and designing a system, but much of the technology illustrated is outdated. With an update, this could be the best book in the field.

Thatching – A Handbook

Author(s): Nicholas Hall

ISBN: B0048M2XAG

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A good descriptive ‘how to’ with excellent drawings, covers problems solving, tools needed and more. A good thatch roof can last 50 or more years, but the art of making them is becoming a “lost” art.

See how thatching is actually done to help you decide on this method of roofing. Many illustrations, 47 pages, b & w.

Roof Framing

Cover, Roof FramingAuthor(s): Marty Gross

ISBN: 091046040X

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Marty Gross says the Roof is “The PhD of Homebuilding”, and he lays out all the details for making your own roof.

The text on roof framing each type- Dutch-gambrel-hip-jack-shed-gazebo and others are ell-supported with more than 400 drawings and diagrams. He introduces some very useful concepts, such as theoretical lengths and height-above-plate, and he encourages the solution to roof calculation problems by means of a trig calculato.

The advent of the mass-produced computer-designed truss roof has made the true roof-cutter a dying breed. There is a dearth of information on this complex subject, and this text is a welcome entry for that void

This is the complete guide to framing any gable, Dutch, Tudor, California, gambrel, shed or gazebo roof — including irregular roofs that can stump even experienced roof cutters. The author takes you through every measurement and every cut on each type of roof — so you understand exactly what’s required. He actually builds a model of each roof described, and recommends that you do the same.With this manual you aren’t restricted to rafter lengths and pitches listed in those rafter tables that roof cutters have struggled with for years. Instead, the author explains how to use an inexpensive hand-held calculator to figure any common, hip, valley or jack rafter in seconds — including rafters on irregular roofs and rafter pitches that aren’t in any rafter table.Anyone who knows the methods described in this practical manual should have no trouble making a good living as a master roof cutter.


480 pages, softcover, index

The Bread Builders: Hearth Loaves and Masonry Ovens

Cover, The Bread Builders: Hearth Loaves and Masonry Ovens

Author(s): Daniel Wing & Alan Scott

ISBN: 1890132055
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The Bread Builders: Hearth Loaves and Masonry Ovens

This book has over 65 pages of complete building and construction detail. The balance of the book is about masonry stove bread baking, with recipes, stories, and more. The Stove building section has many drawings, descriptions, instructions on materials, tools, techniques, problems, fixes and more, on masonry ovens.

Photos show indoor and out door ovens, old style and new, and a masonry oven with or without a bread baking area, can be designed and built using this book. 253 pages, 12 color and 60 b&w photos, illustrations, bread recipes, commercial baking information. #4001…$35.00

This is a new book with the MOST information on how to actually build a masonry stove/oven.

The Family Handyman Helpful Hints: Quick and Easy Solutions Timesaving Tips Tricks of the Trade

Cover, The Family Handyman Helpful Hints: Quick and Easy Solutions Timesaving Tips Tricks of the Trade

Author(s): Readers Digest

Publisher: Readers Digest

ISBN: 0895776170

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The Family Handyman Helpful Hints: Quick and Easy Solutions
Timesaving Tips Tricks of the Trade

Hardcover
Publication date: May 1995

How-To Editor’s Recommended Book, 07/01/97:
As a home repair columnist and a handyman myself, this book has been in my reference library since it was first published in 1995. Clear, well-organized, well-indexed, filled with useful illustrations and diagrams, this is a great book for anyone interested in learning about how to maintain their home, keep appliances running, and fix many things they might never have imagined they could. You will recoup the cost of this book the first time you don’t have to call in a pro for a simple home repair!

Synopsis:
For do-it-yourself know-how, people turn to Reader’s Digest for the tools and techniques to help them through big or small projects. This book presents the fastest, easiest and least expensive ways to get things done around the house, with more than 2,000 tips and techniques, all tested by pros. Over 1,000 color illustrations.

Midwest Book Review:
Quick and easy solutions and timesaving tips impart the basics of getting jobs done; from painting and household repairs to landscaping and mending fences. The A-Z format allows for quick and easy access to the step-by-step repair hints.

Table of Contents
Ch. 1. Basic Tools and Equipment
Ch. 2. Workshop Organization
Ch. 3. Shop Skills
Ch. 4. Household Storage
Ch. 5. Home Improvements
Ch. 6. Paint and Wallcoverings
Ch. 7. Home Systems
Ch. 8. Household Repairs
Ch. 9. Yard and Garden
Ch. 10. Car and Garage
Ch. 11. More Hints
Recycling directory
Index
Acknowledgments

How to Make Low Cost Building Blocks: Stabilized Soil

Cover, How to Make Low Cost Building Blocks: Stabilized SoilAuthor(s): Malcolm Davis

ISBN: 1853390860

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How to Make Low Cost Building Blocks: Stabilized Soil.. by Malcolm Davis. UK Imported

Soil testing instruction basic description for making Cinva Ram bricks, 36 pages, simple instructions, written for third world or non-English speaking readers, covers soil testing for clay, how to mix and prepare soils, well illustrated, softcover.

 

Way of Working – The Spiritual Dimension of Craft

Way of Working - The Spiritual Dimension of CraftAuthor(s): D.M. Dooling

Publisher: Parabola Books

ISBN: 0930407016

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A Way of Working – The Spiritual Dimension of Craft

Paperback
2nd edition

In this enriching collection of eleven interrelated essays, A Way of Working explores the ancient relationship of art, order, and craft. Craft is considered as a “sort of ark” for the transmission of real knowledge about being, and about our deep creative aspirations. The book includes contributions from D. M. Dooling, Joseph Cary, Paul Jordan-Smith, Michael Donner, Harry Remde, Jean Kinkead Martine, Jean Sulzberger, Chanit Roston, and P. L. Travers. This group of authors write not as individuals but as members of a community — a guild effort. As one chapter heading put it: the alchemy of craft.

The Art of Japanese Joinery

The Art of Japanese JoineryAuthor(s): Kiyosi Seike

Publisher: Weatherhill

ISBN: 0834815168

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Reprint Edition Paperback

This lively introduction to Japanese joinery not only delves lovingly into the unique history and development of Japanese carpentry, but also reveals many secrets of Japanese joinery. Presenting 48 joints, selected from among the several hundred known and used today, this visually exciting book will please anyone who has ever been moved by the sheer beauty of wood.

With the clear isometric projections complementing the 64 pages of stunning photographs, even the weekend carpenter can duplicate these bequests from the traditional Japanese carpenter, which can be applied to projects as large as the buildings for which most of them were originally devised or to projects as small as a sewing box.