Reviews - What do customers think about J.l.C. Field Guide to Residential Construction, Vol. 1: A Manual of Best Practice?
Use it all the time Jul 28, 2008
This is great. I recommend getting this and the outdoor Field Guide. The Journal of Light Construction is a mainstay to anyone wanting to do the job right. These books cover just about anything you could run into or need to know.
Good resource Jan 28, 2008
Good resource on a large variety of subjects. It will not let you just go build, but gives the basics you need to know. If you are hiring a contractor it will help you know what they are doing. If you are a contractor, it provides a reference. Well worth the time and money.
Excellent Book, Slow delivery Jan 12, 2008
The book was well worth the money and the TIME IT TOOK TO GET IT.It has got to be one of the best referance books for construction out there.
excellent reference Nov 25, 2007
It's a good thing they used a heavy grade of paper with some kind of vinyl cloth cover (the thing feels waterproof). I use this book so often that I would have worn it out if it was constructed otherwise.
It is Volume Two! Jul 12, 2006
I ordered this in hopes it was Volume I but knowing it was a gamble. Indeed, I was shipped volume II which deals with Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC, etc. The ISBN which this site lists is correct for this volume, so Volume II is what you should expect in spite of a previous reviewers experience.
The book itself, though sealed in plastic was damaged. The book is spiral bound to open flat with tabbed sections. Each tab was creased and folded back into the book. One tab was unbound and loose in the book.
Content wise, I gave the book three stars. The individual chapters are necessarily short and somewhat superficial. There are numerous, helpful tables with pertinent data. But for detailed best practices I found "Wiring a House" by Rex Cauldwell and "Plumbing a House" by Peter Hemp (both from Tautons For Pros by Pros) or "Best Practices Guide to Residential Construction" by Steven Bliss (who used to be on JLC's staff) to be far superior. They have both theory and practical examples that include those really tough situations we encounter in real houses, not the simple, perfectly square, etc. fantasy situations popular on HGTV and introductory guides. The JLC Guide chapter with design information for kitchen and bath has some useful ideas, but again, I'd go with a more detailed guide. "Kitchen Idea Book" by Joanne Bouknight was especially useful in the kitchen remodel I just completed.
All in all, it's an okay guide that made me wanting more detail and back searching this site.