The Illustrated Dictionary of Building Terms

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Residential building expressions--standard and slang construction terms--advanced-level terminology--trade shortcuts--shop talk. Whenever you're stumped by unfamiliar building jargon, just turn to The Illustrated Dictionary of Building Terms by Tom Philbin. Arranged in an easy-to-use, alphabetical format, this versatile, richly illustrated resource does much more than give you instant definitions of trade terms like ``mud job,'' ``screwed off'' and ``wolves in the walls.'' It also helps you perform hassle-free metric conversions--determine appropriate screw sizes--choose molding types--find low-cost alternatives to traditional lumber--discover the latest building methods--and more.

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The complete professional reference you've been looking for, packed with 15,000 terms and much more! Definitions of vital construction-related terms, including slang; Informative sidebars and humorous anecdotes; Trade shortcuts; Shop hints; Quick-reference charts and tables; English and metric measurements and conversion charts; Illustrations to further explain terms and techniques. Conveniently sized and economically priced, this authoritative reference gives you everything more expensive dictionaries offer, plus a lot more. Clear, concise definitions of 15,000 terms used in residential construction. In addition to standard terms, slang--from "horsefeathers" and "mud job" to "wolves in the walls"--are completely defined and explained. You also get hard-to find industry insider information: shop hints, shortcuts, tips on techniques, and more. Filled with interesting sidebars and amusing anecdotes, this handy book's other features include charts and tables for reference to information on: Metric conversion; Lumber and screw sizes; Moulding types. A must-have reference for anyone working in the building trades!

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