General References On Detailing

The AIA Service Corporation. Masterspec. Washington, D.C. (Updated continually, this is an encyclopcdic reference on selecting and specifying materials and components for buildings. It is available in both printed form and on diskettes.) Address for ordering: The AIA Service Corporation, 1735 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006, (800) 424-5080.

0 Allen, Edward. Fundamentals of Building Constmction: Materials and Methods (2nd ed.). New York, John Wiley & Sons, 1990. (This is a solid, general reference on how buildings are put together, and gives a basic set of details for each type of construction.)

Construction Specifications Institute. Manual of Practice with Master-format. Alexandria, VA. (Updated frequently, this is the standard by which nearly all construction specifications are written.) Address for ordering: Construction Specifications Institute, 601 Madison Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1791, (703) 684-0300.

^Construction Specifications Institute. Standard Reference Symbols. Alexandria, VA, 1989. (This is a booklet that establishes standard symbols for use on construction drawings and details.) Address for ordering: Sec above.

•Hornbostel, Caleb. Construction Materials: Types, Uses, and Applications. New York, John Wiley & Sons, 1978. (This is a large handbook that offers comprehensive information on every conceivable material used in building, including many standard details.)

0Ramsey, Charles, and Harold Sleeper. Architectural Graphic Standards. New York, John Wiley 8c Sons. (This large handbook, which is updated frequently, is the standard reference for architectural detailing.)

0 Sweet's Catalog File. (This is a weighty collection of bound volumes of manufacturers' catalogs, covering every area of architectural construction. It is issued yearly bv the McGraw-Hill Book Com-

j j j pany to architectural and engineering firms that design a sufficient volume of buildings to meet McGraw-Hill's qualification criteria. The only way for individuals and small firms to obtain this file is to j j solicit year-old copies from larger firms.)

Timesaver Standards. New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company. (This is a competitor to Architectural Graphic Standards, and it is also updated frequently.)

Underwriters Laboratories. Fire Resistance Directory. Northbrook, IL, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (Updated annually, this directory lists and illustrates all the building assemblies that UL has tested, and gives their fire resistance ratings.) Address for ordering: Underwriters Laboratory, Inc., Publications Stock, 333 Pfing-ston Road, Northbrook, IL 60062.


0 Ballast, David Kent. Architect's Handbook of Construction Detailing. Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Prentice-Hall, 1990. (Reliable collections of details arc rare; this book is based on reliable sources and is referenced to MASTERFORM AT section numbers for convenient specifying.)

°Ford, Edward R. The Details of Modern Architecture. Cambridge, MA. MIT Press, 1990. (Much more than just a collection of details, this volume analyzes dozens of details of acknowledged masterworks from the years 1890-1932.)


* American Institute ofTirnber Construction. Glued Laminated Timbers for Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Buildings. (This is a good general reference on the topic, including section properties, span tables, and typical details. It is updated frequendy.) Address for ordering: AITC, 11818 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Suite 415, Vancouver, WA 98684-5092, (206) 254-9132.

American Institute of Timber Construction. Typical Construction Details. (This pamphlet contains dozens of examples of how to detail heavy timber frames.) Address for ordering: Sec above.

* American Plywood Association. Structural Design Data for Plywood. (This is a thick ring binder filled with the authoritative data needed to select and to detail plywood and other wood panel products.) Address for ordering: American Plywood Association, P.O. Box 11700, Tacoma, WA 98411, (206) 565-6600.

Dietz, Albert G. H. Dwelling House Construction (5th ed.). Cambridge, MA, M IT Press, 1990. (This is a text with hundreds of lucid illustrations of how to put a wood frame house together, including interior and exterior finish components.)

National Forest Products Association. National Design Specification for Wood Construction. (This is the basic reference from which wood structures are engineered, and it is updated frequently. It is especially useful to the detailer for working out structural connections between wood members.) Address for ordering: See below.

National Forest Products Association. Span Tables for Joists and Rafters. (Using this booklet of tables, you can easily design structures for residential floors, ceilings, and roofs.) Address for ordering: National Forest Products Association, 1250 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036.

""Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc. Connectors for Wood Construction. (This annual catalog is the best single reference on metal framing connectors for wood light framing and heavy timber framing.) Address for ordering: Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc., 1450 Doolitde Drive, P.O. Box 1568, San Leandro, CA 94577, (415) 562-7946.

"Thallon, Rob. Graphic Guide to Frame Construction: Details for Builders and Designers. Newtown, CT, The Taunton Press, 1991. (This is a complete, exhaustive collection of reliable details for almost every conceivable situation in a wood frame house.)

0Western Wood Products Association. Wood Frame Design. Portland, O R, 1985. (This is an extraordinarily useful booklet of details and code references for wood light frame construction.) Address for ordering: Western Wood Products Association, 1500 Yeon Building, Portland, OR 97204, (503) 224-3930.

* Western Wood Products Association. Dimensional Stability of Western Lumber Products (2nd ed.). Portland. OR. 1990. (The charts in this booklet are extremely useful in estimating moisture movement in wood.) Address for ordering: Sec above.

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