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1. Marks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers
by Eugene A. Avallone, TheodoreBaumeister
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Asin: 0070049971
Catlog: Book (1996-06-01)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Sales Rank: 11464
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Better than Roark's Formulas for stress & strain.
This book has a lot of information most of which is useless calculus integration with vary brief summery which seems to me being derived from other books just thrown into the mix with general categories. The book is basically an oversized machinery's handbook but with a poorly written index and with a lot of inapt formulas that don't have a explanation for formula variables used in the equation. If you do a lot of strength of material design I would suggest a machinery's hand book, or the McGraw Hill Mechanical Engineering Design book which is an excellent P.E. exam reference book. Stay away from the Roarks Formulas for stress & strain book its more poorly written then the Marks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Marks' Handbook is a winner!
This book is an excellent general reference on a number of areas of science, engineering, and technology. I often refer to it first when searching for information on an unfamiliar subject. Most mechanical engineers working in design, manufacturing, and construction would benefit by having a copy of this book in their personal library.

2-0 out of 5 stars Mark's Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers
I have a slightly older copy and I have found that for the PE exam this is a good reference however, if you are doing something in the real world, the Machinery's Handbook is FAR better. This book gives good overviews of a huge variety of topics that any Mech Engr might need but not much depth. It is about as much information as a manager might want to know.

2-0 out of 5 stars Mark's ME Handbook on CD
I was very disappointed in the CD version of Mark's Handbook. While I am a user of Mark's handbook for over 30 years, the CD version is not friendly. The ability to search for subjects is next to non-existent.

I asked to return the CD book and was told because in was opened (I broke the seal, of course, to inspect it), it was not returnable.

Be careful in buying CD books... there is a no return policy.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Guide
I'm an advanced student of Mechanical Engineering, and I'm reading this manual, and is one of the best reference guide I ever had. The great quantity of topics is a great help.
So, if you want to have a guide with topics related with engeenering, the MARKS is what you need. ... Read more


2. American Electricians' Handbook
by TerrellCroft, WilfordSummers
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Asin: 0071377352
Catlog: Book (2002-06-07)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Sales Rank: 44633
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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* Since 1913, the single source blockbuster for all essential information on designing, installing, operating, and maintaining electrical systems and equipment
* Includes advancements in fiber optic cables, grounding, arc-fault circuit interrupter devices, and transient voltage surge suppressors
* Complete with the latest updates on National Electrical Code(R), National Safety Code, and NEMA motor and generator standards
* Features new information on high efficiency motors and electronic control of motors
* Provides the latest developments in circuit calculations, transformers, wiring tables, lamp applications tables, and more
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2-0 out of 5 stars Not a handbook
I would NOT recommend this book to any electrician, engineer, or architect. It is extremely difficult to comprehend. Gaining any practical information from this book is futile. I have had the twelfth edition over ten years. I used it to study for the electricians exam. I hated it then. Since that time, I have found it to be a very poor reference book. The thirteenth edition is no better. I understand why some electrician training schools might use this book - it is very comprehensive. It would make a good reference for a classroom lesson plan, but not a direct teaching tool. If you want to learn the material in this book, get the National Electric Code Handbook (and related materials published by the NFPA) and appropriate textbooks. FYI - I am a licensed electrician and a registered professional engineer.

2-0 out of 5 stars A patchwork monster
Another motley McGraw-Hill product. First copyrighted in 1913. The author appears to have died prior to 1976, and the book has been maintained by hired help. Don't try to use this as a textbook; treat it as a reference only. You never really know whether some item is up to date or 50 or 80 years old. Examples: There is a lot of treatment of two-phase (yup, 90 degrees) power, including at 25 hertz, and of multi-kilovolt series incandescent streetlighting, plus knob and tube wiring. Also, it is stated that the highest radio frequency in use is 30 megahertz, whereas in reality we're up to 1,000 or 2,000 times that just now. This book is a curiousity; charming if you have the cash, but if you don't, maybe you should be getting something more coherent.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must For Every Serious or Professional Electrician
W A R N I N G: This book is not for the weekend repairman!!!

This is a very intense book for the professionals or for someone who would like to further their knowledge. This truely might be the last book an electrican will ever buy. A must for your library!

5-0 out of 5 stars An Electrician's Life-saver
I originally purchased this book on the recommendation of another electician. Many electrician training schools use this same book to teach their students. I found it to be easy to comprehend, and to be a wealth of information that has helped me enormously in my work, and to prepare for Electrician's exams. I would recommend this to any electrician (Apprentice, Journeyman, etc. I have used and abused mine so much, that it's time for me to purchase another copy - that's how useful a tool it is. ... Read more


3. The Museum of Broadcast Communications Encyclopedia of Radio
by Christopher H. Sterling, Michael C. Keith
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Asin: 1579582494
Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
Publisher: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers
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Book Description

Produced in association with the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, the Encyclopedia of Radio includes more than 600 entries covering major countries and regions of the world as well as specific programs and people, networks and organizations, regulation and policies, audience research, and radio's technology. This encyclopedic work will be the first broadly conceived reference source on a medium that is now nearly eighty years old, with essays that provide essential information on the subject as well as comment on the significance of the particular person, organization, or topic being examined.

The fully illustrated Encyclopedia of Radio includes suggestions for further reading as complements to most of the articles, biographical details for all person-entries, production credits for programs, and a comprehensive index.

Entries include: * Amos 'n' Andy * Audience Research Methods * BBC * Benny, Jack * Black Radio Networks * Car Talk * CBC * Children's Programs ** Crosby, Bing * Digital Audio Broadcasting * Election Coverage * Frequency Allocation * Fresh Air * Hertz, Heinrich * Hoaxes on Radio * Jamming * Keillor, Garrison * Lone Ranger * Native American Radio * Pacifica Stations * Public Radio * Radio Free Asia * Receivers * Shock Jocks * Sports on Radio * Stern, Howard * Syndication * Talk Radio * Telecommunications Act of 1996 * The Goon Show * Tokyo Rose * Underground Radio * WNYC * Wolfman Jack * And many more. ... Read more


4. Pocket Ref
by Thomas J. Glover
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Asin: 1885071337
Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
Publisher: Sequoia Publishing Inc
Sales Rank: 2363
Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A "Swiss Army Knife" of reference books
How did I live without this book? This book has everything I ever wanted X10. R values? Temperature and wind chill conversions? World wide area codes and airport codes? Wood screw specs? Friction loss in pipe? Mohr's hardness scales? Credit card 800 #s? I mean it's ALL here! I buy these to give them away!

5-0 out of 5 stars My other Lil' Black book.
First there was sliced bread, then there was "The Pocket Ref". I found it such a great reference book that I ordered 6 of them for my associates. It is 100 pounds of information in a 13 oz. package. There has not been a day since I have received it that I have not used it for something (conversions of all types, geometric formulas long forgotten, constants, material information from glues to the mass of Neptune...yeh Neptune!, and yes...bolt torque specifications). One draw back is that everyone that does not have "The Ref" comes to you for the answers. It is a cornucopia of information that every engineer will surely benefit from having.

5-0 out of 5 stars Let us see more of this kind
At the time when most publishers go racing on how fat a book can they make (someone ought to start suing for strain injuries :-), this gem brings the light back to our hands. It shows that is is possible to pack enormous ammount of information, and even use quite a lot of pages, and still retain all qualities of the small and light format.

Imagine the wonder of O'Reilly redesigning and publishing a few Nurshell books in this format, or CRC converting a few math and science references, or the ex-Wrox XSLT Programmer's Reference seeing the new printing ... I'm sure everyone who bought this book would have at least one more to add to this list.

1-0 out of 5 stars Only lacking one thing....
I love this book and it would have gotten a perfect review, however it failed to tell me the meaning of life. Such an oversight shoulld not be forgiven...

5-0 out of 5 stars Every man should have one
If you are a man, you must order one or we will take your man licence away! If you are a lady and have no idea what to get your man, this is it!

This book has everything you could possibly imagine and some things you didn't know existed. ... Read more


5. Square Foot Costs 2005 (Means Square Foot Costs)
by Barbara Balboni, Robert A. Bastoni, John H. Chiang, Robert J. Kuchta, Robert C. McNichols, Robert W. Mewis, Melville J. Mossman, John J. Moylan, Stephen C. Plotner, Michael J. Regan
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Asin: 0876297599
Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
Publisher: R. S. Means Company
Sales Rank: 225430
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6. Uptime: Strategies for Excellence in Maintenance Management (Step-By-Step Approach to TPM Implementation)
by John Dixon Campbell
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Asin: 1563270536
Catlog: Book (1995-01-01)
Publisher: Productivity Press Inc
Sales Rank: 234470
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Campbell outlines a blueprint for a world class maintenanceprogram by examining, piece by piece, its essential elements -leadership (strategy and management), control (data management,measures, tactics, planning and scheduling), continuous improvement(RCM and TPM), and quantum leaps (process reengineering). He explainseach element in detail, using simple language and practical examplesfrom a wide range of industries. This book is for every manager whoneeds to see the "big picture" of maintenance management. In additionto maintenance, engineering, and manufacturing managers, all businessmanagers will benefit from this comprehensive and realistic approach toimproving asset performance. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Uptime is tops for understanding Maintenance Management.
A must read for anyone in or about to enter the vast realm of Maintenance Management. John Campbell takes you through the strategies with easy to understand terms and concepts. All the buzz words are there TPM, RCM, CMMS, .. etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you need a maintenance big picture, it is the book
This book is a very good introduction in order to know what the maintenance meaning ... Read more


7. McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
by McGraw-Hill Staff, Sybil P. Parker
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Asin: 007042313X
Catlog: Book (2002-09-26)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Sales Rank: 63076
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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For more than a quarter of a century, this amazingly comprehensive dictionary has been a standard international reference.Containing more than 115,000 terms and 125,000 definitions--from 100 areas of science and technology--this trusted resource provides definitions written in clear, simple language, understandable to the general reader, yet is consistent with the specialized use of the term.

THE NEW SIXTH EDITION:
* Thoroughly revised with 5,000 NEW TERMS
* Each term includes a helpful pronunciation guide
* Entries are complemented by 3,000 illustrations; appendices containing biographic listings, converison tables, taxonomic classification charts, and more
* The only dictionary of scientific and technical terms to be thumb-indexed

Invaluable to scientists, researchers, teachers, students, as well as interested lay persons, the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms is truly the single best way for anyone to gain fluency in the language of science. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
The more I use this dictionary, the more I come to like it. It's handy to have a specific dictionary for scientific and technical terms, and I feel more complete with this by my side. The coverage is comprehensive, the layout is clean and easy to read, and the added illustrations are a nice touch.

I would also recommend the McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science & Technology as a nice supplement.

5-0 out of 5 stars FAMOUS FOR ITS BROAD-SPECTRUM COVERAGE
The "McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms" is famous for its broad-spectrum coverage. Its soul is general science; and its audience is anybody who has any business with any science: biological, chemical, or physical. Whether you are a student, a teacher, or even a consultant, this unabridged lexicon lets you discover scientific terms, methods and applications in a very simple way. It is overflowing with references and definitions.
And, for the mobile professional, who may find it heavy to lug around, it is available on CD-ROM. The prices of both the text and its CD version are not out-of-reach. Either of the two is dependable.

5-0 out of 5 stars McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms 6th
The dictionary, as I expected, is excellent. I can easily and directly grasp the clear concept of meanings without imaging in my mother tongue, Japanese. Each explanation with the technical field is very concise and accurate. I believe that the dictionary helps me to perfectly understand the target words, for translating from English to Japanese, equivalent to those of an educated English speaker. Then, this will automatically make my task much easier.
Hopefully, I will also be able to obtain CD-ROM, which can be installed in my computer, Windows ME/MS-Word, for accelerating my job.

5-0 out of 5 stars McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
The dictionary, as I expected, is excellent. I can easily and directly grasp the clear concept of meanings without imaging in my mother tongue, Japanese. Each explanation with the technical field is very concise and accurate. I believe that the dictionary helps me to perfectly understand the target words, during translating from English to Japanese, equivalent to that of an educated English speaker. Then, this will automatically make my task much easier. Hopefully, I also will be able to obtain CD-ROM, which can be installed in my computer, Windows ME/MS-Word, for accelerating my job.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book
I bought this book because it was on sale! What a deal. Itnever occur to my mind that this book will become the first one I needwhen I encounter some difficulty understanding technical or scientificmaterials. Almost any definition related to science and technology inthis book. This excellent reference must have for any one working inthe field of science or engineering. It is very helpful especiallywhen you have to study new subjects in yours field of knowledgerequired by your job or for general studying. This book has the keysto unlock your mind for knowledge and understanding. I would pay fullprice for this book if I knew how useful and great is as I do now. ... Read more


8. Handbook of Applied Optimization
by P. M. Pardalos, Mauricio G. C. Resende, Panos M. Pardalos
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Asin: 0195125940
Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Sales Rank: 172234
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9. Interior Design Visual Presentation: A Guide to Graphics, Models & Presentation Techniques, Second Edition
by MaureenMitton, Maureen Mitton
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Asin: 0471225525
Catlog: Book (2003-07-10)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 15174
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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The new, updated edition of the successful book on interior design
Interior Design Visual Presentation, Second Edition is fully revised to include the latest material on CAD, digital portfolios, resume preparation, and Web page design. It remains the only comprehensive guide to address the visual design and presentation needs of the interior designer, with coverage of design graphics, models, and presentation techniques in one complete volume.
Approaches to the planning, layout, and design of interior spaces are presented through highly visual, step-by-step instructions, supplemented with more than forty pages of full-color illustrations, exercises at the end of each chapter, and dozens of new projects. With the serious designer in mind, it includes a diverse range of sample work, from student designers as well as well-known design firms such as Ellerbee and Beckett Architects and MS Architects.
Maureen Mitton is Assistant Professor in the department of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This book has a bit of everything I was looking for. techniques, lots of color renderings to review, shadowing techniques, etc. I am currently an interior design student and am using the book to help me with my color rendering and presentation techniques. In fact, my instructor reviewed the book and has requested the book be the textbook for the presentations class in our department next semester. This is the best book I've located so far.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource!
This book is great for everything visual! It is also the only book I've come across with detailed information about presentation boards. This is excellent for IND students!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great resource for ID students
I just received this book and I wished I had had it for my first in-class presentation. I gives the reader "fresh" ideas and helpful information on organizing your boards. I would recommend this book to any Interior Design student.

4-0 out of 5 stars using it in 3D studio class
just the book for beginning intr design students to use thru out their schooling. it covers everything they need to do all the presentations for thier courses. from drawing to models and most useful those sample boards. it tells you what tools to buy (with photos to help) and as basic as how to cut foam core. it has color step by step examples for color rendering. all in the same book is such a good value to the students

5-0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC ! Illustrations, Instructions, Explanations, Color
This book has all the needs and requirements on visual presentations and how to resolve fears,concerns, doubts and so on. It's the first book I have seen that covers many if not all aspects of Interior Design. It's a great book and I have been recommending it to all my fellow students. This book is informative, educational, and a good book to have in your reference library. I have been looking and looking for a book like this one for many years. Someone has finally gone and done it properly. You will not regreat buying this book. ... Read more


10. Fenaroli's Handbook of Flavor Ingredients, Fourth Edition
by Giovanni Fenaroli, George A., Ph.D. Burdock
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Asin: 0849309468
Catlog: Book (2001-09-26)
Publisher: CRC Press
Sales Rank: 1016508
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Flavored coffees, fat free foods, ethnic cuisine, frozen gourmet dinners. What can be used to give these trendy foods the right flavor?FIND OUT IN FENAROLI'S HANDBOOK OF FLAVOR INGREDIENTS, FOURTH EDITION. A spike of consumer interest in natural products and exotic flavors has driven innovation among flavorists and compelled regulators to closely scrutinize new ingredients. Responding to all these concerns, Dr. Burdock has completely revised and updated Fenaroli's Handbook of Flavor Ingredients.MORE INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION, MORE SUBSTANCES, MORE SPECIFICATIONS…ALL IN ONE CONVENIENT VOLUME- With a new format and twice the information found in the third edition, it gives you easy access to synonyms, international codes, sensory information, permitted uses of ingredients, international regulations, and more. The handbook puts together the "wish lists" of food scientists, regulatory and safety officers, pharmacologists, and toxicologists to provide a one-stop source for both GRAS and non-GRAS flavoring substances. ... Read more


11. Standard Handbook for Civil Engineers (Handbook)
by Frederick S. Merritt, Jonathan T. Ricketts, M. Kent Loftin
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Asin: 0071364730
Catlog: Book (2003-12-29)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Sales Rank: 162923
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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A revision of the classic reference covering all important principles and techniques needed by practicing civil engineers.The 5th Edition incorporates changes in design and construction practices, especially in design specifications for construction materials, buildings and bridges, safety and health concerns, and the most current codes changes including ACI, AISC, ASTM, NDS for wood structures, etc.The Handbook covers systems design, community and regional planning, the latest design methods for buildings, airports, highways, tunnels and bridges.It includes sections on construction equipment, construction management, materials, specifications, structural theory, geotechnical engineering, wood, concrete, steel design and construction. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Still the best Civil Handbook
The fifth edition update mainly reflects changes in code requirements for structural engineering. Other sections seem barely changed from the fourth edition. The water resources chapter has several misprinted tables. Use the corresponding tables out of the fourth edition.

Generalle well-written and easy to follow. Useful as a supplemental study reference for the Civil PE Exam.

Could use a good bibliography.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Review/Reference Book
I'm a senior in CE this year and I have been using the 2nd edition of this book (1976) more or less daily as I work on my senior design projects. Not really in depth on any one subject, but its great if you just need to look up a formula or technique that you forgot from some class. I plan to ask for the new edition as a graduation present.

3-0 out of 5 stars A civil engineer's review - this book is a good buy
The Standard Handbook for Civil Engineers is a comprehensive single volume book. This book is divided into 23 sections covering entire gamut of civil engineering. In first few chapters it deals with design management, specifications etc. These chapters are quite informative. It also describes various construction materials in a lucid form. But the chapter on structural theory should have more elaborately presented. Many aspects of advanced structures such as plate, shell etc. are not discussed. Finite element method is almost untouched. This book does not contain too many numerical examples. Rather it tells you how to take decision. For example, it tells you how to choose structural system for multistory building, but does not tell how to analyze the same. Geo-technical engineering section is also little bit concise. Concrete design section is good but a number of worked out problems would have made it better. Same goes for steel design section. Surveying was featured in very lackadaisically. Building engineering section is well written with very good general descriptions. Transportation, water resource and environment parts are also well covered. Coastal engineering is just touched. In overall this book is a good buy. But this book won't be much useful to all because it is written only in American code. What I dislike most about this book is that it is not written in metric units. ... Read more


12. Electrical Wiring Residential (Electrical WiringResidential)
by Ray C. Mullin
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Asin: 1401850197
Catlog: Book (2004-12-08)
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
Sales Rank: 179151
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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The Fifteenth Edition of this trusted resource is completely updated to the 2005 National Electrical Code®, and provides aspiring electricians the necessary foundation for learning all aspects of house wiring in order to meet Code.The most comprehensive book of its kind on the market, Electrical Wiring Residential walks readers, room by room, through the proper wiring of a typical new residence, and features a complete set of full size plans and specifications that shows how Code requirements are applied throughout actual installations. This book explains and follows the NEC® using the metric system, and presents an ample quantity of electrical formulas that electricians need to know to be successful and competent on-the-job. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential reading from a wise author for do-it-yourself'ers
Don't sell yourself or family short, get this or another comparable book if you are going to tackle electrical work in your home.

This book is somewhat technical and that may put some folks off. However, it is only as technical as is needed to provide for safe installation of electrical wiring in the home. I appreciate the code references, as a do-it-yourself'er it is important to understand why it is done as it is, because no home project is ever an exact copy of problem in a book. This book is an essential part of a do-it-yourself'ers library, especially if you are going to take on any substantial projects.

5-0 out of 5 stars Used 1993, 1996, and 1999 versions of this book.
I have wired four new homes and remodeled one using the concepts in this book. The homes ranged from 3200 to 5000 square feet in size. The 5000 sq/ft house used 400 amp service for the main panels. I am a do it yourself homeowner. I am a firmware engineer by trade so I don't wire for a living. This book was magnificent in helping me understand how to put the entire picture together for a large complicated home. These homes included security systems, phone systems, home audio systems, internet wiring, and of course power and lighting everywhere that I needed it. I learned so much from this book and the way that it walks through each room in the house. I recommend following it all of the way through on your own house plans. What it lacks I was able to find by looking at homes being constructed in the area. Things like how high up do I put the outlets and switches comes to mind. The code changes every three years and so does this book. I got most of my knowledge from the 1993 book. I used the 1996 and 1999 books on the later homes but the basics were already there. All code changes are very well covered in the latest edition and nothing is dropped from edition to edition that I know of. I am very impressed with Mullin's style and thought that I could show some of my gratitude back for the help that he gave me to do this over and over again. I have recommended this book to many friends who have also wired their own homes. If I needed to I would buy it again but I have decided to live in one of my houses for a while. What I believe this book has that others do not is a grasp of the whole picture. I was able to do the entire project each time with this book. I installed the service conductors from the transformer to the house. I built up the main breaker panels and subpanels. I performed the load calculations to make sure that all circuits were properly balanced. I don't think that many of the other wiring books cover all of these things. You can perform the entire wiring of your residential home by yourself with the knowledge that you can glean from this book and a few questions asked of your local inspectors and examining the work of electricians wiring in your area. Make sure that you follow the code and not the local electricians though because I do not know how some of them pass inspections with some of the work that they do. Good luck on your project.
Thanks Ray for a great book.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best I have tried.
This book is my electrical bible. I tried several books before I found this one. I bought it when I was trying to rewire an old house. The first 2 books I bought left me dazed and confused. I finally spent an afternoon in the bookstore browsing through every electrical book I could find until I ran across this. What a find. It not only explains clearly what has to be done, but why. The book makes good use of tables to summarize information and excellent use of diagrams. It not only teaches you to wire correctly, but teaches you the code as well. Highly recommended.

If you don't know what a wirenut is, this may not be the book for you as it assumes some level of knowhow on the part of the reader. Otherwise, this is likely to be the last residential wiring book you will ever buy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Dunwoody uses it -- you should too
I went to Dunwoody Institute, and their electrical department uses this as a textbook for future electricians. The biggest downside is it doesn't cover some of the low voltage/HVAC in the depth that it does everything else. It has constant code references, but it also explains things plainly enough that most people can understand them. It is a little expensive, but I would definately recomend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars comprehensive, yet easy to understand
This is a highly detailed book that clearly describes how to wire a home that meets 2002 National Electrical code requirements. The book is nicely organized and contains a wealth of information on how to select proper wire and box sizes, locations for recepticles, lighting requirements, etc. However, it is not a "how to" book-it won't tell you how to fish a wire or change a circuit breaker. I used this book to completely rewire my 1950's kitchen and it took all the guesswork out of the project. Now every time I start an electrical project, I consult this book to make sure I do it correctly. One of my goals in life is to never have to call an electrcian for help again and this book has taken me a long way toward it. ... Read more


13. Electrical Cost Data 2005 (Means Electrical Cost Data)
by John H. Chiang
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
Publisher: R. S. Means Company
Sales Rank: 50670
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14. The Facilitator's Fieldbook: Step-by-Step Procedures * Checklists and Guidelines * Samples and Templates
by Thomas Justice, David W.. Jamieson, Tom Justice, David W., Ph.D. Jamieson
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Catlog: Book (1999-03-01)
Publisher: AMACOM
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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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What is facilitation? Ironically, it's a difficult word that means "to make easy." When applied to businesses and organizations, facilitation means helping people work together in groups and teams to achieve their goals.

But wait, you're probably thinking there's nothing easy about that--and until now you've been right. Most existing texts on facilitation (and there are lots of them) are theoretical, have too many complicated models, and lead to unnecessary confusion. The Facilitator's Fieldbook was written to break through the theory, clear up the confusion--and make facilitation itself easy.

Comprehensive in scope, yet extremely practical and to the point, The Fieldbook is perfect for both novice and experienced facilitators. Those new to the art of facilitation will find clear guidance on basic how-to information. More experienced facilitators will discover advanced methods for use in more challenging facilitation situations and simple models for facilitating both large and small groups.

Best of all, The Facilitator's Fieldbook contains a wealth of resources such as checklists, samples, templates, guidelines, and step-by-step procedures. It will enable you to perform all the skills of facilitation, including: * establishing ground rules for groups * planing meetings and agendas * building the group database * brainstorming * decision making * conflict resolution, and more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Facilitation course members love this book
I teach a master's level course in facilitation and team dynamics. Justice and Jamieson is by far the most useful and popular book in that course. Students use it heavily in designing facilitation processes during the course, and I hear them recommending to others that they KEEP their J&J handy because they'll continue to use it. Especially helpful: the quick overviews of group dynamics, overt/covert issues, team member roles, leadership processes. It helps to provide this background knowledge for the students. The options and explanations list many more choices and rationales than usually seen in a book like this. Examples: multiple approaches to brainstorming, agenda development, session evaluation, interventions to manage conflict, etc. J&J's second edition (if there is one) could be a little slicker, but you wouldn't have to change much content except perhaps to have an added section on virtual facilitation. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars covers it all
Most comprehensive book on the topic I've seen. Very practical info. I interned with a small consulting firm that did excellent facilitation work, but their only training strategy for facilitation was "watch what I do and then do it" -- no real framework for a beginner. I wish I had known about this book; it put it all into logical structure and process, and allowed me to make sense of what I had seen a few times as a beginner. I've used its many practical checklists to become a respected facilitator, and still improving thanks to this manual.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Resource
This books is a "manual" on facilitation that prepares you very quickly. Great examples, good checklists, good index - well worth the price. My only quibble is a small one: charge a few dollars more and improve the paper and printing quality.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best "how to" book on facilitation with groups and teams.
This book is an encyclopedia of practical guides and scripts for all levels of facilitators. I was able to immediately implement the carefully scripted process techniques in my University teaching and consulting work with other organizations. A real must for practitioners who are serious about making groups work! ... Read more


15. Handbook of Laser Technology and Applications
by Colin E. Webb, Julian D. C. Jones
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Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing
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The invention of the laser was one of the towering achievements of the twentieth century. At the opening of the twenty-first century we are witnessing the burgeoning of the myriad technical innovations to which that invention has led. The first of the three volumes comprises an introduction to the basic scientific principles of lasers, laser beams and non-linear optics. The second volume describes the mechanisms and operating characteristics of specific types of laser including crystalline solid - state lasers, semiconductor diode lasers, fibre lasers, gas lasers, chemical lasers, dye lasers and many others as well as detailing the optical and electronic components which tailor the laser's performance and beam delivery systems. The third volume is devoted to case studies of applications in a wide range of subjects including materials processing, optical measurement techniques, medicine, telecommunications, data storage, spectroscopy, earth sciences and astronomy, and plasma fusion research.

This vast compendium of knowledge on laser science and technology is the work of over 130 international experts, many of whom are recognised as the world leaders in their respective fields.. Whether the reader is engaged in the science, technology, industrial or medical applications of lasers or is researching the subject as a manager or investor in technical enterprises they cannot fail to be informed and enlightened by the wide range of information the Handbook supplies. ... Read more


16. Plastic Part Design for Injection Molding : An Introduction
by Robert A. Malloy
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Asin: 1569901295
Catlog: Book (1994-06-01)
Publisher: Hanser Gardner Publications
Sales Rank: 136306
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book.
This book is excellent. It is technical but easy to understand, has illustrations, comprehensive, and very informative. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Practical, Hands-on Manual for the Plastics Professional
This book reveals the basic background required by personnel in the plastics field in designing parts for injection molding. It has many examples and illustrations of real-life applications instead of endless derivations of equations. It is a very useful, well structured, easy to follow guide for assisting in your design and knowledge of polymer related products.

5-0 out of 5 stars Plastic product design was never made so clear and pellucid
Dr.Malloy's book reflects the common problems an engineer would face while designing a plastic part. His book takes all the possible design problems that one might not even expect. He deserves 10,0000000**********'s. ... Read more


17. Illustrated Guide to the NEC (Illustrated Guide to the National Electrical Code (Nec))
by Charles Miller
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Catlog: Book (2004-12-08)
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
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Over the years, the National Electrical Code® has grown in volume and complexity. This updated edition utilizes visualization to present a complete, concise, and easy-to-understand exploration of the 2005 Edition of the NEC®. Each highly-detailed illustration offers insight into Code requirements and is enhanced by clearly written text blocks that read quickly and with little effort. Includes coverage of fundamental provisions, followed by Code requirements relevant to specific types of occupancies. Intended as an indispensable supplement to the NEC®, this book translates the sometimes vague and complex language of the Code into clearer, cleaner, and simpler terms. ... Read more


18. Welder's Handbook: A Complete Guide to Mig, Tig, Arc & Oxyacetylene Welding
by Richard Finch
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Catlog: Book (1997-02-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.84 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Leading the beginner astray
While some of the information contained in the book is useful, the reviews given here by beginning welders to beginning welders is potentially misleading. For example the author fails to provide proper information on the basic gas welding set-up. He starts with opening the valves and skips to lighting the torch, completely by-passing the installation of the regulators and properly leak checking the complete OFW system (bottle valves, regulators, lines and torches), not to mention the importance of blowing out the talc new hoses contain. This is just the OFW side of the book and there isn't enough space here to cover the MIG/TIG side.
Wanting to learn to weld? Save your money and when you buy that Victor kit you've been wanting you'll find that it comes with a small welding and cutting manual that has far more information and is far more clear, concise than this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent beginner book
This was an excellent beginning welding book. It covers the basics of most types of welding and does so in a reatively small number of pages. The book is clearly written and easily understanable to the novice. It was a little lacking in the following areas:1) specifics of metallurgy and nominclature of metal labling(ie what metals and alloys can be welded together and what are all of the alloy and wire/rod/ect classifications are used for/ect). I can hardly fault the author for this since he does give some information in this regard and the book is designed for the beginner and I would not expect that level of detail. 2)characteristics of good welds, there is a good explaination/diagram of penetration but they really need more photos of proper and improper welds showing some of the problems that are briefly mentioned by the author. With 2 extra chapters devoted to the subjects I mention this book would go from great to fantastic. Also, I would recommend that you buy it before you purchase any equipment since there is a good description of the pros and cons of each welding method and what features to look for when purchasing equipment for your specific application. You can then talk more intellegently to the welding supplier that you buy your equipment from and most likely end up with equipment that better suits your needs.

1-0 out of 5 stars Too little info, too many mistakes
Instead of being a useful reference, this book ends up being a sugarcoated overview of the trade, with little really practical information.

If you were completely unfamiliar with welding, it would probably give you an idea of the various processes and theories involved, except that it is riddled with inaccuracies and incorrect information. I was very disconcerted as I started reading it and came across one questionable statement after another.

For those of us who are seeking tips for improving our welding skills, it's almost completely useless. The book misses the mark on several counts - for example, the last chapter, "Welding Certification and Training." The lead sentence in the chapter says "The reason for including this chapter in the Welder's Handbook is to give you a taste of what high quality welding should look like." Yet the chapter goes on to picture a welding truck, a red iron erection project, and a few line diagrams. There is nothing whatsoever to give you any idea of what high quality welding looks like.

I was amused by the projects section too - after the author spent the entire book touting his credentials as an aircraft certified weldor (sic), the welding table project described how he had to take the materials to a commercial welding shop to have them pre-cut to length for him. ???

My 25-year-old college lab manuals from my metal fabrication engineering courses continue to be a better reference than this book. I'd hoped for some insight into the latest technology, such as inverter machines, but the author sweeps such topics away saying they are too complex to cover.

Pretty covers with glossy photos from Lincoln Welding - but that's about it. Pass this one by.

3-0 out of 5 stars Shouldn't be the only source of information
This book is lacking two major points. First, it doesn't say anything about setting up the regulators. It didn't attempt for the fact that the regulator screw have to be all the way out to be in the 'OFF' position in most of the brands. Second, it doesn't say anything about the CGA standards for the regulators. It doesn't mention the 540 and 510 standards and the most common types of regulators and tanks you see on the market. Go to eBay and see how many types of tanks are there. Maybe it should refer the reader to the regulator's instruction manual, but these steps cannot be forgotten.

I've bought an used outfit that came without instruction manual, I had a lot of trouble with the CGA standards and damaged my regulator by opening the cylinder with the screw all the way in. All that without mentioning the fact that I could have blown my head off.

These books target the 'do-it-yourself' kind of people (such as myself) and should assume it will be the only source of information. If not, just refer the user to the instruction manual.

Overall good book but I recommend caution. Look for other sources of information, gas welding is a serious matter.

3-0 out of 5 stars Another book for the shelf
Perhaps I'm too tough on these authors. Over the past year I have purchased at least 5 of these types of books, and find myself disappointed at the lack of pertinent information.

This particular book had some decent information on the various processes, but I do not feel that it went into any of the processes with enough detail.

Finch states that you should learn GAS welding first. This was of no help to me. I purchased a MIG mainly to do sheetmetal / autobody repairs.

I'd recommend looking at some of the welding manufacturers sites and buying technical manuals or videos from them rather than buy from Finch.

Unfortunately, I will probably be too stupid to listen to my own advice next time I go to purchase a book. I'll come right back here and buy one of these crappy little paper-backs that don't give nearly enough information. ... Read more


19. Markup & Profit: A Contractor's Guide
by Michael C. Stone
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Catlog: Book (1999-01-01)
Publisher: Craftsman Book Company
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars no contract software forms
Great book, bought it for my husband, but was very disappointed with the forms on the cd rom. They seem to be for beginner contractors as change orders and estimate checklists tend to be already used by seasoned contractors. The forms were nothing new to us. I was under the impression that the cd rom had sample contracts and was sadly mistaken. However, the book gives great advice. If one wants to purchase the authors' contract software system, be prepared to shell out $200.00 at his website. No wonder this book was inexpensive.

3-0 out of 5 stars Residential -vs- Commercial
I am a general contractor in the commercial/public works market. This book is meant for the residential market. The author is well versed in that arena, but makes various references that these methods can be applied to the commercial market. That is best decided by the individual, but this is a residential construction book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Five Stars! Really good profitability advise.
Written by a contractor for contractors, this book provides very sound business advise for many who are considering starting various types of small businesses. Contractors must charge appropriately for their services. This book will tell current and future contractors how-to establish job costs and an appropriate markup rate to increase the opportunity for long-term success. In addition, the author provides very sound advise on business/customer service best practices. The advise on properly communicating the value of services provided is very good. Lot's of other great information and the CD-ROM has some good forms to get you started. I highly recommend this book to all small general and specialty contractors, and especially to all contractors who are having problems making ends meet.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best of show
This book is one of the best I have read on the subject. Plenty of good street smart advice that covers more than just the title subject. Mr. Stone has come up with a book that will help both those new to the industry, and those more experienced (see the section on the difference between new home construction and remodeling, and those who attempt to mix these business models.)
Should be required reading for those attempting to get into this business.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For All Contractors
I found this book to be loaded with good facts and information that will help any new or existing contracting company! ... Read more


20. Hazardous Chemicals Desk Reference
by Richard J.Lewis
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Asin: 0471441651
Catlog: Book (2002-01-07)
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
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Book Description

The Fifth Edition of Hazardous Chemicals Desk Reference contains Safety Profiles, synonyms, physical properties, standards, and recommendations of government agencies for approximately 5,000 chemicals deemed both important and potentially hazardous by the international scientific community. Substances were chosen on the basis of meeting a variety of criteria, including:

  • Having an OSHA standard
  • Having an ACGIH TLV
  • Listed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer Groups
1 through 4 assessments

  • Listed on the NTP Ninth Report on Carcinogens
  • Having a German Research Society’s Mak or Bat listing
  • Having especially dangerous toxic, reactive, or fire properties
The data for each entry is taken from the master file of DPIM. The Fifth Edition distinguishes itself from its predecessors by including the very latest information from a variety of international databases and organizations, while deleting entries that have proven to be the least pertinent to practitioners. As with previous incarnations, the organization of contents places a premium on providing a quick reference for individuals seeking a concise summary of a chemical’s hazards. The Desk Reference remains the premier resource on hazardous chemicals for students, professors, scientists, engineers, and all professionals whose work involves managing these materials. ... Read more

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