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4th Edition

Manual of First and Second Fixing Carpentry

ISBN 9781138295995
Published April 10, 2018 by Routledge
302 Pages

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Book Description

Les Goring’s book covers all the detailed knowledge required for carrying out first fixing carpentry – such as modern and traditional roofing and fitting and fixing modern and traditional floor joists on new-build sites before plastering or drylining of walls and ceilings takes place – and second fixing carpentry – such as fitting staircases, hanging doors, skirting and architraves and kitchen units after dry-lined plastering has taken place and the shell of the building is watertight. In the opening chapters, this work also covers reading-of-drawings' knowledge, tools and fixing-devices.

This new edition, with over 500 coloured drawings supporting its step-by-step approach, has been updated throughout to take into account current industry practices and changes in the UK’s Building Regulations. Two new chapters have also been added, covering the formwork carpentry for casting in situ, reinforced concrete stairs and landings, and making and fixing different shelf arrangements to correct spans.

The breadth of coverage and clear ‘how-to-do-it’ text makes this book an essential in-and-after-college resource for the 2000 apprentices per year taking NVQs and the 1500 students following Construction Awards within the Wood Occupations from the City & Guilds’ Construction Skills. The in-depth technical detail and practical focus makes this book an essential purchase for all aspiring woodworkers, craft teachers and construction lecturers – to either read now and/or use as a future reference manual. It should also be of value to general builders and DIY enthusiasts, whose carpentry knowledge might (understandably) be sketchy in certain areas.

Table of Contents

1. Reading construction drawings

2. Tools required: their care and proper use

3. Carpentry fixing-devices

4. Making and fixing shelving arrangements

5. Making site-equipment items

6. Fixing doorframes, linings and Doorsets

7. Fixing wooden and uPVC windows

8. Fixing traditional and modern floor-joists and flooring

9. Fixing interior and exterior timber grounds

10. Fixing stairs and balustrades

11. Stair regulations guide to design and construction

12. Making and fixing formwork for in situ concrete stairs

13. Constructing traditional and modern roofs

14. Erecting timber- and metal-stud partitions

15. Geometry for arch centres

16. Making and fixing arch centres

17. Fixing architraves, skirting, dado and picture rails

18. Fitting and hanging doors

19. Fitting locks, latches and door furniture

20. Fixing pipe casings and framed ducts

21. Designing and installing a fitted kitchen

22. Site levelling and setting out

Glossary of terms


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Les Goring is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building and a former Senior Lecturer in Wood Trades at Hastings College of Arts & Technology. In addition to being a Member of the Institute of Wood Science, he is also a Fellow of the Institute of Carpenters and a Licentiate of the City & Guilds Institute. All drawings in Les Goring’s books were drawn by the author.


"... indispensable to students ... the book is laid out very neatly ... an excellent glossary of terms."
Institute of Carpenters