Shows how to use a transit to locate a building correctly on the lot, plan proper grades with minimum excavation, find utility lines and easements, establish correct elevations, lay out accurate foundations, and set correct floor heights. Explains how to plan sewer connections, level a foundation that's out of level, use a story pole and batterboards, work on steep sites, and minimize excavation costs.
From the Back Cover:
There is no substitute for accurate layout of foundations, walls and floors. Yet few builders know how to use a transit to locate the building on the lot correctly, plan proper grades with minimum excavation, find utility lines and easements, establish correct elevations, lay out an accurate foundation, set correct floor elevations and plan stairways. This practical handbook explains these valuable skills and shows builders and tradesmen how to use the builder's level, plot plans, lot descriptions and surveying principles to be sure the building is in the right location and is built square, level and plumb. Hundreds of valuable suggestions are included: planning sewer connections, leveling a foundation out of level, using a story pole and batter boards, working on steep sites, minimizing excavation costs and much more.
Table of Contents:
1. The Transit; 2. Reading Survey Maps; 3. Locating the Building on the Lot; 4. How to Take Elevations; 5 Establishing Grades; 6. Calculating Cuts and Fills; 7. Foundation Layouts; 8. Calculating Elevations for Footers and Forms; 9. Foundation Construction and Leveling; 10. Circular Stair Layout; 11. Other Layout Problems
About the Author
W. P. Jackson has over 30 years of experience as a builder and developer of quality and luxury homes, subdivisions and garden apartments. He is active in local government, is currently serving on the planning commission in his community and is a consultant on construction operations. This book is the result of his interest in improving professional standards among builders.