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Fences and Retaining Walls

Everything you need to know to run a profitable business in fence and retaining walls contracting!

Price: $36.00

Product Code: 9780934041539

ISBN: 9780934041539

Year: 1990

Binding: Paperback

Publisher: Craftsman

Fences and Retaining Walls is a practical reference that takes you through layout and design, construction techniques for wood, masonry, and chain link fences, gates and entries, including finishing and electrical details. The book provides you with detailed instruction on how to build retaining and rock walls, as well as how to get your business off to the right start, keep the books, and estimate accurately. You’ll also gain a better understanding of contractor’s math. 400 pp.

Fences and Retaining Walls - Table of Contents:

  • Fence & Wall Specialties
    • Modern Fence Building
    • Get Your License
    • Laws Governing Employers
  • Layout & Design

    • The Finer Points of Design
    • Drawing the Plans
    • Build a Model
  • Wood Fences

    • Rough Cut vs. Milled Lumber
    • Moisture Content
    • Grading
    • Chemically-Treated Alternatives
    • Fasteners
    • Setting Fence Posts
    • Installing the Rails
    • Mounting the Board Stock
    • Wood Fence Designs and Variations
    • Construction Details
  • Block Walls & Brick Walls

    • Materials
    • Types of Block
    • Estimating Foundation Concrete
    • Pouring and Leveling the Concrete
    • Laying the Block
    • Top Treatments
    • Allowing for Drainage
    • Putting It All Together
    • Brick Walls
  • Chain Link & Wire Fences

    • Posts
    • Top Rails
    • Tension Bars and Bands
    • Carriage Bolts
    • Post Caps
    • How Much Should You Charge?
    • Construction Techniques
    • Wire Fences and Barbed Wire
    • Stretching Wire Fences
    • Electrical Grounding
  • Metal Fences

    • Use Prefab Fencing?
    • Welding Safety
    • General Information
  • Gates & Entrances

    • Gate Design and Location
    • Wooden Gates
    • Metal Gates
    • Gates of All Kinds
  • Finishing Fences & Walls

    • Protective Coatings
    • When to Apply Coatings
    • Painting Tools of the Trade
    • Color
    • Keeping Coatings on the Fence
  • Troubleshooting and Repairs

    • Maintenance Contracts
    • Is It Worth Fixing?
    • Maintaining Wood Fences
    • Maintaining Walls
    • Repairing Chain Link
  • Wiring & Plumbing

    • Electric Power
    • Converting AC to DC
    • Switches
    • Invisible Fences
    • Electrician’s Primer
    • Conduit
    • Choosing the Right Fixtures
    • Plumbing
    • Fire Sprinklers
    • Maintaining Electrical & Plumbing Systems
  • Retaining Walls & Rock Walls

    • Natural Earth Barriers
    • Building Retaining Walls
    • Building Rock Walls
  • Get Your Business Started Right

    • You Supply Startup Money
    • Find a Customer or Two
  • The Books You Keep

    • The Chart of Accounts
    • The Spreadsheet
    • Asset Records
    • Markups and Overhead
    • How Much Do You Want to Make?
    • Budgeting Business Expenses
    • Paperwork Controls
  • Sales & Contractor’s Law

    • The Presentation Booklet
    • Special Selling Situations
  • Safety on the Job

    • General Safety Regulations
    • Risks, Hazards, and Accident Prevention
  • Estimating

    • The Rules of Good Estimating
    • Account for All Your Time
    • Can You Assign Unit Costs?
    • When You Lose a Bid
    • The Take-off Forms
    • Manhour Tables
  • Contractor’s Math

    • Mathematical Terms
    • Areas of Flat Surfaces
    • Measuring Curved Shapes
    • Converting Units of Measurement
    • Square Root
    • Degrees, Minutes, Seconds
    • Metric Conversion Table
  • Glossary
  • Index

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