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Understanding Construction Drawings, 2nd Edition

  • Tom Stephenson
  • ISBN-10: 0176501681
  • ISBN-13: 9780176501686
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2008
  • COPYRIGHT: 2012 Published
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About the Product

Whether you are a carpenter, HVAC installer, electrician or general contractor, you must be able to understand construction drawings. An ability to efficiently locate information in different parts of a drawing, and effectively cross-reference information between drawings, can mean the difference between a successful construction project or one plagued by costly mistakes and delays. Understanding Construction Drawings for Housing and Small Buildings is the first Canadian textbook designed to help students learn to read the drawings that are used to communicate information about buildings.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Construction Drawings: An Overview
Chapter 2: Measurement Systems, Scales, and Line Types
Chapter 3: Elevation and Floor Plan Drawings
Chapter 4: Abbreviations, Hatchings, Symbols, Construction Notes, and Detail Drawings
Chapter 5: Reading Site Plans, Zoning, the Permit Process,and Building Code Enforcement
Chapter 6: Footings, Foundations, Dampproofing, and Waterproofing
Chapter 7: Methods of Residential Construction and Floor Framing
Chapter 8: Wall Framing
Chapter 9: Roof Framing
Chapter 10: Exterior Finishes: Walls, Roofs, and Concrete Slabs
Chapter 11: Mechanical and Electrical Sub-Trades
Chapter 12: The Building Envelope
Chapter 13: Interior Finishes, Kitchens, and Stairs
Chapter 14: Specifications and Contracts
Chapter 15: An Introduction to Drawings and Details for Renovation and Multiple-Unit Buildings
Chapter 16: Introduction to Small Buildings and ICI type Drawings
Appendix A Assignment Answers

New to this edition

  • Instructor’s Manual provided on Instructor’s Resource CD
  • Quiz Review answers provided on Instructor’s Resource CD
  • Test generator and question database for instructors to revise, create, and customize their own tests, provided on Instructor’s Resource CD
  • Additional short answer, multiple choice, and essay type questions provided for each chapter on Instructor’s Resource CD
  • PowerPoint lectures provided on Instructor’s Resource CD instructor can modify and customize lectures to suit their course
  • Additional drawings and photos provided in pdf format on the textbook's website (


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Understanding Construction Drawings, Instructor's Resource CD  (ISBN-10: 0176474668 | ISBN-13: 9780176474669)

Key instructor ancillaries are provided on the Instructor’s Resource CD, giving instructors the ultimate tool for customizing lectures and presentations.