Conditions of Use
It is a good book, that often goes beyond the basic, but does not cover advanced competencies. More industrial and commercial applications would improve the text. read more
It is a good book, that often goes beyond the basic, but does not cover advanced competencies. More industrial and commercial applications would improve the text.
The accuracy is adequate, but more elaboration would be appreciated. More information on cable identification would be nice.
Text discussing building codes is easily outdated. The author did a good job of covering the fundamentals that do not change from one code cycle to the next. The electrical theory and math sections were great examples.
Very well organized and written with awesome pictures, videos, interactive activities and quizzes to keep students engaged.
Text is consistent.
Book is divided well into coherent chapters and sections.
The text is very clear about the subjects covered. The text is easy to follow.
All navigation, charts, quizzes and links to videos/content worked without flaw.
Well written and edited.
Typically not applicable in trades publications. This book is no different.
Overall this is an awesome book for what it does. The embedded resources are top notch and very helpful. The book goes beyond entry level trades education while offering a broad construction education. I wish the author had gone more in depth in the electrical sections, but that could be the subject of another book.
The book provides a comprehensive introduction to the construction tools and maintenance tasks. The interactive links given as part of the books make it easy to use while presenting many pictures and videos. Although the book is designed for... read more
The book provides a comprehensive introduction to the construction tools and maintenance tasks. The interactive links given as part of the books make it easy to use while presenting many pictures and videos. Although the book is designed for entry-level positions, it could be helpful for undergraduate construction management students. The safety issues while handling tools are intensely discussed in the book, which makes it an excellent introductory text for first-year students.
The content of the book is accurate and unbiased.
The content is up-to-date; however, some of the referred codes should be updated. The text provides information on the necessary updates, and it is easy to implement.
The book is free from jargon and easy to understand.
Each section of the book is consistent. Description for technical terminology is provided within the text.
The sections are easy to break up into small sections, and the book is entirely modular.
The organization of the book could be improved by providing Math Concepts at the beginning of the book. Some pages are left blank, and it makes it hard to follow the content. Overall, the biggest issue related to this book that I notice is that the organization.
The book is primarily free of interface problems. However, some of the links should be updated. For some links, permission is not provided to access the content (e.g., 403 Forbidden Error).
The book is free from grammatical errors.
The book is not culturally offensive in any way.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Safety
- 1.1 First Aid & Personal Protective Equipment
- 1.2 Eye and Face Protection
- 1.3 Hearing Protection
- 1.4 Head Protection
- 1.5 Hand Protection
- 1.6 Respiratory Protection
- 1.7 Foot Protection
- 1.8 Tool & Shop Safety
- 1.9 Ladder Safety & Fall Protection
Part 2: Hand & Power Tools
- 2.1 Tool Choices and Applications
- 2.2 Measuring, Marking, Leveling & Layout Tools
- 2.3 Nails, Hammers & Pneumatic Nailers
- 2.4 Threaded Fasteners, Drivers, Pliers & Wrenches
- 2.5 Saws
- 2.6 Drills & Accessories
- 2.7 Grinders, Sanders, & Accessories
Part 3: Mathematics for Maintenance Techs
- 3.1 Required Math Concepts
- 3.2 Ohm's Law, Joules Law, and Series/Parallel Formulas
Part 4: Plumbing Systems
- 4.1 Piping & Fittings
- 4.2 Domestic Water Service
- 4.3 Drain, Waste, and Vent (DMV)
- 4.4 Valves & Prevention Devices
- 4.5 Faucets, Fixtures, & Fixture Drains
- 4.6 Plumbing for Appliances
- 4.7 Water Heating
Part 5: Electrical Systems
- 5.1 Electrical Safety
- 5.2 Electrical Tools & Testing Equipment
- 5.3 Electrical Terminology & Lighting
- 5.4 Conduit, Boxes, & Wiring
- 5.5 Fuses & Breakers
- 5.6 Receptacle & Switch Wiring
- 5.7 Outdoor Wiring Considerations
Part 6: Maintenance Management Systems
- 6.1 Maintenance Categories
- 6.2 Work Order Process
- 6.3 Parts and Material Resources
About the Book
Building Maintenance & Construction: Tools and Maintenance Tasks introduces and develops knowledge of basic building maintenance tools and materials, applied skills and techniques, industry health and safety standards, and preventive maintenance and troubleshooting practices required by employers for entry-level positions in the building trades and facilities maintenance fields.
About the Contributors
Clifford “Cliff” Rutherford has 35+ years of journey-level residential and commercial construction, mechanical trades and facilities engineering experience. Prior to 2006, Cliff’s mechanical and construction experience was gained working in Texas as a machinist, HVACR installation and repair technician, hydraulic/pneumatic equipment mechanic/operator/trainer, apartment and resort facilities head engineer, and private builder/contractor specializing in design-build projects for commercial applications. Moving to Hawai`i in 2006, Cliff worked for a Maui home builder and mechanical contractor specializing in residential construction, commercial plumbing and mechanical trades.
Cliff has earned and maintains several industry credentials. These include but are not limited to: Career and Technical Education (CTE) teaching certificates; National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) Residential Construction certification for instructors, Certified Green Professional (CGP), and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designations; International Facility Management Association’s (IFMAs) Sustainable Facility Professional (SFP) designation; Northwest Energy Efficiency Council’s Building Operator Certificate (BOC) 1 & 2 Instructor certification; National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Solar Thermal Water Train-the-Trainer and ESCO EPA-608 Instructor/Proctor.