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Must Read Technical Books (condensed w/links)
June 1, 2010
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I made a couple phone calls and just waiting to hear back from one person. I can't promise anything, but keep your fingers crossed.

May 16, 2010
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Wreckn1;14161 said:
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Any idea about how i go and a get a copy of: Building Demolition Estimating - James Trout, i have looked online with no luck. thanks

I have a photo copy, I will need to find out if I can reprint it here on the forum or how to go about reprinting it for use here. Give me a week and I will see what I can do.

May 15, 2010
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I have also been looking for a copy of that since i joined this forum. The basics of demolition estimating by allen kackman is a really good one if you can find it.
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May 15, 2010
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James:
Any idea about how i go and a get a copy of: Building Demolition Estimating - James Trout, i have looked online with no luck. thanks

October 30, 2007
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Now first off, I completely agree. No amount of reading can and will replace what you learn out on a actual working jobsite. We all know that what is written in books is not everyday situations and most things won't apply to everything.

We made this list when we asked some members what their must read technical books were. This wasn't made for those who are looking to get into the start in the industry and go out the next day and implement what is in these books. This was a list that we put together for those books that are sitting on your shelf. We all have them.

It's just like if I were to ask you what book is a must read for everyone.

October 30, 2007
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Amen to that, Driver!

October 29, 2007
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I really don't know how it is on the other side of the pond but i would bet every good demo man in the UK would tell you you couldn't learn this trade from a book!
Theres not enough paper in the world to fit it all on!
I was lucky enough to catch the last of (what we call in the UK) the old school.
These were rugged old men who would take down any size building by hand until they got down to a level where a 22RB (with a ball and a 100 foot stick) could reach!
I was a labourer at the time and we didn't wear hi vi's, hats or safety harnesses!
We only wore boots because it was hard on your sneakers! (Didn't know i could speak the lingo)
If you guys in the States googled a guy called Fred Dibnah and watched some of his work! (He's a famous steeplejack)
Thats the kind of guys i worked with!
It would take me a lifetime to write down their knowledge into a book!

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Dear James,
How can I get a copy of the last three books?
Thank you in advance.

August 24, 2006
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[FONT=Verdana]AVAILABLE:[/FONT]

Builder's Estimating Databook - Robert Taylor & Blackwell Duncan

Construction Estimating & Bidding: Theory/Principles/Process - Estimating Task Force; Construction Education Committee; AGC

Management Practices for the Removal of Hazardous Materials - University of Florida (Opens right to pdf file)

[FONT=Verdana]Handbook of Rigging for Construction and Industrial Operations[/FONT][FONT=Verdana] - W. E. Rossnagel, Joseph A. MacDonald, Lindley R. Higgins[/FONT]

Rigging Handbook: The Complete Illustrated Field Reference Guide[/B] - Jerry Klinke

Moving the Earth: The Handbook of Excavation - Herbert Nicols and David Day.

[FONT=Verdana]OUT OF PRINT:[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]Building Demolition Estimating - James Trout[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]Very hard to find, I have never seen the actual book, I have a photo copy.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]Demolition Methods and Equipment - TA Hutchinson[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]Available only by request of author. [/FONT]

[B][FONT=Verdana]UNKNOWN:[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]The Guidebook to Explosives Demolitions – Author Unknown [/FONT]

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