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Building Construction and Finishing

Building Construction and Finishing



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Though i didn't prepared this document, still it's very useful for those engaged in construction industries..

Though i didn't prepared this document, still it's very useful for those engaged in construction industries..

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Published by: Firoz Reza on Nov 05, 2008
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BuildingConstruction & Finishing
Lesson 1 Drawings and Specifications
By this time in your career, you have probably worked as an apprentice on various building projects. You probably didyour tasks without thinking much about what it takes to lay out structures so they will conform to their location, size,shape, and other building features. In this chapter, you will learn how to extract these types of information fromdrawings and specifications. You will also be shown how to draw, read, and work from simple shop drawings andsketches.
Learning Objective:
Upon completing this section, you should be able to identify the different types of structural members.
From the builder’s standpoint, building designs and construction methods depend on many factors. No two buildingprojects can be treated alike. However, the factors usually considered before a structure is designed are itsgeographical location and the availability of construction materials.It is easy to see why geographical location is important to the design of a structure, especially its main parts. Whenlocated in a temperate zone, for example, the roof of a structure must be sturdy enough not to collapse under theweight of snow and ice. Also, the foundation walls have to extend below the frost line to guard against the effects of freezing and thawing. In the tropics, a structure should have a low-pitch roof and be built on a concrete slab or haveshallow foundation walls.Likewise, the availability of construction materials can influence the design of a structure. This happens when certainbuilding materials are scarce in a geographical location and the cost of shipping them is prohibitive. In such a case,particularly overseas, the structure is likely to be built with materials purchased locally. In turn, this can affect the wayconstruction materials are used—it means working
The main parts of a structure are the load-bearing members. These support and transfer the loads on the structurewhile remaining equal to each other. The places where members are connected to other members are called joints.The sum total of the load supported by thestructural membersat a particular instant is equal to the total dead loadplus the total live load.The total dead load is the total weight of the structure, which gradually increases as the structure rises and remainsconstant once it is completed. The total live load is the total weight of movable objects (such as people, furniture, andbridge traffic) the structure happens to be supporting at a particular instant.The live loads in a structure are transmitted through the various load-bearing structural members to the ultimatesupport of the earth. Immediate or direct support for the live loads is first provided by horizontal members. Thehorizontal members are, in turn, supported by vertical members. Finally, the vertical members are supported byfoundations or footings, which are supported by the earth. Look at figure 2-1, which illustrates both horizontal andvertical members of a typical light-frame structure. The weight of the roof material is distributed over the top supportingmembers and transferred through all joining members to the soil.
Figure 2-1.—Typical light-frame construction.
The ability of the earth to support a load is called its soil-bearing capacity. This varies considerably with different typesof soil. A soil of a given bearing capacity bears a heavier load on a wide foundation or footing than on a narrow one.
In heavy construction, vertical structural members are high-strength columns. (In large buildings, these arc calledpillars.) Outside wall columns and inside bottom-floor columns usually restdirectly on footings. Outside wall columns usually extend from the footing or foundation to the roof line. Inside bottom-floor columns extend upward from footings or foundations to the horizontal members, which, in turn, support the firstfloor or roof, as shown in figure 2-2. Upper floor columns are usually located directly over lower floor columns.

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