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Hi all,


I have already posted a similar question in another forum but I decided I'll ask here as well.


I would like to get to know as much as I can about building houses and extensions etc. 


I am looking for the most comprehensive resources (mainly books) that are available on the market. I want to learn as much as I can from arriving on site and clearing the site, digging the foundations, the civils, the waste, the storm water, the water connections, pouring the foundations, the rising walls, floor slabs, blockwork, brickwork, dry lining, skimming, plastering, plumbing, electrical, joinery, roofing, and everything in between.


Any recommendations?

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There are many many tradies specialising in just one or two of the trades you mention and after a lifetime they still don’t know everything. Specialist books will give you in-depth info but to familiarise yourself with even a small amount of info on all aspects of building then YouTube can be very helpful.

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14 minutes ago, Dave Jones said:

building is very difficult to 'book learn' i would say.


Practical is very different from theory!


Read up the NHBC techical library which is free, as are all the building regs.

That should send him to sleep 😴 

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1 hour ago, jayc89 said:


Bit like Russian Roulette isn't it. There's some fantastic guides on there but there's also some god awful advice. 

I agree 

I like the one where a plumber demonstrates how to bend a copper pipe and you can clearly see his finger trying to cover a kink 

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