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Plan It, Dig It, Build It! Your Step-by-Step Guide to Landscape Projects

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ISBN-10: 1401810446

ISBN-13: 9781401810443

Edition: 2003

Authors: David Sauter

List price: $70.95
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Those new to landscape construction will find that even building fences, patios and walkways is a real possibility thanks to Plan It, Dig It, Build It!. The book helps the reader comprehend the project planning process, including designing a layout plan and staking out the work. Each project recipe offers a complete materials and tools list for a standard sized project and step-by-step instructions for building and installing each project. Readers will appreciate instructions for building unique landscape elements, as well. They include decorative pools, waterfalls, berms and arbors. This is the best resource for beginning landscapers who want to build appealing outdoor creations.
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Book details

List price: $70.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning
Publication date: 12/10/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

David Sauter is currently an instructor at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California and is a registered Landscape Architect in the State of California. Prior to his teaching career, Mr. Sauter practiced as a consulting landscape architect in the Midwest. He has additional experience in plant maintenance, plant installation, landscape construction, masonry, carpentry, paving, and landscape management and has presented seminars for the nursery industry, master gardeners, extension services and public service organizations. David Sauter earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University and his Master of Arts Degree in Higher Education from The…    

Plan it, Dig it, Build it!: Safely
Accident Prevention
Tool and Equipment Operation
Reviewing Safety Information
First Aid
Personal Protection
Use of Proper Clothing and Safety Equipment
Heat and Cold Injury
Hazardous Plants
Back Injury
Specific Construction Hazards
Working Around Utilities
Working Below Grade
Operating Electrical Equipment
Operating Power Sprayers
Operating Tractors or Loading Equipment
Clean Worksite
Working with Chemicals
Planning Your Project
Reading Landscape Plans
Reading and measuring with architect's and engineer's scales
Preparing a Landscape plan
Preparing a basemap of your site
Additional Methods for Locating Objects
Finding Utilities on Your Site
Public Utilities
Locating utilities on your site
Private Utilities
Laws That May Affect Your Project
Legal Issues
Zoning Ordinances
Tree Ordinances
Deed Restrictions
Building Permits and Landscape-Plan Review
Checking regulations
Performing Calculations for Landscape Projects
Performing Item Counts
Performing Linear Measurements
Performing Perimeter Calculations
Performing Area Calculations
Volume Calculations
Weight Conversions for Bulk Materials
Math for construction
Pricing Your Project
Estimating the cost of your project
Project Layout
Using a baseline to lay out your project
Tools for Construction
Preparing the Site for Construction
Protection of Plant Material
Protecting plants from construction
Removal of Unwanted Site Elements
Softscape Removal
Removing sod and ground covers
Hardscape removal
Removing unwanted trees and shrubs
Recycling and Waste Disposal
Grading, Erosion Control, and Drainage
Site Grading
Grading your project area
Fixing poor soil problems below your project
Building a berm
Erosion Protection
Using Cover Crops to Reduce Erosion
Mulching for Erosion Protection
Installation of Erosion Control Blankets (Erosion Blankets)
Installing erosion blankets and cover crop
Site Drainage
Surface Drainage
Subsurface Drainage of Surface Water
Installing a French drain
Installing a subsurface drainage system with an inlet
Subsurface Interception of Water
Landscape Retaining Walls
Planning for Wall Construction
Wall Layout
Excavation and Base Preparation
Installing the base for a retaining wall
Beginning Walls
Drainage Behind Walls
Compaction Behind Walls
Wall Heights and Stabilization
Ending Walls
Building Retaining Walls
Wood Landscape Timbers
Building a timber retaining wall
Segmental Wall Blocks
Dry-Laid Stone
Building a segmental block (precast concrete) retaining wall
Building a stone retaining wall
Stair Installation
Building retaining-wall stairs
Landscape Paving
Planning and Preparation for Landscape Paving
Access to the Site and Delivery of Materials
Project Layout
Excavation and Subgrade Compaction
Utility and Related Preliminary Work
Base-Material Installation
Installing the base for a paved surface
Pavement Patterns
Paving patterns
Splitting and shaping paving material
Splitting paving materials using a brick set
Setting Bed for Unit Pavers
Edge Restraints For Paved Surfaces
Installing Landscape Paving
Unit Pavers
Installing a patio using bricks or concrete pavers
Installing a stone patio
Granular Paving
Installing a granular-material walkway
Stepping Stones
Installing stepping stones
Wooden Structures
Planning the Work
Woods and Materials for Exterior Use
Decay Resistance
Wood Strength
Wood Color and Exterior Finishes
Cost and Availability
Wood Quality
Lumber Dimensioning
Fasteners and connectors
Supporting Wooden Structures
Building Wooden Structures
Construction of a 4' x 8' overhead arbor
Construction of a trellis
Fences and Free-Standing Walls
Planning the Project
Fence Alignment and Wind Resistance
Fencing on Slopes
Maintenance Strips for Fences
Fence and Wall Installation
Wood-Surfaced Stringer Fencing
Installing a wood-surfaced stringer fence
Wooden Prefabricated Panel Fencing
Installing a wooden panel fence
Vinyl Fencing
Installing a vinyl fence
Chain-Link Fencing
Installing a chain-link fence
Dry-Laid Fieldstone (Rubble) Free-standing Walls
Installing a free-standing stone wall
Water, Edging, Lighting, and Other Site Amenities
Planning for Site Amenities
Locating Amenities
Utility Hookups
Foundations for Amenities
Water Features
Installing a flexible-liner pool
Installing a rigid-liner pool
Installing a pool fountain
Installing a stone-lined cascade
Natural Edging
Natural edging
Plastic Edging
Installing plastic edging
Bender-Board Edging
Stone Edging
Installing bender-board edging
Installing flat-stone edging
Vertical Brick Edging
Installing vertical brick edging
DC (Direct Current) Lighting
Installing a direct-current (DC) lighting system
Free-Standing Stairs
Building free-standing stairs with stacked slab material
Advanced Projects
Advanced Projects
Final Thoughts
Alternative Designs for Overhead Arbors
An Alternative Design for a Trellis
Designs for Wooden-Surface Fences
Comprehensive Landscape Projects