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Each category contains valuable reference manuals for a wide variety of skills:

Starting Business and/or SpecializingStarting Business and/or Specializing
What you need to know about starting your new contracting business, branching off into a lucrative specialty, or expanding to the next level.
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Residential ConstructionResidential Construction
These titles have the information you'll need for general building and residential work.
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Green Building Green Building
These titles have the information you'll need for Green Building, the fastest growing trend in construction today.
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Commercial ConstructionCommercial Construction
These manuals have the specific knowledge and techniques used by commercial construction pros.
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Construction ManagementConstruction Management
The vital information you need to run your business smoothly. Managing by trial and error is risky and unnecessary - get the proper skillset to succeed and grow.
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Blueprints, Drafting, and EngineeringBlueprints, Drafting, and Engineering
Everything from how to draw complete plans for a one-story house to understanding basic engineering to deciphering electrical maps.
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Heavy Construction GuidesHeavy Construction Guides
The specific knowledge and techniques required for Excavation, Grading, Estimating and more.
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Kitchens, Baths, and CabinetsKitchens, Baths, and Cabinets
The places that most define a home are the kitchen and bath. Learn how to create the fine craftmanship required by these focal areas and build a lucrative specialization.
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Gadgets & CalculatorsGadgets & Calculators
Compute, calculate, measure, takeoff and scale with these high-tech and low-tech gadgets: iPhotoMeasure, Scale Master II, Ultra Scale Master Pro, E-Z Square, Dial-A-Length Rafterrule, ElectriCalc Pro Calculator, Construction Master Pro Calculator.
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Find up-to-date costs for every kind of estimating job: general, building, electrical, plumbing, repair, renovation, insurance, etc.

The National specialized line has versatile how-to estimating manuals and industrial strength software to make estimating a snap.

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Land DevelopmentLand Development
Developing land is a major leap for most builders—yet, it is where the big money is made. Key reference and informational titles to help you make the leap and profit handsomely.

Public WorksPublic Works
Public Works specific books and manuals. Operational and technical information, detailed drawings, cross sections, design criteria, and dimensions & cost estimating.

ADA GuidelinesADA Guidelines
All buildings must comply with the American with Disabilities Act. These resources will provide you with the vital information and technical assistance you need.
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DeWalt TitlesDeWalt Titles
The DeWalt book series is written and designed for the professional to increase productivity, reduce down time, and to assist in getting the job done right the first time. You will find a wide range of subjects; browse for the titles you need.

DIY Guides and ManualsDIY Guides and Manuals
Professional quality guides and manuals for the do-it-yourselfer who wants to do it right the first time.
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