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My special books are....

Mechanics and Strength of Materials by Staff 1905 1st printing.

Pocket Companion, Carnegie Steel CO. 1923
This is organized much like the modern steel handbook giving sections and
properties at the front. It has been a great confirmation of what I find in
many old buildings of San Francisco. The bolt and rivet sizes and strengths
are interesting

Bethlehem Structural Shapes 1926 If it is not in the Carnegie it is here!

Statically Determinate Structures, Jack Benjamin, Copy of chapter 7: Shear
wall structures under lateral loads.
I have kept this for it develops the stiffness matrix for a set of shear
walls with a rotated principle axis.

Skylight and roof tables by Collier Smith (no date)

Carpentry and Joinery by Gilbert Townsend 1928
This book has accurately predicts stair and roof framing of churches and
mansions from the 1800's. Towers, Balconies, Trusses, wood joints to stone
and masonry. It warns of wood beams prying out of wall and destroying the
masonry wall and possible leading to collapse. It makes me wonder of the
warehouse wall provisions where instead of addressing the prying action we
are to increase the lateral design load.

Build Your Own Adobe, by Aller printed by Standford University 1946
This is the reference as to how the 1950's adobe ranch home was built.
Concrete reinforced caps are shown to bear the roof framing. Porch columns
were to be of reinforced concrete with a brick face.

The Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Company of Chicago Ill. 1897
Here is an example of a promotional handout as a bounded book. 12-page size
Photos are of time exposures. Floating sludge in the Chicago River is seen
as blurry. They comment on the importance that the channel was unobstructed
by the bridge. Horse stuff is seen on the street and missing in the lifted
position. The photos show structural detailing. These bridges were presented
as a safe, rigid and efficient alternative. They were not exactly lovely,
unless one is structurally minded.

David Merrick, SE


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