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In 2010, James Gillett/ECS published the first edition of "Earthquake Retrofitting: The Book", a valuable resource for Builders, Buyers, Inspectors, Realtors, Do-It-Yourselfers, & Homeowners (ISBN 978-1-4507-1039-8)


Pictures by J. Gillett
Circular Saws for finish and framing work Specialized Palm Nailers for advanced framing practice Checks, Splits, + Grain Orientation What to look for in tool requirements Deck and Parapet Tie Backs Foundation Caps: 'The Good, The Bad, and The Worst'

- 230 illustrated pages, based on 25 years of teaching seismic retrofitting. Read this book BEFORE you hire any termite or seismic retrofit company! Preview Ch. 19 "Good Foundations" & Ch. 20 "Chimney Braces"

- Standard and advanced retrofitting techniques for builders with basic construction experience, derived from top-notch builders and exceptional engineers.

- Available for purchase at Amazon.com and A Great, Good Place for Books. Also available @ Building Education Center

Earthquake Construction Service
Residential and Commercial Seismic Retrofits
Jim Gillett: 1-800-369-1212

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