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Building Maintenance & Construction: Tools and Maintenance Tasks

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Clifford Rutherford

Copyright Year: 2018

Publisher: University of Hawaii Manoa

Language: English

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Reviewed by James Byrnes, Associate Professor, Johnson County Community College on 5/9/22

It is a good book, that often goes beyond the basic, but does not cover advanced competencies. More industrial and commercial applications would improve the text. read more

Reviewed by Duygu Kalan, Teaching Assistant, Colorado State University on 5/17/21

The book provides a comprehensive introduction to the construction tools and maintenance tasks. The interactive links given as part of the books make it easy to use while presenting many pictures and videos. Although the book is designed for... read more

Table of Contents

Part 1: Safety

  • 1.1 First Aid & Personal Protective Equipment
  • 1.2 Eye and Face Protection
  • 1.3 Hearing Protection
  • 1.4 Head Protection
  • 1.5 Hand Protection
  • 1.6 Respiratory Protection
  • 1.7 Foot Protection
  • 1.8 Tool & Shop Safety
  • 1.9 Ladder Safety & Fall Protection

Part 2: Hand & Power Tools

  • 2.1 Tool Choices and Applications
  • 2.2 Measuring, Marking, Leveling & Layout Tools
  • 2.3 Nails, Hammers & Pneumatic Nailers
  • 2.4 Threaded Fasteners, Drivers, Pliers & Wrenches
  • 2.5 Saws
  • 2.6 Drills & Accessories
  • 2.7 Grinders, Sanders, & Accessories

Part 3: Mathematics for Maintenance Techs

  • 3.1 Required Math Concepts
  • 3.2 Ohm's Law, Joules Law, and Series/Parallel Formulas

Part 4: Plumbing Systems

  • 4.1 Piping & Fittings
  • 4.2 Domestic Water Service
  • 4.3 Drain, Waste, and Vent (DMV)
  • 4.4 Valves & Prevention Devices
  • 4.5 Faucets, Fixtures, & Fixture Drains
  • 4.6 Plumbing for Appliances
  • 4.7 Water Heating

Part 5: Electrical Systems

  • 5.1 Electrical Safety
  • 5.2 Electrical Tools & Testing Equipment
  • 5.3 Electrical Terminology & Lighting
  • 5.4 Conduit, Boxes, & Wiring
  • 5.5 Fuses & Breakers
  • 5.6 Receptacle & Switch Wiring
  • 5.7 Outdoor Wiring Considerations

Part 6: Maintenance Management Systems

  • 6.1 Maintenance Categories
  • 6.2 Work Order Process
  • 6.3 Parts and Material Resources

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  • About the Book

    Building Maintenance & Construction: Tools and Maintenance Tasks introduces and develops knowledge of basic building maintenance tools and materials, applied skills and techniques, industry health and safety standards, and preventive maintenance and troubleshooting practices required by employers for entry-level positions in the building trades and facilities maintenance fields.

    About the Contributors


    Clifford “Cliff” Rutherford has 35+ years of journey-level residential and commercial construction, mechanical trades and facilities engineering experience. Prior to 2006, Cliff’s mechanical and construction experience was gained working in Texas as a machinist, HVACR installation and repair technician, hydraulic/pneumatic equipment mechanic/operator/trainer, apartment and resort facilities head engineer, and private builder/contractor specializing in design-build projects for commercial applications. Moving to Hawai`i in 2006, Cliff worked for a Maui home builder and mechanical contractor specializing in residential construction, commercial plumbing and mechanical trades.

    Cliff has earned and maintains several industry credentials. These include but are not limited to: Career and Technical Education (CTE) teaching certificates; National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) Residential Construction certification for instructors, Certified Green Professional (CGP), and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designations; International Facility Management Association’s (IFMAs) Sustainable Facility Professional (SFP) designation; Northwest Energy Efficiency Council’s Building Operator Certificate (BOC) 1 & 2 Instructor certification; National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Solar Thermal Water Train-the-Trainer and ESCO EPA-608 Instructor/Proctor.

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