For more than 50 years, and in several organizational forms, APA The Engineered Wood Association has provided technical leadership in the manufacture and use of structural wood composites. During this period, APA has published countless technical directives for a host of wood composites, including plywood, OSB, glue-laminated beams, laminated veneer lumber, and, most recently, wood I-joists. APA has now synthesized this wealth of information into a handy compendium. The APA Engineered Wood Handbook edited by Thomas G. Williamson, P.E. (McGraw-Hill, 2002; 800/722-4726, http://www.construction.com; $115) is a solid reference tool prepared by the Technical Services staff of APA.
I have to warn you, though: This chunk of a book is dry. How dry is it? Let's just say that within ten minutes of opening it, I thought the relative humidity in my office had dropped 60%! But in all fairness, no one purchasing this book is looking for an ocean of fun. The style will be familiar to anyone who has used APA product guides and...
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