1. First drawings based on the Ching reading and swell as the first assignment from my professor.


2. First actual floor plan,pending due to damage from scanner.


3. Post office elevation, first elevation i did most details except for the last column existing. I focused mainly on the arches because it was the most significant to me.

post office arches 2-page-001

4. This is the final assignment and it is based on the Brooklyn Historical Society, overall the assignment was to have 6 drawings two floor plans, sections, elevation. I focused too much onto my first plan which is shown on top left, i changed some of the measurements as well so the next floor plan was a bit of a challenge.  This was a fatal error but i was still abel to do my elevation, and section cut. My elevation and section cut had there details where it was most necessary because it shows that i know to the best of my ability what i am doing.

scan009     Second Floor-page-001   bt elev sem 2-page-001    bt sec sem 2.JPG.thumb

5. This sections are the notes I’ve accumulated from the Ching reading, half of these notes will be posted later time while the ones that i have will be posted bellow.



Something that ching also mentioned in his textbook would be the thermal insulation and vapor retarder. All of the residential houses have this type of frame. But they have different types of wood usually varies from the type of area. There are plate anchors swell that are buried in the ground to keep the structure stable.
There are different types of headers that are used for the wood as well, but depending on what of the frame is being constructed they sometimes have to put double headers or even triple headers.
Another thing that looks very similar to headers are blocking that are 2x. Used for nailing surfaces for ceilings. There are studs aswell.
A list of overall blocks that are used.
  1. Sole plate.
  2. Steel fitch Plate used for bolting down for double header.
  3. there are steel channel swell that are bolted through the framing.

The types of wood commonly used for houses/apartments/ or even giant structures varies. Sometimes they use the same method but not wood because taller buildings need something stronger then wood. Some example of the woods used are:

  1. Framing Lumber; Also can be known as structural wood mainly used for house framing, to be more precise i mean studs, headers, roof trusses and floor joist.
  2. Softwood is also used in some homes or structures, on (ecohome.net) it is considered Standard SPF(spruce-pine-fir).
  3. Cross-laminated wood is also useful in house framing witch i want to re elaborate that its basic meaning is wood stud framing.  But its usually used for residential area houses.
Now the types of Framing vary, there is ballon framing, a definition of ballon framing would be a frame for a building constructed of small members nailed together instead of heavy timbers joined by mortises and tenons.
Notes continue:
Materials and wood joints

Stiffness, elaticity.
  1. Elaticity is basically rubber balls and anything that can be found through a shoe lace tip.
  2. Burdel: type of material when it is broken it doesn’t show any evidence of deformation.(Quality)
  3. Material are combined to resist combustion. Aswell as if they did cause a fire the chemical that come out of the wood wouldn’t be all that great.
  4. Knots: hard nodes of wood that occur where branches join the trunk of a tree.
  5. Shakes are separations along the grain of a wood piece, usually between the annual ring.
  6. Different wood, yard lumber, factory and shop lumber, lumber is specified by species and grade.
  7. Types of yard lumber:        Boards; interior, sub flooring.
                                                Dimension Lumber; Joist planks and more.
  1. Reading a grademark:       Mill origin                                                                                                                Moisture Content                                                                                                    2×4 really means 1 1/2 and 3 1/2
  2. Woods contain moisture and when it dries out it turns into the dimension
  3. Wood panel example is ply wood, containing adjacent plus at right angles.
  4. Oriented strand board is comonly used for sheathing an as sulfuring. Made through bonding layers.


Notes continued:


  1. bricks vary in zise coler chiped,
Concrte Masonry
  1. Concrete blocks, Normal Weight Blocks, Light weight blocks.
  2. Sement, cocncrete.
  1. Stone is combined of minerals
  2. different stone, igneous, metamorphic, etc.
  3. All can be used for construction having qualities like strength and durablitlity, etc.
  4. ignious rock has pressure from molted magma and as well as crystilization.
  5. Metamorphic goes through more pressure and heat. Some examples are marble and slate.
Rest of the notes are on notebook later to be brought up.


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