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August 2015

Grow Your Garden!

Despite being in a severe drought, there are numerous ways to continue gardening with water-wise methods.  We promote books that utilize native plants, succulents, and no mow lawns as alternatives while gearing up for the upcoming dry summer months. Visit our store and explore the variety of designs possible to continue your gardening passions!   

We have always carried a number of titles on water conservation methods and are actively researching for the best new and older titles.

We invite you to email, call, or stop by and let us know what it is YOU are looking for!  If we don't have the answer, we never hesitate to steer you to resources that will help you, even if it's our competitors! - George

What's New,  Titles for August 2015


Elements of Building

Elements of Building,
A Business Handbook for Residential Builders & Tradesmen

Most tradespeople know their craft, but relatively few know how to run a successful business. At a minimum, a lack of business training can lead to stressed relationships with clients, subcontractors, and suppliers. Even worse, poor business practices can lead to lawsuits, bankruptcy, even jail time. In his new book, The Elements of Building, professional builder Mark Kerson has compiled a collection of easy-to-understand business principles for contractors. The lessons, which vary in length from a few sentences to a few paragraphs, are based on his own experience and the valuable business articles and presentations that have helped him during his 30 years as a contractor...

California Construction Law, 2015 California Construction Law 2015 Edition

Builders, Architects, Engineers; the value of this new edition is beyond dollars. How much is an hour of your attorneys time? How do you value your restful sleep?

Available Now, March 2015

International Building Code, 2015

2015 International Building Code

For the majority of our customers (California architects and builders) this is "jumping the gun". But if you are working on projects that won't come to fruition for a couple of years,

Construction Log
Okay, It's not new, but you need a reminder that a job-site log is not only a good idea, it can also keep you, or get you, out of trouble!
Purchase two and we'll cover the shipping!

Construction & Maintenance Daily Log

Required construction site record keeping made easy. A daily journal for recording conditions and occurrences on the job site. Set-up with date, job name, work performed, problems-delays, subcontractor progress, extra work, equipment rented, weather conditions, materials purchased etc.

Click for Sample Page

The New Energy Code, Part 6 of the 2013 California Title 24 Code,
Became Effective July 1, 2014

Energy Code Ace, a new site developed by the California Statewide Codes & Standards Program to help you meet the requirements of Title 24, Part 6. Check out the "Forms Ace" tab which automatically generates a list of forms, identifies installation techniques, and provides the standards you need for your project.

2013 California Energy Code has an effective date of July 1, 2014. All new projects must now comply with the many changes which take a giant step towards true energy efficiency.


For a list of all the new California Code titles click

 The new Title 24 codes become mandatory January 1, 2014.
Purchase your new codes and references now and be prepared!
Your purchase includes automatic California supplements and errata through the 3 year code cycle.

For a list of all the new California Code titles click

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