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Handbook of Detailing

The Graphic Anatomy of Construction


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-9
  2. Ralph W. Liebing
    Pages 10-28
  3. Ralph W. Liebing
    Pages 29-41
  4. Ralph W. Liebing
    Pages 42-48
  5. Ralph W. Liebing
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    Pages 238-320
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  13. Ralph W. Liebing
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  14. Ralph W. Liebing
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  15. Back Matter
    Pages 372-424

About this book


This Handbook is not predicated on the exemplary rendering of details but on the best presentation of the information required for the respective purpose – whether at the construction site or the office. The author zeros in on frequent weaknesses in detailing and shows positive examples. He consciously does without modifying copies of actual details and offers examples and comments that can be adjusted to create the optimal effect for the circumstances of any project.

Ralph W. Liebing, RA, CSI, has been active in every phase of architectural practice from document production to contract administration, on-site observation and specifications writing. He served as a building code official, and has taught college level courses on architecture, construction, documentation, practice, and regulations. He is also the author of seven textbooks; a monograph, several magazines articles and is a website columnist for the Construction Specifications Institute (


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.HIXSON Architects, Engineers, InteriorsCincinnatiUSA

About the authors

Ralph W. Liebing, lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the Senior Specifications Architect at Hixson, Architects-Engineers-Interior Design. He studied at the University of Cincinnati and has taught at a number of universities. His specialized work includes publications and essays on architecture such as "Construction of Architecture" und "Architectural Working Drawings, 4th Ed." for John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Handbook of Detailing
  • Book Subtitle The Graphic Anatomy of Construction
  • Authors Ralph W. Liebing
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Vienna 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Vienna
  • eBook Packages Architecture and Design Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-211-99134-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-211-99135-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 424
  • Number of Illustrations 300 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Basics of Construction
    Graphic Design
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