An accessible and impressive manual on building systems, useful for beginners or those charged with teaching them.

FUNDAMENTALS OF BUILDING COMPONENTS AND SYSTEMS

A debut guide aimed at community managers focuses on property maintenance. 

According to Rudnev, residential communities, and the technology within them, are becoming increasingly complex. As a result, there’s a demand for an exhaustive synopsis of the basic elements of physical property maintenance that’s not just useful for current community managers, but will also aid “those who are aspiring to enter the industry.” Apparently, there’s a particular demand for an introductory treatment of HVAC systems and elevators that’s not bogged down in overly technical jargon, something the author provides. The book is split into 10 chapters, each one devoted to an area of responsibility for a manager: domestic plumbing, fire sprinklers, trash chutes, and landscape maintenance are among the items covered. Rudnev furnishes both illustrative photographs and graphs, tools that are particularly helpful when the subject, like “Building Electrical Supply,” is a technologically difficult one. For the most part, the author doesn’t presuppose his readers have any knowledge of the topic; in the chapter on electrical supply, for example, he provides a definition of switches. Rudnev’s primary intent is not to deliver a how-to instructional manual—the reader will learn the basic components of a traction elevator but not how to repair it (though he does give detailed instructions on how to use an elevator key). In this brief but comprehensive volume, Rudnev’s prose is unfailingly lucid—there isn’t a single line in the entire work that demands effortful interpretation. He has a teacher’s facility for patiently parsing the complex into its constituent parts—even the completely untutored novice should understand the more challenging sections, like the one describing the typical electrical system. Of course, the fundamental nature of the work likely won’t be very attractive to seasoned veterans like the author. But the book could be a valuable guide to those tasked with hiring community managers—there’s a lengthy discussion of the typical landscape maintenance contract, for example, that covers the basic responsibilities of anyone in charge. 

An accessible and impressive manual on building systems, useful for beginners or those charged with teaching them. 

Pub Date: May 22, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5246-6056-7

Page Count: 150

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Review Posted Online: June 14, 2017

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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