THE JOURNAL OF LIGHT CONSTRUCTION offers a new book that is an invaluable jobsite tool. JLC's Field Guide to Residential Construction is designed as a quick reference with emphasis on visual presentation of critical construction details.

It has practical, first-hand, professional knowledge on building a sound structure and durable exterior shell. It contains professional details and proven techniques successfully applied by builders, remodelers, subcontractors, engineers, and architects who are setting the standards for quality residential building and remodeling.

The guide covers every stage of a building project from planning and design to inspection and troubleshooting. It features more than 440 detailed technical drawings and concise instructions on the principles and techniques of construction. The first volume covers foundations, roofing, framing, and exteriors. The second volume, which will cover electrical, plumbing, energy/ HVAC, and interiors/K&B, is due at the end of 2005. The guide costs $69.95 and can be purchased at the JLC Web site,