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The Pocket Ref: Everything You'll Ever Need

2020-03-27 9 min read My stuff Teknikal_Domain Unable to load comment count

This little book is just… too packed with pretty much any form of general information that you’d ever need. I mean even the table of contents is just a table of sections, each section has their own giant TOC. So, what exactly is in this thing?

Note: there’s also a similar version that’s less portable, called the desk ref. And it has even more information.

Also, just.. look at this thing, the font size is just minuscule. I zoomed in for the two shots you see, the actual dimensions of this thing are around 6.5” high, 3.75” wide, and 1” thick. It’s, well, meant to fit inside a shirt pocket. If you’re a fan of MythBusters, in one of the behind the scenes episodes (Shop ‘Till You Drop), Adam Savage said he always carries one around and that a number of people have asked him about that “little black book.”

So, what’s in this thing? Well, here’s a full TOC:

  • Air and Gasses
    • Composition of Air
    • Physical Properties of Air
    • Densities of Gasses
    • Standard Atmosphere Definition
    • General Gas Laws & Formulas
    • Density of Moist Air
    • Elevation vs. Air & Water Properties
    • Dry Air Specific Heat & Sound Velocity at 1 Atmosphere for Various Temperatures
    • Dry Air Specific Heat at 20°C Constant Temperature and Various Pressures
    • Explosive Limits of Gasses and Vapors
    • Air Pollution Safe Limits
  • Automotive
    • Miles per Gallon Fuel Chart
    • Vehicle Miles Traveled Chart
    • Vehicle Hours to Travel a Distance Chart
    • Antifreeze Table
    • Spark Plug Torque
    • Lead-Acid Battery Specific Gravity/Charge
    • Oil Viscosity vs. Temperature
    • Auto Headlight Warning
    • Automotive Trailer Wiring
    • Automotive Electric Wiring
    • Load Index vs. Load, P-metric & Euro Tires
    • Tire Size vs. Load Rating
    • Tire Manufacturer Codes
    • Tire Size Coding
    • Tire Speed Rating Symbols
    • Load Range vs. Ply Rating
    • Automotive Formulas
    • Automobile Stopping Distances
    • Railroad Stopping Distances
    • Speed vs. Skid Marks - Dry Conditions
    • Speed vs. Skid Marks - Wet Conditions
    • Estimated Speed Based on Skid Marks
    • Velocity Conversions Miles/Hour-Feet/Sec-Meters/Sec
  • Carpentry and Construction
    • Softwood Lumber Sizes
    • Softwood Lumber Grading
    • Hardwood Lumber Size and Grade
    • Wood Moisture contents- Plywood & Panel Grading
    • Wood Characteristics
    • Pressure Treated Lumber
    • Insulation Value of Materials
    • Maximum Floor Joist Spans
      • Douglas Fir - Larch Group
      • Hemlock - Fir Group
      • Spruce - Fir Group
      • Southern Pine Group
      • Redwood Group
    • Strength of Wood Beams
    • Wood Gluing Characteristics
    • Concrete
    • Mortar
    • Hand Signals for Hoist and Crane
  • Chemistry and Physics
    • Element Tables
    • Element Properties
    • Periodic Table of the Elements
    • pH of Common Acids
    • pH of Common Bases
    • pH Indicators
    • Elementary Particles
    • Radioisotope Half Lives
    • Uranium-238 Decay Series
    • Galvanic Series of Metals in Seawater
  • Computers
    • Megabytes and Kilobytes
    • Notes on ASCII, Alt Codes, and Unicode
    • Computer ASCII and Alt Codes
  • Constants - Physical, Chemical and Math
  • Electrical - Wire, Motors, Frames, Receptacles
    • Copper Wire Current Capacity (1 wire)
    • Copper Wire Current Capacity (3 wires)
    • Standard Lamp & Extension Cord Current Capacities
    • Aluminum Wire Amp Capacity (1 wire)
    • Aluminum Wire Amp Capacity (3 wires)
    • Current Adjustment for more than 3 Wires in a Cable
    • Copper Wire Resistance
    • Standard Copper Wire Specs
    • Wire Classes & Insulation
    • Standard Wire Color Codes
    • Wire Size vs. Voltage Drop
    • NEMA Electric Motor Frames
    • NEMA Electric Enclosure Types
    • CS Motor Wiring Specs
    • Average Electric Motor Specs
    • 3 Phase Electric Motor Specs
    • HP vs. Torque cs. RPM for Motors
    • World Electric and TV
    • World Electrical Connectors
    • NEMA Electric Connectors
    • World Telephone Connectors
  • Electronics
    • Resistor Color Codes
    • Resistor Standard Values (5% Class)
    • Telephone Wire Color Codes
    • Capacitor Color Codes
    • Color Codes for Ceramic Capacitors
    • Capacitor Standard Values
    • Pilot Lamp Specs
    • Fuses - Small Tube Type
    • Battery Characteristics
    • Batteries- Sizes & Capacities
    • RF Coil Winding Data
    • Wire Size vs. Number of Turns/Inch
    • Decibels vs. Voltage & Power Ratios
    • Formulas for Electricity
  • Fasteners
    • Bolts & Threads
      • Steel Bolt & Screw Grades, Types & Classes
      • Notes on Clamping Force & Bolt Torque
      • Bolt Head Styles Chart
      • Clamping Force & Bolt Torque - Carbon Steel Bolts
      • Effect of Anti-Seize Compounds, Lubricants, Platings, Coating, Torque Coefficients, and Stress Levels on Torque for Carbon Steel Bolts
      • Standard Dry Torque for Coarse-Threaded, Non-Ferrous and Stainless Steel Bolts
      • Unified Inch Screw Threads - Standard Screw Thread Series
      • Clearance Holes for Bolts & Screws - Inch Series
      • Clearance Holes for Bolts & Screws - Metric Series
      • Whitworth Bolt Torques
    • Nails
    • Screws
      • Approximate Hole Sizes for Wood Screws
      • Sheet Metal Screw Specs
      • Drive Styles
  • First Aid
    • Priorities
    • CPR
    • Heimlich Maneuver
    • Mouth to Mouth Breathing
    • Alcohol Poisoning
    • Bleeding
    • Bites
    • Broken Bones
    • Burns
    • Choking
    • Diabetic Emergencies
    • Electric Shock
    • Eye Injuries
    • Frostbite
    • Head and Spine Injuries
    • Heat Emergencies
    • Heart Attack
    • Hypothermia
    • Nose Injuries
    • Poisoning
    • Poison Control Centers
    • Puncture Wounds to the Torso
    • Seizures
    • Shock
    • Stroke
    • Small Animal Artificial Respiration & CPR
    • Blood Type Distribution in the USA
  • General Information 1
    • Holidays
    • Season & Clock Dates
    • Signs of the Zodiac
    • Flowers for each Month
    • Birthstones
    • Anniversary Names and Gifts
    • Proof Reading Marks
    • Plastic Recycling Symbols
    • Paper Seizures- English - Greek Alphabet
    • Phonetic Alphabet
    • International Morse Code - Semaphore Alphabet
    • Braille Alphabet
    • American Sign Language Alphabet and Numbers
    • “Ten” Radio Codes
    • Military Rank and Grades
    • Chili Pepper Hotness Scale
    • Bed Sizes
    • Clothing Sizes - USA vs. European
    • Consanguinity Table - Related Family Members
    • US Postal Postal Abbreviations & Capitals
    • Canada and Mexico Postal Abbreviations
    • US - State Populations in 2000 & 2009
    • US State Information, Flower, Bird, and Admit Date
    • Climate Data in U.C. Cities
    • Time Zones in the World
    • Time Zones: Canada, Alaska & Hawaii
    • Time Zones: U.S.A., Mexico & Caribbean
    • Geographic Centers of the US and Individual States
    • Social Security Numbers by Location
  • General Information 2 (Telephone Numbers & Airports)
    • North America Telephone Area Codes by Location
    • North America Telephone Area Codes by Area Code
    • World Wide Area Codes by Location
    • World Wide Area Codes by Area Code
    • Dialing Instructions for Countries
    • Airports in the USA with Elevation, Codes, City Populations, and Airport Name
    • Airline Two Letter Codes
    • Major World Airports & Elevations
    • Lost Credit Card Phone Numbers
    • Airline Toll Free Phone Numbers
    • Car Rental Toll Free Phone Numbers
    • Country Codes - 2 and 3 Letter
  • General Science
    • Temperature Conversions °F - °C
    • Sound Intensities
    • Permissible Noise Exposure
    • Perception of Changes in Sound
    • Body Weight vs. Height - Metropolitan Life Ins.
    • Body Mass Index - CDC, Atlanta GA
    • Physical Growth % - Boys
    • Physical Growth % - Girls
    • Life Expectancy Statistics
    • Firewood / Fuel Heat Comparisons
    • Electromagnetic Frequency Spectrum
    • Human Body Composition
    • Acceleration Due to Gravity
    • Sun and Planetary Data
    • Torino Asteroid Destruction Scale
    • Fuels and Combustion Temperatures
    • Flame or Material Color Combustion Temperature
    • Animal Names - Group, Make, Female and Baby
  • Geology
    • Mineral Tables
    • Element to Oxide Conversions
    • Minerals Sorted by Density
    • Minerals Sorted by Hardness
    • Distinct Color Minerals
    • Metal Content of Minerals
    • Gold, Solver & Diamond Classifications
    • Mineral Crystal System
    • Minor Elements in Sedimentary Rocks
    • Minor Elements in Igneous Rocks
    • Igneous Rock Classification
    • Igneous Rock Classes by Color
    • Sedimentary Rock Classes
    • Metamorphic Rock Classes
    • Geochemical Lower Detection Limits
    • Mohs Scale of Hardness
    • Particle Size Descriptions
    • Richter & Mercalli Earthquake Scales
    • Earthquakes - The Largest and Deadliest
    • Volcanic Explosive Index (VEI)
    • Core Drill Specs
    • Geologic Time Scale
  • Glue, Solvents, Paints and Finishes
    • Glue Types and Applications
    • Glue Hints and General Rules
    • Paints and Finishes
    • Solvents
    • The Universal Solvent
  • Math
    • Natural Trigonometric Functions - Angles In Degrees
    • Right Triangle Formulas
    • Oblique Triangle Formulas
    • Plane Figure Formulas
    • Solid Figure Formulas
    • Numeric Prefixes
    • Roman Numerals
    • Squares, Cubes, and Roots of Whole Numbers
    • Log, Log e, Circumference, & Circle Area
  • Mine, Mill, and Aggregate
    • Standard Sieve Sizes
    • Mineral Dressing Sizing Scale
    • Stockpile Volume and Weight
    • Material Dumping Angles
    • Rock Bulking Factors
    • Length of Conveyor Belt in a Roll
    • Conveyor Slope Angle Maximums
    • Conveyor Capacities
    • Conveyor Horsepower vs. Load
    • Jaw Crusher Horsepower vs. Tons/Hour
  • Money
    • Currency Exchange Rates
    • Simple Interest
    • Compound Interest
    • Discount Factors for Net Present Value
    • Numbered Days of the Year
    • Tip Table
  • Pipe and Fittings
    • Types of Copper Pipe and Tubing
    • Copper Pipe & Tubing Size & Weight
    • Types of Plastic Pipe
    • Plastic Pipe Size & Weight
    • Steel Pipe Formulas
    • Steel Pipe Notes
    • Steel Pipe Formulas
    • Pressure Ratings of Std Schedule 40 Steel Pipe
  • Pumps and Tanks
    • Commonly Available Pumps & Their Characteristics
      • Centrifugal
      • Rotary
      • Reciprocating
      • Special Purpose
    • Propane Tank Sizes
    • Horizontal Cylinder Fillage
  • Rope, Cable, Chain and Knots
    • Cable Clips For Wire Rope
    • Chain, Strength and Weight
    • Feet of Wire Rope on a Drum or Reel
    • Load Capacity Loss due to Line Angle
    • Synthetic & Natural Fiver Rope - Strength and Weight
    • Wire Rope - Strength and Weight
    • Knots and Bends
  • Steel and Metals
    • Standard Steel Sheet Gauges
    • Standard Wire Gauges
    • Weights of Cold Rolled Steel Sheet
    • Steel Plate Sizes
    • Weights of Galvanized Steel Sheet
    • Channel Steel
    • Angle Steel
    • Tee Steel
    • Round Bar Steel
    • Square Bar Steel
    • Hexagonal Bar Steel
    • Octagonal Bar Steel
    • Flat Steel
    • Square Steel Tubing
    • Rectangular Steel Tubing
    • Round Steel Tubing
    • Wrought Aluminum Tempering
    • Density & Melting Points of Metals, Alloys, and Elements
    • Hardness Number Conversions
    • Thermal Expansion Coefficients
    • Volume Thermal Expansion Coefficients
  • Surveying and Mapping
    • Percent Grade to Degrees
    • Stadia Formula
    • Stadia Table
    • Formulas to Create Stadia Table
    • Mapping Scales and Areas
    • Apparent Dip Table
    • Three Point Problem
    • Magnetic Declination Map
  • Tools
    • Drill Size, American Wire Gauge, & Fractions
    • American National Taps and Dies QuickRef
    • Metric Taps and Dies QuickRef
    • British Taps and Dies
    • British Association Standard Thread
    • American Standard Taper Pipe Thread
    • American Standard Straight Pipe Thread
    • Drill and Cutting Lubricants
    • Drilling Speed vs. Material
    • Fire Extinguishers
    • Sandpaper and Abrasives
    • Saws
    • Power Circular Handsaws
    • Saber Saws
    • Capacities of Hydraulic Rams in Tons
    • Tons of Force Required to Punch Metals
    • Air Receiver Capacities
    • Air Line Pope Size Recommendations
    • Compressed Air Requirements for Common Tools and Equipment
    • Air Discharge from Orifices
    • Air Hose Friction & Pressure Loss in 50’ Hose
    • Air Discharge through 100 Feet of Hose
    • Pressure Loss Due to Friction in 100 Feet of Air Hose
  • Water
    • Boiling Point of Water at Various Altitudes
    • Vapor Pressure of Water
    • Steam Table
    • Water Pollution
    • Water Hardness
    • Water Discharge through 100 Feet of Hose
    • Pressure Loss Due to Friction in 100 Feet of Water Hose
    • Theoretical Discharge from Nozzles for Water
    • Horizontal Pipe Discharge
    • Vertical Pipe Discharge
    • Weir Discharge Volumes
    • Water Data & Formulas
  • Weather and Weather Safety
    • Beaufort Wind Strength Scale
    • Fujita-Pearson Tornado Intensity Scale
    • Hurricane Intensity Scale
    • Wind Chill Factors
    • Heat - Humidity Factors
    • Dew Point Tables
    • Ice Thickness Safety
    • Cold Water Survival Time
    • Weather Map Symbols
    • Cloud Types
  • Weights and Properties of Materials
  • Welding
    • Gas Welding Rods
    • Welding Gasses
    • Hard and Soft Solder Alloys
    • Solder Flux
    • Tempering Color for Steel
    • SMAW Electrode Amperages
    • SMAW Electrodes - Carbon and Low-Alloy Steel
    • SMAW Electrodes - Low-Alloy Steel Only
    • SMAW Electrodes - Stainless Steel
    • Electrode Brand Conversion (Steel)
    • Welding Symbols
  • Conversion Tables
  • 14 Year Perpetual Calendar

Holy CRAP. And it’s also only about $10 on Amazon . So if you want to have the entire knowledge of the human race a comprehensive guide to almost any common piece of information that you’ll ever need, that’s quite a deal.

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