Q.: I'm continually frustrated by references in specifications to ASTM numbers without any clues to what they're about. We don't think we can afford to keep all the ASTM Books of Standards on hand. Is there any place where all the titles, at least, are listed?

A.: Each year the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) puts out one volume that is an index, in which standards are listed alphabetically by name and are also listed numerically. For the 1983 Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Volume 00.01 is the index. This is available for $18 for members, $21 for nonmembers from the American Society for Testing and Materials, 1916 Race Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103.

However, are you overlooking some information you already have in your office? The Reference Guide 1984 (the December 1983 issue of CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION magazine) contains a list (page 930) of most of the ASTM standards that appear in specifications on concrete construction. One-paragraph descriptions describe some of the most common standards. There are similar listings and descriptions of American Concrete Institute (ACI) standards in the same article.