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Construction Manual

Whether you’re swinging a hammer at a new home build, rehab or home repair site, we’ve got a Habitat way to guide you through the process.

Construction Manual

Welcome to the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity Construction Manual. This manual was written and is revised twice a year by our construction department and dedicated team of Senior Crew volunteers who make this documentation possible.

THE 2017.1 VERSION IS NOW AVAILABLE! (7/18)

The mid-year 2017 construction manual updates are now available. There were about 25 minor changes made to the following chapters (Frontmatter/index, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17). As always the changes are indicated by a ‘|’ in the left hand margin and the changed text in RED print. The changes focused on corrections and minor clarifications.

If you have a printed copy of the manual you only need to reprint the chapters listed above or if you want save paper, since the changes are so minor, you could easily write in the changes to your existing copy. Onsite copies will be the updated version starting with #13 build in Neenah and all those that follow for the remainder of this build season.

Questions? Concerns? Suggestions?
Contact Kevin Gostomski, Construction Supervisor at [email protected]  or  (920) 205-1051.

 

Introduction

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Cover page
Table of Contents
Glossary of Terms

Chapter 1

Beam and Sill Plates | View Chapter

1.1 Establishing Square Sill Plate Chalk Lines
1.2 Installing Treated Sill Plates
1.3 Installing Laminate Beam Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide

Chapter 2

Cap Foundation | View Chapter

2.1 Installing I-Joists And Sillbox Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
2.2 Framing Stair Opening
2.3 Installing Foamboard In Sillbox
2.4 Installing Floor Sheathing (Decking)
2.5 Basement Preparation

Chapter 3

Wall Layout | View Chapter

3.1 Laying Out Exterior Walls  Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
3.2 Cutting Exterior Wall Plates Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
3.3 Marking Window And Door Locations On Exterior Wall Plates Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
3.4 Marking Studs On Exterior Wall Plates Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
3.5 Laying Out Interior Walls Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
3.6 Cutting Interior Wall Plates Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
3.7 Marking Door Locations On Interior Wall Plates Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
3.8 Marking Studs on Interior Wall Plates Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide

Chapter 4

Components and Stairs | View Chapter

4.1 Building Window and Door Components
-Building Exterior Window Door Components – Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
-Building Interior Door Components – Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
4.2 Building Stairs

Chapter 5

Build Walls | View Chapter

5.1 Framing Exterior Walls Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
5.2 Squaring Exterior Long Walls Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
5.3 Sheathing Exterior Long Walls Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
5.4 Erecting Exterior Long Walls Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
5.5 Sheathing & Erecting Short Walls Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
5.6 Completing Exterior Walls Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
5.7 Straightening Exterior Walls Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
5.8 Framing Interior Walls Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
5.9 Erecting Interior Walls Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
5.10 Installing Top Plates Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide

Chapter 6

Porch, Stairway and Basement Walls | View Chapter

6.1 Framing Porch
6.2 Framing Basement Walls
6.3 Cutting Angle Stairway Wall
6.4 Framing Stairway Closet Platform

Chapter 7

Roof Framing | View Chapter

7.1 Roofing Prep Work
7.2 Installing Roof Trusses
7.3 Installing Porch Trusses
7.4 Sheathing Roof
7.5 Installing Sub-Fascia
7.6 Building and Installing Scuttle Box
7.7 Installing Laterals and X-Bracing
7.8 Installing Truss Timer Screws and L-Clips

Chapter 8

Roofing | View Chapter

8.1 Installing Gutter Apron
8.2 Installing Ice and Water Shield
8.3 Installing Roofing Felt
8.4 Installing Drip Edge
8.5 Installing Started Strip
8.6 Installing Shingles
8.7 Installing Ridge Vent
8.8 Installing Cap Shingles

Chapter 9

Windows and Exterior Doors | View Chapter

9.1 Installing Windows Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
9.2 Installing Exterior House Doors Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
9.3 Installing Shed Door
9.4 Installing Egress Components

Chapter 10

Vents, Attic Scuttle and Blocking | View Chapter

10.1 Installing Bath Fan and End Cap
10.2 Installing Range Plenum and End Cap
10.3 Installing Proper Vents
10.4 Installing Wind Washing Baffle Guard
10.5 Installing Blocking

Chapter 11

Siding and Soffit | View Chapter

11.1 Siding Prep
11.2 Installing House Siding
11.3 Installing Shed Siding
11.4 Installing Soffit
11.5 Installing Fascia
11.6 Installing Shutters
11.7 Site Cleanup

Chapter 12

Air Sealing and Insulation | View Chapter

12.1 Building Science Facts
12.2 Preparation
12.3 Air Sealing
Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
12.4 Installing Insulation in Wall Cavities
12.5 Installing Poly Vapor Barrier

Chapter 13

Ceiling Sheetrock | View Chapter

13.1 Preparation
13.2 Planning
13.3 General Installation Rules
13.4 Installing Ceiling Sheetrock Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
13.5 Assembling Scuttle Box Cover
13.6 Finishing Scuttle Box Cover

Chapter 14

Wall Sheetrock | View Chapter

14.1 Preparation
14.2 Planning
14.3 General Installation Rules
14.4 Installing Wall Sheetrock Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
14.5 Finishing and Cleanup

Chapter 15

Painting | View Chapter

15.1 Preparation
15.2 Priming, Painting, and Staining Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
15.3 Clean-Up
15.4 Preparation for Next Build Day

Chapter 16

Underlayment and Finish Stairs | View Chapter

16.1 Installing Underlayment & DRIcore
16.2 Finishing Stairs

Chapter 17

Cabinets | View Chapter

17.1 Laying Out Kitchen Cabinet Upper Units
17.2 Installing Kitchen Cabinet Support Strips
17.3 Installing Kitchen Cabinet Upper Units
17.4 Installing Range Hood
17.5 Installing Kitchen Cabinet Floor Units
17.6 Kitchen Countertop Preparation
17.7 Installing Kitchen Countertop
17.8 Installing Bathroom Cabinets

Chapter 18

Interior Doors | View Chapter

18.1 Swinging Doors Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
18.2 Sliding Doors
18.3 Bifold Doors

Chapter 19

Interior Finish Work | View Chapter

19. 1 Installing Floor Trim
19.2 Installing Closet Shelves And Poles
19.3 Installing Bathroom Accessories
19.4 Hanging Mini-Blinds
19.5 Completing Caulking
19.6 Completing Air Sealing
19.7 Installing HVAC Vent Covers
19.8 Installing Scuttle Cover

Chapter 20

Exterior Finish Work | View Chapter

20.1 Installing Storm Doors
20.2 Installing Toe Kick Board
20.3 Installing Porch Rails
20.4 Installing House Numbers
20.5 Installing Mailbox
20.6 Air Sealing Exterior Penetrations

Chapter 21

Install Appliances and Clean House | View Chapter

21.1 Completing Punchlist
21.2 Cleaning House
21.3 Caulking Countertops
21.4 Installing Appliances
21.5 Installing HVAC Warm Air Vent Covers
21.6 Finishing Touches

Chapter 22

Shed Construction | View Chapter

22.1 Building Shed Floor Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
22.2 Building Shed Walls Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
22.3 Building Shed Roof Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
22.4 Assembling the Shed 
    Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
    Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide

Chapter 23

Garage Construction | View Chapter

23.1 Establishing Chalk Lines
23.2 Measuring and Cutting Wall Plates
23.3 Marking Window & Door Locations on Exterior Wall Plates
23.4 Marking Studs on Exterior Wall Plates
23.5 Erecting Garage Walls
23.6 Straightening Garage Walls
23.7 Installing Top Plates and Sheathing Walls

Chapter 24

Picnic Table Construction | View Chapter

24.1 Cutting Picnic Table Components
24.2 Assembling Picnic Table
24.3 Finishing Touch
24.4 Materials Sheet