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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.

Welcome to the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity Construction Manual. This manual was written and is revised annually by a VERY dedicated sub-team of our Senior Crew volunteers based on staff and volunteer feedback!

The 2018 Version of Habitat for Humanity – Great Fox Cities Area’s CONSTRUCTION MANUAL IS NOW AVAILABLE AND READY FOR YOU!!

As usual ALL changes are denoted by the usual change indicator (‘|’) in the left margin and the changed or added text in RED). The chapters with the most significant changes are listed below but you are encouraged to check out each of the updated chapters:
Chapter 3 – several updates and clarifications regarding wall layout
Chapter 5 – several updates regarding wall building – please note the FRONT wall of each house will be fully sheathed with OSB, then covered with ½” foamboard (hooray!!! Not more searching for missing porch railing or mail box blocking, even better we can now use those nice screws that come with the shutters instead of those frustrating plastic pin thingys!!
Chapter 9 – several minor changes regarding the “ins and outs” of door installations and not to be out done the “ups and downs” of window installations have also seen a few updates
Chapter 10 – the changes you have ALL been waiting for!!! Clarifications and additional blocking updates
Chapter 11 – There are always siding and soffit changes…this year is no exception
Chapter 17 – several cabinet updates that you will not be able to put down!!
Chapter 19 – Many miscellaneous trim updates that will answer all your questions about life!
Chapter 22 – Yes Virginia, there is a lot of red here but that’s what happens you just move stuff around to make things clearer and provide better flow😊

Below is a short description of the Quick Reference Guides and Quality Points documents and their intended use on the build site:
Quick Reference Guides (QR’s) are a one-page summary of steps for performing a specific task (e.g. Installing Interior Doors & Trim). QR’s are strictly a “what to do” guide or checklist and are designed for individuals who are comfortable and well versed in the task but just need a reminder of “what to do” (vs. “how to do it”).
Quality Points (QP’s) help volunteers by providing the expectations for each task as it is performed and completed. QP’s also function as a checklist to review before acknowledging the task is complete.

If you have any questions or concerns with the Construction Manual, please contact Kevin Gostomski, Construction Supervisor at KevinG@FoxCitiesHabitat.org or (920) 205-1051.

 

Introduction

Introduction

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 Full Height Interior Walls Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
5.10 Erecting Half-Height Interior Walls
5.11 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 Basement 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 Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
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 Installing Appliances
19.6 Installing Basement Stair Grip Strips
19.7 Completing Caulking
19.8 Completing Air Sealing
19.9 Installing HVAC Vent Covers
19.10 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 Installing HVAC Warm Air Vent Covers
21.4 Installing Clean Furnace Filters
21.5 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 
22.5 Finishing the Shed

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