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The 2021 Version of the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat For Humanity CONSTRUCTION MANUAL is ready for you!!

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As usual, ALL changes are denoted by the usual change indicator (‘|’) in the left margin and the changed or added text in RED. A summary of a few of the changes are highlighted below (not a complete list so be sure to check out all the chapters for the all the changes for this year):

  • General changes:
    • Eliminated the WORKSHEET tab in the on-site binder. These were duplicates of what was already in the chapter. The affected chapters have been changed so the “worksheet” is now enlarged and on its own page with a blank page on the back side so you can remove the page to put on a clip board as needed (just like you did with the documents that were in the WORKSHEETS tab).
    • We are trying to get away from “brand name” references (i.e. Paslode, Weathermate, Kleenex, etc.,) so note the following changes:
      • Caulk references in the construction manual will be as follows:
        • Air Sealing Caulk
        • Finish Caulk
        • Radon Caulk
      • Tape references in the construction manual will be as follows:
        • Air Sealing tape
        • Flashing tape
        • HVAC tape
      • Paslode references:
        • Paslode nail gun references changed to “Framing Nailer” or “Finish Nailer”
        • Paslode nails references changed to “collated nails”
      • Chapter highlights:
        • Chapter 3:
          • Wall Layout-on the deck simplification
          • Added a section on how to determine wall plate lengths
        • Chapter 5:
          • Basement framing clarifications
        • Chapter 7:
          • Several updates regarding gable end truss preperation
        • Chapter 9:
          • Many window changes, the main one being a procedure added for using Flashing tape to protect the Sill if sill pans are not available
          • Several exterior door updates
        • Chapter 10:
          • Several blocking changes and clarifications
        • Chapter 11:
          • Siding Prep changes
        • Chapter 18:
          • Several interior door updates
          • Sliding door section simplified

Note:   Garages will continue to be the norm and there will be no more picnic tables starting in 2021

Reminders (from last year’s miscellaneous changes):

  • Chalk line color sequence change from Blue 1st, and red to correct or override. We will now start with RED and use Blue to correct/override. The Main reason for this is that RED shows better and is longer lasting AND red will show up better on blue foamboard when doing siding, etc.
  • Paslode nail guns depth adjustments. Please be sure to check and adjust nail gun depth adjustments when nailing OSB sheathing or decking. If you can’t see the nail head it is driven too deep and the holding power is sacrificed. Ideal depth of nail is just below the surface of the sheathing/decking
  • Sheetrocking-new(er) 18v screw guns depth adjustment. Similar to the paslode note above please be sure to verify the depth adjustment before your volunteer crews begin to use them. Remember that screws set TOO DEEP are just as bad as those protruding from the surface!

Below is a short description of Quick Reference & Quality Point Guides 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.

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Habitat for Humanity – Greater Fox Cities Construction Manual

  • View/print by chapter using the “View Chapter” and “Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide” links below
  • View/print as a single document:
    • Construction Manual – click here
    • Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide – click here

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

Chapter 4

Components and Stairs | View Chapter

4.1 Cutting Component Pieces
4.2 Assembling Exterior Wall Components Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
4.3 Assembling Main Floor Interior Wall Components Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
4.4 Assembling Basement Wall Components
4.5 Building Stairs

Chapter 5

Build Main Floor 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 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 Starter 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 Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide

Chapter 10

Vents, Baffle Guard 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
12.4 Installing Insulation in Wall Cavities
12.5 Installing Poly Vapor Barrier Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide

Chapter 13

Ceiling Sheetrock | View Chapter

13.1 Preparation
13.2 Planning
13.3 General Installation Rules
13.4 Ceiling Sheetrock Layout Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
13.5 Installing Ceiling Sheetrock
13.6 Assembling Scuttle Box Cover
13.7 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 and Painting Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
15.3 Staining
15.4 Clean-Up
15.5 Preparation for Next Build Day

Chapter 16

Subfloor, Dricore and Finish Stairs | View Chapter

16.1 Installing Subfloor
16.2 Installing 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

Final Finish Work | 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 Shed Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
22.5 Finishing Shed 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 Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
24.2 Assembling Picnic Table Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
24.3 Finishing Touch Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide
24.4 Materials Sheet Quick Reference | Quality Points Guide

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