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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 outlined below (not a complete list so be sure to check out all the chapters for the all the changes for this year):

  • General Changes
  • We continue to move away from “brand name” references (i.e., RotoZip, Paslode, Weathermate, etc.,) so note the following changes:
    • RotoZip replaced with spiral saw
    • Timber Lok replaced with Timber screws
    • Tapcons replaced with Concrete screws
    • Shims, spacer updates for simplification and consistency:
      • Shimming, shim or shims will now refer to using a combination of spacers and shims.   To simplify everything will be referred to as a “shim”.  The only spacer references remaining will be in non-shimming situations.
      • We use four kinds of shims:
        • flat wood shims (formerly wood spacers)
        • flat cardboard shims (formerly cardboard spacers)
        • flat metal shims (formerly metal spacers)
        • tapered shims (formerly shim or wood shims)
    • If a dimension is critical to describe the shim it will be included in the description above (e.g., 3″x5″ Flat wood shims)
  • Chapter Highlights (not a complete list):
  • Chapter 5:
    • Major clarifications on wall sheathing nailing patterns for OSB (both wind bracing and non-wind bracing)  panels and foamboard
  • Chapter 8:
    • Has been archived and no longer part of the Construction Manual  (to save paper when printed) (although still available under the ARCHIVED chapters section)
  • Chapter 10:
    • Several blocking updates
  • 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 12:
    • Several air sealing changes to ensure we are following local codes
  • Chapter 16:
    • Stair tread and riser installation changes
  • Chapter 17:
    • New cabinet installation sections for the Built-In and “barista” cabinet installs
  • Chapter 23:
    • Major upgrades to garage layout and framing

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 or (920) 205-1051.

View or Print Construction Manual

Safety Manual

Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity takes safety very seriously. It is our number one priority to keep all of our volunteers, contractors and staff out of harm’s way at all times.

This 2022 Safety Manual was written as a guideline to work safely on site. Common sense should be used at all times. If at any time you feel unsafe or that something isn’t right, stop what you are doing immediately and talk to a staff member or site leader.

Mission of this manual:

  • To create safety awareness and a safe working environment for all Habitat volunteers and staff.
  • Construction can be a hazardous activity. It is expected that the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity construction process will be completed without any accidents.

Construction Bid

Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity provides a wide range of housing solutions to low-income individuals and families in our area.

On average each year we complete 18 new construction and rehab homes in partnership with families through our Homebuyer program and around 50-60 projects in partnership with existing homeowners. Each year, we host a bid process for contractor and material supplier bids for the upcoming build season. For certified lead contractors, Fox Cities Habitat also has lead projects that are available for bidding.

Thank you for your consideration of our projects located in the Fox Cities. Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization created to provide affordable housing for low-income, hard-working families.

A Certificate of Insurance is required.

Commercial General Liability
Each Occurrence $1,000,000
Personal & Advertising Injury $1,000,000
General – Aggregate $1,000,000
Products – Aggregate $1,000,000
Fire Damage $50,000
Medical Expense $5,000

Auto Liability
Bodily Injury & Property Damage (combined single limit per accident $1,000,000

Workers’ Compensation & Employer’s Liability
EL Each Accident $100,000
EL Disease/Employee $500,000
EL Disease Policy Limit $100,000

Umbrella Liability
Each Occurrence $1,000,000
Aggregate $1,000,000
Self-Insured Retention $10,000

We will be accepting bids for all suppliers and sub-contractors beginning December 10, 2021.

Completed paperwork and bids should be submitted to Roger Roth, Director of Construction and Real Estate or Howie Fuerst, Construction Supervisor/Project Manager.

Bids can be sent by:

Mail: 921 Midway Road, Menasha, WI 54952

Email: or

Fax: Attn: Roger Roth or Howie Fuerst, 920-954-8390

Lead Project Bids

GFCA Habitat for Humanity, Inc., through a Lead Grant with DHS works with owners, certified contractors and community organizations to provide lead abatement services to qualified area homeowners. These are residential projects and consist of a variety of interior and exterior work. We regularly have residential lead projects available for bidding. If you are interested in providing an estimate please contact us for a current listing of available projects.

All companies that are credentialed with the State of Wisconsin Department of Health services to perform lead abatement work are encouraged to submit bids for available projects. GFCA Habitat for Humanity, Inc., has funding for construction companies and individuals that would like to secure training leading to certifications in lead abatement work.

For more information please contact Paul Draxler via email at or phone at 920-277-0227.

Auto Pay Form

Use the auto pay form to sign up or make changes to your mortgage or loan payments each month. Return the completed form, with signature, to the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity office.

Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity
921 Midway Road
Menasha, WI 54952

Homeowner Education

Habitat’s overall goal is to empower families to become knowledgeable and successful homeowners. As a part of Fox Cities Habitat’s sweat equity component, each partner family completes several required homeowner education classes. These classes are designed to prepare families for financial responsibilities of becoming homeowners, how to best maintain their homes and acclimate into their new neighborhoods. 

Classes and workshop are taught by Fox Cities Habitat staff and volunteer facilitators. Please note that total class time may vary depending on language needs and providing interpreters.

Education Checklist

Classes opportunities offered online:

H&HS E Cigs:
H&HS Fire:
H&HS Police:
H&HS Mental Wellness: 
Grass Class Lawn Visit:
Grass Class Classroom: 
Grass Class Kruegers:
Good Neighbor with Cues:
Construction Basics:

Homeowner Construction Basics 101

Construction Basics 101 equips newly approved homebuyers for their first day on a build site. This course is offered multiple times per year, and is a combination of classroom and hands-on learning.

The course covers a broad range of topics:

  • How a typical build day operates
  • Roles people play
  • How their house gets built
  • Hand and power tool usage
  • Safety
  • Terminology
  • Measuring basics

View the construction training course catalog.

If you have any questions on this training program, contact Construction Supervisor Kevin Gostomski at 920-205-1051 or via email at

Sweat Equity

Sweat equity is the unpaid labor invested by homeowner partners in building their own and other Fox Cities Habitat houses. This has been expanded to include homeowner workshops, community service, working at the Appleton ReStore and other work that may serve the Affiliate or improve homeowner skills. Sweat equity increases the personal stake of each family member in the home, fosters partnership with Fox Cities Habitat and is a key principle of Habitat in building partnerships across economic, racial and national divisions.

Each Fox Cities Habitat homeowner in our homebuyer program completes a minimum of 300-500 hours of sweat equity prior to purchasing and moving into their Habitat home. Families with one parent or adult are required to have a minimum of 300 hours of sweat equity. Families with two or more adults are required to complete 500 hours of sweat equity.

Volunteer Training

Senior Crew Volunteers

For our volunteers who sign up for Senior Crew AND commit to a regular schedule, we offer a range of training opportunities. The 101, 201 and 301 level courses are generally held during February/March of each year at our Education Center and Warehouse.

Each course has detailed training plans, goals, tools, materials, quality points and more to ensure a complete learning opportunity.

All 201 and 301 courses are held at our Warehouse for hands-on training on a 10′ x 16′ model house where trainees can install interior doors, windows, siding, soffit, insulation and sheetrock.

General Volunteers

For those that are not part of our Senior Crew, we offer on-site training every build day for all experience levels. The only requirement is the desire to learn and help our Habitat families build their future. Learn more about volunteering.