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Construction Manual – UNDER CONSTRUCTION

2022 CONSTRUCTION MANUAL UPDATES IN PROGRESS, scheduled to be completed by 3/15

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:
    • 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 preparation
        • 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 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!

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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 2021 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: RogerR@foxcitieshabitat.org or HowieF@foxcitieshabitat.org

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

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: https://youtu.be/iK-MoCcCbQU
H&HS Fire: https://youtu.be/kziq6cLXsE8
H&HS Police: https://youtu.be/Z_Hx7IiYAcM
H&HS Mental Wellness: https://youtu.be/1fqpnlRc9Qw 
Grass Class Lawn Visit: https://youtu.be/FnfeYhP-zmU
Grass Class Classroom: https://youtu.be/iY5Q5TWCfoY 
Grass Class Kruegers: https://youtu.be/c4EIdRg-CEw
Good Neighbor with Cues: https://youtube.com/watch?v=f3KhYYmJh8c
Construction Basics: https://youtu.be/KyvelVDtDUY

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 KevinG@foxcitieshabitat.org.

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.