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From the Floor to the Roof
Course 6

About the course

This lesson provides a general overview of the construction process for a typical full-basement home from the ground up. With the foundation in place, this lesson begins with the placement of under-slab utilities such as plumbing and electrical lines. The process of pouring the slab is covered next including the placement of compactable fill, grading, pouring and finishing the concrete. Ground water issues are discussed next along with strategies used to control ground water and prevent it from entering the basement. Next, is construction of the basement bearing walls and installation of the foundation sill plates. The main floor joist system is installed with sheathing, walls are placed including exterior bearing walls, interior bearing walls, and interior partition walls. The roof system is placed next with bracing and sheathing. The structure is "dried in" with the placement of roofing felt and exterior doors and windows. The lesson concludes with an overview of the process of completing the home.

Course 6: From the Floor to the Roof

  • Chapter 1: Basement Floor Slab 6:29 (16.4 MB)
  • Chapter 2: Controlling Ground Water 4:10 (10.4 MB)
  • Chapter 3: Drying in the Structure 4:20 (14.1 MB)
  • Chapter 4: Completing the Structure 4:48 (12.7 MB)

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