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Home Building Methods
Course 7

About the course

An overview of the most common types of residential construction begins by comparing the differences between a crawl-space home and a full basement home. Post-and-beam construction is covered next including bracing issues. The flood-plain home is reviewed with emphasis on foundations that are designed to hold the home above floodwaters and to resist pressures from flowing water and debris. Pier-and-grade beam homes are often built on slopes or unstable soils. The piers connect the grade beams to stable soils or bedrock below. The techniques used to install and reinforce piers and grade beams are discussed as well as special access issues common for these homes. Block homes are covered including foundation and exterior walls. The lesson ends with a discussion of homes built over a slab and foundation system that was installed in a single monolithic concrete pour.

Course 7: Home Building Methods

  • Chapter 1: Crawl Space Home 2:41 (3.9 MB)
  • Chapter 2: Post and Beam Construction 2:04 (3.0 MB)
  • Chapter 3: Flood Plain Home 3:06 (5.3 MB)
  • Chapter 4: Pier and Grade Beam Construction 3:21 (5.5 MB)
  • Chapter 5: Block Home 7:53 (17.0 MB)
  • Chapter 6: Monolithic Pour Home 2:49 (3.9 MB)

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