Habitat for Humanity: How to Build a House (Revised & by Larry Haun

By Larry Haun

Because its founding in 1976, the non-profit Habitat for Humanity foreign has equipped greater than 255,000 homes for a couple of million humans and households in desire around the world. First released in 2002, "Habitat for Humanity tips on how to construct a home "has helped millions extra construct uncomplicated, energy-efficient houses in their personal via supporting consultant them from origin to roof, via all inside finishes and furnishings. Written through long-time wood worker and Habitat volunteer, Larry Haun, this wide revision positive factors up to date info on residential codes, building tools, and fabrics -- in addition to an up-to-date layout in and out. Haun additionally offers new sections on instruments, siding, air flow, and landscaping. With transparent details on every thing from acquiring a website and allow to completing touches like fitting door locks and cupboards, this can be the easiest single-volume source for the start homebuilder.

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When pulling nails with a wooden-handled hammer, hook the nail and push the hammer to one side and then the other, rather than straight back (see the photo at left). Otherwise, you could break the handle right at the hammer’s head. To pull nails with a metal-handled hammer, you can lever the hammer sideways or backward. To increase your leverage, put a block under the head of the hammer. 30 B U I L D I N G BAS I C S Once you’ve measured, it’s time to mark. A carpenter’s pencil and a lumber crayon, or keel, are the two most common marking tools you’ll need.

Thick, 4-ft. by 8-ft. sheets of tongueand-groove plywood or oriented strand board (OSB). Better sheets have their edges treated with paint to inhibit moisture absorption in wet weather. Materials matter. Builder’s felt, sometimes called tar paper, is rolled over the roof sheathing before asphalt shingles are installed. 42 B U I L D I N G BAS I C S Studs are the vertical wall members nailed to the plates, and they are typically spaced either 16 in. or 24 in. c. The standard, precut stud length in many parts of the country is 921 ⁄4 in.

It’s waterproof, too. A chalkline is also essential. The first chalkline I used was simply a string pulled through a solid chunk of chalk. Today’s chalklines come in cases or reels that hold both Nailing with a hammer NAILING WITH A HAMMER Drive nails with a fluid stroke, involving shoulder, arm, and wrist action. Wrap your thumb around the handle. The hammer face needs to strike the nail head flat. Driving nails is sort of like swinging a tennis racket. Your grip on the handle should be secure but relaxed, and the swing should involve your entire arm and wrist.

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