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Sitework-The first step when you build a house or an addition

When you build a house, clean and stable soil is essential to a foundation's ability to support its weight. If clay or muck is present, it must be removed or your house may settle.

This video is part of the building basics series. More below.
  • © Tobias Franoszek © Tobias Franoszek by Tobias on January 25, 2010 at 06:03PM
    Before the foundation can be poured, several important tasks must first be performed. The footer must be excavated and the rough utilites, such as electric, water, and gas, must be placed. The soil is treated for termites and ... More »
  • by Tobias on February 05, 2010 at 06:07PM
    Once the foundation is poured, it is time to build the exterior walls and roof. This shell must withstand forces such as strong wind. Concrete, steel, and wood are popular building materials that meet this requirement. ... More »
  • by kia on January 06, 2010 at 09:36PM
    Kia talks about important framing topics such as wood types, framing methods, and hardware used to prevent uplift. When you build a house, it needs to be structurally sound.

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  • © Tobias Franoszek © Tobias Franoszek by Tobias on February 08, 2010 at 07:16PM
    Kia explains how plumbing, electric and air is installed in a new house. Even a remodel or a building addition will require these systems.

    some post listing stuff here More »
  • by Tobias on January 26, 2010 at 09:42PM
    Kia shows techniques used to weatherize your home. Insulation, for example, slows the conduction of heat while house wrap helps stop the moisture in air from entering your home. Roofing products, such as roofing felt, flashing, ... More »
  • by Tobias on February 10, 2010 at 11:42PM
    The final phase of construction is exciting even though there is a lot to do. The plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems must be operational with their fixtures in place. Flooring and trim must be installed. On the ... More »
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tobias @
03:16PM on February 18, 2010
Obviously you know what you are talking about. But you are also a really cool chick on camera.
Tawnya Padgett @
03:22PM on February 10, 2010
I experienced first hand dealing with a site work company that didn't take the needed steps to test the property that I built my home on. It was only after the first pad was built that the inspector required me to have a soil boring test done. The test came back that there was muck present 5' below grade. So, out came the pad and more than 5' below at my expense along with the expense of the new pad being done. Great information Kia. Wish I would have known it 5 years ago.
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