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Habitat for Humanity, how to build a house
Haun, Larry.
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Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, [2002]

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282 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
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TH4815 .H38 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TH4815 .H38 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
TH4815 .H38 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TH4815 .H38 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TH4815 .H38 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TH4815 .H38 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TH4815 .H38 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TH4815 .H38 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Since its founding in 1976, the non-profit Habitat for Humanity International has built more than 255,000 houses for more than one million people and families in need world wide. First published in 2002, Habitat for Humanity How to Build a House has helped thousands more build simple, energy-efficient homes of their own by helping guide them from foundation to roof, through all interior finishes and fixtures.

Written by long-time carpenter and Habitat volunteer, Larry Haun, this extensive revision features up-to-date information on residential codes, construction methods, and materials -- as well as an updated design inside and out. Haun also provides new sections on tools, siding, ventilation, and landscaping. With clear information on everything from obtaining a site and permit to finishing touches like installing door locks and cabinets, this is the best single-volume resource for the beginning homebuilder.

Author Notes

Larry Haun worked as a carpenter in southern California for four decades and builds houses for Habitat for Humanity. He is the author of The Very Efficient Carpenter and Homebuilding Basics: Carpentry

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Library Journal Review

Haun, an experienced carpenter and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, leads readers through the basics of home construction. Scattered throughout are inspirational real-life stories of home recipients. A more exhaustive tome on house construction is R.J. DeCristoforo's Housebuilding: A Do-It-Yourself Guide. Still, this is an approachable handbook. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vi
Introductionp. 2
Chapter 1 Getting Started: Site, Design, Permits, and Preparationp. 4
Step 1 Obtain a Sitep. 6
Step 2 Prepare the Sitep. 7
Step 3 Design the Housep. 9
Step 4 Secure the Building Permitsp. 11
Step 5 Get Organized to Buildp. 15
Chapter 2 Building Basics: Getting Acquainted with Tools and the Parts of a Housep. 22
Tool-Buying Tipsp. 22
Essential Hand Toolsp. 25
Tool Carriersp. 30
Power Toolsp. 32
The Parts of a Housep. 36
Chapter 3 Firm, Flat, Level, and Square: Foundations and Floorsp. 42
Know the Foundation Fundamentalsp. 42
Step 1 Form and Pour the Footingsp. 49
Step 2 Build the Foundation Wallsp. 50
Step 3 Backfill around the Foundationp. 52
Step 4 Attach the Sillsp. 53
Step 5 Build Midspan Support for Joistsp. 59
Step 6 Install the Joistsp. 63
Step 7 Install Extra Joists and Blockingp. 68
Step 8 Install the Floor Sheathingp. 71
Chapter 4 Going Up: Walls Create Spacep. 74
Step 1 Lay Out the Wallsp. 76
Step 2 Plate the Wallsp. 79
Step 3 Count and Cut the Headers, Rough Sills, Cripples, and Trimmersp. 82
Step 4 Mark the Platesp. 86
Step 5 Build the Wallsp. 92
Step 6 Raise the Wallsp. 100
Step 7 Plumb and Line the Wallsp. 105
Step 8 Install and Plumb Door and Window Trimmersp. 108
Step 9 Sheathe the Wallsp. 109
Chapter 5 Shelter: A Roof Overheadp. 112
Roof Trussesp. 112
Step 1 Prepare for Truss Arrival and Installationp. 116
Step 2 Install the Gable Trussp. 120
Step 3 Install the Remaining Trussesp. 123
Step 4 Secure the Trusses to the Interior Wallsp. 127
Step 5 Add Drywall Backingp. 129
Step 6 Install the Barge Rafters and the Fascia Boardsp. 129
Step 7 Sheathe the Roofp. 133
Step 8 Seal the Roof with Felt Paperp. 135
Step 9 Shingle the Roofp. 137
Chapter 6 Closing in: Windows, Doors, Siding, and Exterior Trimp. 146
Vinyl Sidingp. 148
Step 1 Install the Remaining Sheathing and the Rough Exterior Trimp. 150
Step 2 Install the Housewrap and Flash Openingsp. 153
Step 3 Set the Windows and Doorsp. 155
Step 4 Complete Ventilation and Electrical Workp. 158
Step 5 Install the Starter Strips and the Trim for Vinyl Sidingp. 159
Step 6 Install the Siding Panelsp. 165
Step 7 Finish the Soffitsp. 170
Step 8 Cover Exterior Trim with Aluminum Claddingp. 172
Chapter 7 Building an Outdoor Room: Basic Design for Porches, Decks, and Landingsp. 174
Design Ideas for Decks and Porchesp. 176
Step 1 Complete the Essential Roof Framingp. 176
Step 2 Install the Ledgerp. 178
Step 3 Install the Foundation and Floor Framingp. 181
Step 4 Frame the Stairsp. 182
Step 5 Install the Decking and Stair Treadsp. 187
Step 6 Install the Railingsp. 188
Chapter 8 Comfort Inside: Sealing, Insulating, and Ventilating a Housep. 192
Sweaters, Windbreakers, and Rain Gearp. 194
Step 1 Seal Penetrations in the Walls, Ceilings, and Floorsp. 195
Step 2 Insulate the Walls, Ceilings, and Floorsp. 199
Step 3 Install Vapor Barriers (if Necessary)p. 206
Step 4 Provide Adequate Ventilationp. 210
Chapter 9 The Walls Within: Drywall and Paintingp. 212
Step 1 Get Ready to Install Drywallp. 214
Step 2 Install the Ceiling Panelsp. 217
Step 3 Install the Wall Panelsp. 224
Step 4 Install the Corner Beadp. 226
Step 5 Mud, Tape, and Finish the Drywallp. 228
Step 6 Paint the Ceilings and Wallsp. 232
Step 7 Prepare and Paint the Interior Trimp. 235
Step 8 Paint the Exterior Siding and Trimp. 237
Chapter 10 Making a House Beautiful and Useful: Interior Trim, Cabinets, Countertops, and Closetsp. 240
Step 1 Install Underlayment for Vinyl Flooringp. 242
Step 2 Install the Interior Doorsp. 243
Step 3 Install the Window and Door Casingsp. 249
Step 4 Install the Cabinetsp. 254
Step 5 Install the Countertopsp. 258
Step 6 Install the Baseboard and Chair Railp. 260
Step 7 Trim Out the Closetsp. 264
Chapter 11 Final Details: From Locks to Smoke Detectorsp. 268
Step 1 Install the Hardware and Fixturesp. 268
Step 2 Select and Install the Finish Flooringp. 272
Step 3 Get to Know Electrical and Mechanical Systemsp. 275
Step 4 Prepare for the Worstp. 276
Resourcesp. 278
Indexp. 280