Construction Standards course

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Part 1

Module 1 – Flooring System

Learn how to preserve the structural integrity of an I-Joist and the potential failures of installation.

Module 2 – Bottom Sill Plates

Best practices for installing sill plates (or sole plates) and what to watch for to ensure proper bearing and sealing.

Module 3 – Top Plates

What to watch for on double sill plates and how to ensure structural integrity is maintained for load bearing walls.

Module 4 – Wall Studs

It’s not always 16″ OC or 24″ OC. Learn about types of lumber used in varying applications and why. 

Module 5 – Wall Intersection

Learn how to minimize drywall cracking and how to stabilize a load bearing corner while still allowing for insulation per code. See what to watch for on an interior wall intersection and how to brace and secure properly. 

Part 2

Module 6 – Balloon Framed Walls
Balloon framed walls often need a double check and fire blocking.
Module 7 – Degree Angles

Balloon framed walls often need a double check and fire blocking.

Module 8 – Hard Surface Flooring
Framing for hard surface flooring ensures a seamless installation and aesthetic appeal of hard surface floors.
Module 9 – Wall Openings
Interior and Exterior, 3 types of headers and why King studs are still king.
Module 10 – Beams
Learn why beams are engineered for span and how to preserve the integrity of one of the most important building components.
Module 11 – Stairs
Learn why 7 3/4 inches is critical. Risers, treads and runs rule this course.

Part 3

Module 12 – Wall Blocking
Learn what type, spacing and size blocking ensures stability and success for cabinets, plumbing, ladders and more.
Module 13 – Ceiling

Look up to rat runs, strongbacks, stiffbacks, ledger blocks and lookouts. We’ll show you why in this course.

Module 14 – HVAC System

From cats in the attic to mastic and straps. Find out their uses and how proper installation ensures more than hot air.

Module 15 – Drywall Backing
Backing or “dead wood” shows up as an MVP in this course to ensure a proper drywall installation
Module 16 – Plumbing
PRESSURE is the key to ensuring you pass your plumbing inspections. From Pex to copper, it’s all about the install. Avoid the prescription for drips with proper installation on the front end.

Part 4

Module 17 – Bottom Sill Plate

Best practices for installing sill plates (or sole plates) and what to watch for to ensure proper bearing and sealing. Best practices for installing sill plates (or sole plates) and what to watch for to ensure proper bearing and sealing.

Module 18 – Dryer Vent
Send that hot air outside and what to watch out for along the way.
Module 19 – Electrical
Think inside the box on this module and find out why inches matter and how all outlets are not created equal.
Module 20 – Fire Block / Draft Stop
Fire Blocks prevent fire from spreading but draft stops prevent smoke from infiltrating a room. Find out how and why this is a “Need to Know” course to stay compliant.
Module 21 – Fireplaces
Don’t get burned! Proper installation passes inspections the first time!

Part 5

Module 22 – HVAC
Follow the design guide for your registers and returns to ensure you get the green light on inspections. Here’s what to look out for.
Module 23 – Plumbing
Learn why the P trap is behind a wall only at the washer box and how to properly frame for plumbing walls and drains.
Module 24 – Subfloor
Glued and Screwed, or not, this is the segment that teaches proper installation of subfloor and what to watch out for along the way.
Module 25 – Top Plate
Why 50% of the size of the plate and 6″ is an important fact for you to know. Learn about mendings and sealing your top plate here.
Module 26 – Water Heater
Description: PPI in this case means to prep for proper installation! See how to set up your water heater install for success.

Part 6

Module 27 – Outlet Spacing
Outlet spacing is not a one-size-fits-all application. Find out the applicable spacing codes in this module.
Module 28 – Dryer Vent
Latitude and Longitude come into play in this module about inspecting your vent installation.
Module 29 – Wall Bracing
Wind bracing and Shear walls. Why size, installation and material are planned and engineered prior to installation.
Module 30 – Foundation and Support
Foundation, framing and columns all need infrastructure to perform as they were designed. Here’s why.
Module 31 – Wall Sheathing
Structural or non-structural, fasteners and installation are NOT a no-brainer. It’s engineered for success if you follow these guidelines.

Part 7

Module 32 – Wall Penetration
Just say NO to water or air penetration on your sheathing or exterior materials. Here’s how.
Module 33 – Flashing
Learn about AAMA standards (American Architectural Manufacturers Association) recommendations as well as best practices for flashing.
Module 34 – Siding and Trims
Siding and Trim installation includes proper flashing. What to look for and how to inspect what you expect.
Module 35 – Plumbing
Find out how to ensure your hose bib is properly installed prior to installing exterior brick, stucco or siding and see how to check the drains from the outside in.
Module 36 – Electrical
Learn about low voltage wiring and the proper way to run electrical throughout a structure, and how to ensure grounding and electrical box installation is to code.
Module 37 – Drainage
This is one time that you want a failure to be conspicuous! Find out why and examine your jobsite conditions all along the way.

Flooring Pre-Installation Preparation

Module 1 – Outside Inspection
Yes, you should start outside! Find out why it’s important.
Module 2 – Moisture Inspection
Regardless of climate, controlling moisture is key to an efficient and proper installation.
Module 3 – Floor Framing Inspection
Why 1/8″ matters when installing LVP or other hard surface floors. Create a successful environment first.
Module 4 – Shower Wall Framing Inspection
Inspect what you expect prior to a shower install. Here’s how to do a successful pre-install inspection.

Flooring Plank Installation

Module 1 – Solid Hardwood Plank
Solid hardwood floor plank installation that prevents squeaks starts here.
Module 2 – Engineered Hardwood Plank
See the difference. Engineered hardwood plank 101
Module 3 – Luxury Vinyl Plank
Luxury Vinyl VS Luxury Vinyl Plank. The differences are clear here.
Module 4 – LVP Installation
Start at the longest wall in the house and look for the joist direction to find installation success. Here’s how.

Carpet Installation

Module 1 – Seam Work
Seemingly seamless carpet installation. See why seams matter!
Module 2 – Padding and Tacking
Padding and tacking 101 because this step matters most.
Module 3 – Seam Cutting Techniques
Find your best practice for seam cutting here.
Module 4 – Power Stretching
Find your carpet installation super powers by using the right tools and find out why length is more important.
Module 5 – Walkthrough After Installation
3 Quick tips for checking your carpet installation.

Shower Tile Installation

Module 1 – Methods of Waterproofing
Waterproofing starts with a horizontal surface. Find out how, and what else to watch for here.
Module 2 – Tile Size and Layout Options
Learn about lippage and why you don’t stack tile on a half pattern. Best practices for a proper installation.
Module 3 – Tile Finishing and Caulking
Learn where you should NOT use grout in a tile installation and why. See why you may need a blunt.
Module 4 – Final Tile Result and Expectation
See why it’s okay to not achieve a 100% smooth joint on a manufactured tile that becomes a man-made tile while maintaining quality standards.
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