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BuildBlock Adds New Manufacturing in Texas

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BuildBlock Expands Manufacturing to Waxahachie, Texas   Oklahoma City, OK—BuildBlock Building Systems, manufacturer of BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs), is expanding its manufacturing presence in the United States in Waxahachie, Texas. This new location increases availability of ICFs and accessories for our customers and reduces shipping costs. “BuildBlock has had a long relationship with ICFs in Texas and we are proud to return manufacturing to the state. We are excited to expand our relationship with Lifoam Industries, A Subsidiary of Newell Brands in Texas. They are a great partner for BuildBlock and are centrally located in Texas to allow us

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Upcoming Fall 2019 ICF Training (Texas and California)

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Fall 2019 ICF Training in Texas and California BuildBlock has 4 training opportunities coming up in Texas and California. These in-person classes are taught by BuildBlock’s industry professionals with decades of ICF experience. Each training includes an informational classroom-style discussion on the use of ICFs in construction as well as a hands-on portion with ICFs, bracing, and accessories. Each training is from 8 AM – 4 PM and includes breakfast and lunch. See below for dates and locations. Classes fill up quickly so register today!  Texas Class: This class is sold out Waxahachie, TX | Monday, September 30Hampton Inn 2010

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How to Apply Stucco to ICF Walls

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In this video we explain how to apply stucco to an ICF wall that has been poured. Video Transcription So hi, I’m Micah Garrett with BuildBlock Building Systems and today we’re going to be talking about how stucco is applied to an ICF wall systems. Some of the basics of stucco is typically this is an EIFFs style stucco application. So that’s a synthetic stucco blend and it goes very easily right onto the surface of the actual block. Typically what’s done is your block is going to be rasped down and I’ve got a piece of sandpaper here which

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ICF Bucking Overview – BuildBuck

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In this video, we go over the many features and advantages of BuildBuck ICF bucking. Video Transcription Hi, my name is Micah Garrett with BuildBlock Building Systems today, we’re going to talk about our buck system. This is our buck system that’s designed to go with your ICF block. This system will encase Your block and allow you to have an attachment point for all your windows The beauty of this system is that it’s the same type of material as the rest of your ICF block and so when you’re trying to finish or attach windows to it, it’s

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Hilltop Project – Footing Construction

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In this episode of the Hilltop Project, the builders have finished excavating the build site and are ready to start constructing the forms for the footings. Video TranscriptionThe Morse family, the owner/builder of the Hilltop Project, is moving along nicely prepping the site for their future home. The site has been fully excavated and leveled, the ground is marked to show where the footings will go, and the builder has started to dig out these areas. After some delays due to rain, the builder has completed the dig and is now ready to build the forms for the footings. Due

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How to Repair a Damaged ICF Wall Section

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In this short video, DIY home-builder Chris shows you how he repaired a piece of ICF wall after it was damaged by wild animals. Video Transcription:  Here’s how to repair a rather fantastic hole that some wild dogs tore into the side of this building. Apparently, a small animal had gotten inside the wall and the dogs chewed this wall out to get to it. Now we’re lucky, you see, that the webs are in place. What I’ve done, we’ve cut another piece that matches it. I’ve chosen to take some that have webs in it so they embed in

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Home Builders Resource Expo: Rebuilding After a Wildfire

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See BuildBlock ICFs in person June 29th & 30th at Home Builders Resource Expo: Rebuilding After A Wildfire | Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, Chico, CA When rebuilding after a disaster, using BuildBlock ICFs gives you peace of mind for the future and delivers the many benefits of ICFs every day for you and your family. BuildBlock ICFs deliver superior energy performance and disaster resilience. Whether choosing comfort, extreme energy-efficiency, enhanced disaster resilience, ease of construction, quietness, or superior air quality you get every benefit no matter what.  Visit BuildBlock in person and discuss design, building, benefits, and engineering at the summit. Show information:  Learn

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How to Create Stirrups for Lintels in an ICF Project

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Creating the right type of stirrups to use in lintels above doors, windows, and other large openings is an essential step for success in your project. Join Chris, a DIY ICF owner/builder as he explains how to measure, cut, and bend rebar C stirrups. Video Transcription So today we’re making C stirrups for the lentils over the doors and windows. Now, I didn’t have a chance to get all my engineering done before I ordered them; I ordered all the C stirrups pre-bent for my decking on the floor but for all the windows and doors, it’s gonna vary a

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The Hilltop Project – Intro and Excavation

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Over the next year, we’ll be following the construction of the Hilltop Project. This is the first in a series of dozens of videos for this project. In this video, we follow some DIY home-builders as they clear and mark the area for their future ICF home. Video Transcription: Over the next few months, BuildBlock will be following the Morse family as they construct their ICF home, The Hilltop Project. We’re going to start where every story should, at the beginning. The Morses are a typical, suburban family that wanted to trade shopping malls for barnyard stalls and move out

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How to Install Electrical Wiring Into ICF Walls

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Join BuildBlock CTO Micah Garrett as he shows you a few quick and easy strategies for installing electrical wiring into ICF walls. Video Transcript: Hi, I’m Micah Garrett with BuildBlock Building Systems and today we’re going to show you how to mount electrical boxes. We’re going to go over some of the tools and show you some of the tips and tricks to make this a fast and easy install. First, you’re going to need some electrical boxes. You might want to use plastic boxes, one of the best styles to use is one with a flange on the side.

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