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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How to Create Stirrups for Lintels in an ICF Project

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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How to Install Electrical Wiring Into ICF Walls

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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Top 5 Ways to Ensure a Successful ICF Pour

For many, the concrete pour day is the most exciting day on an ICF jobsite. You’ve stacked your walls, everything is straight and plumb, and now it’s time for that sweet concrete. And that’s exactly how pump day should feel; fun and exciting, from beginning to end. Your wall is about to reach its full potential! But with great power comes great responsibility. Mistakes on pump day could cost you and your crew a lot of time and money. We at BuildBlock want your concrete pour to go as smooth as mud (pun!) so we’ve compiled a list of five

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BuildBlock FieldNotes – 006 ICF Safe Rooms

FieldNotes 006 ICF Safe Rooms

We’ve all seen what happens on the news when disaster strikes: shattered homes and lives after the tornado or hurricane, smoking ash after the wildfire, and collapsed rubble after the earthquake. Disasters happen when we least expect them,but are something we need to be prepared for. We wear seat belts and have airbags because we have car accidents.  Our buildings have smoke alarms and sprinkler systems because we have fire.  We keep weather radios and have radar to keep us aware of severe weather. The majority of residential homes in the US are built out of wood.  There is a better way

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BuildBlock Field Notes – 005 Transporting ICF Blocks

Manufacturing BuildBlock ICFs is the first part of the process. Today we will talk about how to make sure they arrive safely and ready for your project. When manufactured, the ICF blocks are closely inspected to ensure they meet strict quality standards. They are then interlocked together, stacked in bundles, and packaged for storage and transport. These ICF blocks are now ready for use in your project. All BuildBlock ICFs are sold in bundles. This makes it convenient to package and safely transport. Most all BuildBlock ICF bundles are packaged in 4-foot cubes. BuildBlock prefers to ship all products in

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BuildBlock Field Notes: Protect Your Block

Protect your block at all times. Doing things the right way will save yourself both time and money. BuildBlock’s Technical Director Dennis Micoff has advice on one of the critical steps when using ICFs for your footings and stem walls. Protect your block! Make sure the nubs are covered and cover the block cavity to keep debris and contamination out before you start stacking the next course. Additionally you can build your block up a additional course to keep everything higher off the ground and prevent damage to the interlocking nubs. What happens when things are damaged? In damaged sections,

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