Video: Installing Garage Doors on an ICF Wall

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  Video Transcript Hi, I’m Micah Garrett with BuildBlock Building Systems. One of the common questions we often get is how to finish a garage door. Today, we’re gonna take some time to walk you through a couple of different approaches for how you might finish and install a garage door. When installing a garage door, there are really four considerations you need to take into account. First, you need to think about your rough opening size and how you’re going to support and give attach points for your garage door and finishes. Second, it’s important to think about how

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Webinar: How to Build an ICF Swimming Pool

Webinar: How to Build an ICF Swimming Pool Join us for this special class covering the fastest growing trend in ICF construction! Join BuildBlock Founder Mike Garrett for an overview of how to build ICF Pools. ICF pools are a fast and effective way to build a quality pool at a competitive rate. We’ll cover many technical do’s and don’ts of building an ICF pool and be available to answer your questions. This webinar will be held Thursday, July 9th from 10 AM – 11 AM. This will be a GoToMeeting webinar. Attendees will be sent log-in information prior to

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How to Build an ICF Pool (30 steps)

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We’ve recently updated our 25 Steps to Building an ICF Pool training course to include extra steps and considerations. Visit our training site to take the full course which is easily completed in one sitting. This abbreviated course will give you an overview of the basic steps to building a simple BuildBlock ICF Pool. This course is an excellent place to start for beginners with an interest in concrete construction and efficient swimming pools. This course is provided for free but does require registration. As always, the BuildBlock team is working diligently to provide the tools and resources you need

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BuildBlock to hold ICF training on Earth Day in New Braunfels, TX!

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BuildBlock is looking forward to celebrating the most energy-efficient, disaster-resilient, and sustainable construction method available (ICFs) on Earth Day!  Join us for a full day of ICF training in New Braunfels, Texas! This class 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. We are pleased to welcome guest speaker Hollie Scott Sanchez, owner of Studio S Architekts, who is an architect with ICF experience. Training is on April 22, 2020, from 8 AM – 4 PM and includes breakfast and lunch. Paying students will also

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Join us at our 2020 Trade Shows!

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BuildBlock is excited to once again be represented at these 2020 trade shows; World of Concrete and the International Builders Show. Both will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. We will have samples of our extensive product line on display, as well as informational literature and demonstrations. Members of the BuildBlock team will be available to answer any questions and set you on the path to a successful build that is quicker, cleaner, stronger, and more efficient. Learn more about ICFs and see for yourself why BuildBlock is the premier building material for new construction. NAHB International Builder Show  

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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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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

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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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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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