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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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series Released

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The BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series BuildBlock recently released the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series, a 20 part video series that documents and explains the ICF building process from start to finish. Whether you have experience building with ICFs, have done some research, but don’t know where to start, or are still unsure about the benefits of ICFs and process of constructing with Insulating Concrete Forms, this is the series for you! What’s Inside? BuildBlock prides itself on quality education. Making the move to ICF is a smart decision and we want anyone who installs our products to be equipped

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Trades and Finishes

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Trades and Finishes Welcome to the final video in the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series, Trades and Finishes. This video series is intended to be an educational walk through of the ICF building process. From the early planning phases to pouring concrete and finishing walls, this series will provide the basic knowledge you need to have a successful BuildBlock ICF build.   In video number 19 we discuss block attachment points as well as the different needs during the rest of the construction process. We also identify different types of exterior and interior finishes. The videos in this series are produced

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: ICF Plumbing, Electrical, and Mechanical Installation

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ICF Plumbing, Electrical, and Mechanical Installation Welcome to the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: ICF Plumbing, Electrical, and Mechanical Installation. This 20 part video series is intended to be an educational walk through of the ICF building process. From the early planning phases to pouring concrete and finishing walls, this series will provide the basic knowledge you need to have a successful BuildBlock ICF build. In video number 18 we explain how to locate ICF attachment points even after they are covered. We also take a look at how to create chases for mechanical, plumbing, and electrical installation. The videos in this

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Waterproofing and Backfilling

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Waterproofing and Backfilling Welcome to the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Waterproofing and Backfilling. This 20 part video series is intended to be an educational walk through of the ICF building process. From the early planning phases to pouring concrete and finishing walls, this series will provide the basic knowledge you need to have a successful BuildBlock ICF build. In video number 17 we help you understand the importance or proper waterproofing as well as the challenges associated with backfilling against an ICF wall. The videos in this series are produced as a companion to the BuildBlock Installation and Technical Manuals

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Post Pour Concrete Inspection

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Post Pour Concrete Inspection Welcome to the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Post Pour Concrete Inspection. This 20 part video series is intended to be an educational walk through of the ICF building process. From the early planning phases to pouring concrete and finishing walls, this series will provide the basic knowledge you need to have a successful BuildBlock ICF build.   In video number 16 we explain how concrete cures and provide helpful tips as you prepare for the next steps of your project. The videos in this series are produced as a companion to the BuildBlock Installation and Technical

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BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Concrete Consolidation

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Concrete Consolidation Welcome to the BuildBlock ICF Installer Training Series: Concrete Consolidation. This 20 part video series is intended to be an educational walk through of the ICF building process. From the early planning phases to pouring concrete and finishing walls, this series will provide the basic knowledge you need to have a successful BuildBlock ICF build.   In video number 15 we review the importance of consolidating concrete and the dangers of over vibration. The videos in this series are produced as a companion to the BuildBlock Installation and Technical Manuals available for free download on the Publications Page or for

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