Top 19 DIY New Construction Courses Online

Framing Floors and Stairs with Larry Haun. How to Frame a Floor

Framing Floors and Stairs with Larry Haun. How to Frame a Floor

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Framing Floors and Stairs with Larry Haun. In Framing Floors & Stairs, Larry Haun and his brother Joe frame the floor of a basic 1,600-sq. ft. house.

They take you step by step through the entire process, showing you practical ways to organize tasks, streamline procedures and handle tools and materials efficiently.

Here's your chance to watch a framing master at work, and to become a better, more efficient carpenter yourself. Each section of the tape covers a specific topic in detail: sills joists posts and girders sheathing floors The companion book to this video is The Very Efficient Carpenter.

Larry Haun has been a production framer for almost 40 years and a teacher of apprentices for almost 25. He has honed his skills and techniques on hundreds of tract and custom houses, finding countless ways to save time, reduce costs, minimize problems and improve quality.)


Framing Walls with Larry Haun. How to Frame a Wall

Framing Walls with Larry Haun. How to Frame a Wall

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Framing Walls with Larry Haun. Efficient techniques from a master In this wall-framing video, Larry Haun and his brother Joe build the exterior and interior walls of a basic 1,600-sq. ft. house.

Starting from the completed floor deck, they take you step by step through the entire process, showing you practical ways to organize tasks, streamline procedures and handle tools and materials efficiently.

Here's your chance to watch a framing master at work, and to become a better, more efficient carpenter yourself. Each section of the tape covers a specific topic in detail: layout plating headers, cripples, trimmers and rough sills detailing plates building and raising walls plumbing and lining sheathing walls The companion book to this video is The Very Efficient Carpenter.

Larry Haun has been a production framer for almost 40 years and a teacher of apprentices for almost 25. He has honed his skills and techniques on hundreds of tract and custom houses, finding countless ways to save time, reduce costs, minimize problems and improve quality.)


Framing Roofs with Larry Haun. How to Frame a Roof

Framing Roofs with Larry Haun. How to Frame a Roof

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Framing Roofs with Larry Haun. They take you step by step through the entire process, showing you practical ways to organize tasks, streamline procedures and handle tools and materials efficiently.

Here's your chance to watch a framing master at work, and to become a better, more efficient carpenter yourself.


Retying Straw Bales

Retying Straw Bales

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The How-To Guide to Retying Straw Bales with a Baling Needle.


How to Build a Straw Bale House. Building a Straw Bale House

How to Build a Straw Bale House. Building a Straw Bale House

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Constructing a straw bale home requires the merging of solar design with alternative building techniques. Videos are a great way to show actual building methods and techniques. Take a front-row seat on the work site, learning from the experts as they stack the straw bales and mix the mud. Learn about post-and-beam wall framing, foundations, roof construction and insulation, interior thermal mass walls for improved efficiency, rainwater cisterns, electrical wiring, and photovoltaic systems. Learn earth-plastering techniques that create beautiful wall finishes. Understand how window placement and other structural elements can help to heat and cool your home and lower your energy bills. See how the structure works as a whole and how both energy efficiency and superb aesthetics can come from the same materials.

  • Introduction and Design of a Green Home
  • Breaking Ground On This Sustainable House
  • Rainwater Cisterns
  • Adobe Walls For a Home
  • Framing for a Straw Bale Home
  • How To Build Straw Bale Walls
  • Electrical Wiring and Generating Electricity From Sunlight
  • Windows and Insulation For An Energy Efficient Home
  • Earth Plaster for Exterior and Interior Walls
  • Finish Work With Ecological Materials
  • Finish Earth Plasters For Beautiful Wall Surfaces
  • Conclusion and Final Thoughts On Building A Straw Bale Home

01 Log building: Introduction, Intent, Safety, Chainsaw, Fuel Mix, Starting Saw, Saw Maintenance

01 Log building: Introduction, Intent, Safety, Chainsaw, Fuel Mix, Starting Saw, Saw Maintenance

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This introductory video outlines the general requirements and preparations for working on a log building. It emphasizes serious safety instructions, particularly chain saw safety.

  1. Introduction
  2. Intent
  3. Short Course
  4. Safety
  5. Signals
  6. Chainsaw
  7. Fuel Mix
  8. Starting Saw
  9. Saw Maintenance

02 Log building: Tools and Terms, Cut & Shape, Equipment & Supplies, Terms, Notches, Log Terms

02 Log building: Tools and Terms, Cut & Shape, Equipment & Supplies, Terms, Notches, Log Terms

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Demonstrates the necessary tools and explains log building terminology.

  1. Introduction
  2. Cut & Shape
  3. Equipment & Supplies
  4. Terms
  5. Notches 
  6. Log Terms 
  7. Credits

03 Log building: Horse Start, Log Storage, Foundation, Level, Fist Logs

03 Log building: Horse Start, Log Storage, Foundation, Level, Fist Logs

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Preparation of building site and instructions for setting up pre-building site.Preparation of building site and instructions for setting up pre-building site.

  1. House Start
  2. Books
  3. Log Storage
  4. Foundation
  5. Level
  6. Fist Logs

04 Log building: Basic Building, Practice Notch, Saddle Notch, Start Scribe, Cut Notches, Cut Groove, Scarf

04 Log building: Basic Building, Practice Notch, Saddle Notch, Start Scribe, Cut Notches, Cut Groove, Scarf

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This video demonstrates a basic saddle notch practice technique and shows the complete procedure for placing a log on the building.

  1. Basic Log Building
  2. Practice Notch
  3. Saddle Notch
  4. Start Scribe
  5. Cut Notches
  6. \r\n
  7. Cut Groove
  8. Scarf

05 Log building: Other Notches, Blind Dove Tail, Lock Notch, Square Notch

05 Log building: Other Notches, Blind Dove Tail, Lock Notch, Square Notch

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Step-by-step instructions for the Blind Dovetail Notch, Lock Notch and Square Notch.

  1. Blind Dove Tail
  2. Lock Notch
  3. Square Notch

06 Log building: Round Notch, Modified Round Notch, Blind Wall Notch, Dovetail, Post Notch

06 Log building: Round Notch, Modified Round Notch, Blind Wall Notch, Dovetail, Post Notch

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Step-by-step instructions for the Round Notch, Blind Wall Notch, Dovetail Notch and Post Notch.

  1. Round Notch
  2. Modified Round Notch
  3. Blind Wall Notch
  4. Dovetail
  5. Post Notch

07 Log building: Walls, Windows and Doors, Choosing Logs, Placing Logs, Headers

07 Log building: Walls, Windows and Doors, Choosing Logs, Placing Logs, Headers

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Basic instructions for wall construction and control, openings for windows and doors and instructions for electrical access.

  1. Choosing Logs
  2. Placing Logs
  3. Headers
  4. Windows and Doors

08 Log building: Roof Systems, Floor Joist & Beam, 2nd Floor Joist, Fitting Joists, Check list, Post & Beam Roof Support, Roof Finishing

08 Log building: Roof Systems, Floor Joist & Beam, 2nd Floor Joist, Fitting Joists, Check list, Post & Beam Roof Support, Roof Finishing

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Complete instructions on placing second floor beams and for post and beam roof systems.

  1. Floor Joist & Beam
  2. 2nd Floor Joist
  3. Fitting Joists
  4. Finishing Prep.
  5. Check list
  6. Post & Beam Roof Support
  7. Final Preparation
  8. Roof Finishing

09 Log building: Roof Systems, Roof Structures, Start Truss, King Post, Purlin Braches, Tie Beam

09 Log building: Roof Systems, Roof Structures, Start Truss, King Post, Purlin Braches, Tie Beam

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Step-by-step detail on building king post trusses.

  1. Roof Systems
  2. Roof Structures
  3. Start Truss
  4. King Post
  5. Purlin Braches
  6. Tie Beam

How to Build a Garden Shed

How to Build a Garden Shed

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An easy way to build a light-filled shed

A basic floor plan and simple framing

How to Build a Garden Shed, Justin Fink walks you, step by step, through the process of fabricating and assembling an attractive shed that does not require stud walls, asphalt shingles or a single sheet of plywood. From the solid-plank floor to the cleverly designed roof, this sturdy timber-frame look is achieved without expensive materials or a high level of skill.

  • Foundation and Floor Framing
  • Wall Framing
  • Roof Framing
  • Cedar Shingle & Polycarbonate-Panel Roofing
  • Windows, Doors & Furring Strips
  • Lower Trim & Clapboards
  • Upper Trim & Board-and-Batten Siding

How To Build a Shed

How To Build a Shed

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See how the pros do it from start to finish

  • Introduction
  • Install the foundation
  • Frame the Floor
  • Frame the Gable Wall
  • Build the Bearing Walls
  • Build the Roof
  • Install the Trim
  • Install the Windows and Doors
  • Install the Lap and Shingle Siding
  • Install the Architectural Shingles
  • Foundation Systems
  • Siding Options
  • Accessorize your shed
  • Decide on shelving and storage options
  • Landscaping completes the look

Building a shed? See how an expert does it. Building a shed is a complex undertaking that involves many different skills and can easily blindside you with questions you didn’t anticipate. To help your project go smoothly, we developed this how-to video to fully prepare you for what to expect and how best to approach the job to ensure success.

Invest an hour and a half to get up to speed. Let Rick Arnold guide you through sixteen nicely paced episodes that show you how to start with the right foundation, measure for a perfect fit, construct and raise the walls, install door and window modules, attach siding, build trusses, and shingle the roof.

Learn additional techniques as you build your shed. Plus you’ll also find additional options for a laying a sturdy foundation and when to use each, how to build your own custom double doors, add interior shelving, construct a handy equipment ramp, and even landscape your shed.

Visualize critical steps with 3D plans. Before you begin, you’ll already have a complete overview of the project because demonstrations are illustrated with 3D diagrams that show you the shed from all angles. Plus you can easily review the video at any time to take another look.

Enjoy this mini-course in home building. With this video guide you’ll gain the know-how and confidence to build a handsome shed to complement your home. And you’ll also master a variety of techniques to help you accomplish other home improvement projects such as: installing flashings, timesaving ways to cut lumber, using a story pole, and more.

Master builder Rick Arnold is an experienced professional with more than 20 years experience, a nationally recognized seminar leader who conducts demonstrations at trade shows and conferences across the country.


How To Build a Deck

How To Build a Deck

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This expert guide helps you do the job right

Before you start, see how an expert builds a deck. Decks are popular projects for pros and homeowners but there are safety issues, building codes, and hidden problems to address upfront and throughout the process. This video takes place on an actual job site and includes some not-so-perfect moments to prepare you for what can happen. With fewer surprises, you’ll get better results.

Follow a master builder from footings to final trim. Master builder Rick Arnold walks you through every step of the project and points out potential problems – such as hidden rot, those all-important ledger board issues, and load capacity. And shows you how to remedy anything that might adversely affect your new deck.

Learn the techniques to get it right. Watching this video How To Build a Decks will save you time because you’ll thoroughly understand the process. If you square up the deck correctly at the outset – and check that it remains square at critical times – you’ll avoid bigger problems down the line. And you won’t ever have to explain why your deck is a little off kilter. That’s just one of many reasons why this video is worth watching and reviewing.

Be aware of code requirements. Throughout the video, you’ll be alerted to issues that may be regulated by local building codes. This will save you time and avoid the possibility of being denied a permit, or having to make costly changes, or re-do work to meet the proper requirements.

Working with the newest materials. You’ll do a much better job when you know what materials to use and how to work with them. Here are just some you’ll be introduced to: builder’s forms for footings, proper hardware and hangers, synthetic decking, railings, and decorative trim.

With this video guide you’ll have the confidence and the know-how to build a deck that’s sturdy, strong and safe – and one that enhances your home for years to come.


How to Build an Addition: Planning, Foundation Framing, Insulation, Soundproofing

How to Build an Addition: Planning, Foundation Framing, Insulation, Soundproofing

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Building an Addition: Planning, Foundation Framing, Insulation, Soundproofing

You will see in this video step by step instructions on how to  plan and construct an addition to your house. You will see the construction from the excavation up till the finishing of the interior. We take you through the construction of the wood frame, the floors, the walls and the roof, as well as the complete insulation of the new addition. You will also learn how to soundproof the walls and floors using new methods available to the construction industry.The knowledge acquired from this video will allow you to better plan and undertake the construction of the addition to your house with complete confidence in attaining professional results at a fraction of the cost.

This video includes:

  • Planning
  • Taking proper measurements
  • Excavation
  • Foundations
  • Waterproofing foundations
  • Insulating foundations
  • Pouring the basement slab
  • Construction of the frame
  • The roof
  • Insulation
  • Soundproofing of walls and floors

Framing floor walls and roof introduction. Framing for the making of an annex floor, walls and roof trusts

Annex insulation walls and attic. Insulation a new annex walls and roof using fiber glass batts and polystyrene insulation boards.

Planning an addition to your house. Panning the construction of an annex to your house.

Construction of the foundations. The construction of the foundations for an annex to your house. Excavation, framing, pouring the footings and the foundation walls.

Concrete foundations insulation. How to insulate the foundation walls form the outside using polystyrene insulation boards.

Damp proofing foundations. How to install a self adhesive membrane on the foundations walls form the out-side to prevent any water infiltrations in the basement.


How to Pour Concrete Slab: Start-to-finish demonstration of forming, pouring and finishing concrete slab

How to Pour Concrete Slab: Start-to-finish demonstration of forming, pouring and finishing concrete slab

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Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Masonry & Stonework

Start-to-finish demonstration of forming, pouring and finishing concrete slab

If you've never build something with concrete, you've missed out on one of the most rewarding do-it yourself experiences. If you've never created with brick, block, or stone, you haven't fully tested your skills. If you still call a concrete contractor every time you find a crack in your driveway, you're wasting your money. If you've always wanted to try working with masonry, then this dynamic new edition of 'Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Masonry & Stonework' is just what you've been waiting for.