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- Building Code Models
Discussion of the various Building Code models and the new (IBC) International Building Codes (IBC).
Includes the rationale behind Building Codes.
- You & Your Building Inspector
Information about what your Building Inspector wants and how to make the process go along smoothly.
- Building Permits
Information about how to get a building permit and the pros and cons of obtaining a permit.
- Building Code Checklist
A short checklist of the most pertinent Building Codes and items you'll need to obtain a building permit.
- Can I Build Here?
All about plat maps, site maps, property lines, easements, covenants, right-of-ways, HOA, and set-backs.
- Avoiding Buried Utilities & Other Stuff To Watch Out For
Keeping away from electric, water, sewer, and a checklist of other items to consider during the initial planning stages.
- Getting The Lay Of The Land
Measuring the slope of the yard in order to better determine the type of framing that will work best.
- Sketching Out A Rough Draft
How using 1/4"x1/4" graph paper can help you avoid problems later
- Plumb, Level & Square
Calibrating and using a carpenter's level, a line level, and a water level.
- Making Batter Boards
How to lay out your project with wooden stakes and string.
- Right Triangle Method
One of several methods shown to ensure your layout is just right.
- Creating A Design
Framing a Wrap-around Deck
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