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Learn about the effectiveness, strength, and durability of commonly used fasteners and adhesives from professional builder and craftsman, Jordan Smith.

Price: $75

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Learn From a Pro

Professional builder Jordan Smith knows fasteners inside and out. He's built his own successful residential construction business from the ground up, and now he's sharing his expertise with you.

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8 In-Depth Lessons

Lessons average about 14 minutes each, making them easy to watch after work or on your lunch break. You can finish the course in one sitting, or space it out over a week.

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Practical Resources

Downloadable summaries and supplemental information help you get real-world practice.

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Certificate of Completion

After completing the training and passing the assessments, you'll receive a Certificate of Course Completion. Share with future employers to show your commitment to continuing education.

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Lifetime Access

Take the course anytime, anywhere, as often as you'd like. Our courses are meant to be an ongoing resource for you, no matter where you are in your journey.

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Affordable and Convenient

Our online courses are an affordable and convenient way to up-skill. Learn skills and grow your career without the commitment of full-time trade school.

About Your Instructor

Jordan Smith is the CEO and Founder of Smith House Company, a design+build firm  based in Austin, Texas. He learned to build and weld while working on the farm with his grandad, and after earning a degree in Welding and Materials Engineering, he spent the next 10 years working in the heavy construction building everything from robots to ships to offshore oil rigs before transitioning to residential construction. After spending a couple of years working with industry leading builders in Austin, Jordan and his wife Veronica struck out on their own to form Smith House Co.
Smith House Co. strives to build more beautiful, functional and resilient spaces which are self sustaining and harmonize with their natural surroundings.
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Student Testimonial

“I think these lessons are great because they make you feel like it's a one on one lesson. I will be going back to these videos when I need a bit of guidance. Great price as well. Thank you for putting these lessons out.”

- Marlon O., CA

Lesson Plan

8 Video Lessons  (1h 53m)


Construction Teacher Teaching Blueprints Class

Lesson 1: Course Overview

One of the most primary functions of building is making materials stick together—and stay that way. In this course you'll learn all about mechanical binding (nails, screws, and anchors) and chemical binding (adhesives) so you can build better structures that last longer.

Architect's Ruler for scales and measurement

Lesson 2: Nails

Builders have used nails for more than 5,000 years. However, this most basic type of fastener comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, some best suited for structural frames and others used in finish carpentry work. Learn to use the right nail for the job.

How to read title sheets and lesson plans

Lesson 3: Screws, Bolts, and Anchors

Threaded screws and bolts have more holding power than nails: their threads split in between wood fibers to grip the material more tightly. Jordan explains how they work.

How to read floor plans

Lesson 4: Drywall Anchors, Concrete Fasteners, and More

From hanging mirrors on drywall to fastening wooden sills to concrete, there's a perfect fastener for nearly every situation. Learn which fasteners to use, when.

How to read elevations and sections

Lesson 5: Glue and Construction Adhesives

Learn about the wide range of adhesives that power modern construction projects and the properties that describe the binding process: cohesion and adhesion. Just don't glue your fingertips together!

How to read details and schedules

Lesson 6: Epoxy

Epoxy adhesives can be used with a wide range of materials (wood, metal, plastic, masonry, and more) and in almost any situation where you need to stick two materials together (binding subfloors, gluing a detail to a larger structure, or reinforcing a fastener.)

How to read structural drawings

Lesson 7: Tape

Did you know that the windows of many skyscrapers are held to the building using double-sided tape? Learn about the incredible utility of different types of tape in construction.

How to read MEP Drawings and Plans

Lesson 8: Adhesives Test: Lifting a Car

In this bonus lesson, Jordan uses a telehandler to lift an old Buick off the ground with nothing but construction adhesive to hold it in the air. Will it hold?



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