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.
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 class in one sitting, or space it out over a week.
Downloadable summaries and supplemental information help you get real-world practice.
Certificate of Completion
After completing the class, you'll receive a Certificate of Class Completion. Share with future employers to show your commitment to training.
Take the course anytime, anywhere, as often as you'd like. Our classes are meant to be an ongoing resource for you, no matter where you are in your journey.
Affordable and Convenient
Our online classes are an affordable and convenient way to up-skill. Learn skills and grow your career without the commitment of full-time trade school.
8 Video Lessons (1h 53 m)
Lesson 1: Introduction to Fasteners and Adhesives
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.)
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.
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?