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Introduction to Hand Tools

Learn to recognize, handle, and safely use the hand tools that are essential to a new construction career. 

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Learn From a Pro

Jordan Smith knows tools: he's built his own successful residential construction business from the ground up, and now he's sharing his knowledge with you.

9 In-Depth Lessons

Videos that clearly demonstrate the construction tools you need in your belt: from hammers and pliers to chalk lines and speed squares. Lessons average around 17 minutes.

Practical Resources

A downloadable book full of tips, summaries, and recommended exercises helps you get real-world practice.

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Lesson Plan

9 Video Lessons  (2 hours 40m)

 

Construction Teacher Teaching Blueprints Class

Lesson 1: Essential Hand Tools

Welcome to class! Professional builder Jordan Smith gives an overview of the hand tools covered in the class, and talks through his everyday carry from notebook to utility knife.

Architect's Ruler for scales and measurement

Lesson 2: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Jordan gives an overview of the key pieces of personal protective equipment you need on the job site, and some insider tips for using them. Learn about safety glasses, hard hats, and how to put in ear plugs the right way.

How to read title sheets and lesson plans

Lesson 3: Measuring Tools

From tape measures to angle finders to laser levels and spirit levels, learn the tools you need to measure spaces and materials.

How to read floor plans

Lesson 4: Marking Tools

The chalk line is an essential tool for guiding cuts and laying out foundations, floors, and more. Learn how to use a chalk line correctly.

How to read elevations and sections

Lesson 5: Hammering and Pulling

Hammers, sledgehammers, and pry bars, oh my! Jordan compares different types of hammers and tools for driving fasteners, as well as tools for prying them back out again.

How to read details and schedules

Lesson 6: Fastening With Wrenches and Screwdrivers

Jordan provides an overview of the types of screwdrivers and wrenches you'll want to keep nearby on the job.

How to read structural drawings

Lesson 7: How to Grip and Cut

A look at the pliers, clamps, chisels, and cutters that will help you get through any non-specialized workday.

How to read MEP Drawings and Plans

Lesson 8: Adhesives and Caulks

Learn what to look for in a caulk gun, and how to use different cartridges of caulks and construction adhesives. Jordan also shows you the value of a good putty knife for finishing.

Construction Teacher in Blueprints Class

Lesson 9: Setting Up Your Tool Bag

Jordan wraps up the class with his thoughts on choosing a tool belt and tool bag.


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