Learn about joists, beams, sheet goods, and the properties of wood materials used in construction from builder and craftsman, Jordan Smith.
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Professional builder Jordan Smith knows wood materials 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.
7 In-Depth Lessons
Lessons average about 13 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 or two.
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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.
7 Video Lessons (1h 31m)
Lesson 1: Course Overview
Humans have been building with wood for thousands of years. Pro builder Jordan Smith discusses that history, different types of house framing, and the advantages of using wood in construction.
Lesson 2: Properties of Wood
What is wood, really? Learn the composition of wood, the difference between hardwoods and softwoods, and how we measure properties like hardness, density, and strength.
Lesson 3: Forces and Stresses
In construction, wood has to withstand a lot of different forces. Learn about compression, tension, torsion, and shear, and how to think about loading scenarios.
Lesson 4: Lumber Grades, Sizes, and Types
Why isn't a two-by-four actually 2 inches by 4 inches? What's pressure treated lumber? What grade lumber should you use on your build? Jordan answers these questions and more.
Lesson 5: Engineered Wood
Jordan explains LSLs, LVLs, plywood, and the advantages and disadvantages of using engineered lumber instead of solid wood.
Lesson 6: Joists and Glulams
Learn about a few key structural members that are commonly used in light construction.
Lesson 7: Sheet Goods
Sheet goods are what keep the elements out of a finished house, and what help the structure resist shear forces. Jordan explains a few key techniques used to manufacture modern sheet goods.
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