17 – Tools

This show is on some of the main tools that you are likely to need if you decided to build your own house. http://media.blubrry.com/hofpodcast/p/hofpodcast.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads//hof-17-Tools.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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16 – Getting Ready to Build

This podcast gets you ready to build covering the all-important budget and finding subs. Links: Stock plans: Cool House Plans houseplans.com Semi-Custom Plans: Home Designing Service Tips for hiring a contractor http://media.blubrry.com/hofpodcast/p/hofpodcast.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads//hof-16-Getting_Ready_to_Build.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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15 – Driveways

A look at the right way to install a driveway. An PA DOT Application showing sight line requirements A great video showing the installation of a fabric under a new driveway Picture of a pipe outlet with rip-rap protection (at bottom) One with Stone Commercial head wall Homemade head wall on a driveway crossing http://media.blubrry.com/hofpodcast/p/hofpodcast.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads//hof-15-Driveways.mp3 […]

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14 – Site Layout

This podcast looks at site layout considerations and erosion and sedimentation control. Erosion and Sedimentation Control Guide Tree Protection (in German – but clear!) http://media.blubrry.com/hofpodcast/p/hofpodcast.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads//hof-14-Site-Layout.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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13 – City Sewers

Another waste (water) of a post!  This podcast looks at city sewers and how your home will tie in to this system and how they work. Some links: A video tour of a wastewater plant A typical diagram of a wastewater connection As always, keep trees off pips and encase pipes in a sandy soil […]

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12 – Wet Basement Solutions

This podcast looks at wet basements, the reasons why and some methods to dry them out. Some links of interest: As usual, not endorsing products just showing examples – shop around! UGL Waterproofing Zinsser Waterproofing Penetron Capillary Water Sealers Pre-Made drainage channel Another source for waterproofing supplies Interior french drain diagram Exterior Curtain Drain Diagram […]

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11 – Site Selection

This podcast takes the community one a bit further, focusing on individual sites and things you can look at to choose the best one. Links of interest: USDA Soils Map Site Fema Flood Insurance Maps (FIRMEttes) http://media.blubrry.com/hofpodcast/p/hofpodcast.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads//hof-11-Site_Selection.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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10 – Septic Systems

This show focuses on septic systems – how they work and how to take care of them.  May not be a glamorous subject, but they sure are nicer than the alternative when they do not work! Links of interest: Maryland Cooperative Extension’s  Guide to Septics A great guide for the do-it-yourselfer http://media.blubrry.com/hofpodcast/p/hofpodcast.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads//hof-10-septics.mp3 Podcast: Play in […]

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9 – Selecting a Community

This podcast looks at the various factors that may enter your mind when choosing a place to live.  This episode will help get you down to a town or area, the next podcast will help you choose a lot within that area. Link to Zillow – great for real estate information on an area Links […]

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8 – House Styles

The first in the “Build your own home” series – looking at the 3 main styles of homes, the ranch, cape and colonial.  Discussed are their advantages and disadvantages of all three and the host’s recommendations. http://media.blubrry.com/hofpodcast/p/hofpodcast.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads//hof-8-house_styles.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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