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Finishing the Building Interior

Course Number: 863

The Finishing the Building Interior textbook covers constructing stairways, installing doors, and finishing procedures with emphasis on interior walls, ceilings, and floors.

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Chapter 1: Interior Walls and Ceilings

Topics: Plasterboard construction and application; Fastening and cutting plasterboard; Corners and edges; Drywall construction and taping; Paneling; Plaster and masonry walls; Suspended tile ceilings

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how to fasten single-ply plasterboard panels to the stud framing for interior walls.
  • Describe the three-step procedure for cementing and taping drywall construction.
  • Name the advantages of a drywall system that uses metal studs.
  • Explain how to install interior plywood paneling.
  • Differentiate between the three coats of plaster required for plaster wall construction.
  • Identify the main parts of the framing system for suspended tile ceilings.

Chapter 2: Laying Flooring

Topics: Concrete and wood floors; Finishing and prefinished wood floors; Underlayment; Resilient floor coverings; Ceramic tile; Wood decking

Learning Objectives:

  • Tell the differences between strip, block, and plank flooring.
  • Explain how to lay flooring strips, keep them straight, and make adjustments when they are not straight.
  • Tell how to plan and make a careful layout for installing a wood block floor.
  • Give the sequence of sanding operations for a newly installed wood strip floor.
  • Name the materials you can use for underlaying a resilient or ceramic floor.
  • Explain how to lay a tile floor with the tile veneer method.

Chapter 3: Stair Construction

Topics: Prefab stairs; Stairway parts, framing; Determining the height of risers, width of treads, run of stairway, and length of stringers; Railings

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe some of the common stairway configurations: open, closed, L-shaped, U-shaped, etc.
  • Starting with the stringers, name all the parts in a stair assembly.
  • Explain how to use a story pole to check stair calculations.
  • Tell how to anchor a flight of stairs.
  • Name the guidelines for constructing handrails or railings in stairways.

Chapter 4: Interior Doors and Door Jambs

Topics: Hinge construction, operation, and installation; Constructing a door jamb; Installing doors; Locking devices for doors

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how hollow-core, fiber-core and solid-core doors differ in construction.
  • Tell how to remove a door hung on hinges with fixed pins. Also with loose pins.
  • Give the guidelines for placing three hinges on the edges of a door.
  • Describe how to install a single-swing door.
  • Differentiate between pocket-type and bypass-type sliding doors.
  • Name a few of the types of locks used on interior doors.

Chapter 5: Installing Interior Trim

Topics: Types of molding; Joints; Using a miter box; Installing door trim, window trim, and baseboards

Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate between a base shoe molding and a baseboard molding.
  • Give the uses of cove, crown, and half-round moldings.
  • Describe how to make a scarf joint and coped joint.
  • Demonstrate how to cut a 45 miter with a miter box.
  • Tell how to install the casing around a door opening
  • Explain how to construct the interior casing for a window.

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