The Ultimate House Construction Quiz
by Staff
You might have lived in any number of homes since you first started a family years ago, but have you ever given any thought as to how they were built? Are they all essentially the same underneath, or are some homes built better than others? Find some constructive answers by taking this home construction quiz.

Of the more than 100 million housing units in the U.S., how many constitute single family dwellings?

  • the majority
  • the minority
  • exactly half

What are the basic characteristics of a house?

  • It is a building made of brick or wood that accommodates residents.
  • It has a roof, windows, doors and a manicured lawn around.
  • It's a structure of some sort used as a dwelling for people.

Many of the steps involved in house construction are carried out by:

  • professionals
  • subcontractors
  • plumbers

What do a basement, slab and crawl space have in common?

  • They are steps in the construction process.
  • They are common house foundations.
  • They are common types of homes.

With a slab foundation, where is the sewer pipe located?

  • above the concrete slab
  • under the concrete slab
  • inside the concrete slab

How many parts make up the basement foundation of a house?

  • two
  • three
  • five

With what materials do they usually make a crawl space?

  • with cinder block and a brick facing
  • with concrete and steel
  • with wood and mortar

What do they use to bolt the house to its foundation?

  • small, unobtrusive bolts
  • strong, 20-inch-long (50.8-centimeter-long) bolts
  • nothing

How do they assemble the walls during the construction process?

  • Hundreds of workers hold them up, while a machine affixes them together.
  • Cranes hold each wall up, then they're bolted into place.
  • They assemble them on the ground, then lift them up and into place.

Which of these are advantages of using trusses for the roofing?

  • Their shape is templated so they don't have to be custom-built.
  • They're strong and relatively inexpensive.
  • They're built over a period of time, not quickly like other materials.

After the shipment of windows arrives, what is stapled to the inside of all window frames?

  • plastic stripping
  • vinyl sheeting
  • butcher paper

Before applying asphalt shingles to the roof, what do they cover the roof with?

  • tarpaulin
  • tar paper
  • canvas

What causes vinyl to expand and contract?

  • strong winds
  • moisture
  • temperature and sunlight

Why do plumbing codes require a P-trap at drain openings?

  • so that smelly fumes don't escape
  • because they're cheaper than S-traps
  • to comply with government regulations

What is meant by the term "rough plumbing"?

  • pipes that are rough to the touch but soft on the inside
  • a plumbing job, done badly
  • the installation of water lines, sewer pipes and bathtubs

During the construction process, what is clipped and capped?

  • sewer pipes
  • electrical wires
  • roof beams

Why do homes use insulation?

  • to add a splash of color to an otherwise dull-colored home
  • to minimize heat transfer through the walls and ceiling
  • to satisfy international building regulations

How do they tape drywall and cover all its nails and cracks?

  • with plaster of Paris
  • with silicone
  • with spackling compound

With regard to a concrete garage slab, what allows the slab to respond to temperature changes?

  • homosote around the edges
  • caulking around the edges
  • rubber sealant around the edges

Who writes up the punch list when a house has been built?

  • the electrician
  • the home owner
  • the builder