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Framing Tips: How to Frame

Excellent Framing Tips


Ready to start framing. Well not yet, go over these helpful tips before you start framing your project.

1. Unload Materials

Start by unloading the framing materials as close as you can to where they will be used. It will reduce time and the process will be more efficient.

2. Prepare Mudsills

The mudsill need to be level, straight, square and parallel. The mudsill cut be cut ¼ in short, never longer than required.

3. Cut Rim Joists

When cutting rim joists, be sure to cut the joist almost to the exact length needed. Try to be as accurate as possible, joist shall not have more than 1/16 inch of length variation. Double check the rim joist length before it is nailed to the mudsill.

4. Top and Bottom Plate

The top plate of the framing shall be cut to exact length; however, the bottom place could have a variation no greater than ¼ inch. The cap plate or the double plate should be cut at least ¼ in short.

5. Plumb Tolerance

When verifying how straight everything needs to be installed, you can use as a rule of thumb that 1/8 inch out of plumb in 4ft is sometimes acceptable.

6. Frame Down

Prepare the framing layout on the floor. Once you have marked all the layout lines, cut the bottom and top plates and place them in place in the layout. It is important to detail the location of all windows, doors, studs and walls.

7. Place Framing Studs

pread all framing studs every 16 inches along the marked wall. Attach the top plate to the studs and keep the bottom plate barely touching the bottom plate.

8. Joist Layout

Arrange joist layout to accommodate plumbing pipes and required drains. Remember to leave space for the medicine cabinet and any other embedded material such as the electrical panel.

9. Top Plate and Blocking

Nail the double top plate, but be sure that the nails are aligned to the framing studs. Remember to include blocking for electrical switches and to include backing for drywall.

10. Roll Joists

Roll joist into place and nail them before sheathing the floor.
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