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Tim Uhler is a lead carpenter for Pioneer Builders in Port Orchard, Washington. His father started building in the late 70's so Tim grew up pounding nails. "I would ride around to different jobs with my dad and nail together any two blocks of wood I could find". He spent summer breaks on the jobsite. After high school Tim studied accounting at the local community college and received an Associate's degree, but decided to leave the office work to his dad and brother and focus on construction. While trying to learn more about building he stumbled across the JLC forum – where he met and learned from some of the most experienced framers in the country. He eventually began to write for JLC and Tools of the Trade. At last count he had written more than 40 articles and tool reviews. Tim regularly contributes to the forums at JLC and Contractor talk, and posts video on his YouTube channel – Raftercutter. An avid photographer, he spends his spare photographing the Pacific Northwest.


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Articles by Tim Uhler

  • Framing a Supporting Valley

    The trick is keeping clean ceiling lines above a vaulted space.

  • Rake Wall Framing

    A system for framing, sheathing, and siding rake walls on the deck, regardless of pitch or wall height.

  • My pencil fits right into the notch and is centered on the layout.

    Framing a Curved Staircase

    Tim Uhler frames a curved freestanding stair and finds that it isn't as difficult as he anticipated.

  • On the Job (Subscriber content)

    Framing an octagonal vaulted ceiling.

  • Working With Large Beams (Subscriber content)

    Tips for planning and equipment that will make working with large glulam or other engineered beams easier and faster.

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    Framing a Hip Roof (Subscriber content)

    For a perfect fit, pay attention to how the roof will be stacked when calculating lengths and laying out cuts.

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    Lightweight Framing Guns

    These sub-8-pound guns are comfortable to use and surprisingly powerful

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    Framing a Roof With I-Joists (Subscriber content)

    Tips and tricks for working efficiently with I-joist rafters

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    Building Stem Wall Foundations - Part II (Subscriber content)

    Continuous steel reinforcement ties the poured concrete walls to the footings

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    Building Stem Wall Foundations (Subscriber content)

    Keeping foundations in-house can make scheduling easier and improve job quality

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    JoistPro Metal-Connector Nailers (Subscriber content)

    Two Senco hardware nailers are put to the test

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    JoistPro Metal-Connector Nailers (Subscriber content)

    Two Senco hardware nailers are put to the test

  • Inline Circular Saws (Subscriber content)

    As a framer, I prefer inline saws to sidewinders because they're more durable and less likely to bog down in heavy cutting.

  • On Site With Zip System Sheathing

    Get faster dry-in and a tighter building envelope without housewrap.

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    Paslode PF150S-PP Hardware Nailer

    I have used or owned most of the metal-connector nailers on the market, so when I heard that Paslode was introducing a new, smaller Positive Placement tool, I was eager to try it.