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Framing

  • Building Above-Code Walls - Belfast, Maine, Cohousing Units (Subscriber content)

    Four design/build teams solve the puzzle of high-performance wall construction—in four different ways.

     
  • Building Above-Code Walls - Maine Single-Family Home (Subscriber content)

    The wall system shown here is an improved version of the system I used for the house I built in Knox, Maine, in 2011.

     
  • Building Above-Code Walls - "Avalon" a Connecticut Farmhouse (Subscriber content)

    Our wall example is part of a zero-energy single-family house built for the tenant farmer of an organic farm in rural Connecticut.

     
  • Building Above-Code Walls - Norwich, Vermont Single-Family Home (Subscriber content)

    Our challenge was to realize the owners distinctive artistic vision for their home, along with their very ambitious energy-efficiency goals, while also working within the hard limits of the budget.

     
  • To use your own data to find hrs/BF or hrs/SF, divide average hours used for each framing task by total SF or BF of materials used. (BF = thickness x width [in inches] x length [in feet]  12). This table shows figures for tasks associated with framing and sheathing a typical exterior wall.

    How to Calculate Unit Prices for Labor (Subscriber content)

    While unit prices for labor are available from a number of sources, the best source is a company's own job history. This article uses an example of framing an exterior wall to show how to use that data to calculate unit costs for labor based on material quantities.

     
  • Replacing the Trim Around a Classic Doorway (Subscriber content)

    Upgrading the trim on a vintage home such as this one gives an old doorway a new life.

     
  • Tips for Building a Double Winder Stair (Subscriber content)

    In building this double winder stair, remodeler Dave Holbrook used modular boxes to stack one tread and riser at a tim.

     
  • Best Practices: Continuous Exterior Insulation (Subscriber content)

    A guide to selecting and installing rigid foam on walls.

     
  • DeWalt Mobile Pro Construction Calculator App (Subscriber content)

    JLC contributor Bruce Greenlaw weighs up the pros and cons of this construction calculator.

     
  • Framing a Rake Wall

    Washington-state framer, Tim Uhler, has a sound philosophy about his work: Do as little framing as possible off ladders and as much as you can while the wall is on the deck.

     
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    Manufactured Shear-Wall Components (Subscriber content)

    For builders working in seismic zones or hurricane country, any structure has to be designed for lateral loads, the sideways force of wind pressure, or earthquake action. Manufactured shear-wall components can provide a solution for these complex situations.

     
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    Simple Span Beams vs. Multiple-Span Continuous Beam

    This Q&A answers the question of whether to frame a long span as two simple spans with the joists lapped over a center beam or to use one continuous joist.

     
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    Adding Strength With Moment Frames (Subscriber content)

    Moment frames resist the force of bending or rotation with a rigid connection at the joint between the column and beam. Find out more about how these strategic assemblages can strengthen your structure.

     
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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.

     
  • Field-Applied Preservatives in a Flood Zone

    Is there any preservative treatment that can be applied in the field to non-treated wood in a flood zone?

     
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    Are Birdmouths in Rafters Necessary?

    Now that there are alternative methods using ripped strips and metal connectors, why are we still cutting birdsmouths in rafters?

     
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    Resin Studs

    The EcoStud stud and track system is for use in non-load-bearing walls

     
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    Truss and Rafter Screw

    The SDWC structural wood screw fastens trusses and rafters to top plates without hardware

     
  • American Wood Council Updates Deck Design Guide

    The latest version of the American Wood Council’s prescriptive guide to wood deck construction includes new updated tables that reflect the change in the design values for Southern Pine lumber.

     
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    More Wall Bracing Options Using OSB

    The Engineered Wood Association has been working to broaden the choices for using wood structural panels to achieve code-required lateral bracing in wood-frame construction. A new APA publication lays out the OSB industry’s latest recommendations for a “simplified” way to meet code.

     
 
 
 
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