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Framing

  • 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.

     
  • Bracing Walls for Wind: Calculating the Required Length of Bracing (Subscriber content)

    How to calculate the required length of bracing

     
  • Bracing Walls for Wind: Adjustment Factors (Subscriber content)

    Adjustment factors for one- and two-story structures

     
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    Insulated Lumber

    Trus Joist's TJ Insulated Structural Framing Components make it a little easier to build energy-efficient houses

     
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    Easy Dome

    The Universal Dome Kit simplifies the framing for an elegant ceiling detail

     
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    Rigid Insulation Baffle

    The Smart Baffle is made from corrugated plastic and comes in versions for 16-inch and 24-inch framing

     
  • Threads from the JLC Forums

    A nasty fall and 21-gauge finish nailers

     
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    Bracing Walls for Wind (Subscriber content)

    You can frame a wall without hiring an engineer -- but plan review may give you brain cramps

     
 
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking