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Other stories by Don Dunkley

  • Fast Layout for Tall Rake Walls

    This step-by-step procedure for laying out rake walls simplifies cutting and framing.

  • Framing, Day One

    A framing contractor explains how he organizes his five-man crew to break down the lumber package, lay out plates, and start building walls on the first day on the job.

  • Prefab Shear Walls

    If the homes you’re building require tedious shear nailing and truckloads of metal connectors to protect against high wind or earthquake, you may want to consider these premanufactured panels. By saving time, they may save you money on your next engineered job.

  • Rafter Cutting Basics

    A veteran California framer explains step by step how to lay out plumb, seat, heel, and plancer cuts on common, hip, valley, and jack rafters.

  • Truss Roofs Production Style

    A California production framer shows how on-the-ground prep work, precut braces and blocking, and an efficient work sequence can speed truss installation.

  • Tool Test: In-Line Circular Saws

    A California framer and his crew report on the newest in-line circular saws after putting them through the most reliable test they could think of — a month on the job site.

  • Roof Calculations Simplified

    For complex roof framing, calculators are starting to take the place of framing square tables or trig. A veteran California framer shows how to make a complete hip-rafter cut list using the Construction Master foot-inch calculator.

  • Framing Recessed Ceilings

    This vaulted ceiling detail is inexpensive to build, but it looks like a million bucks.

  • Toolbox: Framing Hardware for Nail Guns

    Framing connectors for nail guns

  • Fast & Accurate Wall Framing

    A veteran production framer tells where it pays to take your time, and where to go full speed ahead, in wall layout and framing.