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Over the past 17 years, first as a builder and then as a representative of the Western Wood Products Association, I have traveled extensively, talking to builders and code officials to see how framing is done throughout the country. While I've found regional differences, I've also found a few serious framing problems that tend to crop up everywhere, again and again. All of these problems are covered by the model building codes. A given problem might occur because the builder doesn't know better, or because framers are paying more attention to other construction needs. Either way, these framing defects not only cause trouble with code officials, but cause problems big and small down the line. Here are some of the most common framing