One of our goals as a framing crew is to minimize the amount of work we do while on ladders, and we aim for this particularly when framing rake walls. We've found that the more framing we can do while a wall is on the deck, the safer and more efficient we are. But this is not just a production argument, it's a quality issue, too. It's just common sense that you can fit things together more precisely when you aren't dangling from a ladder.

I've written on this topic before ("Framing Rake Walls," Sep/06), detailing the same basic methods for framing rake walls. However, since then we've changed the way we do a number of things, particularly with our layout process:

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