Wall Framing

JLC Field Guide: Wall Framing

Wall frames play an obviously critical role in supporting roofs and floors. Stud spacing and top plate overlaps clearly effect the strength, but the rules change when wall heights grow taller.

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Plumbing and Straightening Walls

This quick, accurate method prevents problems with the framing and finishes that... More

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Building With Cross Laminated Timber

The solid CLT panels simplify making the building envelope airtight, and they help... More

Gable-End Retrofits

A couple of decades ago, not much was typically done to secure gable-end trusses:... More

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A Modern Approach to Balloon Framing

Tim Uhler breaks down how a short-handed crew can keep a project on schedule by... More

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A Study in Broken Load Paths

Many old wood-frame buildings have outlived their structural capacity More

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A Framer's Guide to Shear Wall Construction

Tim Uhler explains how he builds braced walls that will meet code in seismic and... More

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Circular Saw Basics

A primer for new crew members from veteran carpenter John Spier on getting the... More

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Wall Sheathing Basics

For crew members who are new to framing walls, here's a step-by-step guide to a... More

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An Upside-Down Beam

Learn how a beam hidden in a ranch-house attic replaced a bearing wall, opening up... More

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