Causes for Structural Home Framing Failure - If you're starting to
have problems with your home like large cracks in
the walls, either on the inside or the outside, there's a good chance
that you have some sort of structural home framing failure. This could
be caused by a few different things, so let's take a look at all three
this of them.
- Wood Framing
and Building Hardware Tips - If you're framing a house today,
there's a good chance that it has more hardware in the home today than
five years ago. It's starting to get a little overkill and I don't
really know how much more hardware one of these wood framed houses can
- What Causes
Cracks In Your Roof Framing? - There are a few different things that
could cause cracks in your roof framing rafters and other structural
components that are used while building your roof. Some of these cracks
are actually in the lumber and no one ever did anything about them,
while building the roof.
- Roof Framing
Secrets - Plan, Measure Then Build - When I first started working in
construction, I was 16 years old and my first job was building stairs
with my father. Within a few years I got to help my dad build some
extremely difficult custom home roofs. These roofs required about five
days for two men to cut and assemble.
- 5 Simple Rules
for Beginner House Framing - If you haven't ever built a house
before and you don't have any experience building a house, I would like
to share five simple rules for beginner house framing with you. These
five simple rules aren't going to solve all of your problems, but
they're going to provide you with a step in the right direction.
Joisting Framing Secrets - I was about 18 years old, when my dad
needed to build a floor that was going to be located inside of an
industrial tilt up building. The floor joisting framing secrets that I'm
about to share with you, were learned on this particular job.
- The Best Carpenter That I
Ever Knew - My dad could build anything. I watched him build a room
addition on our house when I was a child, build furniture in the garage
and even built his own campers for his truck. My dad is truly the best
carpenter that I ever knew and remains so to this day.
Created From Roof Leaks to Roof Framing - You're not going to need
to be a construction specialist or have 50 years of experience in the
construction industry to look at a section of your roof framing that is
suffering from water damage, to get a pretty good idea that you might
have a roof leak.
- Five Tips for
Easier Gable Roof Framing - If you're planning on building a gable
roof, it wouldn't be a bad idea to pick up a couple of books or read a
few articles, especially if you don't have any idea how to build one.
Let me see if I can help you, by providing five tips for easier gable
- Wall Framing Stud
Tips - Contractor Secrets - One of the biggest problems with framing
studs today is that they are cut from the center or near the center of
small trees. I don't know if it's true, but a friend of mine was telling
me that the average tree cut down today is no bigger than 6 inches in
Framers Use Different Words on the East Coast - When I first started
working as a house framer in Southern California, there were more terms
for more different things than you could possibly ever imagine. Some of
these contractors got their training on the East Coast or Midwest and
eventually migrated to the west coast.
- Dangers of
Using Damaged Lumber - Home Construction - It's not as common as it
used to be, when large framing contractor's would save money ordering
damaged lumber or inferior building products. This might be a thing of
the past in some areas, but there are still framing contractors and
lumber companies who you need to be careful with, especially when the
lumber they're sending out to your job can cause an accident.
Think Ahead While Framing A House - One of the most important things
that my father taught me and his grandfather taught him, was the
importance of thinking ahead while we were framing the house. If a
carpenter is working by the hour and isn't getting paid by what he
produces on a daily basis, he's not going to be very concerned about
- How Much Can
Lumber Shrink? - This has been one of the biggest problems in the
construction business for years. The bigger the piece of lumber, the
more it can shrink. There are large pieces of lumber that have been kiln
dried where most of the moisture has been removed and this wood seems to
remain the same size and rarely shrinks.
- Wall Framing Tips -
Figuring the Materials - It doesn't really make any difference,
whether you have experienced framing walls, or if this is going to be
the first wall that you have ever framed. We can always learn something,
if we keep an open mind, and enjoy reading.
- Wall Framing Tips -
Building the Wall - Hopefully you've read the article on how to
figure out how much materials you will need to purchase, before building
the wall. Once you have figured out and purchased your building
materials, it's time to learn how to assemble the wall.
- Caulking the
Bottom Framing Plates for Pest Control -
Insects like ants and cockroaches, can fit through the smallest cracks,
whether they're on the outside of your house or they're on the inside of
your house, if these cracks are open, insects are going to be using them
on a regular basis.
Exterior Walls with 2 X 6 - Framing the exterior walls with 2 x 6
studs instead of 2 x 4 can definitely add to the price of the home. In
addition to the cost of the lumber, you also have an increase in the
labor, insulation, window and door trimming.
- 24 Inch on
Center Wall Framing - If you're building a home and you want to cut
costs just a little bit further, you can always frame all of your
interior non-bearing walls 24 inches on center. You cannot however use
this for your exterior or bearing walls. I would suggest that you check
with your local building department, before you frame any of your walls
24 inches on center.
- Built up Framing
Headers - The header is the framing support that holds up the floor
or roof above it. Normally the window or door header will be the
thickness of the wall width. If the wall is 2 x 6, the header is going
to be 5 1/2 inches wide or the same thickness as the width of the 2 x 6
- The Truth
about Contractor Referral Directories - Here's a question that every
homeowner asked themselves at least once. Where can I find a dependable
contractor? When I was a child you would look through the yellow pages
or start asking around the neighborhood, until you found someone that
could work on your home.
- Wood Truss Roof
Repairs - Home Framing Advice - It's not common to find damaged roof
trusses when building a new house, but every once in a while you will
run into a problem where a truss has been damaged or even destroyed.
This could hold up the final buildings completion date if not taken care
- How Important Is It to Have the
Right Window and Door Sizes? - Framing layout is one of the most
important parts in new home construction. Not only will the doors and
windows affect the positioning of stud placement, but plumbing and
electrical fixtures will also play a big part in where those studs will
Gable Roof Framing Plan - Contractor Secrets Revealed - I've been
framing roofs and working on new homes for over 30 years and it's about
time that I reveal some of the secrets that most contractors hold dearly
to their heart. Some of the roof framing secrets have been passed down
to me from my grandfather.
- Plywood Roof
Sheeting - Roof Framing Trade Secrets - Most framing contractor's
look at the building plans and order all of the material, according to
those that are specified on the plans. This works out fine, and can
often save you money, but rarely produces the best home that you could