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Do you want to move, remove, or install a wall, but hesitate because you're wondering what "hidden" surprises lurk behind what's there now? Plan for them and get the job done right with the solid grasp of the fundamentals that you'll get here. You can do it yourself -- and improve your home -- once you know the basics of framing.
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For over 100 years, the majority of North American homes have been built using wooden framing. This technique is strong, conserves materials, and allows great design flexibility. Framing Basics (part of Sterling's excellent "Basics" series, which covers numerous tools and woodworking techniques) offers a helpful introduction to framing for do-it-yourselfers. Readers for whom this book is intended aren't going to build an entire house; they are homeowners who want to move, remove, or install a wall or create built-in storage. Peters covers tool-use, materials, methods of work, and demolition in easily understood text supplemented with numerous color photographs. Thallon, a professor of architecture, takes frame construction to the next level, showing how to build a house's entire shell from the foundation to the roof. He believes that when properly constructed, a wood-framed house should be able to last for 200 years or more. This title's intended audience is professional builders and designers; a great deal of reader knowledge is assumed by the author. Broad sections include foundations, floors, walls, roofs, and stairs. The text is brief and to the point, with a huge number of excellent illustrations providing the details. Libraries that own the original edition (1991) of this title should consider this revision--it covers recent developments such as new sheathing methods, wood I-joists, and vinyl windows. A comprehensive glossary and list of resources round out this title. Structural insulated panels (SIPs) consist of slabs of foam insulation sandwiched between oriented strand board or plywood. They represent one of the newest technologies and may render wood-framing methods obsolete. Morley, a builder who specializes in SIPs construction, gives a compelling argument for this new system--it's structurally superior, better insulated, faster to erect, and more environmentally friendly than traditional methods. The use of SIPs requires many specialized tools and techniques, all of which are covered in detail. A large resource list provides the names of architects, builders, and companies that deal with this system. Framing Basics is well written and is geared toward the beginner; with other titles in Sterling's "Basics" series, it deserves a place in most public library collections. Both Thallon's and Morley's works are excellent but are geared toward a specialized audience; public libraries with comprehensive collections and academic library architecture collections should consider them.--Jonathan Hershey, Akron-Summit Cty. P.L. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402711206
  • Publisher: Main Street Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.92 (w) x 10.06 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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The author lives in Emmaus, PA.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Chapter 1 Framing Systems
Platform Framing 7
Balloon Framing 8
Post-and-Beam Framing 9
Foundations and Floors 10
Walls 13
Roofs 16
Roof Types 19
Blueprints and Plans 20
Permits and Codes 24
Chapter 2 Tools and Materials
General-Purpose Tools 27
Specialty Tools 29
Dimension Lumber 30
Metal Framing 31
Sheet Stock 32
Engineered Beams 34
Barriers and Insulation 35
Fasteners: Nails 36
Fasteners: Screws 38
Anchors and Caps 39
Joist Hangers 40
Caulk and Adhesive 41
Chapter 3 Framing Techniques
Layout and Measurement 43
Using a Tape Measure 44
Using Squares 45
Level and Plumb 46
Hammer Techniques 47
Nailing Patterns 49
Air Nailers 50
Pulling Nails 51
Using a Handsaw 52
Using a Circular Saw 53
Special Cuts 55
Using a Reciprocating Saw 56
Using a Saber Saw 57
Working with Metal Framing 58
Straightening Lumber 60
Fine-Tuning Joints 61
Chapter 4 Framing Joints
Common Joints 63
Rough Openings 65
Framing Intersecting Walls 66
Framing Corners 68
Headers 70
Plating 72
Floor Sheathing 74
Chapter 5 Demolition
Identifying Problem Areas 77
Preparing for Demolition 79
Removing Drywall 82
Removing Plaster 84
Temporary Supports 86
Removing Doors and Windows 89
Removing the Framing 91
Chapter 6 Adding a Wall
Adding a Partition Wall 95
Framing a Wall or Section in Place 99
A Knee Wall in the Attic 102
Finishing a Wall with Metal Studs 104
Adding a Wall with Metal Studs 106
Installing Drywall 108
Chapter 7 Adding Built-Ins
Built-In Anatomy 111
Built-In Seating 112
Adding a Closet 116
Built-In Storage 119
Built-In Medicine Cabinet 123
Glossary 126
Index 128
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