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House Framing: Plan, Design, Build leads homeowners through the steps of building a structure by means of platform framing, the most popular style of framing in use today. Beginning with background information, the book provides the reader with everything they need to know about building, including structural loads and how they interact, sizing lumber, working with tools, and reading blueprints. The book then takes the reader through the framing process - from foundations to floor framing, wall framing, roof ...
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Overview


House Framing: Plan, Design, Build leads homeowners through the steps of building a structure by means of platform framing, the most popular style of framing in use today. Beginning with background information, the book provides the reader with everything they need to know about building, including structural loads and how they interact, sizing lumber, working with tools, and reading blueprints. The book then takes the reader through the framing process - from foundations to floor framing, wall framing, roof framing, sheathing, and more. This expanded and revised edition ends with three project chapters: one on building stairs, another on finishing a basement with steel studs, and the last on framing a bay window. Each chapter covers both construction and design information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580112352
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Series: Ultimate Guide
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


John D. Wagner has been involved with the construction trade for over 20 years. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Journal of Light Construction, Builder, and Today's Homeowner. Wagner is the author of two other Creative Homeowner books: Drywall: Pro Tips for Hanging & Finishing and Barns, Sheds & Outbuildings. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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Table of Contents

Ultimate Guide to House Framing

Table of Contents

Introduction...8

Section I
Getting Started...10

Chapter 1
House Framing Materials...12
Working with Wood...13
Plywood...18
Engineered Lumber...20
 
Chapter 2
Engineering Basics...23
Building Loads...24
Beams, Rafters & Collar Ties...27
Building Plans...31

Chapter 3
Framing Tools...37
Measuring Tools...38
Levels...39
Squares...40
Marking Tools...41
Hand Tools...41
Power Tools...42

Chapter 4
Ladders, Scaffolds & Safety Systems...45
Ladders...46
Platform Jacks...48
Scaffolds...50
Fall-Arrest Systems...50

Chapter 5
Framing Hardware...53
Nails...54
Connectors & Hurricane Ties...54
Anchor Bolts...56
Other Fasteners...59

Chapter 6
Essential Building Techniques...61
Measuring Accurately...62
Nailing Basics...63
Safe Circular-Saw Use...64
Troubleshooting Lumber Problems...68

Section II
Building the Frame...70

Chapter 7
Floor Framing...72
Structural Support...73
Girders, Beams & Posts...76
Floor Joists...81
Subfloors...90
Underlayment...92

Chapter 8
Walls & Partitions...93
Wall Framing...94
Rough Openings...100
Wall Assembly...102
Sheathing...110
Windows & Doors...112

Chapter 9
Gable-Roof Framing...121
Roof Loads...122
Roof Pitch & Slope...122
Calculating Rafter Length...123
Installing Ridgeboards & Rafters...130
Trusses...134
Skylights...137
Roof Sheathing...138

Chapter 10
Shed, Hip & Gambrel Roofs...143
Framing Shed Roofs...144
Hip Roofs...146
Gambrel Roofs...153

Chapter 11
Framing Dormers...157
Gable dormer...158
Shed dormer...161

Section III
Framing Projects...164

Chapter 12
Building Stairs...166
Straight-Run Basics...167
Calculating the Staircase Size...167
Staircase Installation...171
Balustrades...174
About L-Shaped Stairs...179
Calculating Rise & Run...179
Framing the Landing...181
Making the Stringers...183
Assembling the Stairs...184
Finishing the Stairs...186
Winder Pros & Cons...187
Building a Basic Winder...187
Adding Nosings...189
Design Ideas for Stairs...190

Chapter 13
Basement Framing...192
Estimating Materials...193
Basement Walls...193
Basement Ceilings...197
Basement Floors...199
Beams, Ducts, Pipes & Columns...201
Design Ideas for Basements...204

Chapter 14
Installing a Bay Window...206
Bay Windows...207
Design Ideas for Windows...213
Plans to Help You Build Your Dream Home...216
Home Plans...218

Resource guide...228

Glossary...230

Index...234

Credits/Metric Equivalents...239

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