Avoid framing mistakes
We wanted to know which mistakes were the most common and how to avoid them. So who better to talk to than a building inspector? He shared his experiences, his insights, and a few horror stories. We walked away with some great tips on how to build a rock-solid house, make it code compliant, and do it all right the first time.
Stagger the joints in the top plates
It’s best to have one continuous top and tie plate, but that’s not possible on longer walls. When multiple plates are necessary, keep top plate end-joints a minimum of 24 inches away from tie plate end joints. And keep end joints at least 24 inches from the end of the wall as well. If the two end joints are not kept apart, they create a hinge point, which weakens the wall. Keep in mind that 24 inches is a bare minimum; most conscientious framers prefer at least twice that distance.