Framing Tips Vol. 1
Clear communication is key
This is how I stay organized with myself and the guys. The first picture shows how I mark my walls. It tells the wall number which corresponds with a number on the subfloor and the arrow shows he direction. I mark the header size so I don’t have to measure later. I also put the RO and mark if it’s a door or window. The second picture is trimmers I cut and marked with red crayon. I mark all my special pieces in red and place them next to the plates they go to with all the red facing up so it’s clear. The third picture is a cut list for myself so I’m not going back and forth to the plates for measurements. I try to be clear enough with all my markings so that the guys don’t need to ask me any questions.
Submitted by Patrick Letourneau (@Patrickofthenorthe)
Splinter free scribing
Here’s a bit of a tweak to a classic carpentry tip… let the edge of the tape ride on the board when scribing so you don’t get any splinters.
Submitted by R Brett Mothershead (@dumbasscarpentry)
I had to screw down this stud into a 1-1/2” plate. Rather than trying to guesstimate the needed angle for my screw, I just sent the screw through the bottom out the face. Now I’m guaranteed to hit the plate in the center
Submitted by Jason Beeman (@beeman_contracting)
One thing I love about using a metal handled hammer is that I can use the handle to strike my nail puller instead of aiming and using the face of the head. This along with the side nail puller I had in the Tibone and now the Martinez M1 make pulling nails easy. You can see too that I don’t swing hard, but fast. Look up the concept of “Kinetic Energy Weapons” and it is easier to understand how velocity plays a factor in the energy of a lighter object is related to speed.
Submitted by @krugerconstruction
Leveling up mahogany fence posts like a boss. No need for a specific fence post level when you can use a clamp!
Submitted by Zach Dettmore (@Dettmore101)
Homemade plan container
Spare parts are the way I make my site plans container. I typically only need permits for decks and screen porches so for less than 10 documents this thing is perfect. It’s very weatherproof and has a small footprint!
Submitted by Nick Fee (@ncf_home_improvements)
I know, I know. Most guys are going to know what a story pole is. Probably one of the oldest and most efficient tricks in the book when it comes to repetitive marking. But I had many questions from my previous video about one. We use it on every job to ensure consistent marks across our entire project. As long as we get an accurate reading from our laser….the rest will be perfect.
Submitted by Kyle Stumpenhorst (@rrbuildings)
Chalk lines aren’t always the best
Little video we made this morning for the next generation of up and coming carpenters. I hope it helps. When I hire new guys, I always have to break them of this. Chalk lines are not always the best tool for the job.
Submitted by Mark Henrichson (@markhenrichson)
Trying to install joists but don’t have anything to bear them on? Take a framing nail (pictured here are 3″) and set it in the end of the joist then bend it over. This will give you something to hang the joist of the rim board while you nail it off. I use this a lot when working solo as well because it eliminates the need for a second pair of hands.
Submitted by Natasha Fritz (@naturalcarpentry)
Nails for hands
Here is a little trick. Most of the time I don’t have a another set of hands while framing in sections of the roof. So we all the know the gusset plate on the trusses and just be annoying and is known for having things slide out of place while nailing. So I will mark the top cord of the truss and square it down. I’ll set 2 nails for the hip to dig into so I can nail the top without concern of it sliding out.
Submitted by Joe Canning (@canadiancarpenter)