When it comes to framing a wall, there are several ways you can go about undertaking the project. With these tips from a professional carpenter you can do the framing layout faster, without compromising on the integrity of quality of the work. Consider these simple framing tips for your next home project or DIY job.
Planning is Key
As a carpenter, precision is imperative. Everything starts with a plan. You should have
Without planning, nothing else matters. You can be the best woodworker or carpenter, only to find you forgot your tools on another job site and lose a big contract. So, pay attention to the small details, make sure you have a plan in place, and execute it exactly as laid out. Also, plan for deviations and what to do in the event of glitches in your plan. This allows you to also be armed with a backup plan and know how to react, if things don’t go 100% according to plan.
Start with Length
When you’re framing a wall, make sure to begin with the longest wall first. From there, you’ll measure and mark other long walls to ensure they’re parallel or perpendicular to the longest wall. After marking out the longer walls, you’ve created the perfect frame for smaller, shorter walls.
By marking the longest walls and moving your way down, you have a complete picture of the entire area you’re framing. Think of it, well, as a picture frame. With these walls laid out, it’s now time to mark the shorter interior walls of your project into place. Learn more here.
Don’t Move Onto the Next Step Until You’re Completely Finished
Before you do anything else, or move onto the next step, make sure you complete each step completely in any process. A simple example of this is marking walls. Don’t mark a couple of walls and begin snapping lines in place. Instead, mark as many walls as possible first, prior to jumping onto the next step of snapping lines.
Doing this helps minimize mistakes and reduce errors/discrepancies in measurements. It also guarantees you won’t miss marking any walls. You’ll know what you’re doing and where you stand in the process, when you go in order, and finish one step at a time.
Bathroom & Kitchen Walls Should be a Top Priority
For tiles and cabinets to look their best, symmetrical, square walls should frame them. Therefore, when framing these walls, pay attention to detail and make sure you get it right. Even a slight deviation or error in angles/location, will detract from the quality/appearance. In the event you need to make up for errors due to irregular dimensions, leave it for another room, not the kitchen or bathroom. Other areas of your home are far more forgiving, but all details and errors are highly visible (and magnified) in the kitchen and bathroom.
Pay Attention to Codes
Many people don’t even consider this, but coding regulations are a big part of what will dictate which wood you’re going to use when framing. Building codes will regulate door sizes, entryways, heights of ceiling, hallway sizes, and more. So, don’t just start without being armed with all relevant information. Know local coding, building codes, and how to avoid violations when framing walls.
Have a start and ending point. As a carpenter, precision, execution, and the right plan of attack are key in any project you undertake. With framing, these are some tips to help you execute properly, and achieve the best results on a job site, or performing work around your own home with a DIY job you’ve chosen to undertake.