Framing Your House (cont. p. 4)


What You Need To Do In Framing

 

As builder, here are some of your responsibilities involving framing. 



 ● Hire an experienced, licensed, insured framing contractor with good references, who you actually called.


● Before framing begins, when you choose your primary lumber supplier, determine if the store has your window sizes in stock.


If not, get them on order right away. Delivery can take up to two weeks.  You don’t want to be waiting on windows when your framer is ready for them.

 

Or you may alter your window selections based on what the supplier has in stock.  Just be absolutely certain that your framer knows about the changes in advance.  Mark the changes on his copy of the plan in red ink.

● Tell your framer that you expect him to “cull” the lumber.  That means setting aside warped pieces for return to the store.

This is particularly important on lumber for rafters.  These pieces can be 24 feet long or more, and are sometimes warped ─ a flaw that will show up later in your roof.

Warped pieces are much less common on wall studs (usually 8 or 9 ft.)  A perfectly straight stud is not required because usually it will never show in a finished wall.  But badly warped ones do get delivered sometimes, and these will show in a finished wall.  Cull them. 

● It is your responsibility to order the lumber and all materials that go into framing ─ including nails.  (He’s got a gun, if you recall).

Your take-off which was provided by your primary building material supplier, should list everything you need in framing material.

Order the material in stages, not all at once.

There are usually four main deliveries of framing materials: first floor, second floor, rafters and roof decking, and doors and windows.

 

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