Framing walls is a pretty straightforward process, but just like anything, it’s easy to mess up. And let me tell you – our framer, Marty, was not shy about pointing out every little thing that I did wrong while “helping” to frame the lower level at Bunker Hill. So, now I’ll let you learn from my mistakes:
- Inspect the straightness of the 2-by-4 before cutting to make sure they aren’t warped – clearly I had too much trust in Home Depot
- You don’t actually need to write down the multiples of 16 to mark where the studs should go. Almost all tape measures have small red lines on them that indicate the spacing between wall studs.
- And about those red lines, they indicate the center of where the stud should be placed — not the right or left of where the stud goes
- Snapping a chalk line to indicate where the plate should go is much easier than marking the floor every foot with a pencil (not that I did that…)
- Make sure to measure the height of each wall stud prior to cutting the wood – just because the wall should be straight doesn’t mean that it will be
Also hold back your damn the man attitude – the studs really do need to be 16 inch on center as this lines up with the width of insulation, the length of sheetrock, etc.