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Learning to Frame

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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…)
  5. 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.


About LoveAtFirstSite

Some people love dogs, some people love cars, but not me. I love dirt. I'm pretty sure it's not the first thing you think when you see me, but it's true--I really love dirt. Although, I'm picky about where my dirt comes from. Construction sites are perfect, backyards are OK, but the streets of NYC not so much. So now that you know that I love dirt, you may want to know why. I've been on and off construction sites since I was little. And here's a picture to prove it. I recently quit my public relations job in NYC in the pursuit of cleaner dirt. I love home renovations and remodeling, and I've been working closely with my dad who has been in the business for 40 plus years to learn everything I can. I’m also a full-time residential real estate agent in the Greater Fairfield area. I’m dragging my fiancé, Neil, along for the ride too. For those of you who know us, thanks for reading. And for those of you who don’t, welcome to our house flipping, home remodeling, suburbanite lives! Alana Brier | Newtown, CT | 203.304.4235 |


3 thoughts on “Learning to Frame

  1. You can also center them on 16″ by placing the right or left side of each stud on the same side (R/L) of each 16″ line – but as long as it works.

    Posted by Bob | April 17, 2012, 9:46 am
  2. We framed a few new walls in our house and it’s so fun to see it take shape. The bones of your house are so important. Once it’s up and sheetrock on… you feel like the KING (or Queen) of renovation. HA HA!
    You go, girl! Reno is not for the weak so I know you’re a go getter! Looking forward to more.

    Posted by agoodehouse | April 17, 2012, 7:03 pm

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