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Framing Floors, Walls, and Ceilings (eBook)

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Learn the Trade Secrets Used By Pros to Get First-Rate Framing Results

From the Editors of Fine Homebuilding

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  • Product # 077636
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  • ISBN 978-1-62710-066-3
  • Published Date 2009
  • Pages 160
In the updated and expanded edition of this top-selling reference book, you'll find the most current, complete and authoritative advice ever compiled on framing floors, walls, and ceilings.

As part of our popular For Pros By Pros series, this comprehensive resource is designed for builders and contractors -- but will work as a practical guide for hands-on amateurs as well.

Full of builder-tested strategies, techniques and trade secrets, here's a single book that delivers everything you'll ever need to build safe, sturdy floors, walls, and ceilings with precision.

  • The basics of framing, from 10 proven rules to innovative new methods
  • Advanced techniques like framing curved walls and cathedral ceilings
  • Up-to-the minute information on the latest materials, such as engineered lumber, I-joist trusses, and LULs
  • Over 400 on-the-job photos and detailed drawings show you exactly what to do every step of the way

From cover to cover, this valuable new edition is brought to you by the finest builders in the country -- carefully selected by the editors of Fine Homebuilding magazine.

With this trusty volume by your side, there's no framing job you can't handle with confidence.
Table of Contents

PART 1: Attics
Airtight Attic Access
Disappearing Attic Stairways
Fixing a Cold, Drafty House
Bed Alcove
A Fresh Look for an Attic Bath
Adding On, but Staying Small
Jewelbox Bathroom
Adding a Second Story

PART 2: Dormers
A Gable-Dormer Retrofit
Framing an Elegant Dormer
Keeping a Dormer Addition Clean and Dry
Framing a Dramatic Dormer

PART 3: Skylights
Dramatic Skylight
Skylight Kitchen
Shedding Light on Skylights
Framing for Skylights


I recently helped a friend remodel the bathroom in his 150-year old house. The room had been gutted, and the exposed framing was a graphic reminder that we really dont build houses like we used to. The exterior wall was framed with timbers bigger than my leg, and the wall separating the bath from the bedroom was framed with 8-in. wide chestnut planks on occasional centers. These 1-in. thick studs had many edges and were turned flat to provide a broad nailing base for the accordion lath that held the plaster. It was beautiful, at least to a couple of old carpenters, and we wondered for a moment how we might leave it all exposed.

The transition from building with planks and timbers to the way we build houses today started 200 years ago with the invention of a nail-making machine, but didnt really get going until the widespread mechanization of sawmills over the next few decades. At that point, you had studs and nails, which are what we still use today. But the methods and materials have evolved continuously over the years. Balloon framing, where the studs ran uninterrupted from foundation to roof, gave way to the platform framing we use today. Studs got smaller. Plywood replaced board sheathing. Nail guns overtook hammers. And so on.

Efforts to make better use of our dwindling forests, to build houses faster and to make them safer in the wake of hurricanes, earthquakes and fires have all led to changes in the way we stitch our homes together. If youre building today, whether its a new house or a partition wall your basement, you need to keep up with new materials and changing codes. The articles in this book will help you do that (among other things). Collected from past issues of Fine Homebuilding magazine, these articles were written by experienced builders. If they worked beside you on a job site, or lived next door, youd ask their advice about the header over your new picture window. But good builders arent that easy to find, which is why we got these folks to write down what theyve learned.
Kevin Ireton, editor
Fine Homebuilding

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