Exterior frame walls. 

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Standing the exterior wall framing.

 

1. Position the wall. Before erecting any wall, snap a chalk line along the sub floor to establish a

reference guide for positioning the inside edge of the wall’s bottom plate, and nail cleats to the rim

joist. With as many people as you need, slide the wall into position so that when you raise it, it will

stand close to the guideline. Erect the wall, and align it with the line.

 

 

2. Brace the wall. Using a 48 inch level, get the wall as close to plumb as possible. You’ll fine tune it

for plumb when you install the adjacent wall. Run braces from stud or from cleats on headers to

cleats that will be tacked to the sub floor. When you have the wall plumb, have a helper nail the

cleats to the sub floor.

 

 

 

 

3. Fasten the wall. With the bottom plate properly positioned, nail it to the rim joists and to the floor

joists with 16d nails, one nail per stud bay.

 

 

4. Final plumbing and alignment of walls. Plumb walls are essential, a stud wall that is not plumb

will haunt you through the entire building process. Check for lean in or lean out on the walls. Hold a

level on the face edge of the studs at about every fifth stud bay. If the studs are not plumb the wall is

leaning in or out, level and brace.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Install the cap plate. Walls should have two top plates, a cap plate and the wall’s top plate below

it. You’ve already nailed the top plate on top of the studs. Now that you’re plumbed and braced the

walls, a cap plate is essential for tying the walls together where they meet in corners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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