Wall Framing Tips for New Construction

Avoid common framing errors with these pro tips

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Overview

Wall framing always looks simple and straightforward, but a mistake here—a wall that's too short or a window opening slightly too small—wastes lots of time and effort later. In this article, we'll show you simple techniques designed to ensure accurate results. Keep in mind, though, that carpentry practices and jargon vary from region to region and even from one carpenter to the next. So don't be surprised if some of the labels and marks we show aren't exactly what you'd encounter on a local building project. The basic concepts are the same, and with this information your next framing project should go smoothly and error free.

Snap lines and set the plates in place

Mark windows and doors first, then lay out the studs

Transfer the layout marks to the bottom plate

Nail full-height headers to the top plate

Add cripples above headers and under sills