Archives: Framing

Foam Subfloor Adhesive – Getting Sticky!

By Todd Fratzel on Framing

TYTAN Subfloor High Yield Adhesive For years carpenters have been building great grip strength from squeezing miles of subfloor adhesive from large caulking gun tubes when framing subfloors. Not only has traditional subfloor adhesives been a pain to install they didn’t always work to prevent floor squeaks and often left a heck of a mess…

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Selecting TJI Floor Joist Sizes

By Todd Fratzel on Framing

Sizing Trus Joist TJI’s I’ve received dozens of emails asking me how you size TJI’s for a new home. Sizing Trus Joist brand TJI’s isn’t really that difficult once you understand the issues. Most people think that joists are sized based on minimum design loads. That is ultimately true, however, loading doesn’t usually govern the…

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Top Five Money Savings Tips for New Home Construction

By Todd Fratzel on Framing, Home Improvement Cost Savings

Save Big The Next Time You Build Considering how fragile the economy is right now and how timid banks are to loan money for new homes I thought I’d share my experience with saving money on new home construction. It wasn’t that long ago when getting loans was really easy and building large homes was…

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Basement Insulation

By Todd Fratzel on Basements, Framing, Insulation

Basement Insulation – Walls Basement insulation is far more complicated than insulating regular wood framed walls. In fact, improperly insulated basement walls are one of the biggest reasons for mold in homes. If you don’t do this correctly you’ll be exposing your family to dangerous mold exposure. In this article I’ll show you How To…

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Flashing A Deck Ledger Board Properly

By Todd Fratzel on Decks & Porches, Framing

Deck Ledger Board Flashing Detail Lately I’ve been seeing problematic deck ledger flashing details so I’d like to share with you my perspective on how to properly flash and secure your deck to the house. Properly flashing a deck ledger seems to be a lost skill with most weekend warriors…..let’s discuss how to properly secure…

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Insulated Door & Window Headers

By Todd Fratzel on Framing, Insulation

Energy Efficient Door & Window Headers With a continued focus on energy efficient construction (Green Construction) we are always looking for ways to improve upon residential construction techniques. Insulated door and window headers are one way to improve on standard framing methods. Old School Headers Years ago we used to build door and window headers…

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Cabinet Blocking Inside Wall Framing

By Todd Fratzel on Cabinetry, Framing

Cabinet Blocking I’m often reminded that I should write articles about even the simplest details as what I might take for granted is not so obvious to all readers. If you’re building a new home or remodeling an existing one where cabinet installation is involved then you should pay attention to cabinet blocking. Installing cabinets…

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How To Frame Window Openings

By Todd Fratzel on Framing

Framing Window Openings One of the most basic framing techniques involves framing window and door openings. Understanding the anatomy of a framed window opening will help you properly frame both window and door rough openings. The adjacent diagram shows a traditionally framed window opening from a recent project.  Each of the major components are labeled…

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