Archives: Framing

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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Large Girder Trusses

By Todd Fratzel on Framing

Using Girder Trusses for Open Framing Today I want to quickly share some photos from a commercial building that we’re in the process of constructing this winter. We’re building a major addition for a Chrysler Dealership in Claremont, NH – Lambert Auto Sales. The project involves adding a large new showroom to an existing older…

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What Are Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)?

By Todd Fratzel on Design, Energy Conservation, Framing

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) A reader asked me the other day to explain what’s the difference between Structural Insulated Panels and Prefabricated Wall Panels. Before answering the question on the difference it is important to answer the of: What Are Structural Insulated Panels or SIPs? Structural insulated panels (or structural insulating panels), SIPs, are a…

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Rough Openings | Standard Framing Dimensions

By Todd Fratzel on Framing

Framing Rough Openings Framing rough openings for windows and doors (standard door and windows openings) is really straight forward if you follow some simple dimensional rules. For standard wood framed construction the rough openings for doors and windows is typically the actual unit size plus 2-1/2 inches in height and width. Standard Door Rough Openings…

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Custom Stairs

By Todd Fratzel on Finish Carpentry, Framing, Interior Decorating

Custom Brazilian Cherry Staircase In our new home we built the custom stairs with Brazilian Cherry treads, handrails and newel post. The risers and stringers are made from poplar. Brazilian Cherry is a really beautiful wood and extremely dense. I’m told it’s about 100 times harder than red oak. As you can see in the…

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Help Wanted – Finding Qualified Help Isn’t Easy

By Todd Fratzel on Framing

Hiring Qualified Carpenters Not sure this post will mean much to everyone but it’s my way of venting some upcoming stress. Today my top “go to guy” (foreman) tendered his two weeks notice. So tomorrow my day will start in search of a replacement for a position that’s becoming harder and harder to fill with…

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Prefabricated Wall Panels Save Time

By Todd Fratzel on Framing, Green Building

Using Prefabricated Wall Panels I’ve written about using prefabricated wall panels before and how they can save time on a job. Today I wanted to show an example of a job that really benefited from the use of prefabricated wall panels. Today one of our crews set wall panels on the 2nd floor of a…

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Framing Walls – Reference Guides

By Todd Fratzel on Framing

Framing Walls Before I begin please note that my dad (standing on top of that step ladder) is breaking a major ladder safety rule! This photo was taken when my father and I started framing our new home. Lately we’ve had quite a few emails and questions about framing walls and more specifically if we…

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