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  • In a reply to How to frame a rough opening for an over sized window (new construction)
    coonass's picture
    2 hours 16 min ago

    I agree with Mike that this needs to be balloon framed, other wise it's a hinge. I would frame with 2x6 and sheath the outside with 1/2 plywood. Also your K braces do very little and I don't understand the post.

    KK

  • In a reply to Split Level Entry with Transom Picture Window
    Sawdust_Steve's picture
    6 hours 31 min ago

    hey Travis I like your sketch. What software did you use to draw that?

  • In a reply to How to frame a rough opening for an over sized window (new construction)
    user-2887753's picture
    9 hours 35 min ago

    Howdy Mike,

       Ya know, I have one actual, physical vocational textbook on carpentry to reference (aside from the web) and though I have read the chapter on Wall Framing Systems at least 3 times all the way through, and referenced it a lot on this project, It was not until you posted this response that I was able to go back, reread that section, and see in the section about Platform Framing where it does in fact say "all wall frames are one story tall". But, and I hope this doesn't come across as argumentative, technically this does not imply (at least as far as I can tell) that one cannot build a multi-storied platform frame, but just that a platform frame only has single storied wall frames, so feasibly you could stack one wall frame on another. And granted, I'm neither an engineer, nor architect, which is why I’ll get an engineer to makes sure everything is sound before I build.

       This whole thing sprouted from the idea of building living space with wood framed portable buildings, in a manner similar to the way some folks are using old (or sometimes new, I guess) shipping containers to make habitats. I like the concept of modular building, but I think shipping containers are just about the most ugly way to do it (personal opinion, to each their own & all that) I figured that with some extra bracing (like the afore mentioned “Load Posts”) I could stack portable building & make a purdy cool and spatially interesting living space.

       THAT said, I plan to keep after the concept of “Platform stacking”, and trying to figure out to reinforce where it needs it so that the goal can be achieved. So now I’m looking to solve the window problem, and I didn’t want to be perceived as stupid, or a smartass,,, or disrespectful. Rather, I believe merely because they aren’t doing it doesn’t mean it cannot be done, and I wanna figure out how to do it.

    Thanks for the comment, it showed me something that had been right under my nose for several years.

  • In a reply to Any body using LP Smartside?
    Rupall's picture
    9 hours 52 min ago

    We used it in 2014 on a new home and have issues already.  In my opinion, use Hardie trim.  

  • In a reply to How to frame a rough opening for an over sized window (new construction)
    user-2887753's picture
    10 hours 5 min ago

     

    Howdy Dan,

       No, it has a 30'X32' space below,(See attached: "Ground_Floor.JPG" Picture of basic ground floor layout , no windows or doors) the 30' walls are reinforced every 10'  with 4X6 posts, the corners are made with  a 4X8 posts laping over a 4X6, and K brace, All the posts are blocked beneath the subfloor to carry load to the foundation.. The 32' walls have 2 4X8 posts sistered at the mid point, with a 12X12 beam suported at 4 points by 8X8 posts (also blocked beneath subfloor)

      Because my laptop is kinda whimpy, I have to do my cosmetic design first, then disect it and do the structura details by section, then put 2 sections together at a time to make sure they grok, so I didn't have this info in the first image.

      My main roof pitch is 67.5Deg, which gives me 3 habitable floors and an attic, so ground floor is shop space, 2nd is first floor of living space, 3rd floor has "open to below" space over living room.

  • In a reply to How to frame a rough opening for an over sized window (new construction)
    mike mahan's picture
    11 hours 38 min ago

    Two story walls need to be balloon framed. Windows or not.

  • In a reply to How to frame a rough opening for an over sized window (new construction)
    DanH's picture
    13 hours 31 min ago

    Is this, as the image implies, an A frame?  If so then the roof load situation is entirely different from "normal".

  • In a reply to Geodesic Dome roofing help?
    MissManagedMuppet's picture
    18 hours 42 min ago

    Hi - Could I possibly get the contact info for the contractor specializing in geodesic domes you guys are talking about here? It would be greatly appreciated!

     

    Thanks!

  • In a reply to Split Level Entry with Transom Picture Window
    DanH's picture
    22 hours 38 min ago

    Where you have a window stacked over the door, there is no need for the second header directly above the door.  There is no roof load at that point, as the roof load is borne entirely by the header above the window stacked over the door.

  • In a reply to Best framing hammer
    mike mahan's picture
    23 hours 41 min ago

    When I started framing the weapon of choice for most, was a wooden handled Plumb rigging axe. I think it came in at 28 oz. As I was told the blade was not for cutting wood but for cutting nails. A swift swipe with the blade would cut or knock out most bent natils. For nail pulling there was a slot perpendicular to the blade that had incredible leverage. So incredible that you could break the handle. Most guys had the handle wrapped with pipe wrap tape as a preventative measure. The width of the blade was 3.5", which could be handy. I was told that it was for spacing skip sheathing on roofs, but I never did that. Plywood was the norm. I'm not quite that old. Vaughn made an axe, too, but nobody used it. I think I used a 28 oz hammer after I gave up the axe, but not for long. When I stopped hand nailing entirely I went to a 20 oz fiberglass handled Vaughn, which I still use. I've got a set; one smooth and one waffle. 

    I've got a curved claw steel handle Eastwing that's the cats [JOBSITE WORD] for stripping forms. I'd sure hate to drive many nails with a steel handled hammer. 

  • In a reply to Best framing hammer
    DanH's picture
    1 day 1 hour ago

    I've never felt bad about it -- I'm sure the people there put it to good use.

  • In a reply to simple question on caulking around a window
    sandbert's picture
    1 day 2 hours ago

    which means "read the ***** manual";  I dug out the installation instructions for the Andersen windows which I had used when putting in the windows (a year ago) but had forgotten about.  It clearly states to caulk all sides around the window between exterior frame and the trim.  So between Andersen and Hardie I think I'm set.  Thanks for the help.

  • In a reply to Roofer Installed Open End Ridge Vent Instead of Closed End Ridge Vent......What To Do
    JIMMIEM's picture
    1 day 2 hours ago

    I'd like to hire a roofer and have the open end section removed and replace with a closed end section.  But I'm not sure if it is a good idea to disturb what is there and risk a leak.  

  • In a reply to Roofer Installed Open End Ridge Vent Instead of Closed End Ridge Vent......What To Do
    calvin's picture
    1 day 2 hours ago

    Things are good.

    Real Spring can't get here soon enough.  

  • In a reply to Roofer Installed Open End Ridge Vent Instead of Closed End Ridge Vent......What To Do
    DanH's picture
    1 day 2 hours ago

    You want to be sure to insert some sort of metal mesh or the like to deter rodents.  You can, eg, scrunch up chicken wire and inject foam around/through it.

  • In a reply to Best framing hammer
    Montanaman's picture
    1 day 7 hours ago

    Thanks for the help.  

    I can't bring myself to pay $200 for a hammer.  That's about what they get for some of the titanium models.

     

     

     

  • In a reply to Best framing hammer
    Montanaman's picture
    1 day 7 hours ago

    That sounds like a good excuse for a trip.

  • In a reply to Best framing hammer
    Montanaman's picture
    1 day 7 hours ago

    I appreciate the help.

  • In a reply to Best framing hammer
    Montanaman's picture
    1 day 7 hours ago

    Thanks for the info.  I'm checking in to the Vaughn.

  • In a reply to simple question on caulking around a window
    Sawdust_Steve's picture
    1 day 8 hours ago

    Sounds to me like a well thought out system. Dont second guess yourself caulk it all up. Anything getting behind the caulk (should be nothing if you do a good job) is going to hit the the Tyvek or Grace and and not get anywhere near the sheathing or interior.