Got a wall that needs to be framed right? Well, you can always call for professional help when you need such stuff to be taken care of. But there are some, who want to take matters into their own hands and do the deed themselves.
Nowadays, framing a wall is a pretty common thing. A wall frame gives your wall the required support, and it also adds to the element of charm to your house.
You can frame a wall in many different ways. You could start by installing the top plates and the bottom plates and then add the studs to the plates with the help of toenails.
If you have a large space, then you need to assemble all the necessary elements on the floor. The plus point of doing that is you can nail through the plates directly, and you don’t require the help of a toenail. It makes the process easier.
Some Steps That’ll Come In Handy
Framing a wall isn’t exactly a very difficult thing if you have someone to help you. And it doesn’t even take that much time too. However, if you are doing it alone, that can be a bit challenging.
You have to know the basics about marking, measuring, cross-cut and driving nails and much more techniques to efficiently frame a wall. Confused already? Well, you don’t have to because we are here to break it down into a series of simple steps for you.
Materials You Will Need
Before you go ahead and start the process, make sure that you have all the necessary items required for the project. You’ll need a layout square and tape measure, a circular saw, a hammer, some chalk and a plumb bob. These are the items that are necessary. You can add a few additional materials too according to your requirements.
When that is done, let’s move on to the next step on actually framing a wall. Here are the necessary steps that you need to follow for that:
- You need to determine the correct measurements of the wall, to begin with, the project. Make sure that start the measurement from the downside of the ceiling plate and go to the floor. Only then will you have the correct measurement of the wall. Make sure that you double check the measurement you made. Mark any openings or doorways with chalk to ensure precision.
- Installing the bottom plates would be the next step in the process. We all know that the walls are built from the ground. You need to cut the board that you will use to fit the markings that you made. You can use a hammer drill to drill holes through the boards to the floor. Screw up the wood into the floor and repeat the procedure on the other end.
- Next step would be to install the top plates. The installation of the top plates depends wholly on the alignment of the bottom plate and the floor joists. If the alignment is perpendicular to both the top plates are to be placed in an intersection to the floor joints. If the floor joist and the bottom plates run parallel, then the top plates should be attached in the middle of the floor joists.
- You need to cut the studs and the plates to a perfect length. Cut the studs at least 3 inches shorter than the wall height.
- Marking the placement and spacing of the studs is another important step in the process. You need to place the plates beside each other to mark the correct spacing of the studs. Make sure you measure carefully as required.
- Position the studs between the plates on edge. The studs need to be completely flat for the structure to look good, so if they aren’t, then turn them over this will hide the gap. Nail the studs in their position through the plates.
- Add blocking to the wall which will provide a strong nailing surface. This can be used for cabinets and moldings. If required, add the blockings between the studs.
And voila! Your framing is done. By following these few easy and calculated steps, you can frame any wall in your home like a pro. Makes sure that you follow each of the instructions carefully so that you don’t miss out on anything.