Trimming Gable Ends on the Ground Before Standing Them Up
I loved your article about framing gables on the ground in the January issue #272. I’ve been using this method for years and can safely say it’s saved me lots of time and material, as well as improved job safety and overall job quality. I also got into the habit of building the exterior gable trim on the ground as well. Although it adds to the overall weight of the gable end, using pump jacks or helpers (or your buddy who owns a crane) makes it easy to stand them up. In addition, trimming on the ground increases overall quality of your cuts and gluing (especially on more detailed cornice jobs), and keeps you from having to build out the trim while standing on a scaffolding (anyone who builds homes in cold, snowy climates knows how tricky that can be at times). In addition, anyone who’s worked with composite trim materials knows the perils of gluing joints while 30-40 feet off the ground. I’ve attached some photos of how I trim my gable ends.
Building out gable end trim with both feet comfortably on the ground results in better cuts, more precise gluing and miters, less waste, and improved job safety.
When possible and of your jurisdiction allows, install your wind barrier and flashing on the ground as well.
Better fitting trim and attention to detail result in a longer lasting, water tight job.
Once walls are stood up and tied in, you're ready for windows and siding.
Building up north in New England often means shoveling snow before you can start for the day. Scaffolding planks can get pretty icy, so do all you can on the terra firma.