Plumbing, Lining and Bracing Framed Walls
A framing contractor explains his efficient sequence for keeping walls straight and true.
Synopsis: In this article, a framing contractor explains how to get rough-framed walls plumb and straight. He discusses methods of bracing and how to string line to check a wall for straightness.
I have a painting on the wall of my office at home. The painting hangs in a room built in the 1920’s or 30’s, and the room has 2×4 floor joists and rafters. No matter how hard I try, I can’t get the picture to hang straight. My office was probably plumb and straight when it was new, but now it’s neither straight nor square nor level. A picture that doesn’t hang squarely on a wall might not bug you, but even worse things can go wrong if you build an out-of-square structure.
To avoid these problems, once you’ve built, stood and nailed walls together, they must be plumbed and lined. Plumb and line makes walls…