Avoiding Common Framing Errors
By paying attention to some basic details, you can avoid the framing mistakes that building inspectors encounter most frequently.
Synopsis: From mudsills that aren’t bolted down to collar ties put in the wrong place, mistakes in rough framing can get you on the wrong side of your local building inspector and lead to structural problems down the road. This article offers tips on avoiding them.
When it comes to building inspectors, I’m like the teenager who thought his father was a poor simpleton who knew nothing about anything. A few years later, after the son had a child of his own, he was amazed at how much the old man had learned in such a short time. The truth is, I’m amazed by how much building inspectors have learned since I began working in construction 12 years ago.
As a builder/remodeler, I sometimes thought that building inspectors pushed points in the code that didn’t seem all that important. But after years of learning — from my own…