10 Golden Rules of Framing
Editors distill their favorite nuggets of framing wisdom from 36 years of Fine Homebuilding.
I’ve been a reader of Fine Homebuilding since the first issue came out in 1981, about the time I started being paid to bang nails into lumber. As it has for many other builders, the magazine served as the textbook that taught me the trade I love. Becoming an editor here and getting to know the building heroes whose bylines I’d been reading was both humbling and inspiring. It was humbling because I found them to be even more knowledgeable and talented than they seemed
in print, often leaving me feeling like the village idiot. But it was inspiring because none of them were the kind of people who’d point out your ignorance. Instead, they’d invite you to grab a cold beer and a seat on a tailgate with them at the end of a hot day while they explained everything they knew that you didn’t. From that deep well of building knowledge, FHB editor Justin Fink and I worked with the current crop of editors to winnow ten bits of framing advice we all wish we’d known the first (and last) time we strapped on our tool bags.
Click below to view the members-only PDF to read FHB’s 10 Golden Rules of Framing.
Also take a look at Justin Fink’s picks for the 11 top rules of framing, published in 2016.
And for a peek back at some classic advice, here are Larry Haun’s 10 rules for framing from 2003.