Simple Way to Raise New Walls
Two builders framing a wall on the floor need to get a lift before placing it—a couple of blocks makes it easy to get the right handholds.
To celebrate FHB’s 40th anniversary, I’ve chosen my favorite Tips & Techniques from the first year of the magazine to feature throughout the year. A lot of the time these tips still work and don’t cost much. Here’s one of them…
Two builders framing a wall on the floor need to get a lift before placing it. Dave Bullen’s tip from Fine Homebuilding issue #3 shows how a couple of 45° 2×4 blocks makes it easy to get the right handholds.
Back when I worked in the tracts, a little trick made our lives easier when it came time to lift stud walls into place. Both people working on a wall would pick up a scrap piece of 2×4 and lean it against the top plate at about a 45° angle. Then we would bury the claw end of our hammers into the top plate deep enough to provide lifting purchase on the wall. Both workers lifting together would then raise the entire wall enough to allow the 2×4 blocks to fall under the top plate, providing hand room for the final lift from the other side
—Dave Bullen, Berkeley, Calif.
Edited and Illustrated by Charles Miller
Published in Fine Homebuilding issue #301 titled “Timeless Tip: Hand Room”