I’m planning on building my own house next year, having gained expereince from building a small shed.
For the big house, everything has to be up to code and make the inspector happy. I have some doubts that maybe you guys can help me with:
1. I’m in Ontario Canada, according to our code I should be using 2″ or longer nails for 1/2″ or thicker sheathing. I plan to use 1/2″ plywood. Should I go with the code minimum of 2″ or use a 2 3/8″? Because a traditional hand driven 2″ or 6 penny nail is thicker than nail gun ones, going with a slightly longer won’t do any harm… right? Besides, there are some good discounts on 2 3/8 nails, good time to stock up on them when Black friday is approaching. I plan to buy HG nails just to make the sheathing look good after raining. I own a Dewalt cordless framing nail gun that works super well, no jams no fuss, paper tape nails means no plastic garbage.
2. Now for sheathing I understand that an expansion gap of 1/8″ has to be left, do I need to account for this growth when laying out studs? 2′ on centre doesn’t work anymore after a few laps, the centre would be off more and more.
3. Sheath the wall first then raise or the other way around? I get mixed opinions on this. For me, the problem is that we only have two people, so putting on sheathing first would make the walls hard to lift, though I’m aware of products that aid in the raising of the wall, by use of poles and ropes. I guess putting on the sheathing afterwards is good in the sense that you can speed up the framing process and get the roof done first, avoiding rain damage.
4. How to sheath the 2nd floor? Yeah, it’s gonna be a two storey house… so how am I supposed to carry a heavy piece of 4×8 up there when I sturggle to drag it on the ground? Scallfold? Scissor Jack? Anyone got some tricks for dealing with this?
Looking forward to hearing some pro tips! Btw happy shopping, I gotta go check out the flyers coming in…