To Frame Exterior
Walls On A
Platform Frame 5
Squaring And Bracing A Wall
Straightening Walls After Raising
If the wall's
exterior is to be
sheathed after it is raised, it
need to be toenailed to the floor after assembly unless it is to be
squared before it is raised. A let in or temporary diagonal brace
can be tacked to the wall after squaring. Tacking allows the wall to be
adjusted after it is raised. After raising the wall, nail the bottom
plate to the subfloor through the floor joists, then plumb, and square
it and brace each corner to the subfloor. Two carpenters are usually
needed. If the wall was not squared on the subfloor, it can be raised,
and squared with a spirit level attached to a long straight edge.
Plumbing the wall at two of the right angled sides of each corner will
plumb and square the wall. Brace the corners of the wall to
subfloor to keep it upright and plumb. Adjust the lower part of the
corner braces after squaring. Use three spacer blocks and string to
straighten the top of the wall. Brace the wall to the subfloor at each
point the wall is checked and straightened if necessary. The braces
will stay on until the wall has been sheathed, usually with plywood,
nailed to the other walls, plates, and floor or ceiling joists.
Sheathing will keep the wall square. See figure 31. The golden section
can be incorporated into the wall or some
other part of the building.
Top & Bottom Wall Plates.
Exterior Walls: Frame
The Wall & Wall Openings.
Exterior Walls: Leave
Wall Corner Spaces For Top Plates To Overlap.
Square, Brace & Raise The Wall.
5.Frame Exterior Walls:
Walls Can Be Squared & Straightened After Raising.
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