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DIY Tips on Framing a Wall Properly

DIY Tips on Framing a Wall Properly

The framework of the wall is the skeleton, or base of the entire wall. No matter, what you are size house you are building you are going to need to frame the wall properly before you can do anything else. So before you can paint the walls, and decorate the room you have to build the walls in place.

You have to have a layout before you can create the wall. You need to know what length your wall should be, what height your wall should be, if there are any doors or windows being placed in the wall, and if the wall will be on the exterior portion of the house or the interior portion of the house. If you are simply adding a wall to separate a room in your home, you can lay the wall plans out on the floor using a chalk line to help you keep the lines straight. 

You need base plates and upper plates. These plates can be made from 2x4’s or 2x6 boards. These plates are what you will nail your studs to. So you measure your wall and determine how long the plates will need to be. Then you decide how far apart you will be placing the studs. They are normally placed 16” apart if you are going to finish the room with paneling or drywall, and 24” apart if you are building a storage shed, or you do not intend to finish the walls.

You begin by laying both plates out evenly on the floor. Start at one end and measure 16” and mark a straight line where the 16” come to. You will then need to measure the width of the 2x4 and make another line. You have just drawn a picture of the board where it will be. From the second line, you measure another 16 inches and repeat this process until you have marked where each of the wall studs needs to be placed. Mark the top and bottom plate just to be safe.

You have a couple of options at this point. You can nail the entire group of boards together and create one unit that you stand up and slide into place, or you can nail the base plate to the floor, and the top plate to the ceiling and nail the studs in between the two boards.

You will need to measure the distance between the top and bottom plate and then nail the boards into place. You may have to use a hammer and force the board to go into the position you need it in. The wall studs should fit very snugly between the plates. At the corners of the walls, you will nail two sections together.

If you have windows and doors going into the wall, you have to mark where they will be on the wall and cut the wall studs to the right length to accommodate the window framing boards.

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