Wood frame section: Wood framing for exterior wall of new residence. The frame is made up of sections/modules, each fabricated by butt nailing through horizontal (when in final position) bottom and lower top 2"x4" plates into ends of 2"x4" vertical studs spaced 16" oc (16 inches on center). Window and door openings are framed, nailing into place multiple studs at openings supporting header/lintel at top and sill at bottom. Exterior sheathing from 4'x8' sheets of wood oriented strand board (OSB) is placed on top of the horizontal frame section and nailed to plates and studs. The section is then pushed up vertically into its permanent position. It is nailed through bottom plate and plywood subfloor into underlying floor platform edge joist/band. A second 2"x4 top plate is placed on top of the first and nailed to it. A gray line surround on photo identifies a section ~11' long that includes ~ 6' wide window opening, and 4 light brown circles indicate the joints/breaks at the 4 corners of the section. The upper top plate bridges/spans across the joints between sections to provide continuity in the completed frame. A dark brown circle shows a joint/break in the top plate. Abutting this section to its left is another frame section. Ann Arbor, Michigan, October, 2006.
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