Layout, Floor and Wall Framing

Learn the basic principles and methods of floor and wall framing in construction, from which tools are essential for a framing job to common applications for sheet goods and key systems used to build walls.

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18 Video Lessons · 2H

  • 1. Introduction to Framing

    Sarah Smith is executive director of Sawhorse Revolution, a Seattle nonprofit empowering disadvantaged high school students through carpentry and design. Sarah shares what you’ll learn in her course, from wall frame construction to common tools.

  • 2. Dimensional Lumber for Framing

    Sarah describes several types of dimensional lumber used in wood framing, noting key measurements and terminology.

  • 3. Sheet Goods for Exterior Framing

    There are two types of engineered wood products for wood frame construction: CDX and OSB. Learn their properties, common applications, and how they’re best used.

  • 4. Fasteners

    Sarah shares the types of fasteners commonly used in wood framing, including sixteen-penny nails, galvanized nails, and joist hanger screws.

  • 5. Personal Protective Equipment

    Keeping yourself safe is essential on any project. Learn what PPE is useful for wood frame construction, from ear protection to respirators.

  • 6. Hand Tools

    Sarah covers three types of hand tools: tools for nail manipulation, measuring, and marking. Plus: miscellaneous tools like chisels, saws, and plumb bobs.

  • 7. Pneumatic Tools

    Pneumatic tools are powered by compressed air. Sarah shares how they're used and her thoughts on maintenance.

  • 8. Cutting Tools

    Sarah reveals the most common cutting tools you’ll find on a framing site, like the circular saw, sawzall, oscillating tool, and power planer.

  • 9. Drills and Drivers

    Drills and drivers fasten and manipulate lumber. Learn essential drill and driver terminology and how to choose fasteners for tools.

  • 10. Tool Belt

    Sarah shares which tools to stash in your toolbelt: the hammer loop, torpedo level, and cat’s paw.

  • 11. Principles of Framing

    There are three principles of quality framing: planning ahead; supporting and connecting the structures; and ensuring plumb, level, square, and straight structures.

  • 12. Terminology and Getting Started

    Learn which members comprise wall frames and floor frames: studs, footings, joists, and more.

  • 13. Layout Marks and 16 On-Center

    Sarah shares essential layout marking tools, then shows how to measure and mark a piece of lumber so it’s “sixteen on-center,” meaning every 16 inches aligns with the center of the stud.

  • 14. Floor Framing

    Sarah describes the floor-framing process, which entails leveling skids, installing floor joists, and making exterior rim joists flush.

  • 15. Squaring Floors

    Sarah shares two ways to check for square floors: the 3-4-5 triangle method and measuring for even corners.

  • 16. Assembling: Walls

    Sarah shows how to assemble wall layouts by measuring and marking the lumber before installation.

  • 17. Tipping Up Walls

    Learn about tipping up walls, from marking measurements with chalk lines to clearly communicating.

  • 18. Squaring and Bracing Walls

    Sarah shares ways to check for square and plumb walls and how braces hold walls in place.

Who it's for: This course is designed to cover the fundamental aspects of floor and wall framing to help construction workers gain the basic skills and knowledge required to build efficiently on a jobsite.

Key Topics

  • Layout

  • House framing

  • Tools for framing

  • Floor framing

  • Wall framing

  • Types of lumber

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