Tips - Building the Wall - Hopefully you've read the article on how
to figure out how much materials you will need to purchase, before
building the wall. Once you have figured out and purchased your building
materials, it's time to learn how to assemble the wall.
Caulking the Bottom Framing Plates for Pest Control -
Insects like ants and cockroaches, can fit through the smallest cracks,
whether they're on the outside of your house or they're on the inside of
your house, if these cracks are open, insects are going to be using them
on a regular basis.
Framing Exterior Walls with 2 X 6 - Framing the exterior walls with
2 x 6 studs instead of 2 x 4 can definitely add to the price of the
home. In addition to the cost of the lumber, you also have an increase
in the labor, insulation, window and door trimming.
24 Inch on Center Wall Framing - If you're building a home and you
want to cut costs just a little bit further, you can always frame all of
your interior non-bearing walls 24 inches on center. You cannot however
use this for your exterior or bearing walls. I would suggest that you
check with your local building department, before you frame any of your
walls 24 inches on center.
up Framing Headers - The header is the framing support that holds up
the floor or roof above it. Normally the window or door header will be
the thickness of the wall width. If the wall is 2 x 6, the header is
going to be 5 1/2 inches wide or the same thickness as the width of the
2 x 6 wall.