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Like the human body, a house has a skeleton that gives it
support, shape and a framework for outer coverings. A house's skeleton
is called the frame. Though some new homes utilize steel framing, most
houses are made of wooden beams, floor joists, walls studs, roof rafters
and related components.
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Glossary of Terms and Diagram
Framing exterior walls is a pretty straight-forward
process. Assembling walls on a level surface -- probably the subfloor or
slab -- and raising them into place will help you frame faster. However,
raising walls usually requires some extra help.
Standard Wood Framing
There are two basic framing methods: platform and balloon construction, as
shown at right. Platform construction is much more common than balloon
framing, though balloon framing was employed in many two-story houses
Most interior details, mainly walls and closets, are built with 2x4s (2x6s
take up more space). The walls usually aren't load-bearing, so headers
may be down-sized to consist of a couple of 2x4s.
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