Framing Day

So the title is probably a bit misleading. While today (Wednesday, September 23, 2015) was the start of framing, it will last for a few weeks ("Framing Weeks?"). Another way the title is a bit misleading is that the framers have been to the site while the stem walls were going up so that they could locate the hold-downs. What do we mean by "framing?" We're referring to the actual lumber being secured to the foundation and eventually the floors, walls, and roof that will be framed out.

So what happens on the first day of framing? Well, you can't start framing without lumber – hence, we had a delivery on site this morning. 

Note the "piggy back" fork lift to the left, and the truck backing into the driveway on the right, just to the left of the portable toilet. 

Note the "piggy back" fork lift to the left, and the truck backing into the driveway on the right, just to the left of the portable toilet. 

That whole load isn't ours – just a portion of it. Pretty sweet "piggy back" forkllift uploads our lumber.

That whole load isn't ours – just a portion of it. Pretty sweet "piggy back" forkllift uploads our lumber.

Fortunately, our site allows for trucks to back in and make unloading pretty straightforward. I imagine there can be challenging sites where the "piggy back" forklift may have to navigate tougher unloading patterns.

The first lumber to go on the house is the mudsill or sill plate. The term mudsill implies what this is – the first piece of lumber that sits to curb mud. This becomes the bottom plate of wood and must be pressure treated as it sits on the foundation. Remember I mentioned the framers placed those hold-downs previously? After measuring, cutting, and drilling holes, the mudsills are secured to the hold-downs with stainless steel washers. 

Mudsill is on the concrete stem wall, secured with a square washer in our case. In addition to the sills being placed around the concrete walls, the two large girder beams were also placed and will be further secured. Floor joists will hang off the girders.

Mudsill is on the concrete stem wall, secured with a square washer in our case. In addition to the sills being placed around the concrete walls, the two large girder beams were also placed and will be further secured. Floor joists will hang off the girders.

Look forward to our next construction update!