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.
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.
Look forward to our next construction update!