Archive | March, 2014

Framing

3 Mar

It seems like every house we work in I see wavy drywall and baseboard trim due to the framers not getting all the crowns on the same side.  Almost never is wood straight, the majority of 2×4’s, 2×6’s and on up have a crown in them.  This means that they curve.  2×4’s aren’t really 2×4’s by the way, in the old days they were but today they measure 1 and a half inches by 3 and half inches.  Hold a 2×4 out in front of you and look down the inch and a half side and you should see a curve.  When framing walls all those curves need to be on the same side of the wall, either put them all in or all out.  Pick which way you want them to face and then always do it that way so you don’t mess up.  If you mix up your crowns you will have your drywall and baseboard trim looking wavy.  Wavy walls make it hard to hang cabinets, install tile backsplashes, and countertops.  If you didn’t know what you were looking at you would just think that a novice drywaller installed all the drywall, but instead it was a novice framer or just somebody in a hurry to get paid.

Squareness is very important in corners where cabinets are installed or when installing flooring with patterns in it, tile and so forth.  Level walls are crucial when framing doorways.  Hanging a door should only take 15 minutes when the doorway is framed properly, and if it is off good luck, especially if the drywall is finished.  Don’t use nails when hanging drywall because they will always pop out 6 months or more down the road.  Screws can pop your drywall too but not very often.  This post is more of a rant than a tip.  Good Guy Home Improvements LLC is my company and the guys and I care about quality and things looking the way they should.  I am tired of looking at wavy walls.  Quality is hard to find and I guess that is true in every profession.  People are more concerned with the money they are making than the quality of their work.  Think about how frustrated you get when you have to deal with other peoples shotty work and spend a little more time doing a good job at what you do.  Be the solution and not the problem.

I am always available for free consultation at 937-689-1635 or email me at joe@goodguyhomeimprovements.com