Framing Basics for Walls & Ceilings

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In the construction industry, two different trades cooperate in wall construction: the rough-in carpenters set the framing and the drywall crew hangs and finishes the panels. But when you're handling the details of both trades in a remodeling project, working carefully as a framer makes your job easier when you switch to your drywalling role. This section reveals ways to check your work to ensure that the walls are flat and doorway openings are plumb and aligned. You'll also discover how to correct a wavy ceiling, adding furring strips so that your new ceiling is smooth and flat.

Projects in Framing for Drywall

Wood and metal framing
Wood is the traditional choice for wall framing, but check out the advantages of metal framing for your next remodeling project. If you're converting an attic into extra living area, you can simply tuck a bundle of ten metal studs under your arm, and walk up the stairs. If you're making a basement or garage recreation room, metal studs eliminate a food source for termites, ants, and other insects. And there's no tedious lumber-sorting in the quest for straight studs. Metal studs start straight and stay that way.

Concrete fasteners
Some do-it-yourselfers figure that it will be easy to anchor into the concrete of their 30-year-old house. But surprisingly, concrete usually gets stronger with age, slowly but surely getting harder for decades. Although there's a bewildering variety of concrete fasteners on the market, we've sorted them and provided installation tips so you can choose the style that's right for your project.

Special projects
Architectural features can separate your home from the ordinary. Consider a sweeping curved wall, a barrel-vaulted ceiling, or an archway. A soffit above new kitchen cabinets can be decorative, or it can conceal runs of heat ducts, plumbing pipes, and electrical wires.

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