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Friday, April 26, 2013

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hard Core Remodeling but Were Afraid to Ask Part 5!

When's the last time you found a stud?
Do you know where to look?
And how spread out should your studs be?
Are you paying attention for the first time all week?
This all means it's time once again for
 Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hard Core Remodeling but Were Afraid to Ask!
And today, we'll be making not only the framework for a wall,
but an embarrassing amount of stud and wood jokes!
 When we ripped out the walls this is the shoddy crap we found.
Please note how far apart the studs are, as well as how some are
just sort of floating in the air, unattached.
And what's going on with that electrical box hovering tacked to
stacked scraps???
This is what's known in professional circles as
 Studs are supposed to be "16-on-center."
This means that from the middle of one stud to the middle of the next
should measure exactly 16".
 Tape measures are made to help you do that quickly.
See the red box around the number 16?
All increments of 16 on a tape measure are red.
How's that for handy?
 So we're going to mark where are studs should go along the length of the top board.
 The old wood is getting dismissed with the help of a sawzall.
This handy cutting tool will go right through nails.
 Keeping in mind that a 2x4 is in reality 1.5x3.5 
(yes, the size of wood has once again been misrepresented),
mark 1 1/2 inch spaces for the base and tops of the vertical studs.
 Measure how tall you want the studs.
We're making a pass through in this wall with a recessed area for leashes and keys,
plus a perch for a purse,
so that the lady of the house won't have to maneuver her wheelchair
around the usual drop zone we all have in the entryway.
 Pencil in your heights while you're at it.
 We'll put the different sizes aside.

 THIS baby is a nail gun!
If you can add one to your arsenal, DO IT!!!
Although driving nails by hand is easy, imagine firing them rapid fire
into the frame.
The nails come in clips that load as easily as your upholstery staple gun.
 Now, position the stud.
 Line it up.
Check it with your level.
Seriously, all this caution will make sure your results are perfect.
 Nail the perpendicular structure at the top first.
 Check your measurements one more time.
"Toenail" in the bottoms.
Why toenail?
Take a look at your piggies and the angle at which your nails disappear under your cuticles.
Most codes require two nails on one side and one on the other per board.

 We're now ready to add the sill.
 Pop that puppy on top.
 If you're still having tremors over the nail gun, relax.
The Redhead used it, and look how it sinks nails so completely.
There you have it!
We've framed the entryway.
We'll have the pros add new electrical to accommodate a cooktop
and wall oven on the other side, and then add drywall and a finished sill.
And of course, we'll be dragging you along!


Michelle L. said...

That is the worst buncha studs inside a wall evah. Who builds like that? Nicely repaired the RIGHT way.

Sunny - I didn't know that about the red 16 - ran to look at my tape measure. So cool!

Susan said...

WOW--- Please keep this series going because not all of us all all lucky enough to have such skilled besties!!