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Als Home Improvement Center: Glossary Of House Framing Terms
Als Home Improvement Center site offers a simple diagram showing various components of a wall, and a glossary of house framing terms with basic descriptions.

Xactware: Glossary Of Terms For Tools & Construction
ILX Construction Training online glossary contains definitions for over 880 construction terms, many with graphics for further clarification.
Information Sources

JLC: Discussion Forums On Rough Framing
Journal of Light Construction has building industry discussion forums on a wide range of topics relating to rough framing.
Issues & Performance

APA: Temporary Expansion Joints for Large Buildings
Engineered Wood Association technical note Temporary Expansion Joints for Large Buildings describes how builders can eliminate displacement from the equation during construction by using temporary expansion joints for buildings that have a length or width exceeding 80 feet. This should be done in addition to providing 1/8-inch spacing at all panel ends and edges. Free site registration required.

BSC: Drywall, Wood & Truss Uplift Problems & Solutions
Building Science Consulting article on drywall, wood and truss uplift provides information on concerns and recommendations for solutions, along with detail drawings. (PDF)

Fine Homebuilding: Online Inspector Game To Find Code & Safety Violations
Fine Homebuilding online game called The Inspector challenges you to spot code and safety violations, missing structural elements, and anything else that has been added or deleted from the real job site photos.

NAHB: Scopes Of Work For High Performance Buildings
US National Association of Home Builders and Building America offer detailed Scopes of Work for High Performance Buildings that cover excavation and backfill, poured concrete foundations, framing and HVAC installation. They provide descriptions of the work that a trade contractor will perform for a builder. (PDF)
Procedures

BCCSA: Best Practice For Working Safely In & Around Top Plates
BC Construction Safety Alliance says there have been serious incidents involving falls from the top plate of residential houses resulting in severe injuries and fatalities among workers. Wanting to improve worker safety, these best practices describe alternative solutions to ensure work is not conducted while standing on the top plate, and pre-planning to identify the hazards and plan your work around these giving considerations to suitable work platforms. (PDF)

Fine Homebuilding: 10 Rules For Framing
Fine Homebuilding describes 10 rules for framing that can act as guidelines for working efficiently and knowing how good is good enough. (PDF)

Fine Homebuilding: Building Temporary Load Bearing Brace Wall
Fine Homebuilding describes how to build a temporary brace when wall you need to adequately support the structure before tearing down a load-bearing wall.

Fine Homebuilding: Drying Wet Framing Lumber
Fine Homebuilding describes some techniques to dry houses prior to sheetrock.

Fine Homebuilding: Insulated Headers For Cold Climates
Fine Homebuilding describes a simple method for framing insulated headers for cold climates.

Fine Homebuilding: Lstiburek Article On Future Of Framing
Fine Homebuilding article by Building Science Corp co-founder Joseph Lstiburek makes a case for framing techniques that boost energy efficiency without compromising structural integrity. (PDF)

JLC: Common Errors In Framing & Sheathing
Journal of Light Construction article describes common framing and sheathing errors and how to prevent them to avoid inspection failures and customer callbacks.

JLC: Continuous Load Path Framing
Journal of Light Construction online video demonstrates continuous load path framing concepts and why they are so important.

JLC: Framing Strategies for Seasoned Pros
Journal of Light Construction and Ainsworth Engineered online digital field guide offers in-depth advice for all experience levels, including steps for faster wall framing, a field guide to wood I-joists, and tips for avoiding red flags.

US HUD: Quality Assurance System For Wood Framing Contractors
US Department Of Housing And Urban Development provides quality assurance system for framing contractors outlining a model quality assurance system that can be adapted to suit individual company needs. (PDF)

US HUD: Rehab Guide On Exterior Walls
US Department Of Housing And Urban Development online Rehab Guide For Exterior Walls covers state-of-the-art materials and innovative practices for masonry/brick veneer, sheathing, insulation, siding, stucco, exterior trim, sealants & caulks, and paints. (PDF)
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