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Thread: Framing Question

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2016

    Framing Question

    So I am building a small 8Χ10 lawn shed. My question is on the end walls I need to start my stud layout from the end that will be added when I raise the wall so as to mimic where the siding will start

    So I need to subtract 3.5 from my start point and make my first mark at 19 3/4. (24” Cl) Sound about right?

    So do I pick up the 24 center from that mark by moving the tape or do I need to stay pulling from the added 3.5 which would put my marks at 43 3/4 67 3/4 & 91 3/4.

    Im thinking stay with the 3.5 subtracted all the way out but it doesn't come out right.....

    I know newbie question LMAO

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  2. #2
    OK, so locate your first stud, then move your tape to that point and lay out your studs from there. Don't make it more complicated than you have to.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Eastern Iowa
    I always started at the 48” on center mark and worked my way back from there.
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  4. #4
    Yes you're thinking is on the right track.

    24 to the first stud - 3 1/2 = 20 1/2 (center). Mark at 19 3/4 marking ahead |X or 24 3/4 marking back X|.

    Then put you tape on the first mark and go 24" from there, marking ahead.

    I suggest you go with 16" centers you will get a stronger wall and your siding will not bow or buckle.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Leesville, SC
    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Engel View Post

    I suggest you go with 16" centers you will get a stronger wall and your siding will not bow or buckle.
    I agree with Robert. I would go 16" on center.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Modesto, CA, USA
    Make sure you figure out the stud location before you place the bolts in the foundation. I made my end studs 1.5' taller then the sides. That way the top stud was just one piece but still overlaped at the corners.
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Ok. So been a carpenter for 25-30 years. You can do it like Robert tells you ,or you can just make all your marks 3/4'' short then mark your x ahead. 98% of framers I have worked with layout this way. There is no subtraction in layout,math errors screw things up,simply hold your tape 3 1/2'' past the end of your plate and mark away. Third vote for 16'' centers.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Lake Gaston, Henrico, NC
    3-1/2 plus the thickness of the sheathing on the wall meeting the first wall up. This way, the sheathing forms a proper outside corner. For the second up 2x4 wall with 1/2" sheathing, I've have the helper hold 4-3/4", arrow(two lines to a point,with the point being the measurement) the 16" stud marks on the tape, and X ahead. Then go back and put a line across, with a square, on the arrows. For the first wall, we wouldn't add the sheathing thickness. The extra 3/4" lets the sheathing hit the center of the studs, with no extra factor to account for, or having to remember which side of the stud marks to add the 3/4 to.

  9. #9
    We usually bump ahead 1/4” if we’re using 1/2” ply. This (usually)eliminates any trimming on the outside corner after the walls are stood up and tied in. So, holding your tape 3 3/4” past the plate your first Mark is at 15 1/4”. X past the mark. Normally I drive a nail here to hook my tape for the rest of the marks . 16” and go. I’m a little bored this morning so here ya go
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