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#1 posted 06-13-2015 03:50 PM

1. Standard framing practice is to strap ceiling 1st, it provides a number of benefits for marking, fastening walls and smoothing out inconsistencies in joist hgts from the floor.

2. Determine where all walls are to be placed, layout and mark on floor.

3. Construct and stand all load bearing walls 1st, (walls that cross ceiling/floor joists).

4. Need straight straight edge and accurate level preferably 6’ to plumb ends of wall to
Joist/strapping above, then snap lines. Can fasten top plate to joists or can set 1×8 rough sawn in position 1st, it acts as nailer for edge of shtrk. If not will require more strapping at sides of top plate for shtrk.

5. Cut load bearing wall plates to length, layout plates for studs and openings, (studs need to be directly under ceiling joists. Place in position on floor then measure off to underside of end and middle joists/strapping/nailer.

6. Cut and mark the 3 studs to position.

7. If alone, use deadmen to support/press the top plate against the ceiling to facilitate fastening, then nail or screw top plate to underside of strapping/joists then place marked studs and screw or nail in place.

8. Odds are underside of joists are uneven, strapping and top plate help smooth but not perfect so studs will be also cut and set according to measurement, cut for snug fit.

9. Once all load bearing walls in place then begin on non load bearing walls, repeat previous procedure.

-- I meant to do that!

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