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tncraftsman

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1399 days ago

I heard two new carpentry terms and I’m not sure what they mean. They are “hook ahead” and “butt to back”. They were used when discussing how to read a house framing plan.

Anyone have a good explanation for them?


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JJohnston

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#1 posted 1399 days ago

This is just a guess, but it sounds like it refers to the adjustment you have to make to the measurements when you lay out your studs depending on whether you have the tape measure hooked around the stud at the end of the wall (hook ahead) or butted up against the inside of it (butt to back). In hook ahead, you’d have to add 3/4” to each 16” increment mark to compensate for the end of the tape being 3/4” beyond the centerline of the first stud. In butt to back, you’d have to subtract 3/4” since the tape is 3/4” short of the centerline.

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