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Building: Basic House Framing

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Advantage™  Advantage™
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106 to 159 minutes
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Standard Definition
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IE Desktop
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MasteryNet Player
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Convenience Learning International
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Cengage Learning
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Stressing safety first, this training demonstrates the carpentry fundamentals necessary for the construction of a frame house. Although directed toward instruction for journeymen carpenters and construction supervisors, it will also serve as a valuable reference tool to architectural drafting classes.

Advantage™ This course is in the Advantage™ format, to read about Advantage™ features click here.

  • Install on any SCORM LMS
  • Rich multimedia presentation with interactions and quiz
  • Print certificate and wallet card
  • You have 60 days to complete the course

Journeymen carpenters and construction supervisors as well as for use in architectural drafting classes.

The course presents the following topical areas:
  • Foundation and Floors
    • Wood frame construction
    • Plank and beam
    • Conventional
    • Balloon framing
    • Platform framing
    • Studs
    • Joists/ribbon board
    • Firestops
    • Batter boards
    • Footings
    • Foundation wall systems
    • Anchoring methods
    • Framing: box sill platform construction
    • Anchor bolts
    • Termite prevention
    • Fiberglass sill sealer
    • Joists
    • Girder
    • Built-up beam
    • Splicing
    • Girder installation
    • Lally column
    • Box sill construction (floor joist installation)
    • Lap joists and steel I beams
    • Cutting joists for openings
    • Bridging
    • Placement of cross bridging
    • Sub floor
  • Walls and Partitions
    • Shoe/sole plate, studs, top plate : purpose
    • Rough opening: definition
    • King, trimmer/jack studs: purpose
    • Header: definition and function
    • Upper cripples:- definition and location
    • Lower cripple
    • Rough window opening construction
    • Corner wall construction
    • Exterior walls
    • Partitions: assembing and erecting
    • Ceiling joists
  • Gable and Shed Roofs
    • Gable, gambrel, hip, mansard and combination
    • Parts of roof (ridge, rafter plates, common rafters)
    • Roof framing: basic description
    • Roof framing: run/rise
    • Roof framing: length/span
    • Roof framing: pitch/slope
    • Rafter cuts (ridge plumb, bird's mouth, overhang, tail)
    • Step off method
    • Rafter with overhang: birds mouth
    • Ridge cut: procedure
    • Laying out rafter pattern
    • Assembling the roof frame
  • Dormers
    • Gable end studs: definition and location
    • Determing common distance
    • Lookouts: collar beams
    • Collar Beam: calculating length
    • Shed dormer
    • Dormer rafter run
    • Dormer rafter top cut
    • Stud length
    • Gable dormer
    • Cripple common rafter and valley rafter
    • Main roof dormer valley jacks
    • Upper header
Intended Performance Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course you will be better prepared to:
  • Explain the difference between balloon framing and platform framing.
  • Explain the purpose of batter boards.
  • List the drawings found in a set of working drawings.
  • Explain foundation construction requirements and techniques.
    • Identify types of foundations used in residential construction.
    • Explain the purpose of footings.
    • Identify the sill plate.
    • Explain the purpose of the sill plate.
    • Explain the purpose of a sill sealer.
  • Describe how to prevent termite damage.
  • Identify the parts of a floor frame.
  • Explain flooring construction requirements and techniques.
    • Explain why and when joists should be doubled.
    • Explain the use of bridging.
    • Identify laminated veneer lumber floor joists.
    • Explain the purpose of girders and beams.
    • Describe the proper method to install plywood subfloor.
  • List the correct sequence for constructing stair well openings.
  • Identify parts of rough window openings.
  • Identify parts of a framed wall.
  • Explain outside wall construction requirements and techniques.
    • Identify common types of wall studs.
    • Describe stud spacing.
    • Describe correct positioning of studs over floor joists.
    • Explain the purpose of top plates.
    • Explain the purpose of a header.
    • Identify the location of jack studs.
    • Explain the purpose of jack studs.
    • Describe how spaces are used in headers.
  • Describe the types of corner post assemblies.
  • Describe one process for installing wall sheathing.
  • Identify types of wall sheathing.
  • Explain when ceiling joists can be installed.
  • Explain construction differences between bearing and non-bearing walls.
  • Compare specific types of roofs.
    • Identify the most common types of roofs.
    • Describe the similarities between a gable roof and a gambrel roof.
    • Describe the similarities between a hip roof and a mansard roof.
  • Identify the various framing members used in roof construction.
  • Explain the difference between run and span.
  • Explain the relationship between the parts of a gable roof and a right triangle.
  • Discuss specific rafter construction techniques.
    • Describe characteristics of good rafter stock.
    • Describe the step-off method of laying out a simple common rafter.
    • Explain the conditions for shortening rafters at the ridge.
  • Describe the purpose of the bird's mouth.
  • Explain unit rise measurements.
    • Locate the unit length on the framing square for unit rise measurement.
    • Explain when an odd unit will occur.
  • Calculate the common difference in length for gable and studs.
  • Explain the purpose of a collar beam.
  • Calculate the length for a collar beam.
  • List purposes of dormers.
  • Compare shed and gable dormers.
  • Discuss shed dormer construction calculations.
    • Determine the top cut for a shed dormer rafter.
    • Determine the run of a shed dormer rafter.
    • Determine the top and bottom cut on shed dormer wall studs.
    • Calculate the common difference in length for dormer wall studs.

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