Construction Concerns: Wood Frame Corners

Article and photos by Gregory HavelWhen most of us think about the intersection of the framing of an exterior wood-frame wall with an interior wood-frame partition wall, we visualize something like the walls in photo 1, with the studs nailed between the top and bottom plates. This configuration goes back nearly 200 years to the earliest use of load-bearing wood-stud walls instead of wood-stud curtain walls built as fillers between posts and frames.(1)Photo 1 shows an exterior wall framed of 2 x 6 lumber and its intersection with an interior partition wall framed of 2 x 4 lumber. This method creates a sturdy place to nail the wood lath, or today’s gypsum drywall board, on the exposed...

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