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Old 03-10-2011, 09:59 PM   #1
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The weather is supposed to be good this weekend, so I should be framing my addition. It's 6'6" x 13 exterior dimensions, with the long wall parallel to the house. I'm living in the house, so the plan is to take down the siding, then cut out just enough blackboard sheathing to attach the new wall to the existing walls. After it's dried in, I'll take down the rest of the existing sheathing, replace with sheet rock. I'm thinking I'll put up the two short walls, then the long one. The questions are:

Does it matter if (a) the short walls reach the corner and the long wall butts into them, or (b) the short walls stop 3.5" short, and the long wall reaches the corner?

The room is only 6' wide. That's gonna make it tough to build the 12' wall laying down. And I don't have many helpers. Should I try to build it flat, in 6' sections, or just build it stick by stick, upright?

Or am I completely missing the easy way to do it?

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Old 03-10-2011, 11:36 PM   #2
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If 2x4, I'd frame the side walls first and butt the long wall (lighter w/o the 4 corner studs) to them, after framing them on the driveway. Sheath them after standing, plumbing, bracing, fastening down to floor, slab. 2x6 long wall may be too heavy for one man, could break at a stud on layout from whichever end. Double top plate will lap so corners are not critical, which wall abuts...

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Old 03-11-2011, 01:08 AM   #3
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your actually thinking the right way,build the 6 foot sides all the way out and butt the long wall into them,i would build the long wall in place after the 6 footers were built,braced and plumbed.dont forget to leave top plate on 6foot walls cut back 3-1/2 to receive long wall the rest is easy.
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Old 03-12-2011, 06:45 PM   #4
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Well, I got lucky today. I pulled the siding off, and cut two slots in the blackboard to attach the new walls. I was expecting to have to sister a few studs, to get a place to attach sheetrock. It turns out that the corner and the ridge support are not 2x4's as I expected, but 4x6's! That makes it easy. And notching the eave soffit and fascia gave me plenty of height to get the new walls attached. I've got the first wall laying flat and ready to lift tomorrow. The second one should be easy. Then, I'll either start on the long wall, or go fishing for a couple of hours.

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Two walls up! Square and plumb!
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