Step 7. Measure the
distance between the top and sole plates at several places along the
wall to determine the stud lengths. The stud length distance may vary,
depending on structural settling or an out-of-flat floor. Add 1/8 to the
stud length's), and cut them to size. The extra length will ensure a
snug fit between the wall plates.
Step 10. If building codes
in your area require fire blocking, install 2x cutoff scraps between the
studs, 4 ft. from the floor, to serve this purpose. Stagger the blocks
so you can end nail each piece.
Step 8. Install the
framing members. Use a hammer to tap each stud into position, then
toenail the studs to the top and sole plates. Fit, trim, and nail the
studs, one at a time. Tip: If the studs tend to shift during nailing
drive pilot holes for the nails first, or use 3" deck screws instead of
nails. (Inset) An option for attaching wall studs to plates is to use
metal connectors and 4d nails.
Step 11. Drill holes
through the studs to create raceways for wiring and plumbing. When
this work is completed, fasten metal protector plates over these areas
to prevent drilling or nailing through Wiring and pipes later. Have your
work inspected before proceeding with wallboard.
Step 9. Nail the king
studs, jack studs, a header and a cripple stud in place to complete
the rough door framing.
Step 12. Cover the wall
with wallboard. Plan the layout wisely to minimize waste and to avoid
butted joints with untapered seams. If you are installing wallboard on a
ceiling as well, do that first.