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bethany14 09-11-2006 01:49 PM

Corner bracing in balloon framing
 
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To keep or not to keep? I've got the giant window header up, just sliced a section out of the corner bracing and set-in my jack stud. I left the former framing members in, as long as they were below my window sill height. Originally I was thinking I'd leave in the old, and add to it's strength...
Do I leave in the old, and add to it? Or, do I take out the old, and build a typical crippled sill without the diagonal brace?
Lemme see about getting some pics up (because I know my description must be oh so clear \"\" )

The sill plate is not attached, and is in place as a guide only. I plan to double it, which is why there are extra chunks in for spacing. The cripples beneath it are only standing by themselves and are a pain to get in & out so I left 'em in for the pic's. If I keep the original brace and attached framing, I am limited to how I might brace it--as you can see from the pics.

There will be no exterior sheathing, just 4x10 Hardie Panels.

Don't be afraid to tell me like it is, this is a major learning experience and I expect to be told what I'm doing wrong. But be a gentle voice of reason


bethany14 09-11-2006 01:49 PM

Corner bracing in balloon framing
 
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To keep or not to keep? I've got the giant window header up, just sliced a section out of the corner bracing and set-in my jack stud. I left the former framing members in, as long as they were below my window sill height. Originally I was thinking I'd leave in the old, and add to it's strength...
Do I leave in the old, and add to it? Or, do I take out the old, and build a typical crippled sill without the diagonal brace?
Lemme see about getting some pics up (because I know my description must be oh so clear \"\" )

The sill plate is not attached, and is in place as a guide only. I plan to double it, which is why there are extra chunks in for spacing. The cripples beneath it are only standing by themselves and are a pain to get in & out so I left 'em in for the pic's. If I keep the original brace and attached framing, I am limited to how I might brace it--as you can see from the pics.

There will be no exterior sheathing, just 4x10 Hardie Panels.

Don't be afraid to tell me like it is, this is a major learning experience and I expect to be told what I'm doing wrong. But be a gentle voice of reason


bethany14 09-15-2006 03:18 PM

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Here it is, lemme know what you think. Especially if you think I should tear it down and redo it


bethany14 09-16-2006 06:32 AM

before shot
 
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Thanks K2
No electrical, there's plenty on the other walls. The header studs go all the way down to the foundation, actually to the sill that rests on the foundation, which is about 8" below the floor. I do need to arrange the inspection--I'm skeered
It was originally an exterior wall, with a window and the original front door in the place of the new window space. Then someone enclosed the porch and made it living space/a closet, put up a wall and made the room a bedroom, converting the entry-door into a closet door. As you can see in the pics, the porch is rotting and falling away, so we're rebuilding the original front wall---but obviously not the way it used to be.
Here's an outside view of what it used to look like:



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