Synopsis: Carpenter Tim Uhler describes his method of balloon framing, which he defines as tall walls uninterrupted by a floor system. Safe Lifting Methods Employers may use a combination of the following methods to protect employees from the potential collapse of balloon framed walls: Example of carpenters manually raising a balloon framed wall with a chimney chase attached. A short length of rope or chain is all that’s needed. Over 20 years ago, I bought a pair of QualCraft Wall Jacks #2601 and have used them to lift walls and beams on dozens of jobs. Citations can only be based on standards, regulations, and the General Duty Clause. Get complete site access to expert advice, how-to videos, Code Check, and more, plus the print magazine. We typically use 4×10 headers in our eave walls, and we use them in gable walls as well because it’s just easier to keep everything consistent. Methods to prevent accidental collapse of balloon framed walls while they are being raised. Regardless of the material, select the straightest lumber for studs, and oppose the crowns when ganging together king studs or columns. And we can do it all without ever having to climb a ladder or strap on a harness. With single-story gable walls, that simply means doubling the king studs on either side of openings. We also tether the jacks to the top plate or a stud. Our method works very well for two framers. © 2020 The Taunton Press, Inc. All rights reserved. The formula for these studs is simple: To get the diagonal depth of the double top plates, enter the thickness of the plates (typically 1-1⁄2 in. This cuts down the amount of time we have to spend on ladders, which reduces the chance of falls and the wear and tear on our bodies. © 2020 The Taunton Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Overall, it probably takes half the time to add the overhangs, soffit, windows, and siding with the wall laid flat than it would with the wall standing up. The way we lift minimizes the force on the bottom plate; with a telehandler, we start by lifting up, then retract the boom a bit, and repeat until the wall is upright. I just walk from one jack to the next, giving a few cranks on the lever pipes with each pass. Once the wall is about two-thirds of the way up, Bruce and I usually finish lifting the wall with a light push rather than jacking the entire way. from this stud height—it’s far easier to pad up if we have to than to plane it down. From there we transfer the layout from the bottom plate to the underside of the top plate. Get an overview of the process of creating a traditional-style fireplace that burns well and meets current building codes from experienced mason Mike Mehaffey. There’s a lot to like about the method, which is why most home builders—our company, Pioneer Builders Inc., included—use it. Employers can be cited for violating the General Duty Clause if there is a recognized hazard and they do not take reasonable steps to prevent or abate the hazard. Once all the openings are laid out, we cut and install an intermediate stud—one about halfway between the gable peak and the end of the wall.