Wall panels are then framed up in jigs that help ensure squareness. The Sub-components, and components, such as framed doors and windows, are installed at the framing tables.
The colored chocks are used to space studs. This ensures that studs are consistently spaced on-center correctly. This also ensures that studs will be plumb. Modular ladders and blocking are also installed at the framing table.
After a wall is completed on the framing table, its rolled straight down the line to the sheathing station. At the sheathing station, a bridge-stapler attaches the sheathing to the framed wall. In the pictures shown here, 16 GA staples are being used to attach Therma-ply sheathing.
Tall walls, walls that exceed 10-0 in height are framed in a special jig. Tall walls generally must be made up of 2x6s, to prevent bowing and bending in the length of the studs. Stud spacing is done just like on the standard framing table, with chocks spaced 16 and 24 on-center.
After the sheathing is installed, the wall panel is rolled to the routing station. A bridge router is used to cut out the window and door openings. This makes the process of installing windows and doors much easier on the jobsite. The sheathing can also be trimmed along the top and/or bottom plates to ensure flush sheathing.
After the wall has been framed, sheathed, and the openings have been routed, the wall panel is lifted from the table, and stacked into bundles. These bundles are nailed together to prevent shifting during shipping. The bundles are then forklifted onto the plant yard for staging.
Once All the panels have been built, and a delivery date has been established, the wall panels are loaded a onto flat bed trailer and delivered to your jobsite.
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