So in closing, when framing out an area or hiring someone the quality control on the project of selecting the best framing members is essential.

Source: Framing



I wanted to write this blog today about framing. When you look at structures the back bone of the structure is the framing. Whether its metal or wood. With out it you don’t have interior walls and the drywall is not going up. So lets talk about the good and bad jobs of framing.

When you are framing walls, they are usually 16 or 24 inches on center. Floor joists are normally 16 inches on center but can vary from 12 to 24 inches depending the application. And yes your roof trusses are 24 inches on center. Ok that is the basics that you learn as a carpenter the first day on the job.  But over time you learn more and more. I have been doing framing for over 20 years and I like to say I am still learning. But seriously. When a carpenter is framing out for interior walls, structural membranes or just furring strips for a room that is converted to a family room from the 3 season room. The framing membranes have to be straight, dry, not cracked or warped and also have to hold the weight of the item you are placing on the wall. Which means it has to be self supporting or attached with fasteners.

Alot of people think that they can take wood and put it up and call it framed. Not true. The true carpenter will know what to use and how to use certain hardware and how to use even the bad wood for certain items.  Now there is a difference from the true carpenter to just a novice. The novice may not take in consideration the extra prep work of framing the walls. Additionally, as odd as it may seem, using a level for framing walls is not correct. Plumb bobs and tape measure or laser levels.  Lastly, when a consumer wants something framed, they should asked have you done this type of work before. Framing a deck, stairs, or just a small wall. Also framing a wall with wood will not be perfectly level. Close but not perfect. The reason is because the wood will always be a 1/16″ different from each. Check it. The nominal measurement for a 2×4 is 1 5/8 x 3 5/8 but will vary.

So in closing, when framing out an area or hiring someone the quality control on the project of selecting the best framing members is essential. Installing them correctly is also essential because of one reason. With out them being plumb the drywall will not attach right and you will see imperfections.  And also the framers will take pride in building what you want correctly the first time.

We perform framing of all types throughout Pasco and Pinellas County. From Clearwater to Zephyrhills, from Hudson to Wesley Chapel. For more information, call us at 352-437-5300 or visit our website;


Preserving Exterior Wood

Hello all. Well we are now officially into Summer. In the west central Florida area this means rain almost every day. Also, this means the time to take care of the outside projects as the heat will be upon us. This weeks blog is about preserving the exterior wood on your home and backyard.  As I mentioned earlier, the sun can be horrible this time of the year. So I wanted to discuss some easy low maintenance tips to help you out.

First, if you have any exterior wood on the home that has not been painted in the past 4-5 years, you may wanna start budgeting for this. The heat and the rain can cause many issues especially with wood decay, wood rot, and bring on little pests that destroy the wood.  Using an exterior primer for all wood is the key to long lasting preservation. The primer is a thinner sealant and can get into the pores of the wood to help maintain its life. Also, you may need to consider, sanding any loose paint and caulk from the areas prior to starting. Then your top coat of paint or stain needs to be long lasting. Do not go for the cheap budget paint. It won’t last. For a sharp appearance, I always use a top grade paint and usually gloss finish. The gloss finish helps with the sun and rain over time to keep the nice bright look.

Now lets talk about the wood around the landscape. We usually start repairing or installing new fencing, landscaping timbers, or just maintain what we have. With new wood for decks and fencing its important to let the wood acclimate to the climate before staining. I have found out using a sealer in the fall such as a clear coat works well. Then come back prior to summer and stain.  If you have existing wood, then now is the time to power-wash the area. Keep the grime and slime off. If you like the wood look then apply a clear coat stain. If the wood products are starting to show age, then now is the time to maybe apply a light color stain to start to hide the knots and wood decay. If your deck or fence is old and is really aged. A dark stain is the way to go.  This will definitely hide any defects or try too.

Remember, with wood fencing, railings and decks there is more maintenance but the natural look goes along way. For more information about this blog or if you have any questions, feel free to call us anytime at: 352-322-2700 or email at;

We gladly service the Land O Lakes, Trinity, Holiday and Zephyhills Florida area for estimates the next day at the latest. Thank You.


Moisture Intrusion

With the rain storm we are experiencing in Florida this week, I wanted to share about water leaks and what you can do to prevent and/or repair the area.

Water leaks are a mess, this we all know. It cost money, time, aggravation and most of all it can ruin some family heirlooms.  So you may noticed water getting in crevis and cracks that you never thought of.  So if you notice after the rain, the water getting in thru windows, maybe water stains on the drywall, or into the garage. Also, if you have a modular home the crawl space is very important to make sure that that area is dry. So, lets begin about this topic.

If you notice water getting in the windows when they are closed there is likely the window seals have expired or the window is not closing all the way. Some windows with the balances control the window to stay closed and used to keep up. The balances may need replacing, the tracks need cleaning, the caulking on the exterior needs to be re-done. This is just few examples of what is occurring. Now if the that is not the case, there is times where especially on modular/mobile homes the water gets behind the siding and can cause damage to the framing and drywall. If that is the case, then normally there is no flashing around the windows or moisture barrier on the sheathing.

So, with heavy rain, we also get roof leaks. If the shingles are about to expire and heavy rain is occurring  this will be a sign to replace the shingles. Additionally, the vents and the flashing on the roof may need to be re-tarred or replaced. Alot of times, with heavy rains, the drip edge and soffit is not secured to the home.

Lastly, we all will experience some water entering the garage. This can be prevented with either sand bags, a drain in front of the door, or the rubber seal not being dry rotted.  Also, gutters on homes will assist with land erosion around the foundation and diverting the water away from the foundation.  Making sure the gutters are not clogged is essential for this rain season.

So, I hope this helps with any issues. Of course feel free to call my office if you notice any issues with your home. We always provide free estimates and schedule our work in a timely manner. or 352-437-5300 We service areas from Zephyrhills to New Port Richey. From Holiday to Dade City. We are centrally located in Land O Lakes, Florida.