November 30, 2023
Framing jobs are the backbone of any construction project. Whether it's a new house, an office building, or a giant shopping center, the work of a framer is vital in ensuring the structural integrity of the project. In this blog, we'll explore what it’s like to pursue a career in framing.
General Construction Duties for a Framer
What exactly does a framer do? Well, their job is critical to the construction of any building. Framers are literally responsible for creating the framework of materials that will eventually support the entire structure. They’re required to perform physical labor at residential and commercial construction projects to erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures made from wood and other materials. Read on to learn more about what this actually entails.
Framers are responsible for setting up the vertical and horizontal wooden studs that form the skeleton of the building. These studs provide the structural framework for walls and other features. Stud frames are one of the most critical parts of any building project, and DeLeers framers will help plan and install them.
Roof Truss Installation
Framers assemble and install the roof trusses, which are essential for supporting the roof and providing stability to the entire structure. To do this, and most other parts of the job, framers must be able to read specifications in blueprints, sketches, or building plants to determine the needed dimensions.
They construct the framework for floors, ensuring that it is level and structurally sound. This step is vital in creating a stable and safe building. Floors have to be able to support the appropriate amount of weight. Frames use levels, rules, plumb bobs, framing squares, and surveying equipment to get this done.
Window and Door Openings
Framers create openings for windows and doors, ensuring that they are properly sized and correctly positioned in the frame. If they’re not straight, the doors won’t fit! This also includes moldings, baseboards, doorframes, paneling, cabinets, hardwood stairs, partitions, and other interior and exterior layouts needed.
Framers add sheathing to the exterior of the framework, which serves as the base for siding or other exterior finishes. DeLeers’ framers are also required to help finish the surface of all woodwork or wallboard in houses and buildings, using paint, hand tools, and paneling.
Bracing and Supports
DeLeer’s framers are responsible for erecting scaffolding and ladders for structures above ground level. They’re also responsible for installing temporary bracing and supports to ensure the structural stability of the building during construction. This protects the safety of the crew and can increase safety for passersby.
In some cases, framers are responsible for installing insulation within the walls and roof. Great insulation improves energy efficiency and comfort in a building.
Framers must pay close attention to detail to ensure that the framework is level and meets all relevant building codes and regulations.
Essential Tools Needed for Carpentry
To excel as a framer, carpenters need a specific set of tools. Here are some essential tools that framers use on the job.
A framing square is a tool used for measuring and marking right angles. It's crucial for ensuring accurate and square cuts in framing lumber. This is a framer's best friend!
Framers use circular saws to make straight and precise cuts in lumber. These saws are portable and efficient, making them indispensable on job sites.
Nail guns, especially framing nailers, are essential for quickly attaching framing components. They save time and effort compared to hand nailing.
A good-quality framing hammer is a must for driving nails into wood.
The framework of a building cannot be crooked. Levels are used to ensure that surfaces are purely horizontal or vertical. They are critical for maintaining the integrity of the structure.
Framers use chalk lines to create straight lines on wood, which can be used to help guide a framer’s work.
A pry bar or crowbar is useful for removing nails, dismantling old structures, or making adjustments to previously built structures.
A measuring tape is essential for accurate measurements and marking lumber for cuts and placements. Safety Equipment Safety is a number one priority on construction sites. Framers should have personal protective equipment, including hard hats, gloves, safety glasses, and steel-toed boots.
A tool belt or pouch helps framers keep their essential tools within arm's reach. These tools are the backbone of a framer's equipment, and mastering their use is key to success in the field.
Framer Salary in the United States
Interested in carpentry? Let's take a closer look at the average framer's salary in the United States. Keep in mind that salaries can vary based on factors like location, experience, and the size and scope of the construction project.
The median pay of a carpenter in the United States in 2022 was $51,290, or $24.71 per hour. Keep in mind that more experienced framers, those working in high-demand areas, or those specializing in complex framing tasks, may earn much higher salaries. Beginners or apprentices start at the lower end of the scale.
The cost of living and demand for construction services can vary greatly from one region to another, which also impacts salary. Framers working in metropolitan areas or regions with a high volume of construction projects may earn more.
Other factors impacting salary include the complexity and scale of the construction project. Large, intricate projects may offer higher pay to framers with the skills to handle them.
Some framers choose to pursue certification or additional training in specific areas of framing, such as green building practices or advanced framing techniques. These additional skills can lead to higher pay.
Explore a Framing Career
Framing jobs are a vital component of the construction industry, and a career path with a promising path towards more advanced carpentry roles. DeLeers is currently hiring for framing positions in Green Bay and Door County. It's a profession that rewards skill, experience, and dedication, making it a promising career path for those interested in the construction industry.
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