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Balloon Framing

Balloon Framing is an older and less effective wood construction method compared to platform framing. that stopped in the 1930s. The members used are the same as in platform framing except that the stud sizes are much larger. The is because the studs run continuously from the sill on top of the foundation to rafters. Upper floor construction is there for different. Floor joists are supported on a ribbon rather than a joist header and all run off of the same studs that is running up the house's entire height. Instead of relying on joinery, nails are used to secure each piece and create the frame. A few disadvantages:

  • potential fire hazard (typically uninstalled wall cavities that run continuously allow fire to spread quickly

  • labor intensive

  • expensive (due to heavy and large amounts of wood used

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