Improper Window Opening Framing

Seasoned Journeymen Carpenters would definitely not make this mistake…but a weekend warrior, such as this gentleman, need a few tips on window open framing do’s and don’ts. Make sure that your jack studs are continuous from the underside of the lintel to the top of the bottom wall plate, and also ensure that a plate is installed on both ends (top and bottom) of the cripple studs above the window opening.

Insulation and Vapour Barrier

This may be significantly more work than that which is required by minimum requirements under the 2010 NBCC, but this house gets an a+ for insulation and vapour barrier work! The insulation fills the full depth of the stud cavity and there are no overlaps or over compressed locations, and the vapour-barrier is properly lapped and sealed (to every single stud and truss and wall plate) with acoustical caulking. And there are vapour boxes at every single switch and fixture location, and there is vapour barrier over every single interior wall double top plate to ensure continuity of the system. In case you are wondering, the 2010 NBCC does not require you to use this much acoustical caulking.

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