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Old 01-13-2019, 04:32 PM   #1
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Tips For Making A Wall Straight


hi all i have a questions in regards to laying out lines, the mason just finished up my footing and contractor is a few days maybe a week out , in the mean time i wanted to check a few things out,

so i have a 12 foot addition going on the rear of my home, with a set back on one side and one wall staying flush to existing wall,

can anyone give me some tips or ideas on how to make sure that wall is perfectly straight with existing wall?

do i just lay an 8 foot level on the wall as a straight edge say 4 ,feet then mark the other 4 feet on the footing? then use a laser to extend that line the rest of the way

whats the best way to accomplish this?. just so you know i will not be building this my self im just pretty anal about things and wanted to check it out for myself
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Old 01-13-2019, 05:01 PM   #2
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Stringline.

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12'...

eye ball it or use a string.
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Tie string to existing sheating and eye ball straight?

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two separate methods.

use a string like when you plum & line.

but for 12' throw an eyeball on it, try from both ends.
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two separate methods.

use a string like when you plum & line.

but for 12' throw an eyeball on it, try from both ends.
He's an electrician, not a plumb-er...
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Yeah. String it.
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Or, just let the contractors you hired do their jobs. Do homeowners tell you how to wire a service panel?
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a little late at this point to worry if it's straight.

the framer will fix it if not.

are the batter boards still up?
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Re: Tips For Making A Wall Straight


the flush wall is easy with a string-but that's based on the assumption the original wall was straight. pull the string along a long length of that wall (say 25') and slip a 3/4" piece of wood on either end then you can check so see if there is 3/4" gap between the center section.

use a 3/4/5 triangle to check the bump out is heading out at a 90 degree angle. If it's a half inch out here or there, it may not be the end of the world depending on the exterior finish. Guess you don't have a brick ledge?

When I was a mason (brick) I learned how much you can do with strings...as I'm into tile now days I find there's still a lot I can do with strings lol
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Steak out your corners run a string line and make sure everything is square and set up your corners and after run the block. Use story pole on the corners, mark it out, run the line and check as you go using a level to be plumb and the string to be level and every few courses take an elevation shot with a transit.
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you could use 3 -5/8 metal tracks ( they sell them at home depot)
, even if your using wood for framing
the metal track is always straight.
screw that down to the concrete
, and then you can just drop your wood stud into that.
just make sure you drill through that metal track with the appropriate tapcon ( it should go at least 1-1/2 into the cement )

you could just use that as your bottom plate alone i guess , but i would feel better using a p.t. 2x4 that screws into the cement
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Hire a Contractor you trust, and stay the hell out of his way.



Edit: If you don't even know how to do it, you're not going to be accurate enough to even know if it's straight or not. Or if his wall is out, or if your measurement is off.

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