platform framing meaning

  "platform framing" in a sentence
  • [Architecture]

    A system of framing for a building of wood construction several stories high, in which the studs are only one story high; the floor joists for each story rest on the top plates of the story below or on the soleplate of the first story; the bearing walls and partitions rest on the subfloor of each story, i.e., rest on the rough floor that serves as the base for the finish floor. Also called western framing. Compare with balloon framing.

    platform frame

  • [Building construction]
    A construction method in which each floor is framed independently by nailing the horizontal framing member to the top of the wall studs.


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  1. It is almost impossible to distinguish a balloon from a platform frame unless studs near the first-floor ceiling are exposed.
  2. Platform framing was traditionally limited to four floors but some jurisdictions have modified their building codes to allow up to six floors with added fire protection.
  3. With its heavy plate-steel platform frames, the CSC weighed while the Model 2 ASC ( with its larger engine and added accessories ) weighed nearly.
  4. A "'framer "'is a carpenter who builds the skeletal structure or wooden framework of buildings, most often in the platform framing method.
  5. Plywood may also be tongued all round to fit it flush into a framed structure, and plywood for sub-floors used in platform framing is often supplied with tongue and groove edges.

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