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Framing longer walls for garage/shed. Answered

Most DIY sites give instructions using 8ft or common lengths available from any local supplier illustrating walls using standard lengths. I want to make a garage 16ft x 22ft and do not know how to span across the 22ft section to make a full length wall using more than one board. One to two windows per wall and one exterior door with a gambrel roof, I thought this would be relatively easy but apparently not for a novice carpenter.

I just finished pouring my own concrete slab thinking the internet provided free plans would be enough but I am stalled without better knowledge.


Not sure I understand your problem. You want to build a 22 foot long wall from wooden studs (2 x 2 lets say)

The walling is nailed to the uprights - I guess your using siding material or ship lap. Cut them at a convenient upright so it comes half way over then nail the next one up to it in the other half of the upright.

In the UK we usually look at about 18 inches between uprights with noggings nailed between them to separate and make a grid.

A floor plate and roof plate will complete the frame then sheath with the siding material. Even your 16 foot wall will need more than 1 board??

Re-design, doubling the top plate may be what I missed. Overlapping the joint area in different sections would give it strength where I had originally thought I would be using only a single board trying to tie the ends together.

Rick, I am building either a large shed or small garage using 2x4's trying to get out as cheaply as possible. Although I can get 16ft length boards, I do think you are right that even the 16ft wall would need more than one board so I need to plan accordingly.

Now that the hurricane is passed I can get started!

In your opinion, would a gambrel roof be something I should try as a novice? Or should I stick with the more traditional gable roof?

In My HO keep the roof space open so you can use it for storage.

Unless you see a real advantage I would tick to plain vanilla !!

Here's a pretty good start - and it's an instructable to boot.  The top plate should be doubled though.  if your lumber won't span end to end of the wall you can splice the top plates.  put the splice over a stud and don't splice both plates at the same stud.

Google "garage framing" "house framing" and other similar keywords and read up a bunch.  Take what you see with a grain of salt.

Visit some houses under construction to get more ideas of what's supposed to be going on.