Transportation for your Construction Business

If you are in the construction business you understand that the biggest obstacles you face outside of the job itself is logistics. You have to figure out how to get your tools and supplies from the store and shop to the jobsite. This frequently results in several trips a day to the local lumber yard to get those 2×4’s you need to frame out a job or you come up a short a box of nails and have to make a trip to the hardware store to finish the job up. This can be time consuming and if you are doing this in a truck you can be quite limited in how much space you have to put things. Looking for a cargo van for sale on line can help alleviate those issues. With cargo vans and box trucks you pick up that extra space you need to store your tools, both large and small, and you have plenty of room to load up your supplies from the hardware store or lumber yard. Remember, time is money and if you waste a couple of hours a day making several trips to the store you are really flushing time to wrap up the job down the toilet.

Framing wood

Most framing wood used is pine, spruce or fir. Each wood has its own strength characteristics and must be properly selected when deciding what to use and where to use it. While standard pine/fir  are fine for walls, they may not be adequate for a large floor or ceiling area. You may need to select a stronger material. There are lots of resources on line to help with this process such as which list all the load tables for pine.  AWC has a calculator that has load and span information. Just make sure and don’t input some bizarre wood when using it.

Wood grades are another concern when understanding framing. Most framing uses #2 common.

See the NHLA website.

The best grade is FAS and it must be 83% clear or clearer on the poorest side. Clearness is measured in large rectangular areas called cuttings.

The next grade is No. 1 Common, which must be 67% clear on the poor side, etc.

Next is No. 2 Common, which is 50% clear. Then No3A Common, which is 33% clear. Then No. 3B, which is 25% sound.

There is also a grade called Select (which includes another popular grade called FAS 1-Face). Selects are FAS on the good side and No. 1 Common on the poor side.

Framing Nails

Framing uses larger nails to carry the load required in most Codes. Generally speaking this means 16d or 12d nails will be used. If you are using a framing gun then you typically have to step down to 12d nails with clipped heads.  That would mean 3 1/4″ long nails with a diameter of .131″. Paslode and other manufacturers make these. If you are doing a small project, such as one small wall, then you can hand nail. But if you are looking into a larger project, then the extra $500 or so to purchase a compressor and framing nailer will save a tremendous amount of time and is well worth the investment. Porter Cable makes a pancake compressor with a framing gun kit for under $400 as well as Hitachi.

Other things to consider when using framing nails:

  • Bright Common: used for normal indoor nailing projects such as walls
  • ring shanked: help prevent nail from backing out
  • galvanized: great for outdoor wood project or moisture ( make sure they are compatible with pressure treated AZQ wood if using)
  • spiral: Used to hold nail in.