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Trusted Saskatoon Framer and General Contractor Japp Construction Share 7 Steps to Better Framing

Gavin and Lindsay Japp from Japp Construction are Trusted Saskatoon Framers and General Contractors. Whether it be framing commercial projects, a renovation, an addition, garage. basement development or a completely new home build, they take pride in assuring that your project is delivered on-time, on budget and complete to the very last detailJapp Construction Are Trusted Saskatoon Framing Specialist & General Contractors. In their first Trusted Saskatoon tip, they share 7 steps to better framing. 

7 Steps to Better Framing & Layouts

What is Framing? No, not the picture kind - It’s the interior skeleton that holds most structures together. But it’s more than just a few sticks of wood and nails. If it’s not done correctly, it’s going to be more like a house of cards that’s ready to topple over at any minute. Kevin Spacey might approve, but your building inspector won’t. Whether you’re framing an interior wall or an entire house, consider these seven important framing tips and layout tricks to prevent your next framing project from looking like an old shanty that’s ready to fall to pieces.

On Center or Off Center?

When you’re pulling a measurement across the face of your top and bottom plate for a stud layout, typically the layout is 16” on center, right? But more often than not, when the measurements get pulled, the person doing the layout makes their marks on each 16” increment. The problem with that is that now the layout is off-center. If you attach a piece of plywood, sheetrock or other panel goods to the studs, it’s going to be off where the stud breaks with the edge of the board. To ensure your layout is correct, you’ll need to set the layout ¾” behind the actual 16” increment. This pushes the studs over just enough so the next piece of plywood, sheetrock, etc. breaks perfectly on a stud.

Top and Bottom Plates

This mistake happens quite often when you’ve got multiple walls to frame-up. The bottom plates or top plates get cut to the wrong length and you end up having to buy more materials because you just wasted everything. The best way to ensure top and bottom plates remain consistent when they are cut is to lay out everything on the ground first. Snapping chalk lines is just the start. Add header measurements, door openings and angles to the floor layout. This way you can place the top and bottom plates against the floor layout to make sure you have accurate cuts every time.

Look Up

While interior walls usually don’t do much but look pretty, bearing walls hold all of the weight of the roof. And more often than not, the layout under these extra important walls gets off somehow. One of the easiest ways to keep a good layout is to just copy the truss/joists/rafters from up above. Wherever a rafter bears onto a wall, you’ll need a stud directly underneath. Where hips, girders and other heavy-duty trusses land, you’ll need to double or even triple up the studs to accept the load. Check with your local inspector or building code for specific requirements.

Stagger Those Seams

Top and bottom plates often have seams where two boards join together. And no matter how many nails you put into it, it’s going to be the weakest point in the wall. So how do you prevent these weak spots without buying a 30’ long 2×4? You simply stagger the seams. Be sure that you keep the top plate seam as far away from the bottom plate seam as possible to prevent weak spots in your wall framing.

Sandwiched Walls

Framing a Door OpeningLet’s say you’re building a house that’s rectangular in shape. Two of those walls are going to be long and two of them are going to be sandwiched between the other two walls. But when you’re covering those walls with a plywood exterior, the layout needs to be adjusted to accommodate the extra 3 ½” that each wall adds – otherwise you’ll end up with a small 3 ½” rip on each side and the wall won’t be as structurally sound as it should be. Hang your tape over the edge of plates 3 ½” to get the right 16” on center layout.

Snow Load

Have you ever wondered what those little black diamonds are on your tape measure? Those are snow load layouts. They bring the conventional 24” rafter layout closer together for a stronger roof. By bringing the rafters closer together at 19 3/16” increments, you increase the strength of the roof enough to prevent snow from crashing through your roof,  and let's face it in Saskatchewan you never know what the weather is going to throw at you ...so be prepared for anything! 

Good Looking Layout

While this isn’t exactly framing-related, it’s still worth mentioning. Some layouts don’t get hidden by drywall or plywood. For instance, spindles on a porch railing are visible forever. Since they need to be a maximum of four inches apart in most locales, it tends to make the layout look wonky once it fits between the support posts if the measurement isn’t an even number. And when measurements between support posts aren’t consistent, it can really make your layout look like a kid did the job. An instant cure for this dilemma is to start your layout from the center and layout the spindles towards each support post. This way, no matter what the measurement, you can be sure the layout looks smooth and consistent all the way around the porch. You’ll still want to verify where the spindles at the edge will wind up as  sometimes this approach can land a spindle too close to the end. If that’s the case, an offset, or narrowing the gaps slightly might be needed.

   
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Japp Construction Are Trusted Saskatoon Framing Specialist & General Contractors

Trusted Saskatoon Contractors K & S Contracting Share Information About Vermiculite Insulation

K & S Contracting specializes in foundation repair for homeowners across Saskatchewan, in addition, they also offer general contracting services to Saskatoon and surrounding area. In their latest Trusted Saskatoon contractor tip, K & S Contracting Trusted Saskatoon General Contractors and foundation specialists, discuss vermiculite insulation.

Vermiculite Insulation - What Is It?

If you have never seen vermiculite insulating an attic, it looks similar to little squares of coloured glass or little grey beads. Vermiculite is a naturally occurring mineral worldwide. When heated rapidly to high temperatures, this crystalline mineral expands into low density, accordion-like, golden brown strands. In fact, its worm-like shape is what gives vermiculite its name. The worms are broken into rectangular chunks about the size of the eraser on the end of a pencil. In addition to being light, vermiculite chunks are also absorbent and fire retardant. It also makes a good insulating material. 

Where Was It Used? 


Sold under various brand names, such as Zonolite Attic Insulation, the insulation came in big bags. Thousands of homeowners simply opened the bags and poured the vermiculite onto their attic floor and sometimes down exterior walls. It was generally not used in new construction.


When Was It Used?


Worldwide, vermiculite has been used in various industries as long ago as 1920. With the upsurge in homeownership during the baby boom, vermiculite insulation was a popular material in the 1950s and continued with the energy crisis into the late 1970s. In Canada, it was one of the insulating materials allowed under the Canadian Home Insulation Program from about 1976 to the mid-1980s. There have been some government provided grants offered to homeowners to increase insulation levels, reducing energy consumption. Worthwhile checking in to see what may be available. 


What Is The Problem?


The majority of the vermiculite used worldwide was from a mine in Libby, Montana, owned and operated since 1963 by W.R. Grace. The mine was closed in 1990. As well as being rich in vermiculite, this mine had the misfortune of having a deposit of tremolite, a type of asbestos. When the vermiculite was extracted, some tremolite came in with the mix. For Canadian use, the raw product from the Libby mine was shipped to Grace subsidiary F. Hyde processing plants in Montreal, St. Thomas, Ajax and Toronto, and Grant Industries in western Canada. At these plants, it was processed and sold as Zonolite.



What Is The Risk?


Asbestos minerals tend to separate into microscopic particles that become airborne and are easily inhaled. People exposed to asbestos in the workplace have developed several types of life-threatening diseases, including lung cancer. Workers in and around the Libby mine developed serious health problems. 


Like any hazards, length and intensity of exposure are major factors in the risk of asbestos-related respiratory illness. To assess the risk of asbestos exposure at a house, a sample of the vermiculite would need to be analyzed by a lab. Since most of the vermiculite used in Canada was taken from the Libby mine, the odds are quite good that there is asbestos in the vermiculite in Canadian attics.


The good news is that we don’t live in our attics. In addition, as long as it is undisturbed, neither the asbestos fibres bound up in the vermiculite chunks nor the dust will be released into the air. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the U.S., “Most people who get asbestos-related diseases have been exposed to high levels of asbestos for a long time.” Lastly, most of the time the air in your house flows from the house into the attic, rather than into the house from the attic.


The bottom line is, like most household products that may contain asbestos, and there are many, doing nothing is often the best approach. Naturally, the risk of exposure increases with the amount of time spent in the attic.


Our Recommendations


If the attic or walls of a house contain vermiculite insulation, leave it alone. Avoid disturbing the material. Do not sweep it or vacuum it up. Do not store belongings in the attic.


If work is planned that involves these areas, for example installing pot-lights in a room below the attic, send a sample of the vermiculite to a private lab. Send several samples, and use a lab specializing in asbestos analysis. If it is found to contain asbestos, or if you just assume it does, precautions should be taken. The safest approach would be to have the insulation in the affected areas removed by a qualified environmental contractor.


For smaller jobs, it may be sufficient to isolate work areas with temporary barriers or enclosures to avoid spreading fibres, use disposable protective clothing, and use proper respiratory protection. An important note – disposable respirators or dust masks are not appropriate for asbestos. Again, it is best to consult a qualified contractor.


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Trusted Saskatoon Brags About Japp Construction a Trusted Saskatoon Framer and General Contractor

The Trusted Saskatoon team are thrilled to welcome Gavin and Lindsay Japp from Japp Construction to the Trusted Saskatoon community. They have joined our Saskatoon General Contractors category and the company specializes in framing. Whether it be framing commercial projects, a renovation, an addition, garage or completely new home build, they take pride in assuring that your project is delivered on-time, on budget and complete to the very last detailJapp Construction Are Trusted Saskatoon Framing Specialist & General Contractors.

What Sets Japp Construction Apart from Other Saskatoon Framing Contractors? 

After meeting Gavin Japp,  it is immediately obvious that he cares about his clients' construction project needs as much as they do. They authentically believe in conducting business with honesty, integrity & the highest level of service possible- so they are a perfect fit for Trusted Saskatoon. 



Gavin had met with one of our Trusted Saskatoon representatives a number of years ago, but at the time didn't feel ready to join. Recently Japp had worked on a few projects with Karen & Steve Ostapiw, owners of K & S Contracting- Trusted Saskatoon General Contractors and foundation specialists. After hearing about their positive experience he decided to contact us again to see if there was an opportunity to go over what was involved in joining Trusted again.  

Passing The Trusted Verification Process With Flying Colours


We are often asked how we select Trusted Saskatoon partners. The answer is pretty straightforward, but is what also make us unique and trusted. Our local team actively seek and look for locally accountable businesses that have a reputation for quality driven excellence in the Saskatoon markets. In many cases, their customers, clients and other Trusted Partners nominate businesses they are impressed with. 

Once we meet and they decide to proceed with the process,  we give them a list of items we need to verify their ' Trusted status'. This includes a list of past clients who we survey personally over the phone- it is a pass or fail! In addition, we check the businesses online reputation, speak to business references and our team ensures any required licenses, qualifications, WCB and insurances are valid and up to date.

When speaking to the Japp's past clients we can share that the feedback was amazing. A few of the testimonials are on their listing here:  Japp Construction Listing, and we also wanted to share some other comments from the clients we spoke to.

" Gavin took the time to listen and explain everything to us. His attention to detail was outstanding and the communication was excellent from beginning to end. It is clear that he cares about his customers and goes above and beyond as standard. Whenever I wanted to talk to him he was available or called me straight back, he brought ideas, solutions and made the entire project run smooth. We had a few minor issues with other trades, Gavin stepped in and helped us sort things out, which was really appreciated.  I have already passed his number on to friends,  and after hearing the 5 Guarantees I can say with confidence that  Japp Construction is a perfect fit for Trusted Saskatoon " - Matt Owens, Saskatoon. 

"No Issues at all on our project! We had Japp frame our basement and found Gavin and his team to be friendly and courteous at all times! We had no issues before, during or after the job was finished. I rate them 9.5/10 and would defnitely recomed them to friends and family" Corey French. 

If your project is big or small, they will be there. From quick fixes to 20,000+ square foot buildings, they have done it all.


'Quality you deserve and dependability you can count on’ https://www.trustedsaskatoon.com/listing.aspx?lid=506

Japp Construction Are Trusted Saskatoon Framing Specialist & General Contractors

Trusted Brags about DDIY Property Maintenance & Renos A Trusted Saskatoon Contractor And Restoration Specialist

The Trusted Saskatoon team loves partnering with incredible Saskatoon and area businesses that are locally owned and run with integrity. We are proud to welcome and brag about our newest partner in the Saskatoon General Contractor category  . DDIY Property Maintenance & Renos are Trusted Saskatoon General Contractors, Disaster Services and Abatement Specialists.


Meet DDIY Property Maintenance & Renos

 

DDIY Property Maintenance and Reno’s is a locally owned family business founded in November 2014 by Dave Teichroeb.  Dave has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and DDIY specializes in general contracting and restoration. 

 


This was an obvious career choice for Dave as  his parents owned a small construction company. Dave started on the tools young and was working on projects helping his parents from age 12.


 “It’s just in my  blood,” said Dave . " I always had a passion for the industry and even remember mudding and taping my bedroom as a young child, when the family built a new home just outside of Dalmeny.”  

 DDIY Invests In Community 


A family man through and through, Dave has 5 children/step-children and  he is very involved with Knox United Church,  he sits on multiple boards and donates many hours to the church community. Dave also supports the Crohn's and Colitis Society and has sponsored the pancake breakfast fundraiser in October for the last three years. You will find him handing out coffees and burgers at the annual Chron's and Colitis Gutsy walk every June in Saskatoon.

 

Trust DDIY In A Disaster 


DDIY is proud to be qualified abatement specialists,  and Dave excels at offering support and help to people in Saskatoon and area at a time that is generally very stressful. DDIY provides remediation, restoration and reconstruction services. They offer property owners peace of mind that the job will be done quickly and professionally.



How we select Trusted Saskatoon businesses to partner with

  • We look for locally accountable businesses that have a reputation for quality driven excellence in the Saskatoon market.
  • Customers, clients and suppliers nominate businesses they are impressed with. 
  • We survey many of their past customers personally.
  • We check the businesses online reputation and we speak to business references and past customers personally.
  • All past customers we speak to are surveyed - it is a pass or fail! 
  • We ensure any required licenses, qualifications, WCB and insurances are valid and up to date.

 

What Did DDIY’s Clients Say? 

 

“DDIY do their job very well! We have had a variety of services in including lawn maintenance and snow removal. We have found the team to always be punctual and courtesy. They communicate well and I enjoyed working with them.I rate then 10/10!” Marcel, Saskatoon 


 

“I hired DDIY as general contractors for both myself and clients. We have been happy with all levels of their work! Dave is very honest and easy to work with. No job has been too big or too small. We have all appreciated his level of craftsmanship and I feel comfortable referring clients to him as I know the quality of work and service is a good reflection” Leslie, Saskatoon



DDIY Property Maintenance & Renos are Trusted Saskatoon General Contractors, Disaster Services and Abatement Specialists


 


Trusted Saskatoon Handy Man Wes Doerksen, owner Of Mr Fixer Shares A Community Involvement Story.

In addition to his handyman skills, Mr. Fixer also offers a wide range of expertise in general contracting services to Saskatoon, Warman, Martensville and the surrounding area. With over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry Wes, owner of Mr Fixer is able to handle any of your small or medium sized jobs from Plumbing to Drywall, Electrical to soffit & fascia repair. He excels in all aspects of home maintenance, repairs and improvements. Mr. Fixer is a Trusted Saskatoon Handy Man & Home Repair Expert

An Interesting Request Leads to a Rewarding Experience. 

I received a phone call from one of my vendors asking if I installed metal roofing, the answer is yes, I’ve done lots of metal roofing jobs over the years.  They asked as they wanted to know if I would be interested in teaching a class on the the subject, but at the time they didn't expand on WHO I would be teaching. I agreed and a few minutes later I received a call from Corrections Canada, seeing when I could start. I accepted, but had to admit that I was both a little nervous and excited as I wondered what I was agreeing to.

When the day arrived I was introduced to the men I was going to teach, and I am happy to say it  was not at all what I was expecting. These guys were friendly, eager and ready to learn, certainly not what the movie industry portrays convicts to be. I spent 2 days instructing them, and left feeling good knowing that I did the best that I could to give these men the tools they needed to pursue a career in roofing with confidence in the future.

I really loved the whole experience. Helping these guys get the skillsets needed to get back them into the workforce, earn money and provide for their families was definitely a humbling and very rewarding experience. Apparently they enjoyed to to as I have been  asked to come back to continue classes with Corrections Canada, and I am hoping more dates will be added in the future! I truly love helping people, listening to their stories, and, in this case, giving hope! 

Helping The Community 

Mr. Fixer was founded on the principle of delivering quality, friendly, and reliable service to the community. Wes' values of always listening to his clients and meeting their needs has led to him gaining many loyal customers in the community. The experience that Wes has shared really emphasises the importance that he places in helping his community, and as he mentioned, giving hope to those who need it most. That is why if you are a frustrated homeowner we highly recommend Wes. He is determined to help his community by making home maintenance an honest, easy and pleasant experience! 

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