Sole plates in timber frame construction

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Sole plates are a vital element in a timber framed building. Their installation has a direct effect on the building's service life, line, level and plumb, and contributes to the speed of construction.

This Wood Information Sheet provides advice on getting the installation of sole plates right first time so that the timber frame structure fits together quickly, tightly and correctly. In addition, it features a useful breakdown of the key tasks relating to sole plates and identifying typical responsibility for each.

 

Contents:

  • Interface between foundation and timber frame
  • Options for packing of sole plates
  • Who does what

 

This Wood Information Sheet was reviewed in September 2017 and minor corrections were made.

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