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At Sunwest Commercial Framing, we want to help contractors in any way we can. With that in mind, we’ve created two FREE DVDs to assist framers and general contractors.

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Hold-Down Bolts

All framed buildings contain doorways, windows, columns and posts that need either HD or PHD hold-down bolts.

When these bolts are placed incorrectly, it adversely affects the frame down the line, moving them can weaken the concrete and will result in an inferior and unsafe building. Leaving them in the wrong location is problematic because that means everything above the bolts will need to move along with the problem surfaces.


As bolt placement is so critical for a project’s success, Sunwest has a special team devoted to ensuring their proper placement. It is very important to know the exact number of studs associated with different openings and to allow enough space for each hold-down bolt. Don’t forget to allow for the space needed for the bolt itself. This is usually 1½ inches. When in doubt, just to be safe, add another ½” to the overall total. Refer to the Simpson catalog or click here for more information.


Location of AC Duct and Other Penetrations


Structural framed buildings usually contain penetrations that need to be framed out at the same time that the walls and roof are being built. Through our many years of experience, we have found that all subcontractors involved need to be on the same page. It’s best that the subcontractor building the walls and roof facilitate that meeting to ensure that everyone is working together on this.

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