When I was building a home in 2001, I came up against a gazillion little things that I needed guidance on. I'd never built anything larger than a bookcase, so new home construction was quite a big step.
In three new videos produced by Oregon builder Hammer & Hand, lead carpenter Val Darrah explains how he keeps air sealing in mind as he frames the walls for his current project, the Pumpkin Ridge Passive House.
Val explains why he prefers to use a router rather than a saw when he cuts out window openings in the OSB sheathing. He also shares his method of building window bucks out of 3/4-inch plywood.