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Posted 19 July 2020 - 02:26 PM


Moved to SC from FL to help take care of ailing parents..

Just trying to pick up some local work here in the upstate..

20 yr SP user..

But all my experience is with Fl. CBS Construction...


If someone has a...

Standard Detail Sheet(s) For Frame Construction

that will work for the Upstate SC

I would appreciate talking with you...

Willing to  compensate if needed...

Thanks Steve


#2 David Zawadzki

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Posted 19 July 2020 - 07:33 PM

Have you checked your local building department website to see if they have any information for you?

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Posted 20 July 2020 - 07:36 AM

Wall, ceiling and roof framing are very standard in the upstate.

Order a copy of the Graphic Guide to Frame Construction

And get the latest IRC code book for your municipality.


The biggest challenge is that many foundations in the upstate are crawl space construction.

In that case you have block walls which are parged or bricked and the floor framing can be stick frame or engineered floor joists.

No problem if engineered floor joists as they will calculate the spans and pier locations and will also locate additional piers for point loads.

If stick framed then there is useful info in the IRC code and I would refer you to a website raisedfloorlivingpro.com

They have some very good span tables for floor joists and girder beams.


The trickiest foundation is the pier and curtain crawl space.

I have not seen it done anywhere but in the Carolinas.

There is a good isometric in the IRC code.

Basically, individual block piers are spaced around the perimeter and they are used to support a  bearing brick wall is continuous around the entire structure.

The tricky part is the brick curtainwall must be integrally bonded to the block piers.

Again, this is covered in the IRC code but visit some jobsites and get a good visual on how they are built.

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