Framing Efficiently with Larry Haun

  • A master class in framing brought back to life with enhanced picture and sound
  • Framing tips, techniques and lessons from a home building legend 
  • Each Course Purchase Supports the #KeepCraftAlive Scholarship
  • On Demand and available now

Course Introduction

Though house plans, framing tools, and materials have changed quite a bit since we first made these videos with Larry Haun, the fundamentals of framing haven’t. Plumb, level, and square are a must, and efficiency is the name of the game. Larry was not only a master carpenter, but he was also a great teacher and what you’ll learn here is how to not sacrifice quality work while keeping the framing job moving along, from the mudills to the roof. Larry’s tips are as relevant today as they were when we first made these videos and thanks to new technology, the sound and picture and better than ever.

10% For The Trades: Support #KeepCraftAlive 

Fine Homebuilding's Keep Craft Alive initiative aims to raise awareness about skills training and educational opportunities in construction and provide financial support for those seeking careers in the trades. Show your support by purchasing this course today, and 10% of every sale will go directly towards the #KeepCraftAlive scholarship fund with our partner, SkillsUSA.

What You'll Learn:

- How to install mudsills square and level

- How to frame and sheath a floor system, including long spans and stair openings, with common framing lumber

- How to simplify the math to lay out and frame stairs

- How to lay out, frame, and raise exterior and interior walls safely and efficiently, including bracing and straightening

- How to install ceiling joists, measure and cut rafters, install the ridge, and sheath the roof, including intersecting gables

- And most importantly, how to work efficiently as a framer without sacrificing quality for speed


Larry Haun

Larry Haun began his building career on the Nebraska prairie, where at 17 he helped to build his first house. In 1950, he began framing in Albuquerque, N.M., and in 1951, he joined his older brother in a Los Angeles building boom that brought about rapid change in tools, materials, and building methods. Later, seeing a need for passing on production-framing techniques, Haun began teaching two nights a week at a community college-and stayed there for 20 years. He retired to Coos Bay, Ore., where he built houses for Habitat for Humanity, wheelchair ramps for low income homes, and backpacked in the High Sierras, the Rockies, and the Andes.

He is the author of “The Very Efficient Carpenter” (The Taunton Press, 1999) with three companion videos on how to frame a house, “Homebuilding Basics: Carpentry” (The Taunton Press, 1999), “Habitat For Humanity: How to Build a House” (The Taunton Press, 2002), and A Carpenter’s Life as Told by Houses (The Taunton Press, 2011). Larry also kept a blog, A Carpenter’s View, where he wrote until a couple of weeks before he died at the age of 80.

Framing Efficiently with Larry Haun


Course Includes:

  • Over three hours of video instruction, remastered at its best resolution
  • 10% for the trades: each course purchase supports the #KeepCraftAlive Scholarship
  • On-demand video format, available now

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