Typical Walls and Partitions
How do you keep all the types organized and clearly defined?
First, you define your standard or default interior wall and place a bold note somewhere that all walls unless noted otherwise [UNO] are constructed in such and such a way. A details is nice because you can cover head and base conditions easily and graphically.
Second, you start a sheet of typical wall details as you come across different wall types. We actually got to the point where this was a master sheet that we copied from project to project and edited.
Third, you tag the walls that are different with a diamond, add the type designation letter, and extend a short 'cut' line from one point of the diamond through the wall in question. Placing the diamond near an intersection of two walls of the same type lets you place one symbol and tag two walls at the same time. My example shown to the right predated the diamond idea, but was handy and shows the end result very well (except using squares). Actually any shape that wouldn't be mistaken for something else works just fine. Click to enlarge image.
The drawing below is an example of the typical wall detail sheet. You can see that minor variations in wall types can be addressed through the tag designation by adding a subscript and a note explaining the difference. On this one sheet there are 26 walls defined using 14 drawings. You can download the PDF here for future reference.
On the typical wall details sheet is a good place to locate a metal stud sizing table so you don't have to make that a distinguishing characteristic of your wall types.
So my take is that Typical Wall Details does three things for you:
- Saves you time.
- Creates a better work product.
- Helps the contractor find information easier.
As you can see there isn't much to it. The added benefit is that after several jobs, if you have been building up a master sheet, you will save even more time and improve your quality control as well.