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balloon frame

a wooden building frame composed of machine-sawed scantlings fastened with nails, having studs rising the full height of the frame with the joists nailed to the studs and supported by sills or by ribbons let into the studs.
Origin of balloon frame
1850-55, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The balloon frame construction is in the form of an irregular rectangular plan.
  • If the building is of balloon frame construction, your first clue to that effect might be fire on an upper floor.
  • The wood frame structural system of each contributing building includes balloon frame and platform framing.
  • The house is of balloon frame construction on a mortared stone foundation.
  • He added that if it is balloon frame it cannot be separated.
  • In some ways, these buildings have construction features that represent voids that are common in balloon frame construction.

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