Balloon frame

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(Carp.) a house frame constructed altogether of small timber.
etc. See under Balloon, Cant, etc.

See also: Balloon, Frame

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plank and balloon framing, and silos will be discussed, followed by a tour of the barns.
The biggest change in the 19th century was the introduction of balloon framing, which is the use of two-by-fours and nails.
All this gets us balloon framing. Balloon framing using dimensional lumber and manufactured nails was so revolutionary that a balloon framed "Illinois cottage" was displayed at the Paris Exhibition of 1867 as a display of American technological prowess.
of Minnesota) understands the reasons behind every feature of these houses, and carefully describes the ways they were built, showing how balloon framing made the most of relatively scarce and often expensive materials but created strong structures capable of surviving Midwest weather and the demands of farm life.