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balloon frame

noun
1.
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
1850-1855
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55
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  • (p. 067) The balloon frame was divided into seventeen compartments, each of which held a ballonet filled with hydrogen gas.

    Aircraft and Submarines Willis J. Abbot.
  • They are built of wood, balloon frame, with a plain pitch roof, without ornament.

    Woodward's Country Homes George E. Woodward
  • The early history of the balloon frame, is somewhat obscure, there being no well authenticated statements of its origin.

    Woodward's Country Homes George E. Woodward
  • The balloon frame has for more than twenty years been before the building public.

    Woodward's Country Homes George E. Woodward
  • If a mechanic is employed, the balloon frame can be put up for forty per cent.

    Woodward's Country Homes George E. Woodward
  • The balloon frame (fig. 36) is composed of much smaller scantlings and is more rapidly erected and less expensive.

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