Workshop Build #7: Floor/Ceiling Joists

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Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 02-27-2010 10:53 PM 1773 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In order to be able to have a 40’ building without interior walls other than one right down the middle, we needed to have joists that would carry across the width of the building and give us room above for storage. Regular trusses don’t allow for much empty space for storage, so we had joists designed with our particular needs taken into account.

The joists are I beam style, 40’ long and sixteen inches deep. They needed to be placed 16” OC, so that meant an order of 30 plus rim board, a 1” thick 16” deep board that runs around the outside of the joists.

We rented a backhoe and used the front bucket to first move the joists as close as possible to the front of the garage and then to raise each joist up to balance on the framing.

moving joists

first joists up

Rim board was attached around the whole perimeter of the building, starting at the front.
rim board

Each one then had to be placed in position, first at the front so that we could start the plywood upper floor and give my husband a place to stand on to get the rest of the joists into position.

First four front joists:

more joists

The joists which were initially laid down flat, were pushed to the back to keep them out of the way of the other joists that were stood up and attached one at a time, working from the front to the back.

pushing back joists

Plywood on first joists to make a platform:
front joists

Fun, eh? be continued…

-- ~Julie~

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#1 posted 02-27-2010 11:02 PM

holy could probably park a back hoe on that roof…looks like a lot of fun there…look forward to the whole projects pictures…cant wait to see the finished job..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 02-27-2010 11:24 PM

Nice looking building.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 02-27-2010 11:56 PM

Great job, fun to follow the progress.

When we built our shop we used the same 16” I joists. They go up fast, and provide a great, large area for insulation. We added the top plate on top of the joists (instead of below), so that the rafters did not cut into our insulation space. Our heating costs in Chicago are really low because of the extra efforts in construction and insulation.

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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#4 posted 02-28-2010 12:32 AM

I am a little envious! OK, more than a little! LOL

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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