How To – Joist Beam Dimension Chart for Deck Building

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    The following chart provides the distances and sizes of lumber necessary to build the beams that support your deck.

    The size on the left column describes the size of the beam necessary.

    For instance the left column may say 2-2×10″ which means you need to use Two – 2 inch x 10 inch boards that are nailed together to build the beam that supports your joists.

    When in doubt use a larger size beam meaning go up …

    How To – The use of glue laminated beams in residential construction

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      To reduce the cost and size of beams required in residential construction glue laminated products have been designed to reduce conventional framing.

      Glue laminated beams may be used in variety of locations including but not limited to rim joists, stairway and window and door headers.  They can be used alone or they can be used in built up beams.

      Because of their higher structural strength glued laminated beams can replace steel in many locations however in …

      How To – Plywood siding residential construction

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        Although normally signing is applied over exterior she then which has been protected by a vapor barrier some contractors to make use of single wall systems.

        In a single wall system the exterior sheathing is the finished product.  Where normally the vapor barrier would be applied over the exterior sheathing the plywood siding is applied directly to the studs.  This means a vapor barrier must be applied from the interior of the home.

        Because plywood siding …

        How To – Understanding species type when selecting lumber for framing

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          There are a variety of different tree species types used in home construction.  Although from their visual appearance you may not consider framing grade lumber to be hardwood it is.

          Most consumers consider woods such as oak, walnut or mahogany when they are thinking of hardwood however pine, spruce, Douglas fir and other woods are considered hardwood and used in the framing process.

          When selecting hardwood for framing and using structural span charts it is important …

          How To – Selecting the right plywood for residential construction

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            There are a variety of locations within your home where plywood is used.  Plywood can be constructed of either layers of wood that are glued together or chips of wood that are oriented to obtain a specific structural strength.

            Standard plywood is made of layers that are glued together.  When logs go through a plywood mill a thin layer of wood is stripped from the logs in a similar method to a pencil sharpener.  These …

            How To – Understanding lumber grading and selection for framing

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              There are three main grades of lumber that are commonly used in structural framing.  A fourth category may be found in pre-made trusses but this material is not normally available to the general contractor.

              The first grade of lumber is light framing.  This grade of lumber is considered utility grade lumber and should not be used for framing walls or used as joists in either residential construction, commercial construction or where structural support is required.  …

              How To – Building Basics – The 4 main parts of a home

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                In this HowTo we will cover the 4 basic parts of a house structure.

                Yes I know you are saying there are so many items in a house how can it be broken down to just 4 main parts. Well here we will be covering the structure of the home better known as the Framing.

                Framing can be thought of as the shell or skeleton of the home.

                The parts used …

                Buying Guide – Choosing The Right Type Of Plywood

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                  Plywood is used in a variety of places around our home. It can be found on our roofs, in our walls, floors and cabinets.

                  Plywood gets its name from the way it is made. Thin layers of veneer thickness wood shaved from spruce and pine are stacked in layers or plies with its grain alternating in different directions. Each layer gets a coating of adhesive and the sheet is pressed until the glue cures then …

                  How To – Installing Plywood Decking Over Floor Joists

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                    After you have installed your floor joists the next step is installing the plywood decking that will be the base for your home’s floors.

                    Before you begin this part of your project it is important that you make sure your joists / rim joists are aligned so the home is square.  Using a tape measure check the corners for square and double check the distances between the joists at 16 on center.

                    Decking comes in two …