The Self Build Self Help Site joists
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picture of footings

picture of footings

picture of footings

Metal straps are used to tie the first floor joists to the walls (where they are running parallel to the wall). They are also used to tie the roof truss joists and rafters to the gable walls. Use a chisel and wooden mallet (preferably chiselling away from you) to notch the joists to allow the straps to lie flush with the joists.


The straps must bridge 3 joists and noggins must be nailed to the joists to support them. The straps are nailed to the joists and noggins.


The gap left between the blocks, to accomodate the strap, can be seen, and will be filled with cement.






The photo on the right shows the straps for the roof truss joists and rafters.
Joists picture

picture of footings







The plans will show where the noggins between the joists are to be nailed. Long joists will require 2 sets of noggins.

picture of footings