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Basement Beams — Which are Best? — Commentary

Basement Beams — Which are Best? — Commentary

What are the best basement beams to support the a floor system overhead? Three common materials used for basement beams in new home construction are: 2x (two-by as in; two-by ten, 2 x 10), LVL (and… Read more »

I-joists — Why Not in All New Homes?

I-joists — Why Not in All New Homes?

I-joists are stronger, lighter, stay flatter, have little or no shrinkage, they can make for quieter floors, and I-joists are a more sustainable product than dimensional lumber floor joists, so… Read more »

I-Joists vs. Dimensional Joists — Commentary

I-Joists vs. Dimensional Joists — Commentary

Introduction Joists are the long parallel beams (framing members) that support the subfloor. The joists can be solid dimensional lumber, wood I-joists or floor trusses (a combination of wood and metal)…. Read more »

Subflooring — OSB vs Plywood

Subflooring — OSB vs Plywood

Before my time the subflooring used in new home construction was mainly 1-inch thick boards nailed across the floor joists. When I started working for a homebuilder in the early… Read more »