Matthew Anderson

When carpenters from other parts of the country come by one of our jobsites, one of the first questions they ask is, "What's that nailed to the ceiling joists?" When I answer, "Strapping," they then ask, "What is that for?"

The first few times I got these questions, I figured that these guys must not be real carpenters: How could they not know what strapping is? What I now know is that the Northeast is one of the few areas in the country where we strap our ceilings as a matter of course for every house we frame, regardless of the floor framing material. Strapping...

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