Boise Cascade

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Q&A: Drilling Holes in Wood I-Joists

Q. I need to run wires through Boise Cascade I-joists. The joists come with prepunched holes, but the holes don’t line up. I’d like to drill some 1-inch holes in the joist webs. Are there any limitations on where these holes can be drilled? Read more

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Framing Floors With I-Joists

A Cape Cod builder tells how to frame flat, squeak-free floors with wood I-joists. Read more

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Drywall codes; back-priming discussion; CAD for Macs; sizing I-joists for clear spans; safety reminder; more Read more

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Computer Solutions: Simplified Structural Design

Software for sizing structural components Read more

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Update: Engineered Lumber

The decline in the quality of solid-sawn lumber has led manufacturers to develop a growing variety of engineered lumber substitutes. We look at some of the new materials that are finding their way on to residential job sites. Read more

Roof Framing with Wood I-Joists
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Roof Framing with Wood I-Joists

When wood I-joists are used as rafters, connections at the structural ridge and... Read more

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Wood I-Joist Do's and Don'ts

Wood I-joists differ structurally from solid wood, and so do the rules for cutting, supporting, and fastening them. A manufacturer’s field rep tells how to avoid common I-joist framing mistakes. Read more

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