Floor Joisting Framing Secrets

I was about 18 years old, when my dad needed to build a floor that was going to be located inside of an industrial tilt up building. The floor joisting framing secrets that I'm about to share with you, were learned on this particular job.

We arrived at the job around seven o'clock in the morning and my dad spent about two hours looking at the plans. I didn't have much to do and was becoming impatient. My father told me to calm down, because he was carefully planning the construction of the floor that we were about to assemble.

All of the wood was located on the outside of the building, so my father gave me instructions on where to put each one of the floor joist, while he laid out the entire floor on his own. It took him about three hours to mark where every single floor joist was going to go and I had never seen anyone do this before.

Most carpenters that I had watched, used precut blocks and rarely measured anything. I was about to learn another lesson from my father about patience and this is one lesson that I will never forget.

About the time he finished marking where each one of the floor joist were going to go, I had finished carrying all of the floor joist to each room and now it was time to set the floor joist on top of the walls.

Me and my dad spent the rest of the day positioning the floor joist precisely over the marks that he had laid out on the walls. By the end of the day, I could see that we had done something, but we hadn't built anything. I left that day a little discouraged, but it didn't seem to bother my dad at all.

The next day we arrived at work and built the entire floor in less than eight hours. This wasn't a small floor, if my memory serves me correctly, this building was about 300 feet long and about 150 feet wide.

The floor joisting framing secrets that I learned in these two days are simple. Take your time examining the plans for joist layout and other problems, then carefully mark where each floor joist will go. After that you can position each floor joist directly over your layout marks on top of the wall. The last step to this process for building your new floor would be to get on top of the floor and start flipping the joist up and nailing them together.

Sometimes a little bit of planning can go a long way. It's never a good idea to plan while you're building, but it's always going to be a good idea to plan before you build.