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Joist Blocking in Cantilevered Floor Joists

Some houses have cantilevers extending a few feet over the cripple wall.  In these cases, some kind of system needs to be developed to keep the floor joists from rolling over.  This video looks at a blocking system applicable to houses where the floor joists are supported by the cripple wall.  In cantilevered systems, the joists do not sit on top of the cripple wall, so a different approach was developed by the retrofit guideline Vulnerability Based Retrofit Assessment and Retrofit of One and Two-Story Dwellings. 

This will often be a bay window, a love seat, or sometimes an extension of the kitchen.  It is very impost to give special attention to these areas of the house because the joists are cantilevered which makes it impossible to connect the floor to the top of the cripple wall.  The seismic retrofit guideline Vulnerability Based Assessment and Retrofit of One- and Two-Story Dwelling provides one way of doing this. Joist Blocking Drawing in Guideline Retrofit of One and Two Story Dwellings

Joist Blocking Detail in Vulnerability Based Seismic Retrofit of One- and Two-Story Dwellings

The connector Type G is the Simpson Strong-Tie LTP 4.  This is an adequate method except in order for it to work the top plates need to be joined together with nails extending through the lower top plate into the upper top plate.  That way when the LTP4 slides the upper on top of the lower top plate it will transfer that force into the lower top plate when the plywood is nailed.

Joist blocking drawing by structural engieer


This is a unique system that relies on the strength of a glued connection rather that a nailed connection.  Generally glued plywood to framing connections are avoided because glue lacks the ductility of nails and might snap.  In some cases, you don’t have a choice.

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