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Posted by Dr Home on February 16th, 1999 07:45 PM
In reply to Floor joists by Yolanda on February 16th, 1999 12:44 PM [Go to top of thread]

They made them small in case your mother-in-law comes for an extended visit.
The majority of cape cods were built with an unfinished second story to save
money for the homeowner who could finish it if he wanted. The floor joists do
not extend the width of the house. They are positioned on bearing walls so the
span is not as great as you think. The first floors were finished with larger
joists because it was the main living area and contained the furniture with
the most weight. Besides the contractor could save a few bucks by going with
the minimum requirement.

Stand in the middle of the second floor rooms and bounce a few times. Does it
feel solid, or are you ready to go for a dive. 6 inches is on the small side
but if the actual span is within limits you should be fine. If you have any
doubts you can contact a structural engineer and he will be glad to give you
yay or nay.

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