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my 2 pence worth

Posted by bc on July 24th, 2000 10:10 PM
In reply to My $.02 worth by Henry in MI on July 24th, 2000 08:37 PM [Go to top of thread]

Sounds like everybody has hit it. Cut the joist, box/bridge in the ends for the length of the stairway and then add additional 2bys to box it in for the width of the stairway.(basically the same as if this was a floor joist that was being cut for a toilet) And for some additional overkill, sistering the joists for a ways may not hurt if you are going to store something up there. Also run some 2bys from 2 or all of the corners of your joists at the stairway box up to the rafters for additional support both for snowloading on the rafter and for weight carrying on the joists.

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