I know it sounds silly, but how much does it weaken a joist to screw
sideways right through it ? If I fitted noggins (extra support for
plasterboard) between joists but flush with the bottom of the joists,
by screwing right through the 3 inch joists and into the noggin ends,
how much would it weaken the joist ?
What about drilling small holes near the bottom of a joist - say for a
screw pilot hole.
Or drilling a countersink for the screw ?
I want to make sure the BCO doesn't turn up and say I've wrecked my
roof supporting joists.
Should I devise another fixing method ?
You will not weaken the joist - in fact, if you really stop and think -
you are in fact reinforcing it!
When you thing plumbers, electricians, carpenters and all and sundry, drill
through joists for there relevant bits of pipe, cables etc to go through
(and usually in the centre or top third) then how are small pilots going to
affect the strength of the thing?
He's go more intelligence and experience to say that.
If you are simply fitting noggins, then the usual way is to screw or nail at
an angle through the side/end of the noggin then into the joist. Not screw
through the full thickness of the joist into the noggin end. At time of
house build, nailing noggins in place is OK. If you have ceiling/wall
attached, then hammering will cause nail heads to pop out and all-sorts. So
best pre-drill noggins and pilot into joists for screws.
So is there any recommendation for how far into the joist to screw ?
I have to fix the noggins near the bottom, but I don't want to fix
them below since this would reduce head height.
I guess it may be the best idea to use a fixing that hangs the
noggins, so the screws are in the centre line of the joist, e.g. joist
hangers or a timber block.
sm email@example.com coughed up some electrons that declared:
I can highly recommend 5x80 or 5x100 ScrewTites. Upon a previous
recommendation here, I used a load of 5x80's to do some studwork, very
successfully (beat nails hands down, times lots).
Needed to fix some 44x94 (2x4") to some ceiling rafters and I found that the
ScrewTites worked just as well there. No pilot hole, easy drive, good pull
together and good grip, and head self countersinks. This may not work if
your joists are oak!
Anyway, as my upstairs floor is a bit of a disaster area, I'll be adding
some noggins for cross-bracing to stiffen up the dodgey areas. I plan to
stick some 2x4" in as noggins, level with the top of the joist in my case
(bottom area fouled with random wood). For the fixing I would just screw a
couple of ScrewTites in horizontally into the end of the noggin from the
opposite side of the joist. They hold fine in the end grain and without a
pilot hole, they form a pretty effective peg.
Unless anyone tells me that's wrong... But having used them, it seems like a
reasonable idea. I'm relying on these to add structural stiffness. For your
application, they will definately be a suitable fixing method without any
doubt. No vibration either :)
These are the item:
You'll need a power screwdriver, but a small one like the little Bosch will
suffice - they are lubricated and drive very easily.
It all depends where you put the screw!
If it is in the top half of a beam then you are not weakening it
If it is in the bottom half then there is a weakening effect but only
so much as the shear stress parting the longitudinal fibres in the
bottom tension zone which is likely to be very little. The nearer the
bottom you get the worse the effect. You can ignore the top 75 % of a
beam for all practical purposes as being at risk should you put screws
What do you mean by roof supporting joists?? I assume ceiling joists
and if so and you are concerned use full length noggins and fix in the
middle (neutral axis) or if you want to be anal use joist hangers (a
silly over reaction to a non-problem but theoretically an answer)
The Natural Philosopher coughed up some electrons that declared:
I would debate "quicker". A ScrewTite pops in in a few seconds in one easy
motion. Certainly no slower than nailing.
I reckon it's equally as sound as a nail for lateral support (it's the same
size with no hole slop so it should be, and way better able to resist
Bloody things have me sounding like Dribble now.
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