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Steel beams can carry much more weight than solid or engineered lumber, so they’re often used in home building. But anchoring wood to steel can be time-consuming. John has replaced the most common method — packing the web with lumber — with a far faster method incorporating top-mount joist hangers. By bolting a piece of lumber to the top flange of the I-beam and nailing the joist hangers to it, you can reduce the amount of lumber you use, the number of holes you drill, and the number of bolts you install. And top-mount joist hangers require fewer nails, too.
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