If you’ve ever had to beef up a pier-and-beam floor with some additional joists tucked between the subfloor and the beams, you know it can be difficult work in a space where it’s tough to maneuver tools and materials. The diagonal dimension of the joist is too big to let it roll into place without some serious pounding. After pondering the problem for a while, I got an idea. If I set my saw at 45° and ripped away the top edge on one side of the joist and the bottom edge on the other, as shown in the drawing, the joist should roll a lot easier and I would still have my original dimension. It works.
Don Boerner, Rowlett, TX