During a recent remodeling project, we had to put a new floor over an old ceiling. The cramped quarters made it impossible to swing a hammer from below to bring the joists flush with newly added headers and beams. The drawing shows how we used a temporary upside-down joist hanger and a crowbar to bring a joist flush, allowing its hanger to be installed in the right position.
—Jim Lockwood, Brookline, MA
Edited and illustrated by Charles Miller
From Fine Homebuilding #72