Tips for Framing with I-Joists
A panel of pro builders discuss best practices for handling, fitting, and fastening this popular type of engineered floor framing components.
Sponsored by Weyerhaeuser
I-joists are strong, dimensionally stable, lightweight, and they come in long lengths, which often makes them a smart alternative to solid framing lumber. But their unique shape and required fastening methods can add a different set of challenges when incorporating them into a project. That’s why we’ve invited experienced builders Mike Guertin, Ben Bogie, and Aron Jones, plus Weyerhaeuser Trus Joist Territory Manager Steve Rudowsky, to share the techniques they use to make I-Joist installation jobs go more smoothly. We’ll also be answering audience questions, so be sure to have a list of any challenges you’ve had working with these engineered framing materials.
Presented live on Wednesday September 20, 2023
In this hour-long discussion, we’ll cover as many common concerns as possible, including:
- Jigs for marking and cutting I-joists
- Adding blocking and squash blocks
- Fastening methods for preventing squeaks
- Rim joist options
- How to avoid splitting flanges when fastening
- Field repairs for damaged joists
- Dealing with fire resistance requirements
- And many more
The only thing Fine Homebuilding editorial advisor Mike Guertin likes better than building new homes is remodeling old ones. After 35 years, he’s still challenged every day to find more-efficient ways to build things better. Like a true Rhode Islander, he doesn’t take jobs farther than 15 minutes from his home in East Greenwich. Mike’s written over 100 articles for FHB and appears in dozens of videos.
Ben Bogie is a second-generation high-performance builder working as the COO at BPC Green Builders in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Ben is passionate about historical renovation and creating high-performance homes, and is an active member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. He specializes in building science, low-energy designs, and high-end custom finishes.
With his first career in the military leading him to become a construction tech, Aron has been a teacher and mentor to apprentices in the carpentry trade for many years. Receiving his Carpentry Red Seal in 2002, Aron has always endeavored to build better whenever possible. He has a true passion for building science and strives to help others understand it so that the industry as a whole can become better.
Weyerhaeuser Trus Joist Territory Manager Steve Rudowsky brings decades of experience to his sales role. Based in greater Philadelphia area, Steve focuses his efforts serving builders using Trus Joist products in residential construction. Prior to his 6 years at Weyerhaeuser, Steve was a third-generation builder who worked alongside his father constructing commercial, residential, and agricultural buildings. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds a secondary teaching certificate in vocational agriculture. Steve resides in Pennsylvania with his wife and two teenage sons enjoying all things woodworking and outdoor activities.