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RE: Design of Top Plates

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For joist construction:  A rim joist is typically a member the same size as
the joist,  which is placed on the end of the joists, flush with the outer
face of the top plate.   For example, if the joists are 2x10's, the rim
joist will be a 2x10.  The rim joist will be located on the top plate and
nailed to end of each joist.   If you look at multilevel wood construction
in the framing stage, you will see a wide member at each floor level.  This
is the rim joist.  When constructed in this manner, this member will
distribute the joist load to the studs.

Truss construction may not work like this.

Ed Haninger
Fluor Daniel


"Speck, Todd M" <tmspeck(--nospam--at)> on 12/28/2000 11:05:29 AM

Please respond to seaint(--nospam--at)

To:   "'seaint(--nospam--at)'" <seaint(--nospam--at)>

Subject:  RE: Design of Top Plates

I'm not trying to argue with anyone,  but I have additional questions with
this suggested alternative.

if a rim joist is used...

I assume that the trusses bear top chord on the rim joist.

I also assume that the rim joist is made of top and bottom chords with
diagonal or vertical "webbing".  if this is the case the top chord of the
rim joist now needs to be designed for a point load of 7000+ lbs.

I'm not real familiar with a rim joist,  but I don't see how a top chord of
a rim joist can take this load if a dbl top plate can't??  what's the
configuration of a rim joist?

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