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Unless the joists perpendicular to the rim joists is carefully detailed to make
the joists supported by the rim joist with hangers, I doubt you will get such a
nice job done. At most, you will get a couple of end nails through the rim
joist to the regular joist. When it is the case, the floor loads still rest onto the
top plates.
Aligning the floor joists with the studs below is still the simplest way to go!
Chris Tse

Ed.Haninger(--nospam--at) wrote:

> 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
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> "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)>
> cc:
> 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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