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1. Avoid “No Man’s Land,” the top and bottom of the joist when drilling a hole.
2. Drill holes no larger than one-third the width of the joist.
3. For cutting a notch in the top or bottom of a joist, avoid the center one-third of the joist.
4. The notch may not be bigger than one-sixth the height of the joist.
Joists are available at your local lumberyard.
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