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How to Properly Notch Structural Beams | Ask This Old House

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and general contractor Tom Silva explain how to notch structural beams to host Kevin O’Connor.
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Time: 5 minutes
 
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
 
Steps:

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.

Resources:
Joists are available at your local lumberyard.

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