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Old 06-02-2015, 10:08 PM   #41
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Re: Walking On Beams And Joist

Don't worry too much about falling through joists.
Your balls will hold you up.
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:11 PM   #42
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There is a reason I do interior work.
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Old 06-07-2015, 04:54 PM   #43
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There isn't a single crew around here that doesn't walk on joists. I can't imagine framing a floor without doing so. How else would you install blocking between i Joists?

To the OP. You gotta trust your feet. Ever play that game when you were a kid where you only walk on the cracks in the sidewalk? That requires more precision than walking 16 OC joists. Your body knows how to to walk the joists, your brain is psyching you out.

Get used to feeling the joists underneath your feet. When walking perpendicular to the joists, I like to step on them with the balls of my feet (the part right before your toes). And keep a nice steady rhythm. It looks stupid and sketchy as hell when you see a guy wobbling on a joists and jumping one foot to the next patio covers joist as fast as he can as he struggles to keep his balance, all because he thinks he's going to fall. They're 16 OC. Even if you fall, it be pretty impressive to slip between the joists and fall right through the floor. Still, don't fall.

We had a new guy a while back who was terrified of walking on joists. He figured it out soon enough. If it's truly something you can't bring yourself to do, perhaps framing isn't for you.
What a terrible way to go honestly.


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