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They other day I was in a 2 story house that had just been framed, I was downstairs in the kitchen with the general contractor going over the lighting layout. I pointed upward to the ceiling and said "there was plenty of room between the ceiling joists" to install large recessed cans...

He acted startled, raised an eyebrow and peering over his glasses he said "those are floor joists..."

Who is right? :eek:
 

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I'd say he's right, technically speaking...

On a personal level I think he's a toolbox, to point it out...

If your looking up, why the F' can't you say ceiling joists?
 

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Agree with both replies. The term "joist" will refer to either, interchangeably.
 

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They other day I was in a 2 story house that had just been framed, I was downstairs in the kitchen with the general contractor going over the lighting layout. I pointed upward to the ceiling and said "there was plenty of room in the joist bays" to install large recessed cans...

He acted startled, raised an eyebrow and peering over his glasses he said "those are floor joists..."

Who is right? :eek:
Fixed it for you. :laughing:
 

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I've found it's best not to argue with a man working above you as it's easier for him to drop something on you, than for you to throw something up.
 

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Then, on a flat roof, with the same member holding a ceiling on one side and a roof deck on the other, is it a joist or a rafter?
 
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