Joist – a horizontal framing member, that when set in parallel groups support floor or ceiling loads. Joists are used in floor or ceiling framing and are supported by sill plates and girders when framing floors or cap plate when framing ceilings. Deck floor joists are supported by ledgers or metal hangers attached to the rim joists. On larger decks the floor joists may also be supported on centrally located girders.
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