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jkirk
not impressed with tom silva today

i was watching a new episode ( i think) of toh today..tommy was working with kevin and a few of his carpenters. they were installing two laminated nominal lumber beams where the existing of the project house opens to the addition then moving on to the roof...

when tommy went to set the beam he first knocked it into the pocket.. this was fine.. but then he put the jack studs in place IN PIECES..... very wrong. i dont know what american codes state but one of the first things i learned when i was an apprentice carpenter was that all jacks studs and posts must be one continous piece of wood from the under side of the header/beam down to the floor.. whats tommy doing, this gives diyer's bad information on how to frame..

for those diy'ers thinking about taking out a wall and putting in a beam, make sure to consult a engineer first as to what size beam to use and what material it should be.. regular lumber, engineered lumber or a steel i beam.

A. Spruce
Re: not impressed with tom silva today

We apparently went to the same school, I agree about the one-piece jack stud. Is it possible that this was temporary bracing or something?

Sombreuil_mongrel
Re: not impressed with tom silva today

I think it was because it was a) boxed in between other studs on both sides and, b) it was getting double or triple jacks. The initial one was in sections, I am sure the other one (or 2) were one-piece.
Tommy wouldn't let us down!
Except later on with that awful self-stick backsplash Bull! What was _that_?
Casey

dj1
Re: not impressed with tom silva today

I didn't see it, but I'm sure it was a temporary jack.

jkirk
Re: not impressed with tom silva today

it was in the wall pocket... if with mulitple plies it should still be one peice

as for the backsplash didnt watch that far. had to run errands

dj1
Re: not impressed with tom silva today

jkirk,

How wide was the opening?
Was the "jack in pieces" the only jack he installed?

jkirk
Re: not impressed with tom silva today

it was over 8', supporting a 3ply 2x10 with a 5/4 spacer in it i think he did a 3ply post

i do double jacks when a opening is at 5', when its 7'6 or greate i go to 3ply and for beams i make the post as wide as the beam is thick

jkirk
Re: not impressed with tom silva today

it also had a smaller beam of the same thickness hanging off it

ive never done a lumber beam that way. the only 4ply lumber beams ive done are less than 6' or for decks. anything inside that long has always been steel or lvl

dj1
Re: not impressed with tom silva today

It looks like an explanation/clarification is due.

A. Spruce
Re: not impressed with tom silva today
dj1 wrote:

It looks like an explanation/clarification is due.

Good luck with that. The show and it's hosts do not participate on these forums, so we'll never know what was behind it.

dj1
Re: not impressed with tom silva today

Let's have Jack ask Tom directly...if Tom can be found. :cool:

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