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Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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The I-joist can carry a greater load typically, buit an I-joist is more expensive.

Jul 18, 2016 12:18 AM
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Stephen Richard
Right Place REI, LLC - Hyde Park, MA
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I-joists' dimensional soundness and little or no shrinkage helps to eliminate squeaky floors.

Jul 19, 2016 07:35 AM
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Kenneth Wells
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I joist are in most cases cheaper and easier to work with and floor joist can be 2x10's or truss style floor joist and can be the most costly

Jul 19, 2016 06:00 AM
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Wayne Martin
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I was thinking in terms of laminated wood in the I-beam shape. It is sturdier and more fire resistant!

Jul 18, 2016 11:22 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
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Barbara, this is one of those questions where we can really learn from other bloggers' answers!  

Jul 18, 2016 02:07 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
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I am learning from the answers.

Jul 18, 2016 03:36 AM
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Lyn Sims
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Strength

Jul 18, 2016 02:17 AM
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Michael Setunsky
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Barbara Todaro I believe the main advantage is the I-Joist is stronger than dimensional lumber.

Jul 18, 2016 02:08 AM
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Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

Firemen don't like the i-joists and would like some system developed to warn them when i-joists exist in a structure. Fire charred dimensional wood will hold the weight of a rescuer where a fire charred i-joist won't.

Jul 18, 2016 01:40 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
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I would think it has to do with the kind and level of support.  

Jul 18, 2016 12:53 AM
Rainmaker
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FN LN
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I will monitor this discussion as it is outside of my knowledge base.

Jul 18, 2016 12:29 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Barbara,

Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 explained it beautifully.  From a design perspective it is more attractive.  A

Jul 18, 2016 12:23 AM
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Jeff Pearl
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Holes can usually be drilled or cut into I joist without weakening them.

Jul 18, 2016 12:19 AM
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Sam Shueh
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Different types of flooring support. I is the shape(end view) the other is more popluar here.  Not sure about cost difference. Suspect the less popular kind is pricer...  Floors abouve they all squeak or pop.  Ghosts ......

Jul 18, 2016 12:19 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
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Parked and reading

Jul 18, 2016 11:58 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Thank you for the question.

Jul 18, 2016 09:42 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Barbara Todaro - now this is something that I really need to learn from other answers... but guessing (my friend had built the home and was talking about 'strong steel I-joist')

Jul 18, 2016 03:51 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
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It is structurally stronger...

Jul 18, 2016 01:02 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
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Strength and support and won't warp. On no that was 3.

Jul 18, 2016 01:01 PM
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William Feela
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Ease of use

Jul 18, 2016 12:25 PM
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Michael Jacobs
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I like the kind of "support" I gather here on a daily basis -- so much knowledge in this membership and some fun too.  

Jul 18, 2016 04:49 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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Sandy and Norm seem to have the answer!

Jul 18, 2016 03:03 AM