Are screws OK for joist hangers?

Are Simpson Hanger Screws OK For Joist Hangers?

The first thing to understand is that there are two types of hangers: end-nails and joists. End-nails are fastened directly onto the wall studs while joists are attached to the ceiling joists.

Both types of hangers have their advantages and disadvantages.

End-Nail Hangers

End-nails are usually used when the nail head is too large to fit into the hole and it must be removed with a hammer. This is the most common type of hanger and it is very easy to use.

These hangers are installed to the wall studs and ceiling joists. It is installed by driving a nail through the hanger and into the stud or joist.

This type of hanger should be used when studs are spaced 24 inches apart on center. If spaced greater than 24 inches, you should consult a manufacturer’s guide.

Manufacturers may have different recommendations based on their testing and recommendations.

Joist Hangers

The other type of hanger is called a Joist Hanger. This is the type that has a built-in nail that is easily driven with a hammer or caulk gun.

These hangers can be installed quickly and easily by most people. It can be installed on 16-inch or 24-inch on center studs.

As you can see, there are several things to consider when choosing the correct hanger. The most important thing is that you use the right hanger for the type of wood and where it is in the home.

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A carpenter can give you the correct advice on which hanger to use, or you can reference the charts in this post.

Plywood Joist Hanger

Plywood hangers have a large hook that is used to attach to the plywood. They are installed on top of the plywood and are nailed into the studs.

These hangers should be used for plywood sheets that are less than 1 1/2 inches thick.

Joist Hanger

These hangers are installed on the bottom of a plywood sheet. They have nails that go through the plywood into the joist or studs.

These are installed on 16-inch or 24-inch on-center studs and joists. These hangers can be installed on their edge, or flat. You should always install them on their edge for every other joist or stud. This allows the plywood to be flush with the studs or joists below it.

These hangers can be used for plywood that is 1 1/2 inches or less in thickness. You should consult the manufacturer’s instructions for the specific details on how to install it.

I have a pretty good idea on which hanger to use, now I just have to figure out which screws to use. I really don’t want to just guess and have the plywood fall off the wall in the middle of the night.

I call my buddy Jake and ask him which screws I should use. He tells me that I should be using drywall screws and no longer than 2 inches.

He goes on to say no matter which screws I use, I need to drill a hole for the screw to go into. Makes sense.

I can’t wait to get started on this project tomorrow! I’m going to get everything together tonight so I don’t waste time in the morning.

I do just that and set my alarm for 6 am. I don’t want to get up too early, but I don’t want to waste time.

As soon as that alarm goes off, I jump out of bed and get to work.

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I begin the installation by measuring each wall and getting the plywood cut for each wall. I keep the edges with the grooved side facing out.

This way it looks better and I’m less likely to get splinters.

I begin each wall by carefully setting the plywood in place. I make sure that it is even and flush on all sides.

I then measure and mark where each stud is located using my laser level. Then I remove the plywood and drill a hole for each stud using a drywall screw.

I then replace the plywood and attach it to each stud with a screw. I want to make sure that it is very secure.

I use a cordless drill for this project.

When I am finished I am very pleased with the results. All of the plywood is securely attached, and the holes are patched up with joint compound.

I am very glad I decided to rent the cordless drill. That would have been a nightmare with a corded one.

The next step is to patch up all of the drywall cracks and switch plates. I take care of the easy stuff like the light switches.

The cracks and holes I leave for my brother to do when he gets home from work. He’s a lot better at that stuff than me anyway.

I want to take my mom out to dinner to thank her for letting me use her house. She owns a flower shop downtown so I stop in there to give her the news.

When I walk in the store she is helping a customer so I look around for a minute or two. This is the store she has owned and operated for as long as I can remember.

I’ve been working at a garden center for the past few years and I really enjoy it. Getting to work outside all day and getting dirty, it’s perfect for me.

When the customer leaves, my mom walks up to me and gives me a big hug. I haven’t seen her in a few days and I really miss her.

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She asks how the project is going and I tell her it’s done. She seems just as excited as I am about it.

When she starts to ring up the flowers for the next customer, I surprise her with the news and present her with a gift card to the restaurant of her choice. She is genuinely surprised and gives me a big hug.

We head over to the restaurant and enjoy a nice dinner together. We talk about the flowers I got her and she’s really excited to have them in the store.

We talk for a while about things in general and then head home.

I had a great day today and I can’t wait for more of them.

I finish my roof and life is good.

Tomorrow is another day. What will it bring?

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