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Can Drywall Screws Hold Weight?

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you want to support something on a wall and come across the only box of screws you have left in your garage – a leftover box of unused drywall screws from a prior project. Should you use them? …

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What is the Difference Between a Beam and a Joist?

When looking at structural flooring, you’ll notice that the framing is composed of both joists and beams. These parts appear similar – both are long horizontal structural members. So then what is the difference between a joist and a beam? Joists and beams have many …

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Can Screws be Used with Joist Hangers?

When properly installed, joist hangers can keep your floors and decks in excellent condition. However, improperly installed joist hangers can have the opposite effect.  Can screws be used with joist hangers? Yes, you can use screws designed explicitly for joist hangers. Never use galvanized or …

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Why Do Some Bricks Have Holes?

While standard bricks are generally solid in form, you may come across bricks from time to time that have holes in them. It’s important to understand why some bricks have holes and how that might affect any sort of structure they are expected to uphold. …

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What is the Difference Between Brick and Brick Veneer?

Have you ever heard the term brick veneer and wondered what the difference is between it and regular brick? Is brick veneer made from a different type of brick, or perhaps a thinner or hollow brick? In reality, the terms “brick” and “brick veneer have …

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What is the Maximum Spacing for Anchor Bolts?

Typically, information on anchor bolt spacing will be contained within your construction drawing set. If you don’t have a set of drawings to work from, you’ll want to reference your local building code for information. According to the International Building Code (IBC), the maximum spacing …